Ebola Outbreak ResponseThe Situation:
In the last several months, the Ebola outbreak has claimed thousands of lives. The virus has spread rapidly, and with no approved vaccine and a high fatality rate, the World Health Organization is now calling it “one of the world’s most lethal diseases.” Ebola has spread to multiple countries, the hardest hit being Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
In addition to health care, one of the most urgent needs is food. As people in affected areas are quarantined to their homes, towns are being shut down to limit the spread of the virus and people are not able to work, harvest crops or purchase food. The shipment of food has also stopped because people from other countries fear contracting the virus.
“We need food,” says the Rev. D. Jensen Seyenkulo, bishop of the Lutheran Church in Liberia. “There is a saying now: ‘If we don’t die of Ebola, we will die of starvation.’”
Lutheran Disaster Response is committed to walking with our brothers and sisters affected by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Operating through our partners and companion churches, together we are:
- Supplying and shipping essential protective gear and supplies to protect medical workers at Phebe Hospital and Curran Lutheran Hospital in Liberia.
- Providing food assistance to the Lutheran Church in Liberia and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sierra Leone.
- Raising awareness and providing sensitization messages on the symptoms and prevention methods of Ebola.
- Completing construction of an isolation center at Phebe Hospital and School of Nursing that meets World Health Organization standards.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and its predecessor church have walked with the people of Liberia for more than 150 years. Our long-standing relationship with our companions in Liberia and Sierra Leone provides a strong foundation to respond holistically to the needs of those who are suffering and living with the threat of Ebola.
What Can You Do?
Pray for those affected or threatened by the virus that they may be granted healing and hope.
Your gifts designated for Ebola Outbreak Response will be used in full (100 percent) to assist those directly impacted by this crisis. Gifts from people like you allow us to respond to those who are most vulnerable.
To learn more about the situation and the ELCA’s response:
- This bulletin insert can be used in your congregation to spread awareness and raise gifts for our church’s response to the Ebola outbreak.
- Check the Lutheran Disaster Response blog for updates and the latest information.
- Follow the ELCA News blog to keep up on the news about our church's response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
- Sign up to receive Lutheran Disaster Response alerts.