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Ebola Patient Dr. Kent Brantly Thanking God for Mercy as Condition Continues to Improve

  • Carrie Dedrick Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2014 Aug 11

Dr. Kent Brantly, the Samaritan’s Purse physician that contracted Ebola while serving in Liberia, is reportedly improving and has issued a statement thanking God for his mercy. 

Brantly wrote, “I am writing this update from my isolation room at Emory University Hospital, where the doctors and nurses are providing the very best care possible. I am growing stronger every day, and I thank God for His mercy as I have wrestled with this terrible disease. I also want to extend my deep and sincere thanks to all of you who have been praying for my recovery as well as for Nancy (Writebol) and for the people of Liberia and West Africa.” 

Brantly went on to say that he traveled with his family to Liberia because they felt called by God to serve. 

“One thing I have learned is that following God often leads us to unexpected places,” Brantly wrote. “When I started feeling ill on that Wednesday morning, I immediately isolated myself until the test confirmed my diagnosis three days later. When the result was positive, I remember a deep sense of peace that was beyond all understanding. God was reminding me of what He had taught me years ago, that He will give me everything I need to be faithful to Him.

“Now it is two weeks later, and I am in a totally different setting. My focus, however, remains the same—to follow God. As you continue to pray for Nancy and me, yes, please pray for our recovery. More importantly, pray that we would be faithful to God’s call on our lives in these new circumstances.”

Publication date: August 11, 2014