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Who is Nancy Writebol? A biography on the second missionary infected with Ebola

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Nancy Writebol, 59, and her husband David were in Monrovia, Liberia when she was infected with the Ebola virus.

Since August 2013, the Writebols have worked for the Serving in Mission (SIM) group, which worked with Samaritan's Purse.

Writebol was working as the personnel coordinator, helping SIM missionaries entering the country. She also served as a certified nursing assistant. Her duties at the clinic included disinfecting doctors and nurses entering or leaving the Ebola treatment area.  Her husband was the technical services manager at the same facility.  Nancy was diagnosed with Ebola on July 25, 2014.

The Writebols have been married since 1974 and have two adult sons. Their missionary trips include Ecuador and 14 years ministering to orphans and vulnerable children in Africa.

Those who know Nancy best say that she's motivated not by any quest for personal glory or thirst for adventure, but because she and her husband feel compelled to act because of their faith.

As husband David explained from Africa via Skype to members of Cavalry Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, at a recent vigil for Nancy: "We have been blessed because of what Christ has done for us, (by giving) us eternal life and salvation.

"What else could we do (but help)?"

The fact the Writebols left the comforts of America to live in an area rife with poverty, instability and disease, the fact they put their lives at risk to assist those suffering everyday, isn't surprising to those who know them.

John Munro, their friend and pastor at Cavalry Church, describes the couple as "the salt of the Earth," the kind of people who wouldn't give a second thought to dropping everything to help.

The only thing perhaps ironic about what's happening now is how such an "unassuming" and "very humble" woman has become international news.

"She is ... not someone who would ever make the headlines," Munro said, "apart from something like this."

Copyright 2014 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). The CNN Wire contributed to this report.  All rights reserved.

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