From Marcia Brown, Mission Interpreter

The 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, and now has been diagnosed in the US, Spain and Germany.

ELCA Response:
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.

What Can You Do?
Pray for those affected or threatened by the virus that they may be granted healing and hope:

We pray for African nations that are struggling with Ebola outbreaks of unprecedented severity. Through ELCA World Hunger, Lutheran Disaster response and the ELCA Malaria Campaign, we walk together with our Lutheran companions all over the world as they respond to hunger, disaster and disease with compassion and action. Amen

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. Your gifts to your congregation already help through the mission support sent to the Synod. THANK YOU!!

To learn more about the situation and the ELCA’s response:

  • 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.

We are church together for the sake of the world. God’s work. Our hands.