Missionaries Test Positive for Ebola

July 27, 2014
Missionaries Test Positive for Ebola

MONROVIA, LIBERIA – Late Saturday evening sobering news came from the ELWA medical team fighting the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. Two members of the team tested positive for Ebola.

Dr. Kent Brantly, Medical Director for the joint SIM/Samaritan's Purse Ebola Consolidated Case Management Center in Monrovia, Liberia, has tested positive for the Ebola virus. He is currently undergoing treatment in the isolation center at ELWA Hospital. Dr. Brantly is married with two children.

Nancy Writebol works with SIM in Liberia and was part of the joint SIM/Samaritan’s Purse team treating Ebola patients at the Case Management Center in Monrovia. Nancy tested positive for the Ebola virus and is also undergoing treatment at the isolation center at ELWA. Nancy is married with two children.

We request that their families’ privacy be respected during this difficult time, and please keep them in your prayers. SIM manages ELWA Hospital in Monrovia, and has been working together with Samaritan’s Purse to combat Ebola since the current outbreak began in Liberia in March.

Medical operations continue at our Ebola Case Management Centers in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, the Liberia Ministry of Health, and other global health authorities.

We are committed to doing everything possible to help Dr. Brantly and Nancy Writebol during this time of crisis. We ask everyone to please pray for them and their families.

Fighting Ebola at ELWA

Other Ways to Pray:

  • Pray for peace of mind for the two colleagues currently diagnosed with Ebola infection and pray for wisdom for those who are treating them. Pray that their treatment will be effective in arresting the disease. Pray for their families both in Liberia and in their home country that the Lord will grant them his peace.
  • Pray for protection for all of the other staff members continuing to treat people suffering from Ebola.
  • Pray for healing for the patients who have been admitted.
  • Pray for rest and stamina for the SIM/Samaritan’s Purse medical team.
  • Pray that people in Liberia will learn more about this illness and take proper precautions to prevent its spread.
Photos by Bethany Fankhauser

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