I received the following by e-mail yesterday. It was sent in red lettering for emphasis!!!

My story so far, by God’s grace:

I woke up Monday night with a headache and fever. I knew something was not right since I’ve never had a headache in my life. I assumed it was a headache because I have nothing to compare it with.

I prayed and the headache left in about 15 minutes.

In the morning I checked my temperature, and it was 100.00. I prayed, and by last night’s temperature check it was 97.9.

My prevalent symptom has been a depleted feeling. It’s what I feel after I have ridden a bicycle for 40 miles, but slightly different – more my entire body.

Prayers by you for Barbara and I are abundant.

On Monday night I also had depressed emotions. I can get attacked by discouragement in the middle of the night, which I have learned are “night terrors” indicating the need for spiritual warfare.

This depression/discouragement was different and has gone away.

I have not lost my appetite and enjoyed my favorite meal of spaghetti and meatballs last night. The breadsticks were great too!

I will isolate between 10 to 14 days (depending on the ever-changing official/scientific advice). At home, I will work in my Zoom studi0. I had a conference with Russian pastors yesterday with First Steps Discipleship. I am working on additional conferences in Russia, Belarus, and the Philippines.

I will schedule ministry appointments by Zoom. Then I’ll clean out my home library in preparation for selling our house. Then I’ll be researching some topics that I want to but haven’t yet.

Ten to 14 days will give me time for many want-to-but-haven’t-yets.

I still think I will get bored. Probably the most difficult part of my isolation… hmmhhhmmm… what am I going to do today? Clean my office, change the furnace filter, watch leaves fall in the yard, or send all of you 3-page e-mails?

Though isolation can be suddenly thrown over any of us by COVID, I don’t feel isolated. Many have prayed and sent encouraging texts and emails.

Thank you.

Please note this is my personal opinion:  The COVID crisis will be defeated. It might take a few months. Meanwhile, we learn to live with plan A, plan B, and plan C – along with Plan D and Plan E – when discerning whether to close or stay open or to go to social events.

The most important lesson:  Don’t isolate from other Christians. If you can’t meet in person, e-communication provides lots of opportunities.

I have totally enjoyed receiving offers of help. Messenger, calls, texts, and e-mails with offers to help. Help with anything!

Unfortunately, I have just finished painting the outside of my house.

Barbara and I are well taken care of. Pray that she does not get COVID. We have worked out a plan for isolating from one another in our house. Easier with a large house.

I don’t need anything… Oh, no! The jug of Lee’s unsweetened iced tea in my refrigerator only has only one glass left.