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The Methodist Church in the Isle of Man is twinned with the Methodist Church of Sierra Leone.
For our brothers and sisters in Christ, that we may grow closer in our understanding, that we may learn from each other's faith.
We pray for the work of our twin church.
In the face of the Ebola virus outbreak in Sierra Leone, we pray for their work in raising awareness to reduce the spread of the virus and for their hospitals, especially the Nixon Memorial Hospital at Segbwema.
We take up the prayer sent out to Friends of that hospital:
Dear Lord, we pray for Nixon Hospital and the Nurse training school, the health care workers, their families and friends and everyone living in that area of Sierra Leone. We pray that the Ebola virus spreads no further and no other people contract the disease.
Dear Lord, many people in that area suffered terribly in the Civil War and have struggled so much in their everyday lives since then, despite the peace. Please be with them Lord at this time. Give them strength, steadfastness, confidence and hope in the security of your love. May they know that your loving hands will embrace them, protect them and support them.
We pray this prayer in Jesus' name.