STUDENT LED MOVEMENT EBOLA AWARENESS CAMPAIGN UPDATE

September 2014

 

This update follows the previous report in August on the "Ebola Kills, JESUS heals" campaign by the University Student Led Movement.

 

In times of difficulties that may seem insurmountable, God more often uses the difficult situation to create great opportunities to do greater things. 

 

When the Ebola plague in Liberia became very severe in late July of 2014, the Government of Liberia announced the closure of all schools and later imposed a state of emergency. Between the months of August and September, the highest death rate from Ebola and other related cases were recorded in the country.  During these dark months, the students of the GCML University Student Led Movement ceased the opportunity to give HOPE to Monrovia by 1) intensifying their mobile prayer chain and 2) doing an Ebola awareness campaign titled, “Ebola kills, JESUS heals”.

 

In our previous news about the awareness campaign, we reported that after the first awareness outreach a curfew was imposed from 6am to 9pm. Subsequent planned campaigns had to be cancelled because of being an outdoor evening event, using video projectors for the presentations.  It was not realized, at the time, that this first outreach event in August created awareness in adjacent communities for opportunities to do more.

 

In early September a request for an awareness TRAINING outreach came from the head of the Kpayu’s Town, Duazon Community Ebola Task Force Team (a community within a mile or two from where the first awareness was done). This request presented the opportunity to resume the awareness outreach, especially when the curfew had been extended from 9pm to 11pm. This request was to specifically train members of this community with the know-how’s of Ebola preventive measures as well as give HOPE in Jesus CHRIST.

 

The awareness team had been told that they should expect to train about 25 people. However, on September 20, 2014, the awareness took place in Kpayu’s Town with an audience of 75 (seventy five) eager and enthusiastic persons. The awareness team included three facilitators: Student Fayiah Bouquet, Student Mathew Garway, and GCML Student Led Coordinator Wolobah Taylor.

 

Comments from leaders of the community

 

The host of the outreach Mr. Melvin Yates commented: “you have not only given our community awareness of preventing Ebola but the Hope and assurance for now and hereafter in Christ.”

 

A lady leader in the community commented: “it is a blessing for a cross section of our community being in attendance to receive the right message (both healthwise and spiritually) that has helped relieve our struggle in educating them on this issue. We are most grateful to the Great Commission Movement of Liberia.”

 

The Pastor of the church in which the awareness training was conducted also commented: “I would love your team to often pay follow-up visits to our community for the implementation of the new ideas installed in our people. This will also help us keep our community safe from the Ebola virus.”