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Josephine Finda Sellu

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During the Ebola crisis the New York Times carried a story about an amazing nurse in Sierra Leone, Josephine Finda Sellu, who risked everything to minister to the sick. I wrote about her at the time and we prayed for her. I have often wondered what happened to this brave and selfless woman. This past week I googled her once again, having tried last year and come up empty. How delighted was I then to see the following article, published this past January in Duchess International Magazine; Inspiring and Showcasing Women:

“Josephine is the the deputy nurse matron at the government hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone. Ms. Josephine Sellu … is from Sierra Leone and was born in the year 1972. During the period when the deadly Ebola virus was still quite rampant within the African continent, Sierra Leone was one of the countries that was rather ravaged with the disease on a high level … is considered by the people of Sierra Leone as an hero due to her brave role while the country was battling with the (Ebola) epidemic.

… Ms Sellu had lost 15 of her nurses to Ebola in rapid succession and thought about quitting herself. In all, they had lost close to thirty workers during the epidemic. She is being looked up to by the Junior staffs in the clinic due to her role, so she felt if she left, who will stay and take care of the patients who had been diagnosed with the deadly virus.

She saw this as her determination to stay and keep helping out and trying to heal the individuals who had caught the disease. In the midst of the high numbers of death that she had seen everyday, she still did her work diligently and this was one of her words when she was asked what kept her going, “You have no options, you have to go and save others; you are seeing your colleagues dying, and you still go and work.”

Even her children and relations had urged her to stop going to work but she kept sneaking out at odd hours to go and attend to the patients.

She also identified God as a major inspiration during this period. “There are times when I say, ‘Oh my God, I should have chosen secretarial.” But on her job as a healer, she said, “it’s the calling of God.” The epidemic might have passed, but her dedication to work inspired others to work and mitigated greatly the number of deaths that could have occurred if the situation wasn’t managed well.”

Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Praise God for Josephine Finda Sellu!

Faithfully, +Catherine