Childhood church of doctor fighting Ebola continues to pray for his recovery

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There are more encouraging signs for an Indianapolis native battling Ebola.

Dr. Kent Brantly and another aid worker, Nancy Writebol, are both improving as they fight the deadly virus. The Americans are getting treatment in an isolation unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

Outside that hospital Saturday, there was a rally of support for both patients who risked everything to help others. Dozens held-up signs and banners as they said prayers and sang a 'thank you' for their sacrifice.

Here in Indianapolis, the church in which Dr. Brantly grew up, Southeastern Church of Christ, recognizes the Ebola crisis is much bigger than two people. That's why a sign outside the church asks for prayers not only for Brantly, but everyone stricken with the deadly disease.

PHOTO: Southeastern Church of Christ, where Dr. Brantly grew up, called for prayers not just for Brantly but all suffering from Ebola

"Time and time again, God has used my life's circumstances to remind me that He is sovereign, that He is in control," Dr. Brantly said in a sermon at Southeastern Church of Christ last summer before becoming a medical missionary in Liberia.

He never could have known, though, his life circumstances would leave him fighting for his life against the deadly Ebola virus. Brantly's focus, though - even now - is on God. In a statement released this weekend through Samaritan's Purse, the organization Brantly was working for, the young doctor said, "One thing I have learned is that following God often leads us to unexpected places....I am growing stronger every day and I thank God for His mercy as I have wrestled with this terrible disease."

PHOTO: Quote from a sermon Dr. Brantly delivered at Southeastern Church of Christ before leaving for Liberia

"Every day that goes by, his chances are improving," said Terry Gardner, an elder at Southeastern, where Brantly's parents still attend.

Gardner said the church gets updates on Brantly's condition every few days from Brantly's father. His parents traveled to Atlanta to be with him, though he remains in isolation at Emory University Hospital.

In their last update, Gardner said Brantly's father told them, "Kent looked much better. He was starting to look like the old Kent and that hopefully within the next week, we're hoping he'll be out of the woods by then."

PHOTO: Dr. Brantly's wife and two children were with him in Liberia, leaving just days before he was exposed to Ebola

Still, Gardner said Brantly doesn't want the focus to be on him, but on God and the Ebola crisis in west Africa.

"When he went to Liberia, there wasn't any Ebola. So when that tragedy began, he volunteered to serve the sickest of the sick in one of the poorest of countries on the face of the Earth," Gardner said. "He would stress in all of that, that he's an ordinary guy and he shouldn't get credit or praise or glory for that - that's because of the God he serves," added Gardner.

An ordinary guy, who is now thrust onto the world stage because of an extraordinary fight, that's not over yet.