Luke Whitworth came to Guinea in December of 2013. His Christian faith had deepened throughout college, and he was eager to begin work as a Baptist missionary.
Around the same time, Ebola arrived.
"At the very beginning, I'd never heard of it," he recalls.
The virus was spreading through Guinea's forest region. Whitworth was here for a two-year stay. He started researching Ebola.
"Just seeing the death rate and what it does to your body, it was scary," he says.
But he's still here — and he hasn't been back home to his native South Carolina.