Husband, wife turned to God when she got Ebola

David Writebol

This frame grab image from video shows David Writebol interviewed in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. Writebol is a missionary who recently returned to the US after helping treat Ebola patients in Liberia, his wife is now being treated for the deadly virus in Atlanta. (AP Photo)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — David Writebol and his wife Nancy expected to enter a world of poverty, pain and suffering when they left home last year for missionary work in Liberia. They accepted the risks, having faith that God would ensure their safety.

So when a doctor told Writebol that the deadly Ebola virus had infected his wife, he knew where to turn: “This is something that God has given us in our lives, and God is going to sustain us through it,” Writebol said.

Writebol and two other missionaries have been quarantined at the SIM USA charity’s sprawling campus just south of Charlotte, while his wife remains in isolation at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

They had been in Liberia for a year, sponsored by their congregation at Calvary Church in Charlotte. At the clinic, Nancy Writebol’s duties included disinfecting staff entering or leaving the Ebola treatment area.

Writebol appeared relaxed and comfortable in a video interview via Skype on Wednesday. Wearing a bright blue button-up shirt and a constant smile, he chuckled frequently as bugs buzzed in the background.

“Each time I talk to her, I get a sense that her voice is clearer and brighter and so I’m imagining that she’s getting stronger,” he said, looking forward to being reunited with his wife.

She’s still “very weak,” he added, but “from everything that I’m hearing we’re making good progress.”

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2 thoughts on “Husband, wife turned to God when she got Ebola

  1. “God’s purpose is higher then our own.” And the reason – fear should not be in our vocabulary or in us. Trust in God for whether we live or die in this world, we have life eternal in Him. God bless. My prayers go out to this amazing couple.

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