CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Roughly 400 people gathered in the sanctuary of Calvary Church Wednesday evening to pray for Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly.
Both became infected with the Ebola virus while serving as missionaries with SIM and Samaritans Purse in Liberia.
Nancy and her husband, David Writebol, are members of Calvary church. David, who is also serving in Liberia, phoned into the prayer vigil and spoke with the pastors about his wife's condition.
"I want to be a bit cautious, but she's sitting up and talking with us, moving about," explained Writebol, "she still has a long way to go. She is still very ill."
Writebol also assured the congregation that, even though he can't physically hold her hand- his wife is not suffering through the sickness in complete isolation.
"I have to be in a full protection suit, but I am actually able to be with her and we can see each other face to face," said Writebol, from Liberia.
SIM President Bruce Johnson read a text message from doctors taking care of Nancy Writebol. They asked the community to pray her veins open up again because they are struggling to give her the IVs of fluid she needs to survive.
A pastor revealed the church actually asked the Writebols to return to Charlotte when the ebola crisis first began, but the missionaries decided to stay in Liberia because "our place is to be here with the people God called us to."
SIM receives constant updates on Nancy's condition and will be relaying that information to the public on its web site