Dr. Kent Brantly, the Christian physician who contracted Ebola while doing medical mission work in Liberia, received a standing ovation at the Samaritan’s Purse International headquarters on Sept. 9.
Brantly and his family, who attended the Southside Church of Christ in Fort Worth, Texas, before moving to Liberia in 2013 to serve in a Samaritan’s Purse post-residency mission program, traveled to the ministry’s Boone, N.C. headquarters to personally thank the staff for their prayers and support.
“I want to encourage and challenge each of you,” Brantly said. “Never think you’re just a normal person. If you’re pursuing God’s calling in your life, he will use you.
“Share your story over and over and over so you can remember we serve a mighty God.”
Brantly, who abandoned all of his possessions when he contracted the deadly disease, was presented with a new medical coat by Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham.
Dr. Kent Brantly proudly displays his new medical coat. (PHOTO VIA SAMARITANSPURSE.ORG)
After the coat presentation, Graham gave God the glory for the doctor’s survival and also recounted the incredible story, according to samaritanspurse.org .
Graham then introduced Amber, Brantly’s wife, who gave a short, but passionate statement.
Amber Brantly speaks to the staff at Samaritan’s Purse. (PHOTO VIA SAMARITANSPURSE.ORG)
“I wanted to say thank you to everyone here for your prayers,” Amber Brantly said. “I can’t stop thanking the Lord for his mercy.”
Samaritan’s Purse will continue to develop response plans for the Ebola outbreak, according to the ministry’s website.
“We haven’t left Liberia for good. We’re just reloading,” Graham said. We’ll be going back.”