An ebola outbreak in Guinea has led to more than 100 deaths, according to reports. Despite the outbreak, missionaries in the area are seeing more conversations about salvation.
“By demonstrating care for people’s temporal welfare, we find that they’re much more open to hear the Good News: that God has a plan of salvation for them,” Reach Beyond President and CEO Wayne Pederson said.
So far Reach Beyond’s mobile medical clinics have cared for about 300 people in three villages.
“The villages were very needy health-wise,” said Mark Nelson, a missionary doctor. “The kids struggled with malaria and parasites without much intervention available, so treatment for these maladies was much appreciated. The adults were glad to have a general checkup, having their blood pressure checked and medications for conditions such as hypertension and chronic pain.
Ebola is a hemorrhagic fever with a fatality rate of about 90 percent. The disease starts in wild animals that then infect people and is then spread by human-to-human contact.
Reach Beyond is planning another mobile medical unit for later this year.
“We proclaim God’s love through the radio outreach, and through the media we use,” Pederson said. “And we demonstrate God’s love through healthcare.”
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