A war is raging in West Africa, but this war if different from others. This time the enemy is invisible, sneaking up on its victims unaware. By the time the victim realizes he has been attacked, it is usually only a matter of days before he dies. That is, after he has infected dozens of others, and then they too die. This enemy is called Ebola.
Ebola first reared his ugly head back in March, in the forest region of Guinea. Because of the porous borders, the disease quickly spread into Sierra Leone and Liberia’s northern county.
In May, it appeared as if the disease was coming under control, but that was due largely to fear and irrational behavior. People have become afraid to expose themselves, so when they become sick, instead of going to the doctor they run and hide. They just do not understand. Doctors Without Borders, has been chased out with machetes from the forest region of Guinea.
This invisible enemy is taking its toll on Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. In Sierra Leone, Ebola seems to be even more out of control. A local Pstr there told me “Ebola is real and it is bad!”
About 1200 cases have been reported with 672 confirmed and suspected deaths: 319 in Guinea, 224 in Sierra Leone and 129 in Liberia and the numbers continue to grow.
This nation that thrives on relationships is now being reprimanded for giving a handshake or a hug. Taxi drivers are wearing gloves and masks. Grocery store workers and others are wearing gloves. Tonight we went to the grocery store and before entering, we had to wash our hands with bleach water. A few restaurants and other businesses have shut down until Ebola comes under control. Borders to Liberia have been closed except for the 3 major borders and the two airports. And tonight one of our major WA airlines has cancelled all flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone.
This invisible enemy must be stopped and there is only One who is able to stop it…the Prince of Peace, Jehovah Rapha. Please speak to Him on behalf of the West African peoples, on behalf of those working on the front lines, on behalf of those who are sick and trying to overcome, on behalf of all of us who are wondering what to do, how to help and how best to be His Light in this dark world.