We received the following letter from Olu Menjay, president of Liberia Baptist Missionary & Educational Convention, Inc, vice president of the Baptist World Alliance and principal/chief administrative officer of the Ricks Institute. He gives his thanks with a grateful heart, and thanks you for your prayers and tangible support during the raging storm of Ebola in Liberia.
"I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in everyone of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now." Philippians 1:3-5
On Monday, May 11, 2015, we attended the official declaration ceremony by the World Health Organization (WHO) of the end of the lethal Ebola outbreak in Liberia. The President of Liberia, the President of Togo, international diplomats, partners and thousands of Liberians attended the program held at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion in Monrovia.
Since Saturday, May 9, 2015, Liberia has gone through an incubation period of 42 days without any new case of the deadly Ebola virus. "I thank my God."
So many churches, partners, friends and individuals aided us collectively and independently to sustain this great achievement. Indeed, we were overwhelmed by countless challenges and you provided us with help. You stood with us in tangible ways. We are grateful! "I thank my God."
During the spirited ceremony yesterday, the hall was bleeding with reflections, celebration and gratitude. We join the leadership and people of Liberia to express our deepest gratitude to you. We join the leadership of Liberia Baptists to say thank you. We join the leadership of Ricks Institute to say thank you. You particularly reminded us during the raging storm of Ebola that you care. We say thank you! "I thank my God."
While the challenges still lingers, we are grateful and joyful. The challenges of poor health care services, poor hygienic conditions, increased orphan crisis and deplorable economic conditions continue to confront us. We are resolved to remain prisoners of hope to work on these challenges. We are grateful! "I thank my God."
In the aftermath of this deadly virus, we are aware the Ebola Virus is not totally eradicated from Liberia until it is eradicated in our West African region, especially Guinea and Sierra Leone. We stand in solidarity and prayers with our sisters and brothers in Guinea and Sierra Leone. Even though significant progress has been make in Guinea and Sierra Leone in fighting the deadly disease, we stand in prayers with our neighbors and partners as we all together work diligently in eventually eliminating the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa.
Again, we are grateful. "I thank my God."