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'God help me stay true to you' - Ebola doctor's prayer

Peter Wooding relates the story of what happened when a missionary doctor contracted Ebola in Liberia …

Peter Wooding relates the story of what happened when a missionary doctor contracted Ebola in Liberia …

Dr Kent Brantly fulfilled his calling to serve the Lord as a missionary doctor with Samaritan’s Purse, when he went to Liberia with his wife Amber and their two children on a two-year assignment at the ELWA hospital in Monrovia.

When he first recognised he had the symptoms of Ebola, Dr Brantly didn’t know if he would survive this deadly disease. His prayer was: “God help me to stay true to you even in my illness, and that in my life or death, you will still be honoured.”

As the disease raged in his body, with Dr Brantly close to death, people around the world prayed for a miracle, including Samaritan’s Purse President, Franklin Graham:

“I vividly remembered feeling a deep darkness come over me that afternoon in my office.  It was spiritual warfare.  I prayed for God to save his life, if it was His will. I later discovered that Kent’s family, many of our staff, as well as a host of believers were urging the Lord to spare him at the same time.”

Franklin explains: “When Ebola came to Liberia, Kent courageously stepped to the front lines and worked heroically and tirelessly to save lives and comfort those who were dying alone in the isolation wards.”

He continued: “God answered our prayers powerfully, and his condition began to take a turn for the better.”

Soon afterwards, after his miraculous recovery, millions of people around the world watched as Kent stood before a large crowd of reporters for a press conference at Emory Hospital in Atlanta and gave all the thanks to God for saving his life.

Knowing the power of prayer and the horror of Ebola, Kent expressed his heart: “Above all, I am forever thankful to God for sparing my life, and I am glad for any attention my sickness has attracted for the plight of West Africa in the midst of this epidemic.  

“Please continue to pray for Liberia and the people of West Africa, and encourage those in positions of leadership and influence to do everything possible to bring this Ebola outbreak to an end.”
Franklin Graham went on to pay this tribute to Dr Brantly:

“Kent exemplifies the kind of doctors who serve with Samaritan’s Purse through World Medical Mission.

“I believe the Lord will use Kent to lead the way for a new generation of Christian doctors who will dedicate their careers to the mission field in some of the darkest, dirtiest, loneliest places on earth.”

In response to the ongoing Ebola outbreak which, at the time of writing, has already claimed over 4,800 lives and threatens millions more, Samaritan’s Purse UK has launched an urgent appeal to continue to fight this epidemic.

One of the key ways Samaritan’s Purse is responding in Liberia is by constructing and managing Community Care Centres in areas hit hard by the disease. A team of 15 international field staff is on the ground focusing on the implementation of the Samaritan’s Purse Ebola Community Protection Programme, working alongside 350 Samaritan’s Purse national staff.

The team is also running an Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Education Campaign, distributing up to 50,000 kits filled with basic hygiene items (such as disinfectant and cleaning supplies) to campaign participants, and providing training to health workers so they can provide hygienic, supportive care for infected community members.

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