Nancy and David Writebol speaking at the podium during DTS Chapel

Watch the Writebols' chapel message, “Resilience in Ministry.”

Nancy Writebol, one of the first Americans diagnosed with the Ebola virus, recently visited Dallas Theological Seminary with her husband, David, to share their incredible story of God's faithfulness and healing throughout Nancy's illness.

Nancy contracted the virus while serving with her husband through SIM in Liberia, and after being evacuated to the U.S. and treated in an isolation unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, she was released on August 19, 2014. She was among the group of Ebola fighters named Time Magazine's People of the Year for 2014.

Speaking to a packed house at the DTS chapel, the Writebols made it clear that God is the hero of Nancy's story. Their chapel message focused on God's provision during the most overwhelming trials of ministry. David described how he had to break the news to his wife that Dr. Kent Brantly, a fellow missionary, had Ebola—and that she did, too. Nancy challenged those in attendance to memorize Scripture, because we never know when we will be unable to access it. She told of how Ebola affected her vision, making it nearly impossible for her to read. Being in isolation meant lying alone at night, crying out to God and wondering if she would survive. She was unable even to hold the hand of her husband. In those moments, she said, the verses she had memorized ministered to her—phrases such as “even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, You are with me….”

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