Facing Darkness

Interview Subjects

Franklin Graham

Franklin Graham

Franklin Graham, the eldest son of Billy and Ruth Bell Graham, serves as president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Under his leadership, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Amber Brantly

Amber Brantly

Amber Brantly is a graduate of Abilene Christian University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She met Kent on the mission field in Honduras in 2003, and they married in May 2008. They share a passion for serving those in need as well as mission work on foreign fields. Amber and Kent have two children.

Ken Isaacs

Ken Isaacs

As vice president of programs and government relations, Ken Isaacs oversees all international relief projects for Samaritan’s Purse. Ken has more than 29 years of experience working in the relief and development communities, and his work has taken him to 120 countries. During his career, Ken also served as Director of the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) within the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). He has testified multiple times before House and Senate committees and subcommittees, including the Foreign Relations Committee.

Bev Kauffeldt

Bev Kauffeldt

Bev Kauffeldt has worked for Samaritan’s Purse since June 1999 and has held many positions, mostly in the areas of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene projects. She is currently the assistant senior programs manager, giving leadership to all Samaritan’s Purse-funded programs and the Samaritan’s Purse Liberia internship program, and she is the Ebola point person for the Liberia office. Originally from Yukon, British Columbia, Canada, she has a PhD from Cranfield University (UK) in Applied Sciences. She is married to Kendell, and they have two children, Isaac and Felix.

Lance Plyler, MD

Lance Plyler, MD

Dr. Lance Plyler is the medical director of the Disaster Response Unit at Samaritan’s Purse. Dr. Plyler attended medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1990-1994), and subsequently completed his medical residency at the University of Colorado (1994-1997). During his tenure in medical practice, Dr. Plyler volunteered extensively with Samaritan’s Purse, having served in various countries and missionary hospitals worldwide since 1997. In 2010, he began to focus on disaster response, having served as the interim medical director with Samaritan’s Purse in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Dr. Plyler assumed the position of medical director for the Disaster Response Unit of Samaritan’s Purse in November 2011.

Kent Brantly, MD

Kent Brantly, MD

In 2013, Dr. Kent Brantly traveled to Liberia to serve with World Medical Mission, the medical arm of Samaritan’s Purse, as a post-resident physician. After contracting the Ebola virus in summer 2014, he was evacuated to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Brantly made headlines again in December 2014 when Time magazine named Ebola fighters its “Person of the Year.” The magazine released five covers, each featuring a different Ebola caregiver, including Dr. Brantly, explaining the five represented those who were dedicated to treating and curing the disease. Dr. Brantly and his wife, Amber, are the authors of the book, Called for Life: How Loving Our Neighbor Led Us Into the Heart of the Ebola Epidemic, in which they share the story of how their calling to serve others turned into a life-or-death battle during the worst outbreak of the deadly virus in history.

Nancy Writebol

Nancy Writebol

Nancy Writebol and her husband David joined the missionary agency SIM in 2013 after 14 years of service to orphans and other vulnerable children in two countries. Nancy serves as the personnel coordinator for SIM in Liberia. She coordinates the member-care and vitality of these servants. She also serves the CNA and nursing staff at the hospital in developing a culture of patient care and compassion.

Kendell Kauffeldt

Kendell Kauffeldt

Kendell Kauffeldt has worked for Samaritan’s Purse for 12 years as the country director in Liberia, providing leadership to over 300 Liberian staff and 15 international field staff. He grew up as a missionary kid in Zimbabwe and went to university in Canada, where his family is originally from. He is married to Bev and father to Isaac (13) and Felix (14).

Linda Mobula, MD, MPH

Linda Mobula, MD, MPH

Dr. Linda Mobula attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, with a concentration in global health. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in general internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was the Samaritan's Purse Health Program manager in Haiti and is a member of the Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), and has served in the Philippines, Liberia, and Greece. She is currently on faculty at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and is a public health advisor with the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance.