United Methodist Church Responds to Ebola

United Methodist Bishop John K. Yambasu, Chairman of the Religious Leaders Task Force, demonstrates a new way of greeting instead of the traditional handshake. New traditions are being created to help prevent the spread of the Ebola virus. Photo by Phileas Jusu.

The United Methodist Church and its partners are responding to the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The deadly virus has claimed lives in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria. The church effort involves treatment, prevention, communication and public education. The response is a joint effort by West African United Methodist church leaders and regional health boards, denominational health facilities, missionaries and the denomination’s general agencies.  Learn more…  

UMCOR Responds with Thoughtful Urgency to Ebola Outbreak

August 28, 2014—The United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries is continuing to be present and respond to the needs in West Africa as health officials try to contain the Ebola outbreak that has infected more than 3,065 people. Denise Honeycutt, who leads the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)—Global Ministries’ humanitarian aid unit—has been in regular contact with Bishop Yambasu of Sierra Leone and Bishop Innis of Liberia.
According to Honeycutt, “We want them to know that UMCOR is with them and responding with urgency to whatever the needs are, to get them through this crisis.”

To date, UMCOR has sent $383,000 in grants to Sierra Leone and Liberia. Funds are supporting tents and construction of isolation units, personal protective equipment, training for health staff, public messaging about Ebola, and safe handling of deceased bodies.

Give to UMCOR International Disaster Response, Advance #982450, so that UMCOR can continue to partner with United Methodist health boards and other organizations working to respond to this and other disasters. To learn more, read the entire article.