Although it has been nearly eighteen months since the beginning of the world’s largest Ebola outbreak, the outlook for Sierra Leone remains uncertain. On September 1, just a week after the country had celebrated the release of the last known Ebola patient from its hospitals, a woman who died in northern Sierra Leone tested positive for the virus. Nearly two weeks later, a teenage girl in another province died as well.
According to the Center for Disease Control, a country is not considered free of Ebola until forty-two days have passed, double the virus’s twenty-one-day incubation period. To date, almost four thousand people have died from the virus in Sierra Leone, making it the second most affected country in the world.
However, the nation is optimistic that the disease will soon be gone, and one sign of hope is that CBI Sierra Leone director Lahai Kargbo has been granted access to the prisons after a year-long hiatus. Kargbo was first denied access because of the virus in 2014, and all of his CBI materials were destroyed because of potential Ebola contamination.
However, Kargbo says that things are getting better every day and has requested dozens of new Instructor manuals and student enrollment forms. For the past few months, he has met with prison officials to discuss how to resume his ministry as quickly as possible.
“Our prayer is always that our students and Instructors will experience healing and wholeness at God’s hand, both physically and spiritually,” said Jacob Busscher, CBI’s international coordinator. “We are so thankful that the disease is decreasing and that the Lord’s Word will be spread again.”