To help contain the further spread of the Ebola virus in Liberia, the Liberian Council of Churches (LCC) over the weekend declared a week of National Fast and Prayer throughout the 15 counties seeking God’s Divine intervention.
At a press conference on Friday, April 4, LCC First Vice President, Rev. Dr. Kortu K. Brown, said the LCC is working in collaboration with the various denominations under its umbrella to observe a period of national fast and prayer, which began yesterday, Sunday, April 6.
Some of the denominations in the crusade are the Liberian Fellowship of Full Gospel Ministries, Association of Evangelicals of Liberia, and Christian Community of Liberia, Pentecostal Fellowship Union of Liberia, and the Prophetic Call to Ministry.
The LCC is calling on all Liberians and residents within the country’s territorial limits to observe a period of national Fast and Prayer throughout the country.
The LCC’s decision, according to Rev. Brown, was reached as a result of an Executive Committee meeting of the Council on Wednesday, April 2, affirming a resolution of the 29th General Assembly to observe the 2nd Friday in April as a Day of Prayer against hunger and poverty.
The exercise will be hosted on the theme: “Heal Our Land, Lord.” It is based on 2 Chronicle 7:13-14, with a focus on the prayer against hunger, poverty, pestilence (a fatal epidemic disease) such as Ebola, insecurity and lack of genuine love amongst the Liberian people.
“Liberia,” Rev. Brown said, “is confronted with many challenges, the latest being the development of the Ebola virus that is slowly stealing innocent lives because it has no cure. Other issues like hunger, poverty, lack of reconciliation, love and care for one another, stair us in the face daily.
He said, “the LCC, as people of faith, live according to the words enshrined in the preamble of the Liberian Constitution” which reads, “We the people of the Republic of Liberia, acknowledge our devour gratitude to God for our existence as a free, sovereign and independent state, and rely on His Divine Guidance for our survival as a Nation…”
Therefore, from yesterday, Sunday, April 6 to Thursday, April 10, all Liberians are requested to fast and pray for mercy, forgiveness and compassion for the nation in their respective homes, offices, market places and various places of worship.
On Friday, April 11, the national Fast and Prayer will be climaxed at the Providence Baptist Church in Monrovia beginning at 10 a.m. for a Special Intercessory and Thanksgiving service to involve all churches, intercessors, evangelists, pastors and national stakeholders.
Thereafter, Archbishop Lewis J. Zeigler of the Catholic Diocese of Monrovia will deliver a special meditation the climax the exercise.
The LCC has in that line requested churches in rural parts of the country to climax the weeklong event in their respective areas of worship instead of coming to Monrovia.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Information has announced a new radio program, dubbed: “Ebola Half Hour” to respond to the reported Ebola outbreak.
Acting Information Minister, Isaac Jackson, Jr., said the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Bernice Dahn or a designee will appear on UNMIL Radio from 12:10-12:45 p.m. to provide the latest information on the status of the disease in the country. There will also be simultaneous broadcasts on Radio Veritas, Fabric FM, Truth FM, Power, Hott FM and the LBS.
According to a statement from the ministry, the program will be relayed on community radio stations across the country.
Minister Jackson said the information provided on the “Ebola Half Hour” will be the outcome of daily technical meetings between the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and its partners including the WHO.
In addition, a situation room is being set up at MOH/SW. You can reach the Ministry’s hotlines on 0770198517; 0777549805; 0886530260; and 08869805 where local and international journalists can gather further information on the outbreak.