While the story of the Ebola crisis is captured in the upcoming documentary FACING DARKNESS, its aftermath is still strong in Liberia. Thankfully, Samaritan’s Purse is still serving the needs of the people in Liberia. Check out this portion of a blog post from June of this year to get an understanding of the ministry’s ongoing impact.
At the clinic in Monrovia, Nancy Writebol, the Ebola survivor from Charlotte, North Carolina, sits with patients in a small room of ELWA Hospital. Many of these patients come with questions about how Ebola may affect their pregnancies or which medications they can take to help with headaches. Doctors at the clinic answer these questions, but Nancy focuses on the spiritual rather than the physical.
“If we don’t share Jesus Christ with our patients, we haven’t given them anything,” she said. “We can give them medical care, and we can give them hope with maybe some livelihood business skills through Samaritan’s Purse, but unless we give them Jesus, we give them nothing. Our call is to share Christ.”
She gently does this through each question she answers, and she often shares her own story of survival with the patients as well for encouragement.
In Lofa County, Harrison and other survivors still visit the Samaritan’s Purse survivors’ clinic regularly. One woman, Esther Fayieh, comes to the clinic for pain medication. Because of Ebola, she has lost hearing in her left ear and has lasting joint pain in her leg. The medicine helps to take away the physical pain, but it’s the counseling she receives from the doctors that takes away the pain of losing all seven of her family members.
“Before I encountered the virus, I had a lovely family,” she said. “But all of my family died. I was very discouraged about life. But for now, they counsel me and talk to me, so I feel very fine even though I lost all of my family.”