Ebola

Mission and Ministry
The Rev. Ndjela Shango Paul, director of the department of Christian education, listens as the Rev. Kalema Tambwe, South Kindu District superintendent, speaks during the opening of The United Methodist Church’s annual health council in December. During the gathering, the church decided to double its efforts in the fight against Ebola. Photo by Chadrack Tambwe Londe, UMNS.

Redoubling efforts to fight Ebola epidemic

Since August 2018, Ebola has claimed more than 400 lives in the Congo, and United Methodists are striving to make a difference.
Global Health
Health officials have declared a new Ebola outbreak in Bikoro in the northwest part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo courtesy of Google Maps.

First death reported in DRC Ebola outbreak

United Methodist leaders vow to raise awareness to help stop the spread of the deadly virus.
Church Growth
A building engineer (right) hands over the keys of Grace United Methodist Church to the Rev. Samuel Kailie, pastor in charge of the new church in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, during a dedication ceremony in April. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Church brings grace to former Ebola epicenter

A growing United Methodist congregation in Sierra Leone that was worshipping in a makeshift structure has dedicated a new $90,000 church building.
Mission and Ministry
Ophthalmologists Jessica Shantha (from left), Moges Teshome and Steven Yeh pose with Umaru Sesay, 12, from Moyamba Junction, Sierra Leone. Sesay, who had cataracts as a result of contracting Ebola, had a successful operation that allowed him return to school. A partnership between Emory University and the Christian Blind Mission provides free cataract surgery to Ebola survivors at the Ruth and Lowell Gess Eye Hospital in eastern Freetown. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Free surgery for Ebola survivors

A partnership between United Methodist-related Emory University and others is improving the eyesight of Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone.

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