I asked Rick to write some comments that I might share at a press conference. Here is his message:
I have truly been overwhelmed by words of kindness and support received over the last week since my diagnosis with Ebola virus disease. Some old friends from years past, some new friends whom I have not met, and others have joined a mighty chorus of prayer on my behalf. This is a very humbling and overwhelming experience. Thank you all for your prayers. They have sustained me thus far as I make daily improvements in my condition. Thank you also for your contributions towards the work in Liberia. Without your generosity, the situation there would truly be hopeless. With your contributions toward supplies of personal protective gear and other medical supplies/medications, the door will remain open for SIM and ELWA Hospital to have the ministry God has called us to, providing medical care in Monrovia, a city whose entire health care system is in crisis. Finally, thank you for your prayers and kind words of support and love toward my wife and children. We deeply appreciate every one and I feel like I am truly experiencing the body of Christ at work on a global scale! We love and appreciate you.
I have been told that the SIM Ebola project has received over $180,000 so far. This morning, I received an email from Dr. John Fankhauser that some work to redesign the intake area of the hospital is nearly finished so that they can begin to care for patients in other areas besides obstetrics. Please continue to pray for all the hospital workers to be protected from exposure to the virus.