Due to the U.S. State Department’s heightened international travel alert until late February 2016, and the recent three new cases of Ebola in the outlying area of the capital city of Monrovia, the January teams scheduled for travel to Liberia are being postponed. Although there have now been 21 days with no new cases of Ebola in Liberia, it will take 42 days for CDC to declare Liberia once again Ebola free.
Our mission partnership with Liberia continues although we are not currently taking teams. New Hope UMC in Paynesville (IGRC Advance #6675) and Bethany UMC in Buchanan (designated donations may be channeled through IGRC Advance #6660) are ongoing building projects. Approximately 160 students in Liberia are attending school because of the IGRC Liberia Scholarship Advance #6995 with many other students being sponsored by direct gifts.
Our mission partners and friends in Liberia remain in constant contact with us.
Let us pray not only for Liberia, but also for neighboring countries of Guinea and Sierra Leone that the region of West Africa may remain Ebola free.
Everyone, our teams waiting to go and our partners in Liberia, all await for the day when IGRC mission teams may resume travel to Liberia. Both teams will be rescheduled. At the present, the rescheduled dates are not yet determined. In the meantime, no ocean, no heightened terrorist alert, no potential threat of disease will separate us as we remain connected in prayer for one another.
Bunny Wolfe -- IGRC Coordinator of Missions and Outreach
Rev. J. Keith Zimmerman -- IGRC Liberia Partnership Chair