In the summer of 2013, the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod in convention affirmed altar and pulpit fellowship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Liberia. This was a joyous day. This is a young, upstart confessional Lutheran group who are bringing the pure, wonderful Gospel of Jesus Christ crucified for the forgiveness of sins, received by grace through faith, to the people of Liberia.
These, our brothers and sisters in Christ, need our prayers. Liberia, along with Sierra Leone and Guinea, are facing a tremendous outbreak of the Ebola virus in their midst. In fact, it’s the worst ever outbreak of this terrible disease.
My congregation has developed a support relationship with Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Cotton Tree, Liberia. I’ve been blessed to speak on the phone and correspond by email many times with Pastor James Kollie, the pastor of Good Shepherd. As the Ebola outbreak became more widespread, I wrote to him to see how he and his family were, as well as his congregation and their neighbors, families, and friends there in Liberia. With his permission, I share his update on the situation for himself, his congregation, and the people of Liberia:
On the other hand, We frightened here very highly as no one knows who has the Ebola Virus as we move around. Liberia at the moment is under a state of emergency for 21 days for everyone to know their status. Our doctors, nurses, and citizens dies per day here. Please join us to pray for the our only home land Liberia to survive this devastation. Jesus in His infinite mercy is the only one whom we all are looking up to for our safety. My community is safe yet at the moment but who knows what will happen in the next few weeks, months or so. Jesus, have mercy on us. My wife and children are staying behind me while I come to Us for studies in a situation like. I am the only one who goes out to the cities to purchase food and when I am gone, my wife will be the next person to do so for our family survival.
Please also pray that the Lord will always provide for them to have enough and keep safe. Also, the family of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church that I am the founding and senior pastor, Lets pray for their safety cause their safety will be ours since we meet many times weekly.
Thanks so much for your concern and we pray to see you soon.
Please add Pastor Kollie and his family, the people of Good Shepherd Lutheran in Cotton Tree, and the people of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea so affected by this Ebola outbreak.
Let us pray. Lord God, heavenly Father, your mercies are new every morning. You have shown Your love and mercy for us in sending Your Son, Jesus Christ, to redeem us from sin and to defeat death and the grave for us. Let Pastor Kollie and his family and your people in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Liberia know of Your love and care for them. Help them to be a constant reminder to their neighbors of Your love. Protect them from this disease, according to Your good and gracious will. Deliver them from evil; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.