NASHVILLE, Tenn. July 6, 2016 /Discipleship Ministries/ – Abraham Johnson from Liberia became a part of the United Methodist team responding to the Ebola crisis in his country. Christopher Hamera from Malawi and Severin Pelakara from Cameroon currently are Global Mission Fellows with the General Board of Global Ministries. Young Leaders Summit 2016 participants Zimbabwean […]
The recent waves of the Ebola virus have created fear and panic among the people of Weala area including members of the United Methodist Church who are residing in the area. According to the District Superintendent of the Weala District, Rev. Paye Cooper Mondolo, from August 6-8, 2014 the Weala District UMC lost five of its members to the Ebola virus. He also indicated that he is not sure of how many of his district members are afflicted with the virus.
“People are having different misconceptions that this is (a curse) from God,” said Bishop Sumoward Harris, now retired from the Lutheran Church in Liberia. “This is depending on how they are interpreting the Bible. But I don’t think God is angry and is issuing a punishment.”
In Liberia, more than 100 Christian leaders meeting in early August declared that God was angry and Ebola a plague. They called for prayers to seek God’s forgiveness for sins including corruption and immoral acts such as homosexuality.
It’s the largest Ebola outbreak in recorded history, affecting Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and now Nigeria. As of this writing, the disease has infected more than 1,700 people and killed at least 932. It produces hemorrhagic fevers, causing between 50 and 90 percent of people who contract it to lose their lives. There is no cure. It’s also highly infectious. The virus can be transmitted by any bodily fluid, including saliva, urine, blood and even sweat.
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