Ebola Doc: I Held to Prayer “Like a Drowning Man”

West Africa’s Ebola outbreak has killed more than 8,000 people, including close to 500 healthcare workers. The need for medical professionals remains critical and that’s why Ebola survivor and veteran missionary Dr. Rick Sacra is back at work at ELWA hospital in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia.

Just four months ago, he spent several weeks battling the deadly Ebola virus at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He contracted it while volunteering in Liberia at the height of the outbreak. CBN News spoke with Sacra, 52, at his home in Holden, Massachusetts, prior to his return earlier this month. Sacra and his wife Debbie remember what it felt like as the disease took over.

“I was just focusing on the Lord. I tell you I hung on to the Lord’s Prayer like a drowning man,” he told CBN News. “I prayed through that prayer many times a day and just wept through it most of the time.”

Debbie Sacra was unable to be at her husband’s bedside because of the highly contagious nature of the virus. She remembers reading Scripture with him via Skype.

“You just learn to trust God more deeply,” she explained. “You just learn to trust that He’s in control and that He’s really good.”

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