It is somehow proving that natural efforts from the Liberian government and its international partners to bring the Ebola virus that is wreaking havoc on the Liberians and others in the Mano River sub-region under control are not yielding the needed results. This has led President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to call on Liberians to look to the supernatural for answers.The Liberian President called on the nation to turn its attention to the Almighty God, whom she said is “the ultimate solution” through fast and prayer, to the Ebola epidemic crisis.President Sirleaf has begun to give due reverence and recognition to God as the Ebola plague, which has claimed over 800 lives in the sub-region, continues to grip the nation.According to an Executive Mansion release, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is calling on all Liberians to observe three days of National Fast and Prayer, beginning Wednesday, August 6 through Friday, August 8, 2014. Fasting is to start from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. The three-day fast and prayer is an effort to appeal to God to heal the land.“Acknowledging our devout gratitude to God for our existence as a Free, Sovereign and Independent State, and relying on His Divine Guidance for our survival as a Nation, I call on all Liberians to observe three days of National Fast and Prayer to seek God’s face to have mercy on us and forgive our sins and heal our land, Liberia, as we continue the fight against the deadly Ebola virus,” the Liberian leader urged.She said this call is indicative that God is the ultimate solution to this crisis and source of Liberia’s deliverance as a nation, the release noted.The observance of the National Fast and Prayer is being held under the auspices of the Liberia Council of Churches (LCC).The Religious Advisor to the President, Rev. Jervis Witherspoon said to climax the National Fast and Prayer on Friday, August 8th, a team of religious leaders will meet at the old Providence Baptist Church on Broad Street to lead prayers for the nation during the last three hours, beginning at 3:00 p.m. Rev. Witherspoon is also a member of the LCC,He indicated that state broadcaster, the Liberia Broadcasting System, and other radio stations will carry a simulcast so that those who are unable to attend the service in person can tune in and monitor the climax of the National Fast and Prayer Service.Religious leaders will offer prayers for the spiritual, moral and physical restoration of the land, including prayers for the elimination of Ebola and other pestilences from the country; prayer for comfort and strength for hurting families who have lost loved ones; prayer for healing and restoration of quarantined individuals in the land; prayer for the protection of health workers and other volunteers in harm’s way as they fight the deadly Ebola virus; prayer against any form of witchcraft activity used to spread Ebola virus; as well as prayer for God’s intervention in the sub-regional counties (Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia) affected by the Ebola virus.“We are calling on all Liberians to join in this time of true national repentance and prayer against the Ebola virus,” Rev. Witherspoon urged his fellow compatriots, adding, “We believe, in accordance to the scripture, that God will hear our prayer, forgive our sins and heal the land.”President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is wasting no time in taking advantage of this historic promise that has been enjoyed by many including Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David and the state of Israel that was rescued many times from the numerous enemies that surrounded it.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Brooks is starting anew after transferring last summer to Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks, hoping to embark on another title run with the Knights, ranked No. 6 by the Daily News. “Coming to Notre Dame,” he said, “was the best decision I’ve ever made in my life.” Pierce Brooks has seen plenty in two years of high school basketball, more than most experience in a four-year career. There have been highs – a City Section championship with Taft of Woodland Hills as a freshman in 2004 – and lows, as when he failed to meet lofty expectations last season when he was a sophomore with the Toreadors. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson But Brooks will readily admit he was part of something special at Taft. Playing on the same court with Jordan Farmar, a McDonald’s All-American who has gone on to become UCLA’s starting point guard, was an invaluable experience. Brooks, Matt Cooke, Calvin Haynes and Jabarri Samuel were role players who worked often in Farmar’s shadow, but their roles were critical for the Toreadors, who became the first San Fernando Valley team to win a City Section title since 1964. Farmar graduated, leaving Brooks behind to shoulder the offensive burden. The pressure was immense at times, and Brooks was unable to match the hype, struggling to be the superstar many outsiders envisioned him to be. “We tried to give him the opportunity, and he wasn’t ready,” Taft coach Derrick Taylor said. “Our style wasn’t conducive for him. Notre Dame is a better fit. “He looks very comfortable there. That’s all that matters. We root for Pierce. We want him to have success in the worst way.” Things appear to be heading in the right direction. Notre Dame (9-4) has put together a seven-game winning streak and captured the San Fernando Valley Tournament title in mid-December. Brooks scored a game-high 16 points in the 48-47 championship-game victory over Oak Park and was selected the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. “Basketball is fun again,” Brooks said. The 6-foot-7 small forward is shooting 50 percent from the field and averaging 16.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.2 blocks and 1.3 steals per game heading into tonight’s Mission League opener against Loyola of Los Angeles. “Honestly, having Pierce here has been huge for us already,” Notre Dame coach Bill Bedgood said. “He’s made a good name for himself in the basketball community. He brings some legitimacy to this program. “This is his breakout year. He’s as versatile as they come and can play every position on the floor. The sky is the limit. Sometimes a player just needs a fresh start.” Brooks has received recruiting interest from Arizona, California, Oregon and Iowa State, but he isn’t planning to make a decision anytime soon. He’s got other, more pressing goals – and two years to fulfill them. “My teammates always want to see my championship ring,” Brooks said. “They want to experience what it’s like to win one. We can do it here. Winning one is a possibility.” Sean Ceglinsky, (818) 713-3607 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!