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Ebola Virus

Faith leaders are vital to respond effectively to the crises in West African nations resulting from the Ebola virus. Three nations – Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia – were at the center of the epidemic, which originated in a rural village in Guinea in late December 2013 but was not identified as Ebola until March […] Read More

Ebola killed nearly 5,000 people in Liberia and threatened the lives of 4 million over a period of more than two years. Now that we are free from the threat of Ebola, we can sit side by side and move freely through normal life once again. When Ebola first showed its fierce face in Monrovia […] Read More

The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed three new cases of Ebola on Nov. 20 in Paynesville City, a suburb of Monrovia, Liberia, where the Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary (LBTS) has been a presence for nearly four decades. A 15-year-old boy, his brother and father were diagnosed with the life-threatening virus. Four days later, the boy […] Read More

Baptists from around the world, meeting in Africa for the Baptist World Congress, heard updates from those in nations impacted by last year’s Ebola epidemic. Baptists from Liberia and Nigeria spoke, as did a Baptist from Ghana (where no one was diagnosed with a case of Ebola). The 2014 Ebola epidemic – the worst Ebola […] Read More

A cold-blooded killer, Ebola has claimed more than 9,000 lives across West Africa since the outbreak began in December 2013. Thirteen months later, a BMS World Mission doctor serving in Guinea says that the number of new Ebola cases is decreasing and that he hopes to see the epidemic end within the next six months. […] Read More

Don Sewell is’s pick as Baptist of the Year for 2014. He is the director of Faith in Action Initiatives (FIA) at Baylor Scott and White Health (BSWH) in Dallas, which has been shipping containers of medical supplies and equipment to trouble zones around the world. Sewell is representative of how a number of […] Read More

An independent political fact-checking organization recently lambasted media hype about the Ebola virus in the United States., a Pulitzer Prize-winning nonpartisan site, named Ebola exaggerations by media outlets and politicians the “Lie of the Year.” Noting that many more people died in the U.S. this year from the flu than Ebola, PolitiFact mentioned several […] Read More

Liberia is presently a weeping nation. As I listen carefully to the voices of the voiceless in our nation, I am disappointed and disheartened by the Ebola crisis, which began in early March. Fighting the unseen disease that is causing calamity in our society is difficult. Every morning I wake up and hear reports about […] Read More

As Liberia makes gradual progress toward the eradication of Ebola, there is another emerging challenge for all Liberians and for people around the world. Something striking and humiliating that can be called “Ebola discrimination” is causing post-traumatic stress, division and animosity among Liberians and many identified as the African Diaspora. The World Health Organization (WHO), […] Read More

Today is the day that the Dallas/Fort Worth area breathes a collective sigh of relief. Why? This is the last day of Ebola monitoring. For a few days it seemed that the cities were abuzz about Ebola. As a hospital chaplain in the area, I could not help but overhear some of the conversations and […] Read More