Bishops, Pastors Converge to Strategize, Formulate ‘Spiritual Response’ to Ebola

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The president of the Liberia Council of Churches has cited all pastors, bishops, general overseers, prophets, evangelists and other ministers of the Gospel to an important emergency meeting.

According to a communication signed by Archbishop Dr. Jonathan B.B. Hart, LCC president, the meeting will, among other things, decide on a strategy to fight the Ebola epidemic.    

The first vice president of the LCC, Rt. Reverend Dr. Kortu Brown, speaking to this newspaper Monday evening, said the meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 30, at 11 a.m. at the St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on 10th Street in Sinkor, Monrovia.

The LCC is working in collaboration with the Pentecostal Fellowship Union of Liberia, Liberia Fellowship of Full Gospel Ministers, Association of Evangelicals of Liberia, Prophetic Call to Ministers, Christian Community in Liberia, Apostolic World Christian Fellowship, amongst others to organize the meeting.

He further stated that the LCC leadership, during the meeting, will discuss and consider an enhanced spiritual response by the church in Liberia to the prevailing EBOLA virus.

The LCC vice president then expressed, on behalf of the Church in Liberia, profound sympathy to the bereaved families of those Liberian and foreign health workers and doctors who have become victims of the Ebola in performing their duty to save lives.

Rev. Brown said the Inter-Religion Council, which comprises the LCC and the Muslim Council of Liberia, has already issued statements of encouragement to the health workers as well as radio commentaries advising citizens and residents to adhere to preventive measures to help sustain the virus.

At such a crucial stage of the nation, Rev. Kortu said, the Christian Church is required to perform spiritual and humanitarian duties as enshrined in the Holy Bible.

In a related development, Rt. Rev. Brown, on behalf of the LCC has expressed prayerful thanks for Muslims in Liberia for the sacrifice they continue to make, especially during the period of Ramadan, which was concluded Monday with the prayer of Eid Mubarak.

Despite the difficulty the country is going through amidst the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic, Rev. Brown said the Muslims did not give up, and continued to fast and pray for the country.  He expressed the hoped that the religious bodies will continue to work together in harmony.

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