FREETOWN, Sierra Leone AP — After emerging months ago in eastern Sierra Leone, Ebola is now hitting the western edges of the country where the capital is located with dozens of people falling sick each day, the government said Tuesday. So many people are dying that removing bodies is reportedly a problem. via Ebola cases rise sharply in western Sierra Leone – Yahoo News.
The Ebola virus is claiming the lives of thousands in West Africa, with some projecting those numbers to escalate into the millions. With no known cure, the disease has ravaged and devastated entire families and towns with a survival rate of only around 50%. Concentrated in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, the Ebola outbreak of 2014 is the worst in history and has spread at alarming rates. It has already reached other nations, with confirmed cases in Nigeria, Senegal, and even the United States and Spain.
Limited resources and hospital capacity have made it impossible for many to receive the care needed to save their lives. Many medical professionals have contracted the disease in an effort to help control it. But Ebola has proven to be beyond man’s control, unleashing widespread global fear.
Yet we know and believe that nothing is beyond the power and authority of God, and that only He is able to stop this disease. In this crisis we grieve not just physical death, but the death of thousands of souls unprepared for eternity. God alone holds the power to forgive and to heal (Psalm 103:3).
“Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent forth his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave” (Psalm 107:19,20). If there is to be any end to this crisis, we know it can only come from the hand of God; and so we cry to the Lord not only for the healing of the body, but also the soul. We pray that the spread of Ebola would be stopped and replaced by an unprecedented spreading of the Gospel across West Africa and around the world.
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