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9/14/14 at 01:23 PM 1 Comments

Global Call for Prayers to Halt Ebola

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God answers prayers especially when we all unite to pray. The virus may have been contained in Nigeria as reports suggest that there are no more confirmed cases after eight died out of 21 patients were reported to have contacted the virus. We give glory to God. In other parts of West Africa the situation seems to be getting out of hand. The outbreak, which has killed nearly 2,300 people, is devouring three neighbouring countries, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone and the Liberian president has just called for urgent help in view of the completely overwhelming situation.

Doctors are now afraid to come to the aid of patients, as another health worker Dr Oliver Buck died yesterday as the World Health Organisation (WHO) claimed that they could not meet the request to fund her evacuation costs to Germany. West Africa needs continued prayer of the saints all over the world that “this disease will stop spreading, that the diseased will be healed and restored to health and that peace will return to the countries battling the crisis.”

I discern, perhaps wrongly, that few in the west have the time to think much about Ebola, and fewer can put the abject poverty in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea in context … nations where over 90% of the population live on less than $2 a day, and the health services are so skeletal even at their best. Without a miracle from God, the risk of the nations being wiped out is no more remote. The WHO late last week announced a desperate shortage of doctors to which Cuba was among the few that responded … but most doctors will arrive fearing for their lives knowing that this disease (with no vaccine nor cure) has killed more health workers than perhaps any other in recent times. A special SOS was sent to the United States by the Presidents of Sierra Leone and Liberia … and though there is no special economic or political interest in the region like say in Ukraine or the Middle East, the appeal speaks to the conscience knowing that this disease can indeed be stopped if constraints such as funds and very limited health infrastructure are addressed. The blood of over 2000 dead Africans continues to speak and cry for mercy for their kin as we await a sympathetic response to the WHO appeal and the pleas of the afflicted nations.

Amo 6:6 That drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments: but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.

Esther risked her life for her people declaring if I perish I perish even as Mordecai warned of the dangers of being aloof ? Does God still answer our prayers? Will He still heal? He will.

Jesus Christ sacrificed Himself …coming down from heaven all the way to earth to die for a people who did not know or care for Him and would despise and reject Him … subjecting Him to a cruel death.

I can at least come down to my knees and pray for God’s mercy with other saints all over the world and if God leads, do even more to help.

Isaiah 53:5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.

Lord, forgive us and heal by your stripes all over West Africa. Let your peace and divine health spread all over the continent. Amen

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