Mrs. Isuta Fullah, wife of Nazarene Pastor James Fullah in Sierra Leone, has passed away while undergoing treatment for Ebola.
The Fullahs (pictured) have five children. Pastor Fullah and the children, along with seven adult relatives, are in quarantine.
With deep sorrow, Sierra Leone District Superintendent Rev. Vidal Cole shared the news on 16 February of Mrs. Fullah's passing, only three days after he had released the news that she was sick.
Mrs. Fullah is the first member of the Church of the Nazarene in Sierra Leone to pass away from the Ebola virus, he said.
"Please continue to join us in prayer as we trust that by the mercies of God, Pastor Fullah, the children and the other family members will not test positive," Rev. Cole said, "and that God will stop the spread of this deadly virus in our nation."
Across Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, more than 23,200 people have contracted Ebola, and approximately 9,365 have died, according to the World Health Organization.
The economies in these countries have suffered during the crisis, and patients who go through quarantine or survive Ebola often face the hardship of being stigmatized by the rest of the community.
Nazarene churches in the hard-hit areas, through the help of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, are teaching communities about how Ebola spreads and how they can protect themselves, and have set up tap buckets for hand-washing. Churches are also providing food and companionship for those in need.
You may donate toward the relief efforts here.
Posted on Thu, February 19, 2015
by Africa News