Edmond missionaries planning to return to West Africa

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EDMOND, Okla. - Despite the threat of the Ebola virus, an Oklahoma couple is going back to West Africa to help bring relief to certain communities in Sierra Leone.

Jerome and Shanna Crawford are leaving for Sierra Leone on Nov. 7 and will be in the country for two weeks.

The couple and their six children were living in Sierra Leone as missionaries, but returned home two months ago because of the Ebola outbreak.

The Crawfords founded Komeo, an organization that helps orphans at Wellington Orphanage in Sierra Leone.

"We can't, in their darkest hour say, 'We'll see you guys when it's all over with," Jerome said. "These people in these communities are starving to death right now. They're literally dying in these communities from lack of food and lack of medicine."

The couple says they will be in contact with the CDC and will quarantine themselves in their home for 21 days once they return to the United States.

“We are taking every measure possible to ensure safe travel to and from Sierra Leone. These precautions far exceed the CDC's and the state's requirements for travelers returning from West Africa, particularly since the Crawfords are not health care workers and will not be conducting medical clinics or providing any health care services," said Shana Gibelyou, the president of Komeo.