David Writebol Completes Medical Monitoring Period; Visits Wife in Atlanta

August 18, 2014
David Writebol Completes Medical Monitoring Period; Visits Wife in Atlanta

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – SIM Missionary David Writebol made the following statement today upon completion of his 21-day medical monitoring period Sunday, Aug. 17, and reunion later that day with wife, Nancy, who is being treated for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta:

“It has been three weeks since Nancy and I learned of her infection with the Ebola virus. In the ensuing days, we learned much more about the disease than we already knew. We also learned a great deal about the love and compassion of people toward Nancy through the overwhelming outpouring of prayers and well-wishes on our behalf. For this we are truly grateful.

“I have completed the 21-day period of precautionary temperature and health monitoring and reporting as mandated by local and state public health authorities, with no symptoms of Ebola Virus Disease. I therefore was cleared to travel to Emory University Hospital to be reunited with Nancy and observe her recovery and return to health. My family and I look forward to her speedy restoration, and we give thanks for continued prayers on her behalf.

"I have had the great joy to be able to look through the isolation room glass and see my beautiful wife again. We both placed our hands on opposite sides of the glass, moved with tears to look at each other again. She was standing with her radiant smile, happy beyond words. She is continuing to slowly gain strength, eager for the day when the barriers separating us are set aside, and we can simply hold each other. We prayed together over the intercom, praising our great and mighty God for his goodness to us."

SIM (www.simusa.org) is an international Christian mission organization with a staff of nearly 3,000 workers from over 50 countries serving in more than 65 nations. In addition to medicine, SIM serves on every continent in areas of education, community development, public health and Christian witness. While SIM stood for Sudan Interior Mission when it was founded 120 years ago, it is now a global mission known as SIM (pronounced S-I-M). 

How You Can Pray

  • Prayer for the Nation. Mobilizing churches for special prayer meetings and prayer chains on behalf of the nation. The prayer campaign continues to this day!
  • Ebola Prevention Training. Churches launching Ebola awareness campaigns to teach members and their communities how to prevent infection. Educating congregants about the history, effect, modes of transmission and prevention of the deadly virus.
  • Relief Assistance. Raising support among the churches and friends to provide food and other supplies to those impacted by Ebola.
  • Counseling Services. Offering services for those feeling the effects of trauma and grief as a result of the outbreak. Providing prayer and counseling by phone for souls in need.
  • God would grant strength and protection for the brave healthcare workers who risk their lives to care for Ebola victims
  • God would provide the resources and volunteers to continue all the critical work at ELWA Hospital in Liberia
  • God would give comfort, healing, and hope to the victims of the Ebola virus