LOVING CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR WISHES
The courage and resilience of the Liberians is admirable. They are determined to carry on, even though they had just started the road to recovery after a civil war.
Our Catholic Church health facilities lost 12 health workers, among the 300 health workers in the country who have died. My role in our Ebola program is to work with our training teams to teach our health workers how to “keep safe, keep serving”, which is the motto of the present national efforts, and how to build up again the basic health service. Sr. Mary Anne Williamson writes:” (This could be info re their roles_With two other Ebola volunteers (Sr. Gosia FMM midwife and a lay counselor from the US), I live in our FMM compound and share prayer and life with our FMM community. Sr. Barbara is the coordinator of all the Ebola efforts of the Catholic Church. Sisters Evie and Fatima have been going with their secondary school teachers training the teachers in the 28 Catholic schools how to keep the children safe when schools reopen, hopefully next February. Sr. Thava has been mobilizing the HIV counselors to go out into the communities to create Ebola prevention awareness.
We ourselves belong to a well-organized team. There is a lot of support and optimism, coming in a special way from our trust that our loving God is working with and through the efforts of the whole world to end this Ebola epidemic and to know what to do, if such a crisis occurs anywhere again.
From our little chapel, where we gain our strength from our Eucharistic Lord, my loving prayers go out for each and every one of you. May this Christmas and the New Year 2015 be filled with joy and hope and may the Lord bring you all that you most desire.
News from Barbara Brillant, fmm
We had a visit with Cardinal Turkson. He came for one half a day and we had the Liberian EBOLA Task Force meeting which I chair with the three Bishops. He was very relaxed and brought a special message from Pope Francis for all of us fighting EBOLA.
He had tea with us FMM and thanked us. He had a lot of questions on the PPE personal protective wear that is so hot and we tried explaining the different types, so Sr. Mary Anne went and dressed up for him.
Ebola Task Force with Cardinal and Bishops