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RESCUED! NOW A RESCUER: Kent Brantly’s True Calling

ebola-medico-1-300x180Originally posted at Clash Daily

Jesus promised the faithful in Matt 10:39 that “Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” In August I wrote an article entitled “Kent Brantly Lives the Gospel from a Sick Bed. “ In the piece I said I believed that Dr. Brantly, who contracted Ebola while serving as a medical missionary for Samaritan’s Purse in Liberia, would survive the virus because of his selfless, Christ-like attitude towards serving the sick and dying.

After being given a blood transfusion from a youthful Liberian Ebola survivor that Brantly had helped care for and receiving a dose of the experimental drug Z-Mapp, and after being flown from West Africa to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta for treatment, miraculously Kent Brantly did survive a virus that has been known to kill 90% of its victims.

At the time there were some who reacted to my praising Brantly with mockery. The gist of what was being said was that if God helped heal Brantly, why did God let His follower get Ebola in the first place?

I think we now have the answer to that question.

Since returning from West Africa and rising from his sick bed healed and whole, Kent Brantly is being used by God to provide blood transfusions to Americans who’ve been stricken by the Ebola virus.

If Kent Brantly had never gotten and survived Ebola, his blood would not have the antibodies needed by those who might otherwise succumb to the disease.

Thus far, Brantly’s blood has been transfused into Dr. Nick Sacra, who also contracted Ebola during his work in West Africa and survived the disease. Also receiving Dr. Brantly’s blood are NBC freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpoand and most recently Nina Pham, the 26-year-old Dallas nurse who contracted the virus while caring for “patient zero”, Thomas Eric Duncan.

Unfortunately for Duncan, Brantly offered his blood but the two men’s blood type was not a match. That’s why the Liberian Ebola patient who brought the virus to America, despite receiving topnotch care, subsequently died at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital where Nurse Nina Pham is now in isolation.

Now we come to find out that the critical care nurse, like Kent Brantly, is also a follower of Jesus Christ, and that her Bible teacher Tom Ha said, “I expect, with the big heart she has, she went beyond what she was supposed to do to help anyone in need.”

So, in what could be a tragic situation, God has provided a faith-building story that hushes the scoffers and reveals God’s power and purpose in the midst of catastrophe.
Little did Brantly know at the time that Liberia would not be the place where his blood would be poured out to save the lives of many.

Instead, it would be here at home, where the virus he survived would become the antidote that would save American lives. And exponentially, for each survivor more blood will be available to save others falling victim to the deadly pathogen that has crossed the ocean with the intent to wreak havoc, death and destruction.

When Kent Brantly was released from Emory he called it a “miraculous day” and then went on to say:

I cannot thank you enough for your prayers and your support. But what I can tell you is that I serve a faithful God who answers prayers.

Through the care of the Samaritan’s Purse and…missionary team in Liberia, the use of an experimental drug, and the expertise and resources of the health care team at Emory University Hospital, God saved my life.

For all those people who ridiculed Kent Brantly’s gratefulness and thanksgiving for God’s healing by snidely asking, “Why, if God loves Kent Brantly so much, did he allow His servant to get Ebola in the first place,” the answer is found in Genesis 50:20 which says, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”

Kent Brantly’s blood has now been given to three victims of a disease that never should have been in America in the first place.

In 1 Peter 2:24 the Apostle says, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.” Hence, God is using the blood of a man who “died to sin and lives for righteousness” to bring Christ’s healing to the wound called Ebola.

Dr. Kent Brantly Lives the Gospel from a Sick Bed

ebola-2-600Originally posted at American Thinker

Quietly and without fanfare or demand for attention, Dr. Kent Brantly, a young doctor from Fort Worth, Texas, was doing missionary work in Liberia with evangelist Billy Graham’s family-founded charity Samaritan’s Purse when he contracted the merciless hemorrhagic Ebola virus, which kills 50-90% of those unfortunate enough to contract it.

By going to West Africa to care for the sick and dying, the husband and father of two small children demonstrated true heroism, and through his service to others, the Christ-like charity that Barack Obama is always pontificating about but never seems to practice.

Because of his decision to serve “the least of these,” Brantly lived out the Scripture verse where Jesus said in John 15: 13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Little did Dr. Brantly know that when he committed himself to minister to Ebola patients, he would be literally laying down his life.

Despite wearing gloves, gowns, and face visors to prevent contact between patients’ bodily fluids and caretakers’ mucous membranes such as the eyes, mouth, nose, and ears, somehow the doctor and his colleague Nancy Writebol, an American aid worker for SIM U.S.A., both contracted the deadly virus.

After coming down with fever, headache, and abdominal pain, the two Americans were diagnosed with Ebola virus and placed in a medical isolation unit on the outskirts of Liberia’s capital.

The only treatment the doctor received came from a 14-year-old boy who was treated by Brantly for Ebola and miraculously recovered.  The young boy’s family was so grateful their child’s life was saved that in an effort to shore up his immune system with the antibodies of someone who survived the virus, they offered the boy’s blood to be transfused into Brantly.

In addition to the blood transfusion, an experimental treatment was offered to Brantly, but because there were only one, not two doses, the selfless doctor again laid down his life and insisted the serum be given to 60-year-old Writebol.

Unfortunately, after foregoing the serum, that very night the doctor’s condition took a turn for the worse.

Currently, the nation is short on true heroism and big on false bravado.  Leaders lack sincere conviction, and have hollow hearts that are far removed from the Scripture verses they quote merely for political expediency and advancement of their own agenda.

As a result, there is an intrinsic hunger in the hearts of many for someone who embodies a higher standard – an individual who actually practices what they preach and doesn’t just talk about sacrifice, sharing, and caring for the less fortunate.  Dr. Brantly is that person, because his self-sacrifice epitomizes what authentic Christ-like discipleship is all about.

While politicians justify self-gratification and fund procedures that assist recklessness in the abnegation of responsibility, a young man, in obedience to Jesus’s command, was willing to die so that another person might live. And with that decision, without speaking one word Dr. Kent Brantly, who prayed that God would spare his life, showed a lost and struggling world the personhood of Jesus and what it means to be a follower of Christ.

Now, after being flown to Georgia to be treated by infectious disease specialists at Emory University Hospital and after taking a turn for the worse, with help, like Lazarus, Dr. Brantly actually stood up and walked from the ambulance into the hospital.

Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, said, “It’s encouraging that he seems to be improving – that’s really important – and we’re hoping he’ll continue to improve.”

Although statistically the odds of survival were originally against Kent Brantly, doctors are “guardedly optimistic” that he will continue to improve.

Brantly is defying a virus that kills almost everyone who contracts it and reports are that he continues to get stronger, and here’s why: so that someone else could live, Brantly had forfeited that one dose of lifesaving serum in Liberia that was intended for him.

Now the good doctor’s prayers are being answered, and in all probability he will survive the often-fatal disease, but not because of Emory University Hospital, proper hydration, blood transfusions, dialysis, the dose of the serum he finally received, or breathing with the help of a respirator.  Kent Brantly’s life will be spared because Jesus promised the faithful in Matt 10:39 that “Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.”

Update: Apparently, after refusing the dose, Dr. Brantly asked for the dose because he could not breathe.

2nd Update:  Nancy Writebol received a third dose.

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