Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Possible Ebola

Please be in prayer for those of us here in Northern Uganda. There has been an outbreak of an unknown disease that is mimicking Ebola in symptoms here in Northern Uganda. The US Embassy here is warning people to limit their travel to this area. The good news is that because of past epidemics they have had, they are really on top of this and they have already taken steps to study it and quarantine those who have come down with it.

I have been thinking and praying about this and have come to the realization that there are two attitudes I can take about this news. One of course is fear of something that I have no control over. The other is to rest in the One Who is over everything (including disease). Before my decision to come to Uganda, I spent several years praying on it, over it and about the things that I would be doing when I did come. Knowing it was in Africa, I realized that there was a chance I would be exposed to disease that we can’t really comprehend still exist in America. Even knowing this, after going before the Lord, I realized that the call I was feeling was not diminishing and instead seemed to be growing stronger. So I packed my bags up and off to Uganda I gallivanted knowing that He would care for me. This is my peace :)

Isaiah 26:2
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

After this brave speech, just know that we are not being foolish about this :) We are staying inside the compound as much as possible for now until they are able to discover where is causing the sickness and how it is spread. Prayerfully there will be a resolution soon and they will be able to stop it before it gets too serious!

I appreciate the prayers for those of us serving here.   

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.


  1. My son was in Kitgum with the Peace Corps.
    Sent home early a couple months ago.

  2. Yeah I know that they pulled a couple of Peace Corps workers just last week because of the sickness. They just announced however, that it is actually Black Plague. Seems that with the burning season upon us, the rats are running in to the houses and the fleas are giving people the Plague. Blessedly there are no new cases in the last few days.