MPB: Ebola: Missionaries Guide Nationals from Afar

Missionary Prayer Bulletin (October 2014) Joanne Greer is a Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster missionary who has been laboring in Liberia, West Africa since March of 2012. She was evacuated from Liberia on August 5, 2012 by the Free Presbyterian Church of North America mission board because of the rapid spread of the Ebola virus.

OCTOBER 15, 2014

Ebola West Africa
A boy in West Africa sells newspapers warning of the deadly Ebola virus sweeping the region.

MONROVIA—Joanne Greer asks continued prayer for the situation in Liberia and the greater West Africa region as the Ebola epidemic continues to rage.

Joanne is trying to encourage the folks in the Liberian churches by email, Skype, and phone.

She says, “We held a catechism exam by Skype with five of the Paynesville children in September; we are thankful for these technologies that help us to stay in touch! Do remember those who are working with the children in my absence.”

She continues, “We were saddened to hear of the death of a lady from the Balla Creek congregation, probably from Ebola. She was affectionately called ‘Ma’ Rose, and she was a faithful and godly woman who will be sorely missed. Please keep her family in prayer. They have been quarantined since her death, but thankfully none of them have become ill yet.

“Do remember the physical needs of the people of the churches; some are struggling to get treatment for chronic illnesses and non-Ebola diseases since so many hospitals and clinics have shut down.

“Due to the generosity of God’s people through the medical fund of the North American Mission Board, we have been able to help some folks to find and pay for medical help.”

Joanne has been involved in some deputation work in Northern Ireland over the last couple of months. She had been scheduled to return home for furlough and deputation in 2015 so it was decided that she should do as much of that work as possible while she is home now.

She has also been asked by the Ulster Mission Board to visit a new work in Uganda for three weeks, so please keep her in prayer as she travels there on October 22.