Geoff's brother is getting married this coming Saturday.
There's a lot of joy in the family over these two major life events we've all been looking forward to.
This makes news we've dreaded hearing that much harder to process this week.
I posted back in October that Geoff's sister was leaving for Monrovia, Liberia with her family to serve as medical missionaries (view here) at ELWA Hospital. She is a nurse, her husband an M.D., and they've only ever dreamed or talked about being a medical missionary family. They've lived up to this many times throughout school and training and shorter trips until it was time for the big move - the long term commitment in another land.
They arrived in Liberia in October. A deadly virus, Ebola, came to their area a few months later.
I'll admit. I wanted them to leave. I admired the perseverance, but as the deadly virus continued to spread over the past several months, and as they began fighting it on the front lines, I became increasingly jealous for their safety and quite frankly didn't want them anywhere near it. I knew they took incredible precautions, but there was still incredible risk.
ELWA hospital has become the place Ebola victims are sent in Liberia. He's worked training medical staff in sanitation and quarantine procedures to keep themselves, and others safe as they treat those suffering, and work tirelessly to control the spread of the disease. With his wife's support he has worked incredible hours for the last several months.
Kent was scheduled to arrive in Texas this week for a much needed break, during which he would see family and friends, attend the wedding, and meet our son. His wife (Geoff's sister) Amber and their kids arrived back in Texas last week ahead of him. We've been looking forward to this time together.
We got the news we dreaded today. Kent tested positive for the Ebola virus.
The death rate is high for this virus but our hope is beyond medical reasonings; we pray with hope and anticipate a full recovery. His body is tired as he's served so many others for several long months. His heart is strong. His GOD is the greatest strength there is, more than able to bring immediate, overwhelming healing.
We know HE will continue to be glorified through Kent and his family, no matter what, and we pray for and anticipate complete healing. We pray for he, his wife, and their young daughter and son while they are so far apart, longing to be together.
Please join us in fervent, immediate prayer. Please share this with as many as you know as we call on the Great Physician to bring HIS comfort and healing for our brother. In all things may HE be glorified.