GBHEM General Secretary issues statement on the Ebola global crisis

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As we all receive information about an emerging global crisis due to the Ebola epidemic in various countries, we think about our sisters and brothers in the affected regions. We reaffirm our belief in God’s Word as “healing and health to all flesh” (Proverbs 4:22) and call for the solidarity of our connection. We need to respond with concrete actions that promote solidarity, healing, and preparedness. We need to move beyond our silos, exercise more communication, and share about the power and importance of education now!

What concerns me most is a deeper crisis, the fear epidemics, when people move so quickly from indifference to paranoia, instead of moving from solidarity to action. In Psalm 34.4 we read: “I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” I hope we can communicate with our communities and educate them to overcome unfounded concerns and be ready to act when needed.

I am in Africa this week, joining many others who are traveling to and from the Africa University board meeting. I sense the many concerns and questions. To dissipate them, I want to share with you some of the work we have been doing. It is important that staff at GBHEM, our partner institutions, the hundreds of institutions in our worldwide educational network, and The United Methodist Church at large help us in the work of educating people about the challenges and opportunities, trials and lessons that this current global health crisis brings us.

Let’s fight Ebola and global fear with the power of education!

Peace,

Kim Cape

General Secretary

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