Liberian Christian and Muslim female religious leaders have assembled at the Ministry of Gender and Development in Monrovia to intercede to God on behalf of the nation as the deadly Ebola virus continues to take a toll here.
In the presence of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the women offered prayers on Friday, October 3rd for the nation; the President; the three branches of government; health care workers and the national security, asking for God’s divine intervention in eradicating Ebola out of the country.
Lamenting the untimely deaths of scores of Liberians daily under the outbreak, the Rev. Nelly Wright, a female United Methodist prelate, said: “We come today Lord to just ask you, to stop the deaths.”
“You promised us three scores and ten, but we see children dying; we see people dying before their three scores and ten. We come today Lord, to just ask you to stop the death. Stop the death! Stop the death! You stopped it, you ceased it for Tubman; you cease it for Tolbert; cease it for Ellen,” Rev. Wright said.
During the intercession, various prayer points were offered just as was done by the Church earlier in August after the Ebola crisis intensified across the country. The women asked God to heal the land, their children and husbands as well as purge Liberia of the ongoing untimely deaths.
President Sirleaf in a very brief remark said, “We have to kneel, bow, pray and ask God’s blessings upon us” while appreciating the mothers and fathers of Liberia for their efforts in seeking God’s healing on behalf of the Nation, especially during this crisis period.
“No matter what we do – we can bring all the medications; we can build all the Ebola Treatment Centers; we can mobilize all the resources, financial and human, but without [taking this] to the Lord in prayer, we will not get the full results”, the President acknowledged.
Gender Minister Madam Julia Duncan Cassell, said, “The women have come together to do something about kicking Ebola out of Liberia,” assuring President Sirleaf that they are praying with her.
Madam Cassell said the women had assembled at the Ministry after going through fast for some time, before offering various prayer points during the weekend for the nation and its people.
Earlier, Rev. Khartuma Harris pleaded for God to heal the land and put stop to the Ebola disease, saying, “We know something wrong somewhere – we are not living the way you want us to live.”
“We will destroy the devil,” she said, adding that though the church prayed earlier, the Women of Liberia had assembled at the Ministry of Gender and Development to pray for the land.
For her part, Rev. Constance Kennedy, said because of Ebola, children are out of school and the economy is taking a downward trend, pleading, “Help us God.”