Dr. Kent Brantly Speaks at Annual Conference

October 11, 2014 • United States

The Samaritan's Purse doctor encourages medical professionals at Prescription for Renewal with his testimony of surviving Ebola

Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly shared his testimony with over 300 people attending the Samaritan’s Purse Prescription for Renewal medical conference at the Billy Graham Training Center in Asheville, North Carolina, on October 11.

“We thank God that Dr. Brantly is here tonight, standing before us,” said Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham. “This is a testimony to God’s graciousness and goodness. This is a testimony to the power of God.”

Coordinated by World Medical Mission, the medical arm of Samaritan’s Purse, Prescription for Renewal is a conference for Christian doctors, dentists, nurses, and their spouses. Since 1977, World Medical Mission has helped thousands of physicians serve on short-term assignments in mission hospitals and clinics around the world.

Dr. Brantly thanked the Lord for his survival.

“I tell you tonight, I serve a faithful God who answers prayers,” he said. “An army of prayer warriors stormed the throne of the almighty God. And the God of the universe performed a great miracle and spared my life.”

Dr. Brantly contracted Ebola while he was serving as a medical missionary at ELWA Hospital in Liberia through the Samaritan’s Purse Post-Residency Program, coordinated through World Medical Mission.

When Dr. Brantly told his wife, Amber, and his parents that he had contracted Ebola, he said God blessed him with a special sense of His presence.

“I remained strangely calm, never shedding a tear,” he said. “I wasn’t being brave. I was filled with peace. A peace that comes from the hand of the loving God. When I told my parents about my impending fate, I told them that whether I live or die, I just want God to be glorified.”

The Ebola outbreak was brought to the world’s attention in July when Dr. Brantly was airlifted from Liberia to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, to receive treatment for the deadly disease.

More than 4,000 people have died as a result the Ebola outbreak that is sweeping across West Africa, primarily in the three neighboring countries of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.

Since his recovery, Dr. Brantly has been rallying support for an international medical response to treat Ebola victims and implement a massive awareness and prevention campaign in West Africa. He has testified before Congressional committees concerning Ebola and met with President Barack Obama at the White House.

Wherever Dr. Brantly shares his story, he uses every opportunity to point people to Christ.

“I just want God to be glorified,” he said.

The Brantlys are currently living in Texas, giving Kent time to fully regain his strength as they pray as a family for God’s direction.