So much has happened in our world and our ministry since the last newsletter in January. First, I want to say I hope and pray that you and your loved ones are healthy and finding peace that passes all understanding. Second, I want to say THANK YOU for so generously continuing to make quilts and kits (and masks!) for our neighbors around the world during this time. We need these gifts of love as much as ever.
Finally, I want to tell you about my own experience with the coronavirus this spring.
I started to feel unwell on Sunday, April 18, and I deteriorated quickly. On Monday, my achy joints worsened, and by Tuesday it was difficult to breathe. On Wednesday, I could no longer taste or smell, and by that night it felt like I was breathing through a very thick wool scarf. I was gasping for air. On Thursday I was tested for COVID-19, and a chest X-ray showed I had pneumonia. On Saturday, I learned my COVID-19 test was positive.
It was a very scary time. I am not sure if I’ve ever been sicker, and laboring to breathe was terrifying.
I am thankful to God that after several days of taking my prescribed medications, I felt considerably better and eventually made a full recovery. Unfortunately, others have suffered far worse symptoms and even death as a result of COVID-19. We at Lutheran World Relief are sending prayers of healing, comfort and peace to all those affected by this virus.
I share my story to illustrate why we are urging our community to take precautions to minimize your risks of contracting or spreading COVID-19 during Ingatherings and other ministry-related activities.
Take it from me: This virus is serious, and each of you is precious to God and to us. We appreciate your graciousness amid the changes to this year’s Ingatherings. Important updates and tips will be shared as they are available at lwr.org/ingathering.