Kent Brantly, Ebola Patient, Thanks Samaritan's Purse for Prayers

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Dr. Kent Brantly, the doctor who contracted Ebola while doing missionary work for the aid group Samaritan's Purse in Liberia, visited the international headquarters of that organization Tuesday to thank staff members for their prayers during his illness. Brantly, 33, as well as his wife, Amber, and their children, were greeted by a standing ovation at the event in Boone, North Carolina.

Brantly called on staff members to reflect on their own lives and recognize God's work. “I want to encourage and challenge each of you,” he said. “Never think you’re just a normal person. If you’re pursuing God’s calling in your life, He will use you. Even if it’s a challenging calling, even if you find yourself in difficult circumstances, He will give you what you need to be faithful to Him, even if it’s a whole army of people praying for you."

Brantly, 33, contracted Ebola while doing missionary aid work in Liberia. Another aid worker, Nancy Writebol, 59, was diagnosed as having the virus as well. Both were flown back to the U.S. for treatment and are no longer contagious.



— Daniel Arkin