UMVIM travel to Sierra Leone suspended due to Ebola outbreak

INDIANAPOLIS – Travel to Sierra Leone has been suspended at the recommendation of health professionals in country. This information is shared by United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries missionaries on site effectively withdrawing the “invitation to serve” until September at this point. There is an Ebola outbreak in the eastern part of the country, which continues to worsen.

The United States Embassy is closely monitoring the situation.

Anyone contemplating travel to this area should not do so without first contacting the Indianan Conference UM Volunteer In Mission Coordinator Beth Stickles-McDaniel for updated conditions. She can be reached at 317-705-1870 or by email

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Health care workers on front lines of Ebola outbreak

Warnings about the deadly Ebola virus are being preached from the pulpits, broadcast on radio and shouted on the streets in an attempt to educate the public about a disease few here had ever heard of before a May outbreak.

Sierra Leone’s Bishop John K. Yambasu took the opportunity to warn the more than 1,000 people gathered for the dedication and opening of Valunia United Methodist Church in Monghere on June 8 about the need to seek immediate medical attention if anyone became ill.

Ebola has been reported in Bo district, and health and government officials are scrambling to quarantine villages and get patients into medical facilities. Read more and see video.

Video Diary: Ebola outbreak

See full coverage of The United Methodist Church’s health campaign in Bo, Sierra Leone.