By D. Lanier Shook July 29, 2014
The word “hero” is thrown around alot. Of course, we all know heroes and have our own personal heroes. Yesterday I glanced at the newsstand and found two more heroes on the front cover of the Asheville Citizen Times.
John 15:13 says, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” and that describes Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol. These heroes were serving with Samaritan’s Purse in West Africa where too few brave souls are helping hold back the threat of Ebola. Unfortunately they were both infected with the Ebola virus.
If you want to read a hair-raising, gut-churning, keep-you-up-at-night book, then pick up Richard Preston’s The Hot Zone. This book tells all about Ebola, what it does, and how it nearly made it to the United States. This book makes it clear that anyone who heads toward an Ebola outbreak to help others is a hero.
Richard Preston describes Ebola as a “slate wiper.” This is a virus that makes zombies look mild. That’s why these two people and their colleagues in West Africa are heroes. Please join me in prayer for them. Here are several links to learn more about Ebola in general, this outbreak in particular, and these two individuals in particular.
- Wikipedia’s entry about Ebola.
- Richard Preston’s Hot Zone— an excellent primer on epidemiology, viruses, and Ebola. Well worth the read.
- The Samaritan’s Purse website and the place to keep up with news on the two victims.
- The Samaritan’s Purse Twitter feed which is the fastest way to keep up with the latest developments.
Most of all, please pray. Here are several items to add to your prayer list.
- Pray that God will help health workers contain the latest Ebola outbreak.
- Pray that God will heal these two relief workers and the other victims of the virus. While it has some long term health affects, Ebola is not always fatal.
- Pray for the other relief workers seeking to help those affected by the virus.
- Pray that God will provide insights to the researchers seeking to provide a long term cure for Ebola.