NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — Sei Buor winces as he watches television images of the deadly Ebola outbreak coming from Liberia.
“We went through 14 years of civil war, a weak economy, and we were just about to grow. It really breaks my heart,” he said.
Buor left Liberia in 1989 and now calls central Indiana home. But his heart and his life’s passion remain there. The pastor started Liberian International Christian College in 2009 to give young people there faith and an all-important education.
“We saw the need that if we were going to have more young people rebuild Liberia, it would be providing them education that has value,” he said.
The accredited school has graduated nearly 150 students. It recently opened a library and community technology center.
Buor was in Liberia earlier this summer preparing for another school year to begin when the outbreak hit. He and his wife had to leave. Public and private institutions were forced to close in a state of emergency. That means, for now, no school.
“You have hundreds and hundreds of young people who have seen a little hope in what we are doing there to provide education and now we can’t open school,” he said.
It also means no work for the school’s 37 employees.
“So they have no means to get food for their children or their family,” Buor said.
But he isn’t just watching helplessly. Buor, through his ministry, The United Liberia Inland Church Associates and Friends, is appealing to their friends and supporters to donate to cover the salaries for faculty, staff, and security workers while the school is closed. Their goal is $45,000.
Buor said, in the midst of tragedy, he remains faithful.
“God is going to intervene and we are all praying and asking all people of God, Christians, followers of Christ, to pray,” he said. “Because when we pray, something will happen.”
Despite the spread of the virus, Buor said, so far none of the school’s workers or students have gotten sick.