Mission trip still planned despite outbreak

Christian Life Center mission trip to Africa (Courtesy Paul Carlson)

VANDALIA, Ohio (WDTN) — The Christian Life Center says the Ebola outbreak will not deter them from heading to Africa on a mission trip at least for right now.

Volunteers said they’ve been making these trips for the past seven years, and this year will be no different.

Paul Carlson and his wife, both volunteers with the mission trips, just got back from surveying a mission site in Africa where they did some previous work.

A team of six to a dozen people works on ministry and building community centers in Africa. The church has mission sites in Swaziland and Zambia. Those sites are about 5,000 miles away from areas plagued by the Ebola outbreak.

Carlson said everyone in the group is properly vaccinated and they go through an orientation, discussing cultural and health issues.

“I think that anybody has to be concerned about [Ebola], in particularly if you’re going to Africa,” said Carlson. “We don’t at this point see that as a problem. But we do check with the Center for Disease Control to find out what their recommendations are by country. And we also check with the State Department, but we’re always wanting to make sure we have the latest information before we send a team over.”

The next mission team will likely arrive in November. Of course the group said it will check with the C-D-C before going.

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