Christian Chronicle

Serving amid COVID-19, husband and wife try to balance safety and compassion

He leads a disaster relief ministry. She works as an ICU nurse. Avoiding the coronavirus is a challenge.

By Bobby Ross Jr. | The Christian Chronicle

Hours after Easter Sunday tornadoes walloped the twin cities of Monroe and West Monroe in northeastern Louisiana, Ryan Lee came home from working with a chainsaw crew.

The mask intended to protect him from the coronavirus dangled around his neck.

“Well, did you wear your mask when you were out today?” Miranda Lee asked her husband, who leads One Kingdom, a ministry that focuses on mission work and disaster relief.

“A tornado just came through here. Nobody’s thinking about that,” replied Ryan Lee, whose work is sponsored by the White’s Ferry Road Church of Christ, the couple’s home congregation in West Monroe. “We’re just trying to get trees off houses.”

Miranda Lee, an ICU nurse who treats COVID-19 patients at the Monroe Medical Center, gently reminded him that the virus threat had not disappeared in the April 12 storm. 

Already, she was feeling crummy — with coughing, shortness of breath and a low-grade fever — and worrying that she might have been infected herself.

Tension and frustration characterized the exchange as the Christian couple tried to balance concern for their family’s safety with a shared desire to help hurting people.

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This story appears in the online edition of The Christian Chronicle.

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