On Saturday, November 8, at the St. David’s Episcopal Church, 43600 Russell Branch Parkway, Ashburn, Virginia, a truck will be loaded with medical supplies, including disposable gowns, gloves, face masks, goggles, etc., various pain killers, Clorox/sanitation products, high energy drinks, boxes of 25lbs parboiled rice, 100 large cans kidney beans, luncheon meat/corned beef/spam, etc. The items will be packed in a 20-ft freight container and shipped to the Episcopal Church of Liberia.
Prior to this, a truck from the shippers will pick up donated medical supplies and materials from the Trinity Episcopal Church, 7005 Piney Branch Road, NW, Washington DC 20012. The contents in the container are estimated at US$60,000 and are designated for those affected by the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, living in the rural areas of Liberia.
Ebola Care Centers are set to benefit from many of the medical and relief supplies. The cost for trucking and shipment is approximately US$4,800. An additional amount is being earmarked to assist the Episcopal Church of Liberia with logistics/transportation to distribute donated materials in rural Liberia. The container is expected to arrive at the Freeport of Monrovia within 30-35 days after it departs the Port of Baltimore, Maryland. The Rt. Rev. Jonathan B.B. Hart, Bishop of Liberia and Archbishop of the Internal Province of West Africa (IPWA) is Church’s direct contact person in Liberia. The Episcopal Relief and Development – ERD will assist with the distribution in Liberia.
The Liberian Episcopal Community USA (LECUSA) in collaboration with the clergy and parishioners of St. David's Episcopal Church, Ashburn, St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Reston, both in the Diocese of Virginia; and Trinity Episcopal Church, Washington D.C. are spare heading this Ebola Relief Assistance project to Liberia. LECUSA and partners have received moral support from The Episcopal Church (TEC), Episcopal Relief and Development – ERD, Global Relations and Partnership Office, Bishop Mark Beckwith – the Covenant Committee TEC/ECL, etc. Financial and material donations have come from LECUSA members, parishioners of St. David’s and St. Anne’s, the Union of Black Episcopalians – UBE, Church Pension Group – CPG, local Episcopal parishes and Missions, non-Episcopal churches, organizations and individuals throughout the USA. The LECUSA website: www.lecusa.net provides updated information/materials on the Ebola crisis with a secured area for an on line donation.
On September 27, at St. David’s Episcopal Church, Ashburn, LECUSA and partners conducted an Ecumenical Worship Service of Love and Care for Liberia, and the Rev. Dr. James T. Yarsiah, LECUSA Chairman served as preacher. Yarsiah shared excerpts from a letter he received by email from Bishop Hart, written on August 2, 2014 by Dr. Benjamin Dorme Lartey, Immediate Past General Secretary. “Ecumenical Greetings, We wish to appeal for your prayers for LIBERIA, SIERRA LEONE and GUINEA. The EBOLA situation is alarming and killing us!!!!!! No one know who is next only GOD!!!!” In response to the health crisis in West Africa, St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Reston along with other faith communities hosted a Candlelight Vigil for West Africa on Sunday, November 2nd at 6 p.m. on Lake Anne Plaza in Reston, Virginia.
Nearly 4,900 deaths from Ebola have been recorded across West Africa since the virus was first detected in Guinea. Liberia has been the hardest hit of the countries most affected by the virus, with 2,705 deaths and 4,665 recorded cases.