An Ebola outbreak in several countries in western Africa has been in the news a lot lately. I hope you will keep those afflicted in your prayers in the days and weeks ahead. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is already responding to the crisis and will continue to do so. They’ve provided the following summary of the efforts:
“An initial $25,000 grant from UMCOR to the Sierra Leone Annual Conference provided United Methodist health centers with material to protect health workers and prevent contagion and to construct an isolation unit at Mercy Hospital. A $50,000 UMCOR grant to the ACT Alliance was used to help build isolation centers, conduct workshops and educate communities about the virus, and to raise awareness about prevention. This week, UMCOR is partnering with Medical Assistance Programs (MAP) to send urgently needed supplies and personal protective equipment to Sierra Leone and Liberia. The kits include gloves, aprons, masks, goggles, rubber boots, and plastic sheets.”
You can learn more and contribute to the cause on their website.