7.31.14: Praying for U.S. Missionaries with Ebola
WASHINGTON (AP) — A North Carolina congressman is asking for prayer for Charlotte missionary Nancy Writebol, one of two Americans who have come down with Ebola while helping West Africans affected by the deadly virus.
In a House floor speech, Republican Robert Pittenger noted that Writebol could have left Liberia when Ebola began to spread, but instead volunteered to help sanitize medical personnel and their equipment. He said she “chose a higher calling of sacrificial love and service.”
Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly, a medical missionary with the Christian aid group Samaritan’s Purse, remained in isolation Wednesday, receiving treatment for the virus that has no known cure and kills 60 percent of the people who contract it.
Prayer services for the afflicted missionaries were held Wednesday at Writebol’s home church in Charlotte and Brantly’s home church in Fort Worth, Texas.