Pastor Gener Lascase ministers to a member at Salem United Brethren Church during worship service. (Photo by Ryan Blackwell — Public Opinion)

Pastor Gener Lascase ministers to a member at Salem United Brethren Church during worship service. (Photo by Ryan Blackwell — Public Opinion)

Pastor Lascase's congregation feels the spirit. (Photo by Ryan Blackwell - Public Opinion)

Pastor Lascase’s congregation feels the spirit. (Photo by Ryan Blackwell – Public Opinion)

The Lascase family is busy helping finish a Habitat for Humanity home in Chambersburg, which they will be moving into. Left to right: friend of family and volunteer Eliavme Louis Charles; Lascase son Jonathan, daughter Syndy, son Davidson, daughter Sooyann, son Meatchacson, mother and wife Aurore, and Pastor of Salem Haitian Congregation-Salem United Brethren Church Gener Lascase. (Photo by Frieda Stayman - For Public Opinion)

The Lascase family is busy helping finish a Habitat for Humanity home in Chambersburg, which they will be moving into. Left to right: friend of family and volunteer Eliavme Louis Charles; Lascase son Jonathan, daughter Syndy, son Davidson, daughter Sooyann, son Meatchacson, mother and wife Aurore, and Pastor Gener Lascase. (Photo by Frieda Stayman – For Public Opinion)

As jobs dwindle in Florida, more Haitians are making their way north up the East Coast.

Pastor Gener Lascase is one who started in Florida, but had to search elsewhere for employment. In 2008, he found himself in Chambersburg for the first time.

Lascase said that for years, Florida remained a base for workers to find jobs while still remaining close to Haiti. They would farm corn, sugar and more, but in recent years those jobs have dried up.

After the earthquake in 2010, many Haitians, including Lascase, decided to move from their country. In 2010, he was one of the first Haitians to come to Franklin County. Now, the population in Chambersburg is about 450 souls, and growing every season.

Lascase felt a spiritual and religious calling to settle in Pennsylvania.

Lascase had been in contact with Pastor Jason Bakker (right), the associate pastor at Salem United Brethren Church. At the same time Lascase made the decision to move to the area, Bakker and the church had an opening in one of their buildings. Bakker said he felt it was a sign that Lascase could use the space as a Sunday school for Haitians, which had been lacking in the community.

Lascase said he had around seven people in his first class. The next week, he had two more. Now, four years later, they have outgrown the upstairs section of the Salem United Church, and moved to a space at the Second Lutheran Church, 240 E. Washington St.

Lascase said he now has up to 75 people attending Sunday school classes, and can expect around 65 to 75 people in church for services every Sunday.

The services are performed mostly in Creole, as “every Haitian speaks Creole” as well as a mix of other languages. However, English is spoken among the congregation as well.

As more Haitians are expected in the area, Lascase said he will continue to reach out to them and spread his faith.

“He’s a man who is (and) has the utmost integrity,” Bakker said about Lascase. “He has very strong conservative convictions about what the Bible teaches and how it applies today.”

Affirming Community

Jean Claude Benoit, 50, is one of the church members Lascase entrusts to assist in prayer leadership. He arrived in Chambersburg after the earthquake.

Benoit still works in the family-owned orchards next to the Salem United Brethren Church. Lascase said many people, once they settle in Chambersburg, change from being farm workers to warehouse workers. Benoit is not one of those people.

“I like it! I like not having to wake up early,” Benoit said. While Lascase said many workers coming from Haiti are not highly skilled, Benoit said he used to work in technology and machinery in Haiti.

However he found the jobs were better in the United States.

“(Chambersburg) is a nice place, it’s a good place for people looking for jobs,” Benoit said.

Even the youngest congregation members sing praises during Pastor Lascase's sermon. (Photo by Ryan Blackwell - Public Opinion)

Even the youngest congregation members sing praises during Pastor Lascase’s sermon. (Photo by Ryan Blackwell – Public Opinion)

Benoit and Lascase have helped lead the community through prayers, despite the ever-present language barrier that keeps the Haitian community separate from the greater Chambersburg community. Benoit said that for people like himself, who were able to go to school while growing up, language was a focus of their education.

“We love languages. Spanish, French, English,” he said. “The more you know.”

He also learned Latin growing up, but for him, like the rest of his countrymen, Creole is his first language.

“They didn’t have a common language,” Benoit said of the people who helped build Creole. “They were from different tribes. There are misspellings, misuse of the conventions of other languages.”

Slowly, Beniot said, they have reformed the language and are beginning to build more structure to the language in recent years.

“Communicating is difficult,” Beniot said. “For the ones who have skills, they are in a good place. When they come here, they can be hired. With the language barrier, it creates a problem at work.”

Benoit said that he works with Lascase and others to help Haitians interpret when they need it, and teach them to understand so that those people can pass it on.

While they continue to deal with the language problem, there haven’t been community leaders besides Lascase to build them up and bring them together. “I think it’s necessary to affirm yourself as a Haitian community,” Benoit said.

For now, Benoit will continue to assist with the church, and lead services when Lascase cannot. In all, he said he hopes they can educate the community into having real leaders on all fronts, whether church or business.

Helping Hands

Although many Haitians have lived and worked in Florida for years before coming to Chambersburg, they possess very little when they get here. Lascase had to find a place for himself, his wife and five children to live.

Bakker and his church assisted Lascase in moving to Chambersburg, and have continued to do so with other new families.

“When they get here, they try to find a house,” Lascase said. He then helps them make contact with possible jobs, helps them with applications to work and then assists them with getting their kids into schools and eventually buying cars.

The Salem United Brethren Church members assist them by providing some of the same services to people newer to the community.

Bakker said that they’ll offer people use of the church’s food pantry, and help them find furniture and move into wherever they are staying.

However, Lascase remains the leader of their assistance to the community, Bakker said.

“As Lascase has been acquainted, he’s been able to help out with the families,” Bakker said. “He also knows what companies are currently hiring.”

Lascase said that every day he helps the newer arrivals get settled, outside of his normal tasks as a church pastor.

“Every day, if I finish work at 4, I’m still working at 10,” Lascase said.

“Haitians, the first thing they’re doing is working to pay their bills,” Lascase said. “You work and put money (toward paying) your bills.”

Past that, Lascase will then help educate the community members on family dynamics, changing what many of them are used to.

“Men don’t know how to help the wife — they think she’s got to work, clean, cook, while they watch TV,” Lascase said. “That’s not right. We teach them to clean, cook.”

To him, the family aspect is vital for the community members’ success with each other and their church relationship.

“I say, if the family is not right, the church is not right,” Lascase said.

Art Page, senior pastor of Salem UB church, with Pastor Lascase. (Photo by Ryan Blackwell - Public Opinion)

Art Page, senior pastor of Salem UB church, with Pastor Lascase. (Photo by Ryan Blackwell – Public Opinion)

Sharing His Beliefs

If there’s one problem in building the Haitian community locally, Lascase said, it’s that as a religion-based leader, he doesn’t have as many chances to reach out to Haitians who are not religious.

“It’s hard to meet all of them,” Lascase said, “Some of them just don’t go into church.”

Of the 450 or more Haitians in the area, Lascase said he sees around 120 people at his largest services. Week to week, he will see around 65-75 people, and he’ll see the larger group when he has special guest speakers from Hagerstown or other areas.

For the ones who don’t attend church, Lascase said people often don’t practice any religion. In Haiti, there is a large Christian following, Lascase said, which makes outreach easier to people who do practice the religion. Lascase said he still tries to find ways to reach out to the rest of the community.

This Fourth of July, Lascase and his family held a party and invited as many people from the Haitian community as they could. Lascase said his party was somewhat successful, and he was able to meet more of the community, and he looks forward to trying again.

Lascase said more people are coming from Florida every harvest season, including others who knew him as a religious leader.

“God needed me to do something in Chambersburg,” Lascase said. “God wants me to start a ministry in Chambersburg. God knows many Haitians are going to be in this area.”


The Grow In His Word materials, used in discipleship by over 50 United Brethren churches, have been completely revised. Grow is written by Dennis Miller, pastor of Emmanuel UB church in Fort Wayne, Ind. Grow is used in over 50 United Brethren churches, and over the years has been used to systematically take thousands of people through the entire Bible.

There are four books, each of which has its own leader’s guide and accompanying teaching slides. Books 1 and 3, along with leader’s guides, are now available for churches.

  1. Old Testament: The People (Genesis through Esther)
  2. Old Testament: The Prophets (Job through Malachi) – available in November 2014
  3. New Testament: The Christ (Matthew through John)
  4. New Testament: The Church (Acts through the Revelation) – available in November 2014

What is Grow?

The Grow Ministries plan is a 52-week study which takes students through the Old and New Testaments in an orderly manner. Students grasp not only what happened, but in what order, with hooks and memory tools to help them remember what they learn. As believers learn about God’s Word, they gain confidence in their understanding and use of the Bible.

Rev. Dennis Miller developed Grow in the 1980s. “When I became a pastor, I realized that the church was not teaching new believers. I tried several Bible studies to fix that. All of them were good, but I needed something that would give people methods for retaining what they’d learned. I also wanted application to go along with the content that was being taught.”

How to Use GROW

Previously, Grow in His Word was divided into two 26-week courses. The new 13-week format gives more flexibility and is less intimidating to people who are perhaps hesitant about making a 26-week commitment.

Emmanuel Community Church, for example, will offer Book 1 and Book 3 this fall, and then offer Book 2 and Book 4 in January (to complete the Old and New Testaments). Then they’ll start another round of parts 1 and 3. This encourages people new to the church to jump in, and gives more entry points to the discipleship process.

It’s best to take a person consecutively through the four parts, a total of 52 weeks. Churches can decide whether or not to include a break between the 13-week sessions.

Leader's Guide


Student Books. A workbook is needed for each student. Cost: $9.95 each.

Leader’s Guide. The completely new Leader’s Guide is formatted to provide a more step-by-step guide (especially helpful for first-time teachers). It lays the student workbook side-by-side with the leader’s guide. Cost: $24.95 per course. Includes a student book.

PowerPoint and Keynote Files. PowerPoint and Keynote files, one for each lesson, are available through the Grow Ministries website. Once purchased, an email will be sent with downloading instructions. Cost: $12.95 per 13-week course.

Audio Files. Audio files show Pastor Miller teaching the material to a discipleship class. Each lesson is a different MP3 file and can be purchased from the iTunes store. Cost: 99 cents per lesson.

For over 100 years, Huntington University has been the primary training ground for United Brethren ministers. The new Pastoral Leadership program, launching this fall, will once again take the lead in training future UB ministers.

“The pastoral leadership program represents a true collaboration between the church and college,” says Bishop Phil Whipple (left). “Huntington University took to heart what the church leadership felt were the important elements of training pastors, and they developed a program to meet those needs.”

In fact, HU is launching three masters programs designed for people entering Christian ministry:

  • Pastoral Leadership: foundational principles and skills for effective leadership in local churches. Targets local church ministers.
  • Global Youth Ministry: the skills needed for effective youth ministry leadership in traditional settings, with ethnic populations in the United States, and in international settings. Targets youth ministry professionals.
  • Global Initiatives: foundational principles and skills for effective cross-cultural ministry leadership in the church. Targets Christian leaders and missionaries.

These add to the existing master’s degrees in Counseling, Youth Ministry Leadership, and Education.

The three new programs will be offered in seven-week blocks, with a combination of onsite classroom instruction, online live instruction, and online recorded classroom training. Every class will be broadcast live and posted online for later viewing. This will enable students to learn in an environment that best suits their needs.

Bishop Whipple points out four ways in which the new program will benefit the United Brethren Church.

  1. It is uniquely United Brethren. “The Pastoral Leadership program covers areas which the Church felt were priorities for training pastors.”
  2. It gives our pastors much flexibility. “Through the variety of delivery systems, the program will allow a number of pastors to complete their master’s degree and while continuing to serve their church.”
  3. It strengthens the UB/College bond. “The new program continues to help develop the connections between the United Brethren in Christ Church and Huntington University. We have some superb professors at Huntington University. It will be great using many of them in the masters program.”
  4. It expands the influence of the UB church. “The broader church world will benefit from this solid program for training pastors, missionaries, and youth pastors.”

In 2010, Huntington University discontinued the pastoral track. It was a sad day; from the days when HU had a seminary to the Graduate School of Christian Ministries, the majority of UB pastors were trained through Huntington University. However, it was a budget decision, and a decision not made lightly. Huntington University had tried different approaches over the years, but none worked. It finally reached the point where, because the program continued losing money, they felt they needed to pull the plug.

But now it’s back with a whole new look. And the United Brethren denomination–its ministers, its missionaries, and its youth workers–will greatly benefit.

“I am excited about the potential of this program,” says Bishop Whipple, “and I’m eager to see other areas in which Church and College can connect to produce win-win-scenarios.”

Mark Young on graduation day at Liberty University.

Mark Young on graduation day at Liberty University.

Ricky and Jami Hull and children on graduation day at Winebrenner Seminary.

Ricky and Jami Hull and children on graduation day at Winebrenner Seminary.

Congratulations to Mark Young, music and worship pastor since 2004 at Mount Pleasant Church (Chambersburg, Pa.). On August 8, he received his Master of Arts in Religion: Worship Studies from Liberty University. He went through the graduation ceremony in May, but still had a couple classes to complete. Now he’s done, and the diploma came in the mail.

Congratulations to Ricky Hull, senior pastor of Mt. Hermon UB church (Pomeroy, Ohio). On August 2, he graduated from Winebrenner Theological Seminary (Findlay, Ohio) with a Master of Divinity degree.

black_open_highResHuntington University is set to launch Indiana’s first faith-based agriculture program, thanks to a $100,000 gift from an anonymous donor. HU’s new Institute for Agricultural Studies plans to offer its first agribusiness program in the fall of 2015.

“Congratulations to everyone at Huntington University for launching our state’s first new agriculture program in many, many years,” said Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann. “Recent studies confirm that the agriculture industry is growing as an important part of Indiana’s economy. We need future leaders for all parts of the agriculture industry, and the new Huntington University program will prepare young men and women for those positions.”

Agriculture is one the largest sectors of Indiana’s economy. It produces over $37 billion in annual revenue, and 83% of the state’s acreage is devoted to farms or forests.

Huntington University hopes to collaborate with the state’s public agriculture program at Purdue University. Officials from the two schools have met multiple times.

“Some options we have discussed,” says HU President Sherilyn Emberton, “involve shared faculty, joint undergraduate research opportunities, and service-learning international trips for both Purdue and Huntington students. The possibilities are endless.”

Emberton first felt compelled to consider the opportunity when she looked out an airplane window as she arrived in Indiana for the first time. “I was so struck by the beauty of the cornfields,” she recalled. “After meeting the people of this region and seeing the overwhelming connection to everything agriculture, I began to sense a strong conviction that Huntington University was being called to launch a faith-based program in agriculture.”

The Institute for Agriculture Studies will:

  • Be guided by three core values–faith, family, and farming.
  • Provide innovative, agriculture-based solutions to meet challenges in Indiana, the nation, and the world.
  • Address a growing need for agriculture professionals.

Emberton established an Agriculture Task Force in December 2013. The members:

  • Dr. Del Doughty, associate dean for academics at HU.
  • Dr. Bruce Evans, HU professor of biology.
  • Dr. Dale Haupert, member of HU’s Board of Trustees.
  • Dr. Collin Hobbs, assistant professor of biology at HU.
  • Joe Kessie, senior vice president at Lake City Bank in Warsaw.
  • Jeff Mize, CEO of Ag Plus in South Whitley.
  • teve Platt, Huntington farmer and former HU men’s basketball coach.
  • RD Schrader, partner at Schrader Real Estate and Auction.
  • Terry Shively, President of Farmers Grain and Feed Company.
  • Kip Tom of Tom Farms and president of CereServ Inc..
  • Anita Wickersham, associate professor of accounting and business at HU.
  • Dr. Mike Wanous, vice president for academic affairs at HU.

Wanous, who began his role at the university in July, has a strong background in agriculture. He holds a Ph.D. in genetics from the University of Missouri, a Master of Science degree in plant breeding from Texas A&M University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in agronomy and international agriculture from the University of Minnesota. Wanous spent a sabbatical in the United Kingdom working at an international center focusing on plant science and microbiology.

On March 25, Emberton made the first public announcement about the possibility of an agriculture program at a Huntington University event called Feed A Farmer. The luncheon celebrated National Agriculture Day and provided a public forum not only to honor agriculture professionals but also to gather their impressions of an agriculture program at HU. More than 70 people attended, including FFA (Future Farmers of America) members and their advisors from five area high schools.

In addition, Feed A Farmer provided Huntington with an opportunity to announce the success of a student-led campaign to market agriculture in Indiana. The day before, a team of seven Huntington University students took home the top prize, $25,000, for an entry in a statewide marketing competition called “Promoting the Good Works of Indiana Agriculture,” sponsored by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann’s office. The group’s work will be integrated into the state’s efforts to market agriculture to 18 to 35 year-olds. The campaign, “Hoosier Grown,” laid out a blended-media approach, recommending traditional advertising, movie theater spots, digital marketing, social media, strategic partnerships, and events. HU’s proposal was selected out of 30 teams from 17 colleges and universities from across the state.

Agriculture education is not new to Huntington University. Under the leadership of faculty member Dr. Fred A. Loew, the university had a thriving agriculture curriculum in the early 1900s. Loew served as the first Agricultural Agent for Huntington County and directed the Purdue Experiment Station north of the campus. He is credited with introducing soybeans to Northeast Indiana.

On Sunday, August 10, Morocco UB church (Temperance, Mich.) held its annual outdoor service. It was a beautiful day. Pastor Todd Greenman brought the message, and at the end of the service three people requested to be baptized. The service attendance was 81, and 85 people came for the potluck afterwards. The church’s  two Master Grillers grilled cheese and hamburgers, hot dogs and brats.

Morocco’s VBS started August 11 and runs through Friday, August 15.

Various persons took their turn in the ground-breaking.

Various persons took their turn in the ground-breaking.

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On the left is John Pessima, bishop of Sierra Leone Conference.

On the left is John Pessima, bishop of Sierra Leone Conference.

Jeff Bleijerveld, Director of Global Ministries

Sierra Leone Conference held a groundbreaking for a Christian school in Pujehun. The conference has been doing extensive evangelistic and church planting work among the primarily Sunni Muslim population of this province.

The conference has used education to support church planting efforts in other regions, and hopes this will provide further opportunity to evangelize and disciple young people and their families.

A champion of this work has been Rev. Micheal Mudge (right), pastor of Bethany House of the Lord, a UB church in Cumberland, Md. He has raised tens of thousands of dollars from his local church, churches in his cluster, and groups and churches outside the United Brethren denomination.



...and after.

…and after.

Russ Wagner, senior pastor, Mt. Zion UB church (Decatur, Ind.)

Several time in the past few months, our current parking lot was filled to capacity. Many friends and family members who attended here in the 1950s and 1960s will remember that there used to be a parking lot on the south side of the church. Over the years, it had grown over with grass and eventually became yard. Today, we took the sod off the top, brought in new gravel, and re-opened the old parking lot making a new parking lot.

Steve Dennie, Communications Director

Here is information taken from a number of sources about the Ebola epidemic. The outbreak is being covered well by the major US newspapers and by international media sources. That’s encouraging. Here are tidbits from here and there, with an emphasis on Sierra Leone, where the United Brethren church has about 70 churches. The statistics about total confirmed cases and deaths in each country are the latest (as of Saturday evening, August 9) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

West Africa

On August 8, the World Health Organization described the Ebola outbreak in West Africa as an international public health emergency requiring an extraordinary response to stop its spread. It is the largest and longest outbreak ever recorded of Ebola.

The Ebola outbreak is focused in three neighboring countries: Guinea (where it started), Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Total confirmed cases: 1,779. About 961 have died.

Many people are avoiding hospitals, no matter what their ailment. Doctors worry that deaths from malaria, dysentery, and other diseases will rise.

The disease can come from infected animals. Cooking kills the Ebola virus, but handling raw meat prior to cooking can pass it along. Ebola may also infect fruit bats, whose droppings on fruit and vegetables may pass it along to people.

More health workers are desperately needed not only to treat victims, but to track down everyone who came in contact with the victims—a very difficult task in West Africa.

Sierra Leone: 717 cases, 298 dead.

Ebola didn’t start in Sierra Leone, but Sierra Leone now records more new cases than any other country. It has become the epicenter of the epidemic.

A state of emergency has been declared. On August 4, an “enforced holiday” required that everybody stay home.

Every district in the country has recorded cases of Ebola. “Dead body management” teams, seven persons per team, have been formed in every district to dispose of corpses.

The hardest hit districts: Kenema (center of the diamond trade) and Kailahun. There have been 570 confirmed Ebola cases in Kenema and Kailahun. United Brethren churches exist in both places. Military troops have been sent to Kenema, along with police from Freetown and Bo (the two largest cities). Food prices in Kenema are soaring.

On August 7, the army established a complete blockade of Kenema and Kailahun, with 16 checkpoints blocking the major highways. Except for essential needs, nobody can enter or leave. Soldiers patrol the bush to make sure nobody slips past the roadblocks.

Armed soldiers surround homes of the infected to keep them isolated, and homes are searched to make sure sick persons are quarantined. Family members, distrustful of medical workers, have forcibly removed sick relatives from clinics and taken them home, putting many more people at risk.

Buckets of chlorine sit outside restaurants so people can wash their hands. People have stopped shaking hands.

One nurse who contracted Ebola and died in Kenema was the wife of a United Brethren pastor.

At the UB hospital in Mattru, a patient who had tested positive for Ebola escaped. He was later found vomiting blood on the way to Bo, and was taken to the Ebola ward at Kenema. At last report, three workers at Mattru had contracted Ebola.

Here’s an example of how Ebola spreads. I man caught Ebola from a female patient in Kenema, who died. The man then traveled to Bonthe, where he infected at least one person. Then he went to Freedom and got himself admitted to the Macauley Street hospital, where he infected an intern who has now fallen ill.

In Freetown, vehicles with loudspeakers go up and down the streets, blaring messages to educate the populace about Ebola. Many people continue to deny that Ebola is for real, claiming that the deaths are actually coming from other diseases, like cholera, and then attributed to Ebola.

The hospital in Kenema, the main one in the country fighting the disease, is mostly empty. A Western medical technician told people, “Don’t touch the walls! Totally infected.”

Over 20 healthcare workers at the Kenema hospital have died from Ebola, including nurses, support staff, and the country’s leading doctor who was spearheading the battle against Ebola. People view the hospital as a death trap, because so many patients and health workers have died there. They are afraid of potentially catching Ebola from an infected nurse. Those who do come to the hospital are in very advanced stages of the disease.

A temporary isolation ward, a tent, was built at the back of the hospital grounds. It is packed to capacity with about 50 patients. About four people die there each day. But many more die in the city and beyond, frustrating attempts to isolate and control the disease.

On a positive note: survivors are released from the Ebola ward every afternoon. They receive some money to get home (about $10 US), fresh clothes, and a certificate declaring them Ebola-free. As they leave, the staff photograph and congratulate them. Children also receive a toy. A seven-year-old boy was given a small plastic truck, which he proudly showed off to nurses before leaving the compound.

Guinea: 495 cases, 367 dead.

Researchers think Patient Zero–the first Ebola victim–was a 2-year-old boy who died on December 6, 2013, in a village in southeast Guinea. A week later his mother died, followed soon by his sister and grandmother. All showed the typical symptoms–fever, vomiting, and diarrhea–but didn’t know why they were sick.

Two mourners at the grandmother’s funeral took Ebola to their village, and a health worker took it to another village, where both he and his own doctor died. They infected relatives from other towns. By March, when the epidemic was recognized as Ebola, it had spread to three countries.

The outbreak occurred in a border region where people travel a lot, and where roads had been improved to facilitate travel. As one article noted, “The disease was on the move before health officials even knew it had struck.”

In Conakry, the capital city, a man collapsed in the street and nobody helped him for five hours, fearing they would catch the disease. Police finally came, but left him lying there.

In Guinea, 145 healthcare workers have been infected, and 80 have died.

Guinea closed its borders with Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Liberia: 554 cases, 294 dead

A state of emergency has been declared for the next 90 days. The US is advising people to avoid traveling to Liberia, and the families of diplomats have been evacuated.

The Washington Post reported that there are bodies in the streets, and people are afraid to bury the dead. Ebola is most contagious after the victim is dead.

Soldiers have quarantined neighborhoods, schools are closed, people are lining up at banks to withdraw money, and food is being hoarded.

Some hospitals have closed, as healthcare workers–63 have been infected, and 32 have died–fear catching the disease and often just walk off the job.

In Monrovia, the capital, a hospital closed after many workers contracted Ebola. Those victims included the hospital director (from Cameroon), six staff, two nuns, and a 75-year-old missionary from Spain.

Alexis Moens of Doctors Without Borders said, “This is a dangerous place. There’s no system; there’s no isolation. You make mistakes here, you get infected.” He said he washes his hands 50 times a day.

On Saturday, August 9, an angry crowed on Liberia’s busiest highway protested against the government’s slowness in collecting bodies of Ebola victims. Riot police were called out.

Nigeria: 13 confirmed cases, 2 deaths

Nigeria declared a national state of emergency on Friday, August 8.

An American of Liberian descent caught Ebola in Liberia. He traveled on to Nigeria, where he died. A nurse who helped treat him in Nigeria has also died, and five other persons have been isolated with symptoms of Ebola.

The hospital where the people died was evacuated so it could be thoroughly decontaminated.

Other Countries

A Saudi man in his 40s died on August 6. He was hospitalized on August 4 after returning from a business trip to Sierra Leone. However, he tested negative for Ebola. Saudi Arabia announced that it will not issue visas to Muslims from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone wanting to make the pilgrimage to Mecca.

A 72-year-old woman died at London’s Gatwick airport after arriving from Sierra Leone. She had been vomiting and sweating heavily. The plane and its 128 passengers were quarantined. However, test showed that she didn’t have Ebola.

South Korea withdrew its invitation to three Nigerian students to attend the World Congress of Global Partnership for Young Women, to be held in Seoul August 4-15. A total of 28 African students will still attend; some will be required to undergo health inspections. Many people called for cancelling the event altogether, and some students who had signed up to volunteer backed out.

In Ghana, a man from Burkina Faso died with symptoms of Ebola; blood samples are being tested.

In Benin, authorities have tested a couple patients who are suspected of having Ebola.

An Ontario hospital was testing a man with symptoms similar to Ebola. He had recently traveled to Africa.

The Peace Corps removed its 340 volunteers from West Africa (130 of them from Sierra Leone).

British Airways and other airlines have cancelled flights to the affected countries.

In the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its highest emergency alert, a Level 1—“all hands on deck”–response. As of Wednesday, August 6, 240 CDC staffers were working on Ebola, and 30 had been sent to West Africa, with more on the way.

A Level 1 emergency has been called only two other times—In 2005 for Hurricane Katrina, and in 2009 for the H1N1 influenza outbreak.