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Ebola threat worries Christian mission groups

Associated Press - October 9, 2014 8:15 pm

Ebola threat worries Christian mission groups

The threat of Ebola has caused some Christian groups to rethink their mission efforts in West Africa.

Real Impact Missions takes 400 high school students a year on short-term mission trips to five countries. Founder and director Scott Boss told the Tulsa World that a trip was scheduled for next spring to Burkina Faso in Africa, but will likely be changed to India.

David Rogers with Youth Vision International said he’s directed his leaders to stop holding Christian youth meetings in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. He says one of his leaders died when he couldn’t get medical attention for an asthma attack because of the overwhelming Ebola outbreak.

The CEO of Blessings International in Tulsa, which provides medical supplies for missionaries, says he’s seeing fewer people going into affected areas. The organization has been in contact with a pastor in Sierra Leone who has lost five members of his church congregation to Ebola.