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Facing Darkness Launch

I’LL NEVER FORGET THE DAY IN JULY 2014 WHEN MY PHONE RANG AND I HEARD THE AWFUL NEWS FROM AFRICA: “DR. KENT BRANTLY HAS EBOLA.” I FELT LIKE SOMEONE HAD STABBED ME IN THE STOMACH. EBOLA WAS THE MOST DANGEROUS VIRUS IN THE WORLD. WE HAD NO CURE—NO WAY TO GET HIM HOME FOR THE MEDICAL CARE HE DESPERATELY NEEDED. I TRIED TO PRAY, AND I COULDN’T FIND THE WORDS.

Here was a young doctor who was faithfully answering God’s call to dedicate his life to medical missions. Samaritan’s Purse sent him and his family to Liberia long before the epidemic erupted, and he made the courageous decision to stay and fight Ebola. He trusted that the Lord would protect him as he worked to save lives and ministered to the dying in the Name of Jesus Christ.

Now, only God could save him.

You already know how the story ends. Through his terrible ordeal and miraculous recovery, Kent became the heroic face of Ebola—TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year—and galvanised the world to fight the epidemic before millions might have died.

This inspiring story is now being told through an award-winning feature-length motion picture called Facing Darkness. This movie will be showing for one day only Tuesday 7 August at The Concourse  Chatswood and is coming soon to other cities and towns around Australia. To book your tickets go to samaritans.org.au.

Kent and I had a chance to talk recently at the Samaritan’s Purse headquarters in North Carolina. “I was scared,” he told me. “I thought I was going to die.” Day after day he had lost patients with the same symptoms he was suffering.

Yet even when he was quarantined on what could have been his deathbed, he never lost faith. He prayed for his wife Amber and his children back home in Texas, and for his fellow hospital workers who were also fighting for their lives. He found strength in the Word of God and inspiration in Biblical heroes like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, who faced certain death before the Lord delivered them from the fiery furnace.

It’s my prayer that God will use Facing Darkness to raise up an army of doctors and missionaries like Kent Brantly—just like when I was a boy and the story of Jim Elliott and Nate Saint inspired thousands to answer God’s call and take the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Tell your family, your friends, and your church—this is an inspiring film they should not miss. (Parents should know that the story may be too intense for younger viewers.) Any donations from ticket sales will support the Medical and Disaster response ministry of Samaritan’s Purse as we work in crisis and disaster response around the world.

We are excited about what God is doing at ELWA Hospital, which was Ground Zero for the battle against Ebola in Liberia. Samaritan’s Purse rebuilt this hospital, and we added an intensive care unit last year. Christian doctors across West Africa are now flocking to ELWA for advanced training, so we are also helping to build on-campus housing for them.

If you ask Kent, he will tell you without a doubt that he did the right thing by laying his life on the line to help others in the Name of Jesus. When Ebola erupted, we knew we had to fight it. Jesus Christ didn’t run. He helped people. When a crisis like Ebola blazes up, we run to the fire—we don’t run away from it. Thank you for your prayers and support.

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