Nearly two months ago our worlds were turned upside down. The world of David and Nancy Writebol and their family. The world of SIM. And dare I say the world suffering from Ebola and the world that didn’t know anything about Ebola.
In a news conference today on the campus of missionary organization SIM USA, Nancy Writebol, joined by her husband, David, shared for the first time details of her battle with the Ebola virus.
SIM opened its ministry in Liberia in 1954 with a radio station to share the gospel. The original call letters were “ELWA,” which stands for Eternal Love Winning Africa. Later, in the 1960s, SIM developed a hospital that has grown into the present ELWA Hospital.
SIM USA (www.simusa.org) reported today that one of its missionary doctors in Liberia has tested positive for the Ebola virus. The American doctor was treating obstetrics patients at SIM’s ELWA hospital in Monrovia. He was not treating Ebola patients in ELWA’s Ebola isolation unit, a facility separate from the main hospital on the mission organization’s 136-acre campus. It is not yet known how the doctor contracted the virus specifically.
Pastor Moses G. Paye (pictured right), is the acting president of the Evangelical Church of Liberia (ECOL), He has written to SIM to elevate the need for prayer and financial support as he and his disciples respond to the repercussions of the Ebola crisis. The Evangelical Church of Liberia has experienced loss due to Ebola; there were 22 infections, 10 deaths, and five quarantined families by mid-November. Also, many ECOL members have lost family members. One woman is grieving the loss of 15 family members to the virus. By the grace of God, the Ebola infection and death rates in Liberia are slowing down. However, Liberians and health care officials remain cautious, as the virus is still found in the neighboring countries of Guinea and Sierra Leone. ECOL members see opportunity in the midst of difficulty; trusting in God, they continue to minister despite limited resources. Church leaders are serving their … Read More