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Pastor Tim Wulah and his Friends in Jesus Church have been working extensively to collect supplies and send them to West Africa.

But now, their work is being met with an ignorance he finds difficult to believe.

"Ignorance leads to stigmatization and sometimes it borders stupidity," Wulah said. "You go places and it's like, 'Oh, where you from? Liberia? Oh Ebola!' Because what it is, if they hear your accent, then the questions come."

Wulah said he's been getting phone calls, some of which are down right hysterical.

"(One person called and said he had heard there's) this African church (which) is full of Ebola, is it true? I kinda laugh about it. But you know the person was serious," Wulah said.

But it's not all funny.

Wulah said he was asked not to come to a conference this week.

"The elders or whoever they are, are not comfortable with me showing up," Wulah said.

Samuel Gbilia belongs to a church in Pittsburg, and said many in his congregation are experiencing similar reactions.

Gbilia can't understand why when there are so many safeguards in place.

"They are all tested there in Africa, and when they get here they are also tested at the airports," Gbilia told FOX40.

Wulah wants people to know the Sacramento County Health Department has been in touch with his congregation, and the members of his church know who to call if and when family members come back from West Africa sick.

But Wulah said the number of people returning from that region is a very small group.

"I think I know about six people in Sacramento... All healthy, all fine," he said.

And the number of people in the U.S. who have the disease would suggest Ebola isn't coming to Sacramento anytime soon.

"It's two out of 318 million. It's not even a percentage yet. We should be more worried about car accidents because there's a better chance of getting killed by a car than getting Ebola," Wulah told FOX40.