“Every morning is a blessing, I truly thank God for giving me another chance and sparing my life.” – Pastor Kenny Baldwin [#ITrulyThankGod #TrulyThankGod]

“Every morning is a blessing, I truly thank God for giving me another chance and sparing my life.”
– Pastor Kenny Baldwin [#ITrulyThankGod #TrulyThankGod]

A pastor in Fairfax County, Virginia is on his way to making a full recovery more than 2 weeks after testing positive for COVID-19.

Pastor Kenny Baldwin of Crossroads Baptist Church started feeling symptoms on Sunday, March 15. He developed a headache and a fever that spiked to 105 degrees.

After going to see the doctor, they told Pastor Kenny Baldwin it was likely allergies or the flu.

According to Pastor Kenny Baldwin, shortly after he, “walked upstairs to my wife and said something was in my chest. We went to the hospital and they diagnosed me with pneumonia.”

Pastor Kenny Baldwin was sent home with medication and care instructions, but when he started to feel worse he went back to the hospital that is when they kept him for 10 days.

“I had no idea I wasn’t leaving. It’s like for 10 days my whole world just stopped.”
– Pastor Kenny Baldwin

Pastor Kenny Baldwin’s time at the hospital was tough. Not only was he isolated from his family, but he was experiencing extreme pain. His entire body hurt, he had chills, trouble breathing, fever and diarrhea.

“The doctor basically said with this disease you’re going to get worse fast or you’re going to hold on and eventually get better, and we don’t know which one it will be.”
– Pastor Kenny Baldwin

That’s when Pastor Kenny Baldwin cried out to God.

“All I had was the Lord. I saw God and experienced Him in a way like never before and He reminded me that His promises are true and that His word stands and that He never leaves or forsakes us.”
– Pastor Kenny Baldwin

During Pastor Kenny Baldwin’s time at the hospital his family, congregation and friends from around the world prayed for him. Pastor Kenny Baldwin said thanks to the help of the doctors and nurses at Inova Fairfax Hospital, and the support and prayers of loved ones, he was cleared and sent home to continue his recovery this past weekend.

“I thought I would be back to normal. I took three steps into the house and was out of energy.”

Day by day Pastor Kenny Baldwin’s strength is building. He hopes that by Easter he is strong enough to be able to virtually preach to his congregation.

“The church is not the building, it’s the people so we are still the church no matter what. “I think the challenge for all of us is to understand that our relationship with God is not contingent on physical gatherings and being in a structure. Our relationship with God is a spiritual relationship and our faith is growing. We are being built through this and need to trust Him, and value life and the people who matter.”
– Pastor Kenny Baldwin

According to Pastor Kenny Baldwin, COVID-19 is serious. He is grateful he is on the mend, but he is urging everyone to stay at home and help stop the spread.

“This is a time to be serious and safe and to be wise. Stay at home, social distance, wash your hands, don’t go anywhere you don’t need to go.”
– Pastor Kenny Baldwin

According to Pastor Kenny Baldwin, there are more than 400 people at Crossroads Baptist Church. After he tested positive for COVID-19, everyone was asked to self-quarantine for 2 weeks.

“Every morning is a blessing, I truly thank God for giving me another chance and sparing my life.”
– Pastor Kenny Baldwin

‘I cried out to God’: Virginia Pastor shares COVID-19 recovery story after hospitalization:
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