Many Wichitans took a personal interest in Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, the American medical missionaries who were infected by the Ebola virus, as Writebol’s son Jeremy is a pastor in Wichita. So it was a relief and cause for celebration when both missionaries were released from Emory University Hospital this week, virus free. In a moving press conference at the hospital Thursday, Brantly thanked God, those who had cared for him in Liberia and at Emory, and all those who had prayed for him and Writebol. He also urged people to continue to pray for Liberia and for the people of West Africa and to “encourage those in positions of leadership and influence to do everything possible to bring this Ebola outbreak to an end.” Though Brantly and Writebol recovered, many others won’t.
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