Most of us are familiar with the story of the Grinch Who Stole Christmas. The grinch was an evil villain and the antithesis of Christmas – no one wants to be a grinch, particularly at Christmas, bleck! But there is a very ugly, mean, destructive and abhorrent grinch doing it’s level best to ruin Christmas for no one less than helpless & vulnerable babies. This grinch is what the disease ebola is doing in three countries in West Africa (Guine, Liberia & Sierra Leone). What makes this grinch so wholly abhorrent is how it has stolen the lives of moms & dads in these nations, stranding their babies often with no care, support, protection or food.
Saving Moses is conducting a campaign throughout December to raise anti-grinch funds to provide food, nurture, medical care & protection to these abandoned babies. Please consider joining our anti-grinch campaign & give these babies genuine love, a chance to survive another day & thrive into the future. Thanks so much for your prayers & consideration!
Right out of the gate, you need to know that I’m EXTREMELY amped up about this post. I’m amped up, because it seems to me that virtually no one in the international community is making a REALLY IMPORTANT CONNECTION. Here’s the deal: ebola is an epidemic that has been ravaging three countries in West Africa (Sierra Leone, Guinea & Liberia) for this entire year. The international community has become increasingly attentive and responsive to this awful disease that currently has no known cure & with an 70% mortality rate. Ebola is really serious!
But here’s the WAKE UP CALL: While the US has currently given over $200million for ebola aid & assistance, China has given less than $10million to the ebola crisis up to today. The reason I’m so amped up about this discrepency is because China is the leading economic partner for Sierra Leone, Guinea & Liberia. Feel free to research the recent economic agreements that China has negotiated with these three nations in the last 5 years & you’ll rapidly see that China is acquiring vast amounts of wealth & natural resources from these nations, but up to this day, China has been shamefully silent and virtually absent from providing any noteworthy support against ebola.
My rant in this post isn’t based solely on Judeo Christian values. My rant in this post is based on human dignity & I would urge you to put pressure on the Chinese government to save their own economic face & put some hefty finances toward stopping the spread of ebola in these three nations. Please post this blog on your Facebook page, pass it along to your friends and let’s bring to international public awareness this shameful neglect from the second biggest economy in the world, China.
Fear isn’t cool. We can all probably remember at least a few times when fear was entirely horrifying. For me, I remember some walks home from school that were terrifying, waking up from a nightmare that virtually paralyzed me & the ever so common fear of not being liked. In our world today, people are afraid of Ebola, ISIS, losing their job, not getting married & lots more.
So let’s you & make a pact to say, “no thank you” to fear & then make the active choices to support that pact:
*be attentive to our decisions that we allow to be controlled by fear
*be aware of conversations that magnify fear – change the subject
*watch for places in our lives where we are cozy with fear
*actively choose love over fear because they are mutually exclusive (perfect love casts out fear)
*forward this to your friends to help grow an anti-fear mob!!
We live in a very interesting time. There are people chopping off heads & think that’s entirely acceptable & even praiseworthy – weird. This week had the 2nd blood moon in a year – also unusual. Furthermore, Ebola is now being compared to AIDS for its potential devastation to humanity value – yikes! And then lots of people think we are in the end times of the world – that God is wrapping up the human experience to move into a new era of life.
I think we live in strange times, for sure. But with that being said, there are some important things to keep in mind:
*God is still in control & God is love (a very good combination)
*lets be sure to stay fresh & intense with our prayer life
*be careful not to let fear control your thinking or outlook
Yesterday, we heard in the news that a person in Dallas was diagnosed with #ebola. The man who was diagnosed had flown from Libera in mid-September to the US and showed signs of being sick a week later. There’s plenty of news circulating about this development & this is a very important thing on which we should be aware. While I know that it’s important to be educated about this kind of stuff, let’s be mindful of some fundamental & important bullet points:
pray: let’s keep the Dallas patient in our prayers as well as the West Africa nations of Guinea, Liberia & Sierra Leone – super important to keep these nations in our prayers, along with the healthcare workers who are on the front lines in these nations
be smart: stay informed and current with what’s happening in our world so that we can know how to pray and make wise decisions
fear: let’s be mindful that we don’t let fear get a foothold in our thinking or decisions
love: pray that we can find some ways to help the babies & toddlers in Guinea, Sierra Leone & Liberia with Saving Moses!!
Puking blood, bleeding through the eyes, ears and other areas, coughing, fever, headache and some delirium – these are all symptoms of a person who could have the ebola virus. As I’ve read up on the current outbreak, here are a few important things to note:
there’s no known medical cure nor vaccination
the current strain is killing between 50-60% of those who catch it
it’s spread through bodily fluid (blood, saliva, etc)
the World Health Organization thinks that this outbreak could kill 20,000 people before they can get it under control
it’s presently in these African nations: Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria & Congo (DRC)
two US healthcare providers with the ebola virus were medically evacuated from Africa & have recovered & been released
this outbreak probably started with the orginal victim in December 2013 – a two year old in Guinea #SavingMoses
Please be praying for Africa with this outbreak. While I know that there are many deadly diseases that are dramtically more common than ebola, let’s pray nevertheless for protection for the healthcare workers who are on the front lines fighting this awful virus and let’s pray that the leadership for each country will have wisdom in how they communicate and the decisions that they make for their citizens.