Most of you are probably aware of the news of the deadly Ebola virus that has affected parts of West Africa and some of you may have heard about the U.S. doctor serving in Liberia who was the first American to contract the virus – sadly, he is the brother-in-law of some very good friends.
I have known about Kent and his wife Amber through her sister and my friend, Caryn, back when Kent first began his residency at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Amber is a nurse and they always desired to be medical missionaries together. He graduated last summer and they immediately began making preparations for their move to Liberia. I followed their blog journey, since they were going through much of the same preparations for leaving the states just a month ahead of me. My friend Caryn and her new husband Carl’s main gift request for their February 2013 wedding was money towards their intended trip to visit her sister and brother-in-law in Liberia last December (which they did make).
Kent initially went to Liberia as a general practitioner/obstetrics doctor for the missions organization Samaritan’s Purse. But shortly after the outbreak began, he was made the Medical Director for the Ebola Consolidated Case Management Center in Monrovia.
My other connection to this family came through Caryn’s brother, Geoff, and his wife, Jamie, who moved to Ecuador briefly about a year before I came (and she visited them while they were here). I began following their blogs Carroll Crossroads and Travel the Text and they even visited me shortly after I arrived, on a return trip to the orphanage they had worked with (chronicled in this post). Kent was due to arrive back in the states this week, just after his wife and children, to attend another brother’s wedding and celebrate the birth of Geoff & Jamie’s first child. Sadly, his symptoms began just before he was to depart Liberia (see Jamie’s blog post here for the family’s request for prayers).
One of the many articles that tells of Kent and his dedication can be read here – I would ask that you would join me and many others around the world as we lift Kent and his family up in fervent prayer!