WASHINGTON – Faith-based communities are a critical part of overseas aid and development, government officials declared at an event praising those efforts.
At the opening event for the multiday U.S.–Africa Leaders Summit, leaders in the government and faith-based organizations spoke about the efforts to aid development in the African continent.
The Friday morning opening breakfast event was hosted by Rajiv Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. more >>
Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol are returning to America in a specially outfitted CDC jet to receive further treatment for the Ebola virus they contracted in Liberia while working as missionaries.
CNN reported that both have left Liberia in the specially outfitted airplane where they will remain in enclosed structures so as not to infect anyone else. They are headed to Atlanta's Emory University Hospital where they will be treated for the disease in a special facility containment unit.
"Emory University Hospital has a specially built isolation unit set up in collaboration with the CDC to treat patients who are exposed to certain serious infectious diseases," the hospital's officials told ABC News. "It is physically separate from other patient areas and has unique equipment and infrastructure that provide an extraordinarily high level of clinical isolation. It is one of only four such facilities in the country." more >>
The two Americans diagnosed with Ebola after working in Liberia are both fervently praying to God for deliverance, and now they are reportedly improving as well. Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol were both infected while working as Christian missionaries and their faith is helping them through their ordeal.
"She's stable," Nancy's son Jeremy told "Today." "She's fighting through it and continuing to express a few symptoms but she's able to move around on her own. She's working real hard to get through this."
Writebol and her husband David have served as missionaries for over 15 years and are still together in Liberia. David is only allowed to see his wife through a window, lest he be infected as well. Their church in Charlotte, North Carolina held a prayer service for the couple. more >>
Two American missionaries who have been working to fight the deadliest outbreak of Ebola virus in history, continue fighting for their lives after contracting the disease. Major airlines are meanwhile banning flights into West Africa as the outbreak spreads.
Charlotte-based missionary group SIM USA, which is assisting efforts at a Liberia treatment center alongside Samaritan's Purse, said that both Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol are in stable condition, but are suffering from some symptoms of the virus and face critical days ahead.
"The next few days are critical in assessing the recovery of these Ebola crisis responders," Bruce Johnson, president of SIM USA, said on Tuesday. "SIM and Samaritan's Purse invite people to pray for the full restoration of our two workers and for the stemming of the spread of this virus across Liberia and other nations of West Africa." more >>
A congregation in Alabama has recently hosted a "Spa Day" for the homeless men in their neighborhood.
Government Street Baptist Church of Mobile held a luncheon for the men that included special treatment such as haircuts and showers last Saturday. The Inaugural Spa Day was organized by the Men's Ministry at Government Street Baptist and garnered local media attention.
"We want to let them know that we love them and that God loves them, and our city is a city that wants to care for people like this," said Government Street Baptist Senior Pastor Charles Brown. more >>
The ministry director of a group working to bring Israelis and Palestinians together has urged Christians not to take sides in the current conflict, but follow Jesus' example and promote reconciliation.
"Christians around the world can help promote reconciliation by remembering and encouraging us to remember the central figure of our faith, Jesus. We need to focus on His example as a peacemaker, as He called us to be at peace with God and each other," Salim J. Munayer, the director and founder of Musalaha Ministry of Reconciliation, told The Christian Post in an email interview on Monday.
"Instead of taking sides in our conflict, as many outside voices do, Christians should play the role of a bridge, and call us to follow Jesus' example, and His teachings." more >>