This weekend, the entire country of Sierra Leone will be under lockdown. The government has asked all six million citizens to remain in their homes September 19–21, as 7,000 health care teams go door-to-door, helping identify hidden Ebola cases. We’ll be using those days to pray.
The quarantine has sparked controversy among international health organizations. Some say it could incite violence between residents and health workers and drive families to further conceal infected loved ones. Others worry it will restrict access to food or even lead to more infections in areas without adequate sanitation.
We can’t predict the outcome, but we can pray for peace, discernment, safety, and effectiveness. Our entire staff will be taking shifts around the clock all three days to cover the country in prayer. Please determine a time convenient for you—Friday, Saturday, or Sunday—and join us. Maybe even ask your church or small group to pray together Sunday morning! Stay tuned to our social media channels for reminders and inspiration throughout the weekend.
We can’t imagine the fear our brothers and sisters in Sierra Leone must be feeling as they prepare to stay indoors for 72 hours, waiting in uncertainty. But we can stand with them in spirit. Thank you for praying with us!
Published September 18, 2014