The Scariest Word I Know

Ebola. It is one of the scariest words I know. Someone called me last week when they heard that I had caught some disease in Africa and wondered if it was Ebola. No, it wasn’t that serious. If you haven’t kept up with the news, Ebola is spreading over Western Africa—and it is usually fatal. Dr. Kent Brantly who was trying to save people in Liberia contracted Ebola. There are no words adequate to describe his heroism. He was willing to risk his life to save the life of another. This Ebola scare is a dramatic concern for us at CRF because we have so many children in Liberia where Dr. Brantly caught Ebola. Liberia is no stranger to problems…. Read more »

In The Shadow of Mt. Elgon

If you ever have read The Hot Zone by Richard Preston, you know how scary Ebola can be. The Hot Zone is a suspenseful and frightening book much in the spirit of a Michael Crichton novel—only this story is true. Richard Preston tells the story of the origins of Marburg Fever which is closely related to Ebola. And he traces most of the cases back to a single cave called “The Elephant Cave” on Mt. Elgon. This is especially disturbing to me because Barbie and I unknowingly visited this cave. It is a very creepy cave with thousands and thousands of bats hanging from the ceiling. You can be sure that I will never enter it again. But Mt. Elgon… Read more »