hot topic: ebola

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.

 

hot topic: girls kidnapped in Nigeria

Approximately three weeks ago, more than 200 girls were abducted  from a boarding school in Nigeria & they have yet to be found.  The leader of the group who abducted these girls says that his group is planning to sell the girls for about $12 / girl.  There is a huge outcry against this atrocity and many nations, including the US, are putting intense pressure for these girls to be returned to their families.  There are many grassroot movements also forming to petition for the release of these girls.

I’ve been following the news on this atrocity since it happened a few weeks back & I’m extremely concerned for these girls and totally outraged that someone could even think of doing such an horrific thing.  Please join me in praying for these girls, their safe return & for their families who are suffering tremendously!