Ebola Crisis Response

United Methodist Women Continues its Response to the Ebola Outbreak

United Methodist Women and regional missionary distribute aid to hardest-hit areas in Sierra Leone.

United Methodist Women Continues its Response to the Ebola Outbreak
United Methodist Women clergy Abioseh Mustapha receives donation from United Methodist Women.

“I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. …I was sick and you looked after me” --Matthew 25: 35-36

By putting faith, hope and love in action, United Methodist Women is responding to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. Our Regional Missionary Elmira Sellu is donating food items to communities who have been most affected by the disease. She is also donating items to quarantined areas, to workers at the head office who have been hit hard by the pandemic, as well as to those at the frontlines battling the spread of the disease.

In addition, the executive body of the Kenema United Methodist Women is distributing cash, food items and clothing to the Kenema District Ebola task force. These items will be used in the local hospital for Ebola patients. Some money and food items were also given to the quarantined areas, and cash donations were made to all the circuits in the district to buy food for the affected people in their communities.

Kenema District is one of the districts that has been hardest hit by the disease, and 
United Methodist Women in the district took the opportunity to counsel and bring the love of Christ to people who have lost entire households.

This Ebola outbreak, the world’s largest in history, is ravaging the West Africa region. Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea are the hardest hit countries. The disease is believed to have sickened more than 6,000 people, with half of them having succumbed to it — leaving behind a large number of orphans.

Some communities have been so devastated that few farmers are left to grow food or transport it from town to town. Some have abandoned their farms during the harvest period, leaving produce to rot. Those who do manage to farm often cannot reach a market to sell their produce, as movement is very restricted.

In an effort to control the pandemic, the government of Sierra Leone took the drastic step of quarantining high-density population areas, causing the collapse of food delivery. The cost of living has soared as prices of commodities have skyrocketed beyond the reach of ordinary people. As a result, many people are facing starvation.

In keeping with the teaching of Jesus in Matthew 25: 35-40, United Methodist Women, through its Regional Missionary Initiative, is giving the love of Christ as we show love and minister to the hungry, the thirsty, the needy, the marginalized, the vulnerable and the diseased by caring for their needs.

United Methodist Women is making it happen as we minister to “the least of these” by putting faith, hope and love in action.

Posted or updated: 10/27/2014 11:00:00 PM
 
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*For updates on the United Methodist response to the Ebola pandemic, visit UMCOR.org.

*International Ministries

*Regional Missionaries

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