[World Council of Churches press release] Prayers and action undertaken by the Liberian Council of Churches (LCC) during the Ebola outbreak of 2014-2015 will be honored by the Liberian government with distinction of “Commander, Order of the Star of Africa.”
The distinction will be conferred upon the LCC in an official ceremony on July 17.
In a congratulatory message, the World Council of Churches (WCC) acting general secretary Georges Lemopoulos called the Liberian churches’ efforts “a sign of hope in the midst of the Ebola crisis.”
The LCC, which includes member churches of the WCC in Liberia, has been actively engaged in providing preventive awareness, contact tracing, food and material relief, medical supplies including personal protective gear to the affected communities during the Ebola crisis. A number of LCC affiliated partners ran health centers that provided immediate medical relief aid to Ebola victims.
“We are very aware of your advocacy, your coordination of member churches, your practical efforts and your witness of prayer during this deeply traumatic time for your country. We are proud to be a partner through accompaniment and celebrate this distinction being given to you,” said Lemopoulos in his letter addressed to the Rev. Kortu K. Brown, acting president of the LCC.
Lemopoulos added, “Your witness in this crisis has been an inspiration to the ecumenical movement beyond your country, a testimony to what can be accomplished as churches and ecumenical organizations working together in a time of need to serve those who suffer and are in fear.”
Read on the Anglican Alliance website about Anglican Communion response to the Ebola crisis in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.