The senior Pastor of the David Gueh Memorial United Methodist Church in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, has urged Liberians to remain focused on Jesus instead of engaging in acts that are detestable in the sight of God.
Speaking Sunday, September 7, 2014 at the church edifice during worship, the Rev. K. Richard Tonnonlah, said in order for Liberians to be free from the deadly Ebola virus, especially church goers, they must seek the face of God face and follow preventive measures being prescribed by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and its partners.
Rev. Tonnonlah, who described Ebola as an unwelcome visitor, said the virus has caused a serious problem in West Africa with people turning away from infected family members and friends for fear of contracting the disease.
Speaking on the theme, “The soul that thirsts for God” with text from Psalm 42: 1-11, he said, though foreign experts have arrived in the country to educate Liberians how to prevent themselves from contracting the virus, without the intervention of God himself in this matter, the nation will continue to encounter more difficulties, because Liberians continue to go against the way of God.
Reminding that the God says in II Chronicle Chapter two that if my people, who are called by my name will hear my voice and turn from their wicked ways, I will heal their land, the Methodist prelate challenged Liberians to observe those preventive tips such as avoid touching dead bodies of Ebola victims and washing of hands, among others, saying “Although we are facing lots of difficulties and challenges, but we must all not lose hope in Christ.”
Turning to the Church, Rev. Tonnonlah reminded that honor comes directly from God himself, not man, adding,
“Various Churches in Liberia have gone through tough times since the beginning of the outbreak, now it is time for Church Leaders to stand on their feet and seek the face of God in order to have our land free from this virus.”