The mood at Southside Church of Christ in Fort Worth, Texas last Sunday morning was somber and quiet. The congregation had just learned that one of its beloved members, a doctor working in Liberia, had tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus.
Kent Brantly, 33, a family physician and father of two, has spent much of his life caring for others. He felt called to travel in October to Monrovia, Liberia, with an international relief agency, Samaritan’s Purse, and started treating Ebola patients in June.
< p>Even after he was diagnosed, he asked his home congregation for prayers not only for himself, but for his colleagues.
“He has such a compassionate heart,” said Jason Brewington, a church member who worked with Brantly at Fort Worth’s John Peter Smith Hospital. “Even in the midst of this, he’s asking not just for himself, but for others.”
The Ebola virus was discovered in 1976. It kills 90 percent of its victims, who suffer from internal and external bleeding and organ failure.