Sunday, August 10, 2014

A focus on the good of this world: Thank you, Samaritan's Purse, SIM, and Doctors Without Borders.

Samaritan's Purse workers spray disinfectant on the dead body of an Ebola victim (Source: CBS News)

With so much sickness and evil happening throughout the world right now, I wanted to say a sincere, huge THANK YOU to Samaritan's Purse, SIM, and Doctors Without Borders. These charitable organizations and the people who serve with them have been the main people in Western Africa during this unprecedented Ebola outbreak over the past 8 months. They became involved in the critical care and containment of Ebola patients because the rest of the world was absent and no one else was there to help.

Now, with two American missionaries still in isolation, and the disease still spreading, the international community is paying attention. May God bless these medical missionaries who live off of the support of others, daily putting their lives at risk, far from home, and now enduring criticism from some people in the Western world as they endure an already hellish environment.

Thank you to these many unknown people who clearly demonstrate the love of Christ when no one else will get involved or care. Thank you to these people who hold the hands of the dying each day and carry their bodies out to be buried safely. Thank you to these people who face death bravely each time they put on their suits and gloves, having to disinfect their entire bodies each time they exit the containment units, and go home wondering if they hadn't been cautious enough.

And when they face scorn from millionaires and billionaires sitting in their comfortable homes, writing annoying twitter remarks and incredible posts about their 'idiocy,' may they rejoice and count it all joy that they bear the marks of Christ's own death on their bodies and, as they suffer with him, most assuredly they will receive a great reward in heaven.

"For Christ’s love compels us..." -2 Corinthians 5:14

Much more can still be done to help from our home front. Monetary donations are critical to provide the protective equipment and basic medical supplies needed to save people's lives and stop infection in Africa and throughout our world. 

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