blooSIM, the global mission organization of which SIM USA is a part, is encouraging Christians around the world to set aside Monday through Oct. 5 and pray that God would stop the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa. SIM encourages prayer specifically for the people of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, where the Ebola outbreak has been most severe. According to the World Health Organization, nearly 3,000 people already have died from Ebola, and more than 6,200 probable, confirmed and suspected cases of the disease have been reported. Experts say infections from the Ebola epidemic could soar to 1.4 million by mid-January. “Our aim is that prayers will be raised continually throughout the entire week on behalf of those infected and affected by the Ebola virus,” said Joshua Bogunjoko, international director of SIM. “Though we are troubled by this outbreak, we do not despair. Though we grieve, we are not without hope. For two millennia, the church has prioritized the sick and marginalized. We are called to do no less today.” The infection and death rates continue to rise in the region. SIM urges prayer specifically for health-care workers, grieving families, church and government leaders, and protection for those who come in contact with the deadly disease. More