Over the last couple of weeks, several people have asked me what the broader church is doing to address the ebola crisis and how we can help. Here is an update:
Lutheran Disaster Response is walking with those impacted by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa by:
- supplying and shipping essentail protective gear and supplies to protect medical workers at Phoebe Hospital and Curran Lutheran Hospital in Liberia
- providing food assistance to the Lutheran Church in Liberia and the Lutheran Church in Sierra Leone.
- providing education and awareness of symptoms and prevention methods
- completing construction of isolation centers (that meet World Health Organization standards) in hospitals and nursing schools.
If you would like to know more about LDR's work in West Africa and throughout the world, please note the following link to their blog blogs.elca.org/disasterresponse. Also, inserts will be included in this Sunday's worship bulletin for those who would like to make monetary donations to Lutheran Disaster Response. Furthermore, we will be receiving material donations in worship this Sunday to be delivered to our mission partners at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lansdowne (a congregation of many African immigrants). The following needed items will be assembled into kits to be sent overseas:
Large bottles of bleach
Large bottles of hand sanitizer
Bags of rice
Gallon containers of vegetable oil
Please keep all those who have been affected (including medical and relief workers on the ground) in your prayers.