When the People Pray: Missionaries Cleared of Ebola Virus!
Written by Dave Herrmann | August 22, 2014
“God saved my life,” a frail-looking Kent Brantly declared after being cleared of the Ebola virus. “Please do not stop praying for the people of West Africa.”
It seems that our world is going through so much turmoil these days. From new terrorist threats in Iraq affecting our Christian brothers and sisters to the war between the Ukraine and Russia to the shooting and turmoil in Ferguson, Mo., it’s rare that we see a bright spot. However, today there is one.
While serving in West Africa, Kent Brantly, a missionary of Samaritan’s Purse, and Nancy Writebol, a missionary of SIM USA, contracted the deadly Ebola virus. The prospects of surviving looked dim, and as their health deteriorated, people around the world began to pray—and pray they did.
Kent and Nancy were brought back to the United States to fight the virus on home soil. They were taken to Emory Hospital in Atlanta, one of the best in the world. They were each given an experimental drug called ZMapp. Although they don’t know if the drug was what cured them, today they are 100 percent immune to this strain of the Ebola virus!
Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse, released the following statement:
“Today, I join all of our Samaritan’s Purse team around the world in giving thanks to God as we celebrate Dr. Kent Brantly’s recovery from Ebola and release from the hospital. Over the past few weeks, I have marveled at Dr. Brantly’s courageous spirit as he has fought this horrible virus with the help of the highly competent and caring staff at Emory University Hospital. His faithfulness to God and compassion for the people of Africa have been an example to us all.
“I know that Dr. Brantly and his wonderful family would ask that you please remember and pray for those in Africa battling, treating and suffering from Ebola. Those who have given up the comforts of home to serve the suffering and the less fortunate are in many ways just beginning this battle.
“We have more than 350 staff in Liberia, and others will soon be joining them, so please pray for those who have served with Dr. Brantly—along with the other doctors, aid workers and organizations that are at this very moment desperately trying to stop Ebola from taking any more lives.”
Today at PI, we praise God for His healing power of Kent and Nancy. Our God can do amazing things. Will you join us in praying for continued advancement in the health of those affected with the Ebola virus in West Africa? When people pray, God moves.