LIFE Today Guest Franklin Graham Shares God’s Hand in Ebola Crisis
New documentary will depict trials and triumphs of Ebola outbreak in Africa.
Ebola has struck once again in Africa, and in LIFE Today‘s Friday episode a well-known evangelist will offer insight into life under the disease. In an interview with James and Betty Robison, Franklin Graham shares the news that he has created a documentary on Ebola.
Another Ebola Outbreak
The Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s declared the virus’ 10th outbreak on August 1, 2018. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the outbreak follows a week after the end of the ninth outbreak. The May 2018 epidemic broke out about 1,500 miles away. So far, no correlation has been confirmed.
The northeast region of the Congo has 16 confirmed and 27 suspected Ebola cases, reported The Associated Press. 9 people have died so far.
Vaccinations began Wednesday. The World Health Organization had 3,000 doses of the vaccine on hand to administer, and claims it can produce 300,000 more on short notice. The vaccinations were being held in the Congo’s capital, Kinshasa.
As of Tuesday, health officers were still determining if the vaccine can be used for this particular strain of the disease. They were also setting up “cold chains” to transport the vaccines at the best temperature from Kinshasa to the Beni region.
Franklin Graham has seen this before … up close.
An Unexpected Task and Trial
The son of evangelist Billy Graham, Franklin Graham founded the medical mission group Samaritan’s Purse. He also serves as president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He was in Liberia when Ebola struck the country in 2013.
While the team was there on a medical mission, it didn’t anticipate anything as deadly as the virus. “We weren’t there to fight a disease,” Graham said. He said he considered running rather than staying in Africa to set up an Ebola Treatment Unit. “I’m thinking, this is something we should not get involved in. This is dangerous; it will kill you — kill you quick,” he said.
However, Graham established the treatment unit despite fear of Ebola. Yet what began as a mission to serve others soon became a personal fight when team members Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol contracted the virus.
With ten days to save Brantly’s life, Graham’s team faced seemingly impossible odds. These were escalated by insurmountable obstacles to many of their plans to save him. Yet Graham shared the story of Dr. Brantly’s miraculous recovery. He emphasized the power of prayer and faith in God’s providence.
Graham attributed a strange cure, from an experimental serum, to prayer. He said there were people who knew Dr. Brantly praying all over the globe. “Ebola was ravaging that part of the world and I had no clue what to do, our staff had no clue what to do, and God opened up door after door.”
The Fruit of Suffering
The purpose of Graham’s documentary is to inform audiences about the Ebola epidemic, as well as show “God’s faithfulness in the middle of storms,” said Graham. “I’m not saying that he is going to react just like he did with Dr. Brantly, but God is there.”
Graham also hopes to raise awareness of what’s happening in Africa so that young people will join teams, such as Samaritan Purse, to make a difference. He said, “I want young people to see this because this film is full of young people. … These are young missionaries that are on the field that are risking all for the gospel.”
He continued, “I want this to help raise up an army of young people who are willing to say, ‘Lord, here I am, send me!’ That’s what I want it to be.”
To see a preview of Graham’s LIFE Today interview, click here.
And watch the entire interview Friday at LIFEToday.org.