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Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly returning to Africa as medical missionary

Five years after contracting the deadly virus in Liberia, the Christian doctor will serve at Mukinge Mission Hospital in Zambia.

By Bobby Ross Jr. | The Christian Chronicle

FORT WORTH, Texas — Dr. Kent Brantly sat on his counselor’s couch and wept.

The tears came last summer as the Christian physician visited with Dottie Schulz, a missionary care volunteer with Texas-based Mission Resource Network,which is associated with Churches of Christ.

“Dottie, I think I’m ready to move forward,” confided Brantly, who made global headlines five years ago when he contracted the Ebola virus while treating patients in Liberia and nearly died.

Brantly, who earned a Bible degree from Abilene Christian University in Texas before deciding to become a doctor, always knew he wanted to return to the mission field. But while he regained his full physical strength within four to five months, other healing has taken longer.

Much longer.

“It’s been five years of emotional healing and spiritual healing and growth,” the doctor, 38, told The Christian Chronicle in an interview at the Southside Church of Christ in Fort Worth, his family’s home congregation for much of the last decade. “I think we’ve grown and been equipped in ways during this five years that we were not before we went to Liberia.”

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This story appears in the August 2019 print edition of The Christian Chronicle. It was picked up by Religion News Service and distributed on its national wire.

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