INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 2, 2015)-- Dr. Kent Brantly, the Indianapolis native who survived Ebola, is a man of conviction and commitment, whose faith in God led him to Liberia and into a deadly outbreak.
"Living a life of faith is not a grand gesture to send a message. It is not glamorous," said Brantly. "It is living every day trying to do your best to follow Jesus."
That’s what Kent was doing when he and his family moved to West Africa in October 2013. When the Ebola outbreak hit, and patients started dying, Brantly admits he sometimes wondered if he was doing any good. Despite that, his faith didn’t falter.
"I think we get this idea that to be faithful means you never ask questions, you just do it. I think there is plenty of room in a life of faith for asking questions," he said.
A year ago. he was diagnosed with Ebola, and came very close to death.
"I think dramatic situations like mine demonstrate the lack of control that we really have over our lives," Brantly said.
People around the world prayed for God to spare his life. Just two days after being in grave condition he was able to walk into Emory University Hospital. That moment became a symbol of God’s power, and an inspiration for thousands.
"I appreciate that so many Christians can look at my situation and be encouraged by it and feel affirmed through how they see God working through our story," he said.
But he’s not always comfortable with the attention.
"My head gets big when people tell me things like how, what a great witness and testimony I am."
And when you ask him why his life was spared-- the question is a tough one for him to answer.
"When I was discharged from Emory I said, 'Today is a miraculous day.' But what was the miracle really? Was it a supernatural intervention in my body that reversed the course of my illness or was it any one of the number of unlikely coincidental events that all had to happen in the right way at the right time to provide me the care I received? I’ll let other people decide which one of those things was a miracle. I’ll just be thankful and try to live a life of gratitude,” he said.
As for his future, one thing is certain.
"Our calling at its core is to follow Jesus."
Brantly says his calling right now is to use his story to encourage and inspire others. He also says it's his responsibility to speak on behalf of the people of West Africa who are still suffering from Ebola. He says that's why he and his wife wrote the book "Called for Life," which was released earlier this month.