Compassion in Action


In early August, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf declared a state of emergency as the country grappled with the Ebola outbreak, which has killed more than 1,300 people, primarily in the West African countries of Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria.

Week of Compassion partner IMA World Health has partnered with the Christian Health Association of Liberia (CHAL), a network of Christian health organizations in Liberia, to provide health worker training and essential supplies to help stop the spread of the Ebola virus.

“CHAL reported that an increasing number of health care workers have contracted Ebola in a health facility,” said IMA World Health CEO and President Rick Santos. “This has exacerbated the problem because workers fear they will contract the disease and are not coming to work. These areas of Liberia already are ill equipped to handle the outbreak, and residents deserve the best care possible.”

CHAL is working in close collaboration with the Liberia Ministry of Health to train health care professionals, community health volunteers, and religious and traditional leaders on the key facts about Ebola. CHAL is also engaged in the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health workers, along with the training on its proper use.

If you would like to respond to the Ebola Outbreak by putting your Compassion into Action, follow this link.

When Disaster Strikes: Sept. 23 Webinar Help Congregations, Organizations Prepare

How prepared is your congregation or organization to respond effectively and with confidence when disaster strikes, whether it’s following a devastating tornado like Joplin, Missouri; a school shooting like Newtown, Connecticut; a superstorm like Katrina or Sandy, or an individual member’s house fire?

September is National Preparedness Month, and this free, one-hour webinar - Tuesday, September 23, 2014, from 2-3 p.m. (U.S. Eastern) - will help equip you with practical ways your congregation or organization can prepare for disaster - and get ready to help your community recover, too!

Don’t miss this special opportunity to learn from the coeditors of the valuable new “how-to” guide "Help and Hope: Disaster Preparedness and Response Tools for Congregations."  (For more information about the book, click here.)

Amy Gopp, Director of Member Relations and Pastoral Care at Church World Service, and Brandon Gilvin, Associate Director of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)'s Week of Compassion, will share lessons from real-life experience to help congregations and other community organizations to expect the unexpected and respond in ways that help and not hinder survivors’ relief and recovery.

Topics to be covered include:

  • “Systems and Supplies: Some Lists and Tasks for Preparing Your Congregation for a Disaster”
  • “Knowing When to Stay and When to Go: A Guide to Volunteering”
  • “The Long-Term Recovery Process and Your Faith Community”
  • “The Importance of Spiritual and Emotional Care”

The webinar will include ample time for questions and answers.  Space is limited, so please register early ! 

This Week’s Responses:

Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance

Syria, Relief Support
North America, Refugee Support
Bangladesh, Flood Relief
Arizona, Flood Relief