Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13
When you are adopting from another part of the world you suddenly find yourself wanting to know more about the culture you are adopting from. Soddo, Ethiopia, Addis Ababa Ethiopia, Nazret, Ethiopia, and Accra, Ghana are no longer just little dots on a map, but the birth places of our sons. We care about the people there, and we like to know what is happening in those areas.
I guess that is why some time ago( in addition to reading our local/national news) I began reading the BBC Africa News.
Africa is a huge and diverse continent. I have really enjoyed getting to know more about the countries and the issues they face.
I was very saddened to read earlier this week about an Ebola Outbreak in Bundibugyo, Uganda. Ebola is such a fearful disease.
Then a friend sent me a link for THIS BLOG...and it has put on real and personal a face to this Ebola Crisis.
The Missionaries at World Harvest Mission are on the front line of this battle, and they have lost one of their Dr.'s to the Ebola Virus. They trained and loved Dr. Jonah, and they are mourning his passing whilst fighting a real and very dangerous killer.
This paragraph about his life touched me deeply..
Friday November 23 is the day Jonah believed himself to have been infected. That was the day he and Scott examined Jeremiah Muhindo. In between two of the times they saw the patient together, Jonah went in alone and arranged a face mask of oxygen onto the dying man, hoping to provide some relief or comfort. He was not wearing gloves because he could not find any at the hospital at that moment, and he felt that his friend needed the oxygen. That was his greatest exposure.
A Christian brother has gone on to his reward in heaven. Pray for those who are left behind..his wife, children, mother, and brothers, and the workers at World Harvest Mission..who offer this explanation for the title of their Blog Paradoxuganda
"We are a pair of docs in working in Africa ... Paradox: “A seemingly absurd proposition which when explained may prove to be true”-- Oxford English Dictionary. Dying that we might live. Becoming poor that we might be rich. Strong in our weakness. Joyful despite our suffering. Sinners, yet saints. Apparent contradictions, but core truths."
Also, pray that God will stop this killer, bring healing to the sick, and strength to the laborers who are working in His Name..
And now... when I tell my children about the heroes of our faith..Nate Saint, Jim Elliott, Gladys Aylward, George Mueller, Amy Carmichael, etc. I will also tell them of Dr. Jonah..another true hero of the faith.