International Ministries

Raise Awareness for Africa: Ebola

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The Ebola outbreak from 2014-2015 claimed more than 11,000 lives, destroyed communities and tore families apart. These facts brought us to a critical question. As Christians, what did we need to know about Ebola and what actions did we need to take to provide resources in this crisis? Vanderbilt Institute of Global Health, Higher Education and Ministry and Discipleship Ministries of the United Methodist Church to wrote, published and distributed a credible, practical response: Ebola Disease Facts For Community and Household Health,  a booklet written in English and translated into French. This booklet, written by Dr. Richard A. “Ran” Nisbett, Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt Institue of Global Health, was created to provide caregivers the knowledge and resources they needed to protect themselves as they helped Ebola victims. Trained lay and clergy instructors in Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, and Sierra Leone used “Ebola Disease Facts” to help their congregations and communities learn how to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus.

Fortunately, the results were as we imagined. Hope grows in West Africa, in part due to the “Ebola Disease Facts” booklet that taught the disease is not a death sentence. Ebola infections continue to decrease, but there are still many obstacles to overcome: devastated health care systems, loss of education, and distressed social structures face all those who have lived through the Ebola outbreak. Progress requires the participation of all communities to reknit the fabric of their lives as they functioned before Ebola. The continued support from generous donors helps us provide resources that educate, prevent, and stop Ebola’s devastation.


The Parable of the Good Samaritan appeals to us as followers of Christ because it shows us how to put his teachings into action. Jesus taught us (Matthew 25:35-45) that whenever we minister and show mercy to others by clothing, feeding or caring for them, it is the same as if we are doing this to Him. We have all found ourselves in need and were cared for. Families care for one another all the time. Other times, care is given to us by a stranger like the Good Samaritan.

We experience God’s great love in the process of caring for others; yet we know that sometimes in trying to help a family member or those in our community, caregivers get injured or sick themselves. Some diseases attack the caregivers; Ebola is one of these diseases. This is your invitation to explore the important categories of the Ebola Disease Facts Campaign and ultimately take a stand against this terrible disease by contributing to this cause.

Please know that every penny you contribute goes directly to preventing the spread of Ebola by educating people in West Africa. Not one cent is spent on administrative costs or fundraising.

Literature

The Ebola Disease Facts Campaign literature was produced as a joint venture by the Vanderbilt Institute of Global Health, Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church, and Discipleship Ministries of the United Methodist Church. "Ebola Disease Facts For Community and Household Health" was prepared by Richard A.  […]

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Your gift will save lives in West Africa.  Trained lay and clergy instructors in Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, and Sierra Leone are using “Ebola Disease Facts for Community and Household Health” to help their congregations and communities learn how to prevent the spread of the […]

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Questions?  Need help?  Please contact Brooke Seigle at: bseigle@UMCdiscipleship.org 615) 340-7166, Office (877) 899-2780 Ext. 7132, Toll Free

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