Standing with our Family in Sierra Leone and Liberia!

Lifeline Update

Dear Brothers & Sisters,

Our family in Sierra Leone and Liberia are facing a new war – the ebola virus.  They face a terrible situation yet continue to ask God ‘what would you have us do?’ ‘how can we provide for others?’.  That too must be our question – no matter or easy or difficult our current circumstances are, we choose to see beyond ourselves and stand with our brothers and sisters there.

We want to take Sunday 16th November as a day of prayer.  You can decide how you use that in your own localities but at 1pm (GMT) we want to ask all network bases to come together to pray for one hour.  We won’t be in one place, but we will be in one heart – calling out to God for change in these nations.

Let me remind you of the email we sent out earlier in the week written by PJ that we want to use as the focus of this day of prayer:

God is good? All the time; All the time? God is good. Please keep that truth in mind, as I update you of what is happening in Kuntorloh. What follows has the potential to leave one down cast and unable to take the right position before God.  

Prince, Mason, Jabba, Mohammed & PS responded to a house calls in Kuntorloh/Jalloh Terrace to provide food, in one of the houses 3 people had died in the last 24 hours. 

At that house they were greeted outside by a fairly heavily pregnant woman; as she stood before them she fell over and they watched her die. A further 6 people are in the same house and unwell. The burial team is unable to come tonight as they finish work at 6:00pm and it has gone 6:00pm – The corpse is going to have to be left by the road until tomorrow or whatever time the burial team can respond.

Speaking to Prince he said “PJ it is like the war, the area is empty, all you can see is people peering through their windows or looking from the veranda, completely terrified” – like there has just been an execution and they could be next.

The guys were distraught, when I spoke to them, having just spoke to John I was able to comfort them and give them words of encouragement. They have been hit heavy by this, and they need our prayer for strength and direction.

In the mean time:

  1. Having identified Jalloh Terrace (where Freeman lives) area as a hot spot, we are meeting the necessary people to turn the Kuntorloh Clinic into an Ebola Treatment Centre (ETC) – government staff and nurses would need to be trained in Ebola care, however part of the NERC/CDC/Ministry of Health response plan is to set up these small clinics to treat 6 to 8 people.
  2. We continue to push on the Ebola front
  3. Engage with the issues, identifying what God is giving us to do in this ever-changing landscape.

 Do not fret, but look at it through God’s eyes. John shared  2 Corinthians 4:8-9 with meWe are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. And this verse is becoming more and more true for me, for it allows me to see the desperate nature of the circumstances, but coupled with Grace, I have hope that God is still in control.  So please note, I share this with you as brothers and sisters, so that we can stand together and share hope with the guys – remember together we have the mind of Christ.

Please Pray:

  1. 2 Corinthians 4:8 become ever more true for the guys
  2. For God’s grace, comfort and protection for our Ebola Team
  3. For those sick to know God’s peace through the pain and that they will know his salvation – someone will tell them about Jesus or Jesus will become manifest to them
  4. For an overall improvement in the systems
  5. For God’s direction

I do feel strongly that we need to lift the team’s hand up at this time. God is good all the time & All the time God is good.