Ebola still increasing in Sierra Leone – pray!

The Ebola situation continues to get worse in Sierra Leone, which is averaging nearly 100 new cases per day throughout the country according to yesterday’s WHO report.

As our latest graph below, tracking cumulative cases in West Africa shows, total cases in Sierra Leone are likely to soon surpass the cases in Liberia, where thankfully there has been some slowing in the numbers of new cases in the past 6 weeks.

Ebola data 3 Dec 2014

The graph shows that there can be no let up in the sense of urgency about Ebola in West Africa and that much perseverance in prayer is still needed!

In the last month there have been:

  • 433 new cases of Ebola in Guinea  (avg. 14 cases per day)
  • 1110 new cases of Ebola in Liberia (avg. 40 cases per day)
  • 2553 new cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone (avg. 93 cases per day)

And yet now that there are currently no Ebola cases in the U.S. or Spain, the crisis risks getting bumped out of the headlines once again.

I found the following prayer at the Catholic Relief Services website. I love the idea of contagious compassion!  May the Lord cause our hearts to respond to this crisis with prayer, with giving and with acts of love and service n whatever form we can offer.

Jesus, healer of the sick,

Your heart was filled with compassion for the sick and suffering
and you traveled to all the towns and villages, curing every disease and illness.1

We ask that all of those infected with the Ebola virus may feel the healing power of Jesus:
Comfort for all who mourn the loss of loved ones
Protection for all those who are vulnerable
Support for all health workers who risk their own lives to care for others.

Let your compassion be more contagious than any disease or malady
so that we may generously respond as you would.

Amen.

You’ll find all our Ebola Crisis prayers using this tag.

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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) and Samaritans Purse.

I may try to do some research regarding which charities are most active in Sierra Leone, so as to be able to focus specifically on alleviating the crisis in that country.  If any readers have information, please let me know.

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