Eight Ways to Pray for the Ebola Outbreak in Sierra Leone

08/11/14

As of August 11, 2014, there have been no reported cases of Ebola in the Upper Banta chiefdom of Sierra Leone where COTN serves. However, the virus continues to spread in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. Our in-country staff are implementing precautions in order to prepare and protect the children to the best of their ability in case it does spread to our area. 

 
We have closed COTN's ministry center campus to the general public, added security measures at all entrances and exits, and set up chlorinated hand-washing stations. Everyone who enters our site has their temperature taken daily to screen for possible infection. Once they are cleared, they are given a wristband which they must wear at all times while on campus.
 
Please join us and pray for our children and staff at the ministry center. Pray too for Sierra Leone as prevention tactics are implemented across the country. 
 

Here are specific ways you can pray:

 
1) Pray for our Country Director, Sahr Yambasu, and the head nurse, Agnes Jombla, as they implement security and health procedures to protect and prepare the campus in case Ebola spreads to the region. 
 
Pray for Agnes Jombla, COTN's head nurse in Sierra Leone
Pray for Agnes Jombla, COTN's head nurse in Sierra Leone, as she implements health procedures to protect the children. 
 
2) Pray for our staff. With travel restrictions in place, many staff members are separated from their families. Pray for their protection and endurance.  
 
3) Pray against fear. Pray that fear will not invade the hearts of the children and staff. Pray John 14:27 over them: "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not be afraid." 
 

Pray for Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia:

4) Pray for healthcare workers—people from these countries and missionaries from other countries. The current demand on healthcare workers is heavy, and they are at higher risk than most. Pray for protection over them. 
 
5) Pray for families who have lost loved ones. Death from Ebola is especially hard on families because patients pass away in isolation units, away from their loved ones. 
 
6) Pray for healing of infected patients. Reports show that the fatality rate is currently around 60 percent. Pray that those infected would immediately seek treatment at hospitals. Pray against fear or beliefs that hospitals and doctors spread the disease. 
 
7) Pray for government leaders in these countries, as they work to contain the virus. 
 
8) Pray for other ministry groups and organizations working in affected areas. Praise God for the safe transport back to the US of missionaries Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, who contracted Ebola while working with Samaritan's Purse and SIM. Pray for their continued recovery. 
 
"Oh Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you healed me." -Psalm 30:2 
 
Thank you for your prayers
 
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