No doubt, there has been much media hype on the Ebola crisis in the West African region. How we use the information varies depending on the source and we think it is important to remain in touch with the people on the ground, especially within our vast network of Church leaders, who are both victims and care givers in most crisis situations in the continent.
You read the appeal of the General Secretary of the Association of Evangelicals in Liberia (AEL), Rev. Isaac Wheiger, about AEL’s intervention and care for Ebola victims in his country. We applaud his dedication to serve the Church and the people of Liberia despite his son's battle with sickle cell.
We were saddened to receive news from the president of AEL, Rev. Dr. James-Numoe Kiamu, that Rev. Wheigar’s 17 year old son passed away on Sunday, the 24th of August, 2014.
Dr. Kiamu said “Thanks for your concern for what's happening to our countries. As we strive to serve our people, some situations also perplex us. We have just concluded a meeting with the family and plan to bury the teenager on Saturday, August 30. It is very difficult for Isaac and his wife. Please pray for them.”
At the same time, one of the South African brothers we recently met in Zimbabwe, at the 4/14 window conference, gave this brief report after a trip to Sierra Leone:
“It's not looking good my sister. I feel so bad leaving. Yesterday they buried more than 20 people who had died from Ebola. We have currently registered more than 400 Orphans in Sierra Leone. Prayer is all that we need for Africa.” (Courtesy of Pastor Mary Mumo of Compassion International)
We just want to take this opportunity to re-echo the pleas: “Please pray for them. Prayer is all that we need for Africa.” Please also pray for the Wheigar’s, for God’s grace and comfort, as they lay to rest their deceased son.
Thank you again for your prayers. We would appreciate hearing from and how your alliances, networks or congregations around the globe are praying for them and for Africa.
Rev. Aiah Foday Khabenje
AEA General Secretary