DECEMBER 11, 2014 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sierra Leone (ELCSL) has concluded his visit and supply of food items to quarantined homes within the Western Rural District, including John Thorpe, Kissy Town, Upper Allen Town, Morabie and Monkey Bush Boyah.
Bishop Tom J. Barnett told those quarantined that the church was called upon to support people in need not only in preaching the word of God but also through other acts of love like the food supply programme being implemented by the mission during the Ebola period.
He expressed serious concern over the plight of orphan children who lost their parents to the Ebola epidemic, and added: “With support from Synod Northern Texas Northern Louisiana (NTNL) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the church has been feeding people in quarantined homes in Ebola affected districts across country.”
The church’s Development Officer who doubles as Field Coordinator, Rev. Moses K. Momoh, disclosed that the mission has fed some one thousand, two and eighty-eight (1,288) people in one hundred and fifty-eight (158) quarantined houses in the Western Urban.
He said the church is giving hope to the hopeless because they serve as a hospital to seek God’s blessing, adding that the epidemic has seriously affected the attendance in churches with the educational system dwindling down and prices of basic commodities continuing to increase.
“We are not only targeting our congregational members or Christians but we are doing community service to the country. We will continue to complement the effort of government to ensure that the Ebola virus disease is eradicated in our country,” he said and called on Sierra Leoneans to seek God’s intervention.
Also, Councilor Hassan A. Koroma of Ward 343 in Waterloo told Concord Times that denial, sympathy for loved ones and washing of dead bodies are responsible for the spread of the Ebola virus in that part of the country.
“We have observed that those people who have seen the evidence of Ebola ravaging their communities are behaving according to medical advices,” he said and applauded the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sierra Leone for their humanitarian services in the district.
Councilor Koroma appealed to the church and its partners in America to help them with logistics like thermometers so that they can mount check points within the district to check the temperature of people.