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Fighting Ebola in Eastern Congo

There is a lot going on in our minds and hearts these days.  Last week was one of the longest weeks of our lives overseas…so much happened.

Many of you have probably heard that eastern Congo is experiencing an Ebola epidemic, the country’s 10th epidemic.  The declaration came only days after the previous one ended in western Congo.  The area affected is in North Kivu, 3 hours south of here.  We have not had any active cases of Ebola here, but it is cause for much preparation and testing of suspected individuals.  Samaritan’s Purse (SP) has been a great resource as we work on hospital sanitation protocols, isolation, decontamination and overall ways to protect ourselves from pathogens such as this.  Our nursing friend, John, has been here working with the staff.

One never wants these things to happen and my heart goes through many emotions everyday.  Keep praying for the Congo, for the people who are incredibly fearful, and that hospital ministry will be able to continue.  We want our presence to be an encouragement to our Congolese colleagues.  We cannot write more details here, but feel free to contact us and please pray for these preparations.

“We put our hope in the Lord.  He is our help and shield.  In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.  Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone.”  Psalm 33:20-23

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