Charlotte missionary tests positive for Ebola virus

Published: Jul. 28, 2014 at 3:12 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 26, 2014 at 8:10 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A Charlotte native is the second U.S. citizen to test positive for the Ebola virus in Liberia.

According to Samaritan's Purse, Nancy Writebol was working with a joint SIM/Samaritan's Purse team, treating Ebola patients at the Case Management Center in Monrovia.

Writebol is the organization's Personnel Coordinator in the area.

SIM is currently managing ELWA hospital in Monrovia.

Since the Ebola outbreak in March, SIM and Samaritan's Purse have been working together with those diagnosed.

Writebol and her husband David are employed by SIM and have been working in Monrovia, Liberia since August of last year.

The couple have two children.

Dr. John Munro is the couple's pastor at Calvary Church in Charlotte.

"While many people would have looked for an easier assignment, God called them to Liberia," Munro said.

Munro says Nancy is currently quarantined in the couple's Liberian home, isolated from everyone, including her husband.

"I can't imagine seeing my wife like that, it must be excruciatingly difficult for him. He has said that their lives are in the hands of the Lord," Munro said.

Munro made the announcement to his congregation Sunday morning. He says now, all they can do is pray for a miracle.

"We believe with God all things are possible. But it's devastating, and lets face it, it is very grim news," Munro said.

Samaritan's Purse says Nancy is in stable condition at this time.

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