We are utterly undone over the devastation that is happening throughout West Africa right now. If you are reading this blog, there’s a good chance that you personally are experiencing some of this same heartache, leading you to ask the question “What can I do?” The first thing we must do is remind ourselves that there is hope.
For more information about exactly what Women of Hope International is doing to support the most vulnerable in Sierra Leone during this crisis, please visit our Disabling Ebola webpage. Our prayer is that this campaign does not become just another cause to get behind, but that these efforts will help us all consistently put faces to the humanness behind what we are seeing in the news coverage. We are praying that the “I Disabled the Power of Ebola” campaign will help give those who engage in it a voice to share the stories of the women we serve whose lives are being affected by the Ebola crisis, to learn how to better pray and to personally make an impact in this global catastrophe.
What can I do?
As part of the campaign, we are launching a 21 Days of Prayer movement beginning October 11, to end the spread of Ebola. We have developed a 21 day prayer guide that we are disseminating to individuals, churches, Bible study groups and anyone interested in joining in this movement of people collectively laying West Africa and those directly involved in the response on the ground before our loving Father. Please download this prayer calendar, tape it some place prominent where you will remember to read the daily prayer request and pray. Please share this your friends and loved ones.
The Ebola outbreak has caused us as an organization, to have to adapt existing programs and develop new strategies in supporting women affected by disability in Sierra Leone. We have set a goal to raise $100,000 in order to address the spread of Ebola and help care for women affected by disability and their families. We recently received a $50,000 matching grant from a generous donor to help us with these efforts. This means that throughout the month of October any gift in response to the Ebola outbreak will be matched, and your impact doubled up to $50,000. For more up-to-date information on exactly what we are doing on the ground, in Sierra Leone, and tangible ways that your gift will be put to use, please visit our Disabling Ebola webpage.
Will you become an advocate for the precious lives being affected by the Ebola outbreak and the work that is being done to support them? As you have begun praying for an end to Ebola and given toward the work being done to support the most vulnerable in Sierra Leone, lastly would you would share this opportunity with others? Here’s how:
1. Print the “I disabled the power of Ebola,” downloadable graphic or make your own.
2. Post a selfie of you holding the graphic on your social media pages #DisablingEbola.
3. Tag three friends in your post, asking them to do the same.
Why are we Disabling Ebola?
You may be wondering how we came up with the name of this campaign to help end the spread of Ebola. As a ministry dedicated to helping women with disabilities, we rarely use the term “disabled” because the connotation that often comes with that word can convey an emphasis on an individual’s physical challenges as opposed to the inherent skills and strengths they possess.
1. to make unable or unfit; weaken or destroy the capability of; incapacitate: The detective successfully disabled the bomb. He was disabled by the accident. 2. to make legally incapable; disqualify. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/disable
A synonym for “disable” is incapcitate. It has been estimated that every hour five more cases of Ebola develop in the area of Sierra Leone where Women of Hope serves. We chose #DisablingEbola because as this disease continues to ravage the people of West Africa, our prayer is that our global community might join with us in these efforts to debilitate the power of this disease. Women of Hope International, national governments, USAID and other relief agencies cannot do this alone. Join with us in this global effort to help disable the power of Ebola.