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Pastors say Ebola one of many dangers for missionaries

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - In the worst recorded outbreak of Ebola in the World Health Organization's records, the death toll from the Ebola outbreak has now reached 887 in West Africa.

In a desperate attempt to help Nancy Writebol, an American missionary who contracted the Ebola virus while working in Africa, experts are treating her with medicine that has never been tested on humans. So far, it is working, and she is expected to be flown to Atlanta Tuesday.

Pastors in East Texas say contracting disease is just one of the dangerous consequences of missionary life. "Jesus says no greater love has any man that he would lay down his life for his friend or his neighbor and this whole world is our neighborhood," said Chris Bowers, Student Pastor, New Covenant Church

Local pastors say missionaries Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol followed this example, in spite of being infected with the deadly Ebola virus.
"If God calls us to go to a difficult area, we know the difficulties but it's the call that compels us to go," said Dale Pond, Assistant Pastor for Missions, Green Acres Baptist Church

Assistant Pastor for Missions at Green Acres Baptist Church dale pond says the church has 15 global partners including one in Liberia. "We try to help them accomplish their goals whatever their needs are is what we try to respond to and assist and help on the field,” Pond said.

Pond has been on mission trips to 40 countries. The church has a team going to Uganda and Tanzania next week, and he says the goal is to do God's will. Although the doctors are suffering from the virus, he believes they have done just that. "I think there's still a fulfillment and a satisfaction that they have knowing that they are doing what God has called them to do," said Pond

New Covenant Church Student Pastor Chris Bowers has been on dozens of mission trips around the world. "It's the heart of God in us and that's what causes people to go into an area or a nation knowing that they could be harmed that they could contract diseases they may even lose their life but its worth it," Bowers said.

Health officials say the Ebola threat to Americans remains relatively small, even with the increase in travel this week between Africa and the United States.

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