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More Wisdom: What Every Christian Should Know About Ebola

Hi! Thanks for coming by!

NOTE: Sorry I’m a day late! We are still Tuesday people!

As is a tradition with my blog and my book Fresh Hope Cleveland, I’m sharing something of great importance with you today. Something to make your life better today and tomorrow. This is also a news worthy issue.

This is an article I saw on Facebook that I thought was well worth sharing with everyone on my blog. After all, I live in Cleveland, Ohio, and much has happened to our community since the one nurse from Dallas came here last weekend.

This is an informative article written by an infectious disease physician. It is shown hear to help you and give you more information not to put fear into your heart. I hope the article gives you insight and peace of mind about what we do know about Ebola.

Editors’ note: Along with being the senior pastor of the International Baptist Church in Santo Domingo, Dr. Miguel Núñez has practiced medicine in different capacities for more than 30 years. He is board-certified in internal medicine and in infectious diseases. He was also was an assistant professor of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (1989-97) at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in Englewood, New Jersey. For this reason we contacted him for information related to the current outbreak of the disease from the medical point of view and to offer some words of pastoral wisdom.

What Every Christian Should Know About Ebola

Last Wednesday, the world awoke to the news that Erick Thomas Duncan, the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, had died of the disease. He had traveled from Liberia to Dallas, Texas, Ebola-story

and developed symptoms of the disease four or five days after arriving in the states. This news—along with the information that a nurse had contracted the virus in Spain as a consequence of having been in contact with a patient diagnosed with the disease—has been seen as cause for alarm in the Western world.

What is Ebola?

The Ebola virus belongs to the family of filoviridae, which is capable of causing hemorrhagic fevers in a similar manner as does the dengue virus and other viruses.

Five different species of the Ebola virus have been identified, known under the names the Zaire, Sudan, Ivory Coast, Bundibugyo, and Reston agents. The virus was first recognized in 1976, and small outbreaks have been reported in different places with different mortality rates depending on the species of virus. The current outbreak in West Africa is being caused by the Ebola-Zaire species.

When did the current crisis begin?

An outbreak of Ebola was reported in Guinea late last year and confirmed by the World Health Organization this past March. This was the first outbreak in West Africa, though previous outbreaks of lesser magnitude had been reported in Central Africa. Unfortunately, the disease was not contained. In recent months it has expanded to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Senegal.

To date more than 4,000 deaths have been reported and more than 8,000 cases suspected or confirmed. This current mortality rate is about 50 percent. In previous outbreaks, mortality has ranged from 30 percent to 90 percent.

How is Ebola transmitted?

Most of the current cases of the disease have occurred by transmission from person to person through contact with secretions from an infected patient—either blood, urine, feces, saliva, semen, or sweat. These secretions need to gain access to mucous membranes (conjunctiva, inside the lips and mouth or genitals) to cause infection.

Transmission may also occur when these secretions are exposed to skin that has lost its integrity (wounds, abrasions, and so on). To date there is no confirmation that the virus can be transmitted through the respiratory tract, as can the influenza virus. Some transmissions have occurred by accident in medical staff working with patients infected with the disease. Cases of the infection have also occurred through contact with affected animals.

Compared to previous outbreaks, the spread of Ebola has been rapid. Previous outbreaks occurred in isolated rural populations with a smaller number of people, unlike this outbreak that has spread in urban centers. Knowing that previous outbreaks were contained by implementing basic infection control measures allowed us to understand that the disease is potentially containable through measures already known to medical science.

What happens to the body during an Ebola infection?

Like any disease, once the causative agent enters the body, it is followed by an incubation period during which the patient may not show any symptoms. In the case of the Ebola virus, the asymptomatic period varies from 6 to 10 days, with a range from 2 to 21 days in extreme cases. To our knowledge, patients do not appear to be infectious during this asymptomatic period.

The disease can start with symptoms common to other viral illnesses: fever, chills, malaise, headache, lack of appetite, muscle aches, cough, sore throat. Some patients may develop an erythematous rash over the whole body, accompanied by symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Other symptoms may appear later in the disease, such as bleeding in the areas of venipuncture (area where the veins are punctured for blood sample or placement of an IV catheter).

These findings may be accompanied by a decrease in white blood cells (leukopenia), decreased platelets count (thrombocytopenia), elevated liver enzymes, abnormal coagulation tests, and injury to the lungs and kidney. Patients who survive the disease usually improve after the tenth day.

What are the reasons to be hopeful about the diseases containment?
1. The causative organism has been known for about 40 years.

2. Medical science could control previous outbreaks with known infection control measures, even when they were implemented in less sophisticated regions in terms of medical care.

3. Even in the midst of this crisis, the outbreak that began in Nigeria and Senegal in August seems to be contained due to implementing infection control measures. In fact, it has been more than a month since Nigeria has reported a new case (September 5 being the last one), likewise in Senegal, which has not reported a new case since August 29.

4. In 1998, a case of Ebola in South Africa was not recognized early and potentially exposed to about 300 people. However, only one of them was infected due to implementing infection-control measures. In the same country, 35 doctors and nurses were involved in the care of two patients with Marburg virus (from the same family as Ebola). Of those, only one became infected, although the two cases were not initially recognized.

5. Multiple laboratories are working nonstop to find an effective treatment for the disease, and we know of at least two cases of American citizens who received monoclonal antibodies and responded favorably. One even improved significantly between 20 to 60 minutes after receiving the infusion of the medication. Two other cases were treated in Atlanta with positive outcomes. Obviously, every patient needs to be individualized, since we do not know if others will respond in the same way.

How should we react to the threat of Ebola?

While this outbreak may have been a surprise for the world, it was not a surprise for our God. His unstoppable will continues under his inscrutable wisdom. Not one inch of the universe escapes the control of our Lord.

For those of us who believe in a sovereign God, we know we’re called to remain calm in the midst of the storm. We find confidence not only or primarily in the belief that science will control this outbreak or that we will not be affected. Rather, we hope in the Lord. As the psalmist said, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).

Let believers be the voice of peace amid the confusion. While much of this disease is still unknown, it is equally true that panic will not help us. The unbelieving world needs to see our trust in God amid this difficulty.

More ….Miguel Núñez serves as senior pastor of International Baptist Church and president of Wisdom and Integrity Ministries in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He is a Council member of The Gospel Coalition. You can follow him on Twitter.

If you have any thoughts about Ebola, I’d welcome your comments.

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!

October 22, 2014 at 7:49 pm Leave a comment

Billy Graham’s 95th Birthday Message ~ Nov 7 & 8

Billy Graham’s 95th Birthday Message

My Hope with Billy Graham
A special program is being televised in a few days entitled MY HOPE.  Billy Graham will be celebrating his 95th birthday in November and is celebrating in a special way by giving what is most likely a final message which he has been preparing for some time.  He hopes that Christians will invite non-believers into their home as they view the program and then share their own salvation message with them.

The program will be televised as follows:

November 7th @ 8:00pm Trinity Broadcast Network

November 7th @ 10:00pm Fox Cable News

November 8th @ 7:00pm Channel 5

For more info, Google: Billy Graham message

November 5, 2013 at 6:20 pm Leave a comment

You’re Invited ~ Saturday, March 23 ~ Book Signing

~ More resources for you just like in my new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.



I want to personally invite you to a very special book signing tomorrow!  The bookstore is charming ~ you’ll love it. I’m going to share my new PowerPoint presentation there. Stop by and visit!

Here are the details!

Book Signing ~ Saturday, March 23

Location: Friends & Family Christian Bookstore

Address: 7625 Walton Road -Walton Hills, Ohio

Time: 2 – 4 p.m.


Make it a great day!

Hope to see you tomorrow!

God Bless You!


March 22, 2013 at 1:07 pm Leave a comment

Pancake Breakfasts: Another Sign of Spring!

~ More resources to help you in keeping with my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.


Nanci’s Author Talk + Book Signing ~ March 23 in Walton Hills, Ohio.

For more information, please see the Book Signings + Events tab on this blog.


Here’s something of interest to many folks in the Cleveland, Ohio, area. It’s also a sure sign springs around the corner! Come for a hearty pancake breakfast and some fresh air!

Spring Hike and Pancake Breakfast ~ Annual pancake breakfast and guided hikes on the grounds to search for signs of spring!

March 16 – 17

Holden Arboretum ~ 9500 Sperry Road ~ Kirtland, Ohio


Make it a great day!

God Bless You!


March 15, 2013 at 10:59 am 2 comments

The Wonder Drug ~ Vitamin D

~Welcome! More resources and information in keeping with my new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.


Book Signing News!

What: Book signing ~ Saturday, March 23, 2013

Where: Friends and Family Christian Bookstore

Address: 7625 Walton Road -Walton Hills, Ohio.

Time:  2 – 4 p.m.

Co-owners Anita Foster and Grace Mason along with yours truly invite you to this  charming bookstore experience! See the Book Signing + Events tab on this blog!



Is Vitamin D the new wonder drug in medicine?

New research over the past few years about the importance of Vitamin D and it’s effects has made the medical profession rally more aggressively to screen patients for adequate levels of Vitamin D.

Right before Christmas my doctor put me on 100,000 units of Vitamin D for eight weeks. She wanted to get my Vitamin D level up to the therapuetic level (31 – 80). Now my blood level is at 70.8 and I feel wonderful! I noticed the difference after about three weeks of taking supplements. To maintain this theraputic level I just have to keep my blood level stable by taking 14,000 units of Vitamin D each week and then getting my blood level checked periodically. Opps! That reminds me I need to take my Vitamin D right now!

But in researching this sort of wonder drug if you will, I found lots to share with you about the importance of Vitamin D and how it can help you too. Because adequate Vitamin D levels are absolutely essential for a healthy life.

Just a few of the Benefits of Vitamin D

Vitamin D benefits the life and health of a person in far more ways than is commonly known.

1. The “sunshine” vitamin, as it is sometimes called, is commonly known for its effect on strengthening the bones and joints in the human body by aiding the absorption of calcium in women and men. This can help prevent bone related disorders such as arthritis and osteoporosis.

2. It also helps the body build up immunity. Our bodies can produce Vitamin D naturally if we have sufficient exposure to sunlight — but none of us really get enough sunlight. Therefore, doctors now recommend that you take Vitamin D supplements.

3. For women who are at a postmenopausal stage, are more prone to bone diseases such as osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. Vitamin D reduces the softening of bones by allowing their bodies to absorb more calcium.

4. Women who suffer from constant fatigue can benefit from Vitamin D supplements as it helps to increase energy.

5. In Men: While both sexes are affected by a lack of this essential vitamin, the effects are more pronounced in men. Vitamin D reduces cancers that older men are prone to including prostrate and colon cancer.

Link for article on Men’s All About Men: Facts About Your Frame:

6. Mental Health Benefits: The incidence of depression is high in areas affected by seasonal low light conditions (a condition often referred to as seasonal effective disorder [SAD]). Taking daily supplements of Vitamin D has been found to have a positive effect on a person suffering from SAD and other forms of depression.

Lower levels of Vitamin D are associated with a higher chance of developing conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.

For more about Vitamin D and it’s benefits for both men and women, follow the link below.



Here’s to a healthy you!

God Bless You!


February 22, 2013 at 2:24 pm Leave a comment

Register ~ FREE Resume Clinic in Cleveland ~ March 2

~ More great resources in keeping with Nanci’s book Fresh Hope … Cleveland

FREE Resume Review Clinic on March 2, 2013

Is your resume getting results?

REGISTER now to have your resume reviewed by a professional.

What:    Chagrin Valley Job Seekers (CVJS) Resume Review Clinic

When:    Saturday, March 2nd

Time:     9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (you will be assigned a specific time slot)

Where:  Pioneer Memorial Presbyterian Church (same place as the CVJS meetings.)


Send an e-mail to Greg Reynolds at with Resume Review Clinic in the subject line.

Here are eight reasons to invest in yourself by registering for the resume review clinic:

1.      You are just starting your job search and need a resume.

2.      You are stuck in your job search.

3.      You are currently employed, but worried your department may be reorganized or the company may be sold this year.

4.      You are currently employed but underutilized and need to check out the job market.

5.      You have already had your resume reviewed by a CVJS Resume Reviewer.

6.      You had professional assistance from a career consultant at an outplacement firm.

7.      You are perfectly happy with the resume you have.

8.      You are happily employed and have no intention of making a job change.

So, you may be thinking, “Okay, reasons 1 through 4 make perfect sense, but I am not so sure about 5 through 8.  Why would I want to show up at the clinic if I have already had my resume reviewed by a CVJS Resume Reviewer or had professional assistance at an outplacement firm?  And I can’t imagine why I would go the clinic if I am perfectly happy with my current resume or my job.”

Well, consider this: The volunteers who assist at the CVJS Resume Review Clinic include HR professionals, recruiters from search firms, corporate recruiters and career consultants from outplacement firms.  Were you perfectly satisfied with your last job before your last job was eliminated?  Wouldn’t it make sense to expand your network while getting resume advice from a professional?

Remember at work and in life:  It’s not who you know…It’s who knows you.

No job seeker should miss this free opportunity to have their resume critiqued by an expert.

You must pre-register to reserve a meeting with a resume reviewer on March 2nd.

To register, send an email to Greg Reynolds at with Resume Review Clinic in the subject line. Give us your name and phone number in the body of the e-mail. Once you have registered, we will send you details of the day.

I hope this is information is helpful! Make is a great day!

God Bless You!


January 11, 2013 at 2:09 pm Leave a comment

Start Off the New Year Right ~ Win a Free Book!

~ More on Nanci’s new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

Happy New Year!

In keeping with the new year’s celebration, I’m giving several people an opportunity to start off 2013 in a very positive way. How? Win a FREE copy of my new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland: Resources to Help You Navigate through Unsettled Times!

Short Summary of My Book

In Fresh Hope … Cleveland author Nanci Gravill shares information and the successful strategies that helped her navigate through five years of difficulties. People think because she had breast cancer her book’s about cancer. “Oh no!” she tell them astonishingly. Fresh Hope … Cleveland is all about the great things she discovered along her journey. It’s all about RESOURCES.

See the expanded summary version on the “Book” tab here.

The details of the book give-away are below.

Good Luck!


How to Win a FREE Book ~ Enter Now!

What: Win a FREE Book contest

When: January 1 – 31

Where: Write up your story of not more than 100 words and tell  me (Nanci — the author) why you need a FREE book. Submit your information here on this blog at Please include your e-mail address as well.

Why: So you can be successful and full of hope in the new year.

How: Winners will be notified via e-mail by February 5, 2013

For more details see the tab on this blog of the same name — “Win a Free Book.”

Happy New Year!

God Bless You!


January 1, 2013 at 12:37 pm Leave a comment

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