Ebola Update: July 18, 2014

Thank you for your continued prayers for those who have been affected by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Also thank you for praying for the SIM missionaries in Liberia who are working around-the-clock in the isolation unit at ELWA Hospital where patients who are victims of this deadly virus are cared for.

6-bed Isolation Unit at ELWA Hospital

6-bed Isolation Unit at ELWA Hospital

As most of you have seen in the news, this is the deadliest epidemic of Ebola in history.  As of the writing of this post, there have been over 900 cases in West Africa and more than 600 have died from the disease.


The 6-bed isolation unit at ELWA, which is one of only two Ebola treatment centers in the capital city, has been nearly full for the past week.  Missionaries and national staff from ELWA, SIM, and Samaritan’s Purse are contributing to the response.  Some have volunteered to work at the unit on the decontamination team and others are bringing food, doing laundry, providing facility support services and giving encouragement to the patients and the staff.


This past week, ELWA leadership, Samaritan’s Purse, and the Ministry of Health met regarding the many challenges that we are facing in controlling the spread of the disease.  Samaritan’s Purse offered to step into leadership of one consolidated Ebola treatment center in the capital city, Monrovia.  These efforts will be concentrated here at ELWA. The personnel in the unit at the government hospital in town are receiving additional training and they will be joining a team of Liberians and expatriates in the isolation unit on the ELWA campus.


SIM doctor, Debbie Eisenhut training staff from the government hospital.

SIM doctor, Debbie Eisenhut training staff from the government hospital.

Samaritan’s Purse has modified one of the newly constructed buildings at the site of the new hospital and converted it into a 20-bed isolation unit.  This unit will be ready to accept suspected and confirmed cases this weekend. In the weeks to come, a larger 40-bed facility will be built on the ELWA campus.


The new 20-bed Isolation Unit that will begin to take suspected and confirmed Ebola patients at the end of this weekend.

Part of the new 20-bed Isolation Unit that will begin to take suspected and confirmed Ebola patients at the end of this weekend.

Please continue to pray that the Ebola outbreak will come to an end.


Pray for wisdom for all involved and for the stamina and perseverance of the doctors, nurses, and staff.


Pray for the protection of all workers in the isolation unit and for the ELWA Hospital staff.


Pray that the staff members from the government hospital, Ministry of Health, and Samaritan’s Purse will integrate well into the isolation unit and will be a good fit.


Pray that the love, hope, and presence of Christ may be known to those who are suffering from this horrible disease.


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2 Comments On “Ebola Update: July 18, 2014”

  1. Don and Glenna Bigelow

    ART and Sonia: Blessings from some old friends. To those at ELWA: Prayers for safety, strength and wisdom to deal with the huge task God has laid before you. May God intervene and bring a quick end to this terrible virus. Blessings to those who assist the government. May the Government look with favor on those who put their lives on the line.

  2. My heart is so burdened for the workers who are pouring out day by day to meet the needs in this medical crisis. The good thing is that the Lord is receiving a lot of attention through this crisis. I praise God for Dr. Brantley and Nancy who have drawn the world’s attention to what is happening in Liberia,to ELWA’s ministry,and to what missionaries are doing in the name of Christ. I served as a short term missionary at ELWA Academy in 1978-79. What a precious time it was and what a privilege to work in such a great ministry. Maybe it is time for all of us who have some connection to ELWA to make it a high priority to pray and give.
    To God be the Glory, as Nancy so aptly said leaving the hospital in Atlanta. Susan (Muller) Lehman

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