This week, we had the privilege of speaking with Mike Mantel, president and CEO of Living Water International on the podcast, and Jeff and I are convinced that this is the most important interview we've ever done at 200churches. The threat and impact of the ebola virus are very real, and as Mike points out in our interview, the virus is projected to have infected 1.4 million people by January.
Our conversation with Mike focuses on specific steps that your small church can take to deal with this threat. There is no doubt in our mind that Christians have a responsibility to step up and get on the front lines of fighting this crisis. Our primary responsibilities are to raise awareness, lift up those areas affected in prayer, and give resources to those who are on the ground in west Africa.
Yesterday, the first confirmed case of ebola was diagnosed in the United States. While we believe that the lives of all who are affected are valuable, the fact that the infection has traveled highlights that this is an issue we can't simply ignore in the hopes it will disappear.
Our encouragement to you is that you would do the three things Mike brought attention to in the podcast:
1) Make yourself aware of the issue and educate yourself about Ebola
2) Lift up the areas and people affected in prayer
3) Donate to efforts to stop Ebola and encourage your churches to do the same
Beyond Living Water International, we would also encourage you to check in on the efforts your denomination might be making to fight Ebola. The compassion branch of our denomination has many on the ground working to stem the tide of this virus, and yours may also have efforts in place. Battling this outbreak on multiple fronts is vital to stopping it before more lives are lost.
Our prayer is that you would hear this interview and be moved to make a donation and encourage your members to as well. By the grace of God, we can make a difference in the lives of those who are affected by this horrible virus, not only for this world, but also for the next.
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