I wish this headline came from some extremist untrustworthy source. But unfortunately it’s the World Health Organization who announced these numbers today:
Dr Aylward: By December 2014, 5,000 to 10,000 #Ebola cases per week anticipated in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone
— WHO (@WHO) October 14, 2014
Of course, that shouldn’t surprise me too much given the recent graph I posted showing the exponential increase of Ebola in recent weeks.
There are so many links I could share as I continue to follow Ebola in West Africa very closely. Articles from the frontlines help inspire my praying, providing a real sense of immediacy of the need and the urgency for prayer.
Two articles from The Guardian I found particularly helpful:
3 nurses caring for Ebola patients in West Africa describe the horrific reality of life on the Ebola frontlines.
Ebola through the eyes of a 13 year old in Sierra Leone – what life is like in her village.
Please keep PRAYING and GIVING. From my earlier post, here are key prayer suggestions and ways you can give:
At this point, three prayer requests seem critical:
1) A vaccine. Without one, I can’t imagine this disease can be contained now.
2) Effective medicines and treatments that will dramatically decrease the mortality rate of Ebola.
3) PROTECTION, GRACE, WISDOM and STRENGTH for all who are fighting Ebola:
- Those who are sick, fighting for their lives.
- Those in the affected communities, fighting for their families, their livlihoods, their future,
- the healthcare workers, fighting to save patients,
- the government, NGO, and military leaders fighting to get resources where needed
- the scientists and researchers fighting to find a vaccine and a cure
- AND the intercessors, fighting this battle on their knees in prayer, crying out to God for mercy
Lord, we look to You. You are our only hope. You alone can rescue. Come in our hour of need and save us from this peril. In Jesus mighty name. Amen.
I urge you all to not only PRAY, but to GIVE and ACT as well. The New York Times published a good list of charities on the frontlines of the battle against Ebola. From personal experience, I have a lot of confidence in the work of Doctors Without Borders (aka MSF) [note, not an explicitly Christian NGO], and Samaritans Purse.
Update: I’ve never personally worked closely with anyone from Partners in Health (PIH), but from all I know of them, they’re another excellent organization I would recommend supporting. The history of PIH shows how a few people can make a tremendous difference in tackling even the toughest challenges of poverty and disease in the developing world.
Update 2: This article from the NYTimes gives an excellent overview of the work of MSF in West Africa, and will help readers understand why I’m enthusiastic about their work. They are excellent at overcoming even the worst logistical and bureaucratic challenges.
Update 3: And while I’m providing more details about the orgs I’m recommending as worthy of support, here’s a really excellent social media overview of the work of Samaritan’s Purse in Liberia in the fight against Ebola. Or you can read about their initiative to fight Ebola, here.
[And no: I don’t work for MSF, Samaritans Purse or PIH, so there is no personal benefit for me to recommend these organizations!]