By C. Winnie Saywah-Jimmy
The Lutheran Church in Liberia (LCL) will this week deliver a truck-load of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and other medical supplies to Gbarpolu County as efforts to join the fight against the deadly Ebola virus that is taking toll on the country. The food items and other disinfectants according to the Lutheran Bishop will be gathered by all 51 LCL parishes around Liberia evidenced by the congregations’ adherence to last Sunday, September 7 being declared as ‘Stand against Ebola Day’ in the Lutheran Church throughout the country where items were gathered for distribution in Ebola endemic areas.
The Lutheran Bishop in Liberia, D. Jensen Seyenkulo told scores of reporters yesterday in the administrative compound of the LCL that since the outbreak of the virus, the LCL has been supporting government in the areas of mediating the love and showing the care of God to Liberians.
Bishop Seyenkulo said contributions are coming from all of the parishes and that the items on hand as of the time of releasing the statement were from only three parishes for onward distribution as the LCL way of saying, “We appeal to our partners; we do not want to just sit and wait; we are doing something.”
He said the church has been dealing with the urgency of doing something and that has begun with reaching out to hospitals, health care centers around the country with Ebola preventives and other medical supplies.
Efforts made so far by the LCL as initial support in dealing with the urgency are that Liberia has been receiving and delivering Ebola preventives and other medical supplies from Global Health Ministries, operation Blessing International and the Episcopal Relief and Development Organization through the Episcopal Church of Liberia.
Bishop Seyenkulo said through the LCL-ZOE and Malaria Program, the LCL has provided Ebola preventive materials to 240 households of orphans and vulnerable children in Kakata, Margibi County while at the same time the LCL has streamlined Ebola into its programs including psycho-social counseling.
Meanwhile, the LCL said sickness and deaths have been part of the normal course of life since the fall of mankind and disagrees with those who characterize God in ways that run contrary to the biblical revelation of God in the wake of the Ebola outbreak especially in Liberia.
Bishop Seyenkulo stated, “God we know and serve neither timid nor weak and to suggest that God is punishing this poor little nation because of her sins is to say that God is too scared or weak to take on the more powerful nations that are just as sinful”.
“God is not a God who kills because of sin. While it is true that He hates sin, He loves sinners. We are only plagued with this Ebola because of where we find ourselves. This is the gospel message that we believe and that is what we preach,” he noted.