NASHVILLE (BP) -- Both Christian missionaries who contracted the Ebola virus while ministering to patients in Liberia have been released from an Atlanta hospital.
"In light of all the attention she continues to say to me, 'I want Christ to be glorified. I want His name to be made famous.'"
-- Jeremy Writebol
Kent Brantly, 33, was released Thursday (Aug 21). The Samaritan's Purse doctor said at a news conference, "Today is a miraculous day. I am thrilled to be alive, to be well and to be reunited with my family."
Nancy Writebol, 59, has not spoken to reporters since being released two days earlier. Media representatives are being told the SIM (Serving in Mission) missionary is spending private time with her family including her two sons, Jeremy and Brian Writebol.
Ed Stetzer, vice president of LifeWay Research, interviewed both sons about their mother's ordeal and how her Christian faith has played a role in her recovery.
Following are excerpts from that interview.
Why was your mother in Africa?
Jeremy: Mom and Dad have been career missionaries for the last 15 years in various countries in South America and Africa. About a year ago they joined SIM to go to Liberia to serve the Liberian people through the several ministries. Mom coordinated hospitality for incoming short and long-term missionaries as well as assisted as a nurse's assistant at the hospital. Mom and Dad have always wanted to use their lives to serve Christ and help those in need in whatever way they could.
What was your reaction when you heard your mother had Ebola?
Jeremy: Devastated. With mortality rates of 65-90 percent of infected patients I knew the statistical odds of her survival were not good. Add to that the way in which a person dies from the virus it can be one of the most terrible ways to die. When we heard mom had the virus I could only imagine the worst.
Does your mom regret going to Africa and fighting the virus?
Brian: No, I don't sense any regret in going to Liberia or following what they (my parents) are called to do.
Do YOU regret that she went over to Africa to fight Ebola?
Jeremy: No. We know Mom and Dad's motivation for going was to serve and glorify Christ. There are always costs associated with that call. We've read and been familiar with missionary biographies in our house for a very long time. Christians go, they suffer, some die, and that's part of the call. Read More