Jesse Quapourlee of Libera, West Africa, recently asked for financial help in providing Ebola relief efforts in Liberia. The church where he is pastor, New Testament Baptist Church, Liberia, “decided to raise a special offering to buy some food and medicine to be distributed among our needed community inhabitants and church family members, most especially the widows and caretakers of orphans,” he says. (Read “Ebola Relief Appeal.”) He now sends the following update.
The president declared a state of emergency for 90 days to work on more strategies on how to deal with the Ebola situation robustly. Very badly almost all the health facilities in Liberia— hospitals, clinics, and health centers—are closed down temporarily, and 95 percent of health workers are staying away from their jobs for fear of contracting the disease.
Consequently, hunger and different kinds of sicknesses, besides Ebola, are killing people in homes, which is causing a high increase in the death rate. Even the government has resolved cremation of bodies as a way of disposing them. The humanitarian crisis is gradually reaching alarming proportions, especially in the most affected counties of Bomi, Monsterrado, and Lofa.
With the latest development, we as a church have begun to fight against Ebola through fasting and prayer, and providing sanitation materials (hand-washing buckets, sanitizers), rice (the nation’s staple), and some medicines for most disadvantaged Christian brethren and some other communities dwellers.
Our evangelistic team is working alongside the distribution team. We have observed that a lot of people are in tune to the gospel’s message now than ever before in our country. Our witnessing for Christ is taking a positive, dramatic dimension. Many people now say, “Only Jesus can solve this problem.”
I think this is the time in our country for us to share Christ and the love of God with many people by sharing the message of the cross and giving needy people some humanitarian assistance if available.
If the Lord provides more funding, we are targeting to distribute in three counties: Monsterrado, Margibi, and Bong.
Here is our subsequent distribution timetable:
|1||Monsterrado||New Testament Baptist Church compound||Aug. 11
|2||Margibi – Kakata City||Calvary Baptist Church compound||Aug. 15
|3||Bong – Bong Mine||Sovereign Grace Baptist Church campus||Aug. 24
|4||Monsterrado – Sackie’s Town||Living Word Baptist Church||Aug. 31
||Quantity||Unit Price||Total Cost|
|2||Hands-washing buckets||600 pieces||$15||$9,000|
|4||New Testament King James Bible||1,000 pieces||$2||$2,000|
Jesse and Comfort Quapourlee
African Fundamental Baptist Mission, Inc.
- Donate online (indicate African Projects), or send a check to GARBC International Ministries with memo line indicating African Projects: 1300 North Meacham Rd., Schaumburg, IL 60173-4806.
- Read also “Churches in Liberia Respond to Ebola,” about relief efforts initiated by Larque Vaye, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Liberia.