The following is a letter written by Jon Erickson, CAMA Guinea worker and long-time friend of Moise Mamy.
Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous. Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice. Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever.Psalm 112:4-6
Well, my friends, my brother has had the privilege of dying for his faith. Moise Mamy has gone home to be with Jesus.
This year Ebola arrived in Guinea. In fact, the current outbreak began in Guinea. A rumor started among villagers that the government had brought in the virus for their personal gain. Ebola has so far killed hundreds in Guinea and thousands in West Africa. It is on the news, and everybody has heard of it.
Moise went out with a delegation to a village called Womey on September 16. They were attempting to teach the people how to prevent the spread of Ebola. The people believed they were there to give them Ebola and in their fear and anger murdered a number of this delegation.
I ask you to pray:
- Pray for Nowei, his widow. They had a great marriage. Moise and I kept no secrets. I do not know how she will manage but for God.
- Pray for his children, who are mostly grown. His only daughter, Marie, is getting married in December. It hurts just thinking of him missing this.
- Pray for the Mano (an ethnic group in Guinea) church. Moise, a Mano himself, was attempting to shepherd the shepherds, but much growth and learning are still needed. God will build His church.
- Pray for Hope Clinic. I spoke with staff last week and we agreed that if our worst fears were confirmed, it would mean many changes.
- Pray for our local schools. Moise hired teachers and kept watch over the finances. He was training someone to keep the books and distribute the money, but this test comes so much more quickly than I had hoped.
- Now, selfishly, I ask you to pray for me. Moise allowed me to live with his family for 11 years before my marriage to Anja. He built our first house to live in and presently we share a building. The Mamys live on the bottom floor, and we live on the top. He helped me become Mano. The church, the schools, the clinic—we dreamed and built together. Each group has a team that helps them function successfully. We are grateful for our teams, but we had more plans. We came from such different backgrounds, but we thought alike. Yeeeesh, how can I do this?
Moise Mamy was the executive secretary of Eau de la Vie, the co-founder of Hope Clinic, an evangelist, and the district superintendent of the Mano Alliance churches in Guinea. He was killed on September 16 or 17, 2014. Read about his passing here.