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Friends will gather Wednesday night to pray for a Charlotte missionary who's fighting the Ebola virus in Africa.
Nancy Writebol contracted the deadly virus in Liberia, where her and husband moved to help those in need.
Bill and Grace Harding said God's calling kept the Writebols in Africa after the Ebola outbreak.
David, an administrator, and Nancy, a hygienist, jumped to help when sick people came to their hospital.
Nancy Writebol is now fighting for her life in isolation.
“I can’t imagine not being able to touch her. She has no human touch. He can just talk to her through a window,” Grace Harding said.
Calvary Church in south Charlotte will host a prayer vigil at 6:30 p.m. for Nancy Writebol.
The message spreading to Washington too, as Rep. Robert Pittenger asked for prayers Wednesday on the house floor.
“Nancy and David could have chosen the easy route. Instead they chose a higher calling,” he said.
The family of the other victim, Samaritans Purse Dr. Kent Brantly, released a statement saying "We continue to believe that God will deliver Kent from this deadly virus."
They added to remember “the healthcare workers in Liberia struggling to meet the overwhelming demands of those who are sick.”
The Hardings said their prayer is be a simple one. They just hope it will be answered.
“We are praying for gods mercy to heal you from this diabolical virus,” Bill Harding said.
Organizers said they are trying to set up a Skype interview with David Writebol so he can speak with all those back home praying for the couple's safe return.
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Saturday’s Guinness International Champions Cup between Liverpool FC and AC Milan has been declared an Extraordinary Event by Charlotte city officials.
The game will be held at Bank of America Stadium at 6:30 p.m.
City Manager Ron Carlee along with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department determined that the event meets the criteria to be declared as an Extraordinary Event.
The Extraordinary Event ordinance was adopted Jan. 23, 2012, and is defined as a large-scale event of national or international significance with may attract thousands of people to the area.
More than 60,000 tickets have been sold for the match.
A fan fest will be held Saturday on South Mint Street. Fan fest will open to the public at 4 p.m., until the start of the game.
Another wrestling coach took the stand Wednesday and defended a former coach accused of sexually assaulting East Gaston High School wrestlers.
The former assistant coach said that was all part of the wrestling culture and it wasn't regarded as strange. He also told the jury he believes Scott Goins is innocent.
As an assistant wrestling coach, Terry Edge worked very closely with Goins.
“I would not have let my son wrestle if I had any idea. Never,” he said.
Goins is accused of sexually assaulting three East Gaston High School wrestlers. One accuser claimed Goins even slept in the bed with him on a wrestling trip and forced him to have sex.
Edge said he doesn't believe the allegations.
He claimed things like hugging players, and even sleeping in the same bed were normal.
“It was just somewhere to lay your head down,” he said.
Two former wrestlers denied allegations of physical abuse by Goins. They described him as a motivating leader, someone who only pushed students to make them better. They told the jury they never observed any sexual abuse.
During cross examination, a former wrestling parent admitted she thought Goins was too close to one of the accusers and even confronted him about it.
“I would see favoritism and my son would talk to me about it. He felt like (one of the wrestlers) was getting better treatment,” she said.
Five witnesses took the stand. Defense questioning will continue Thursday. The judge hinted the trial could be over by this time next week.
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