COVID-19 has taken aim at one Southern Indiana family, forcing them to say goodbye to three members in just one week.
Pastor Jim Applegate was the first to die of the virus in that family on December 20. The 54-year-old has pastored at Westview Christian Church in Campbellsburg, Indiana for 21 years.
“My dad has taught me to be strong and put my faith in Jesus and that’s what I’m doing,” youth minister at Westview Christian Church and Pastor Jim Applegate’s son, Nicholas Applegate said.
The virus took the pastor’s mother’s life, Pat Applegate, twelve hours after his death. On Christmas Eve, the pastor’s sister 59-year-old MaryJane Applegate died from this virus.
“The thing that’s keeping me going is hope and it’s hope in Jesus because I know where they’re at,” Nicholas Applegate said. “The first few weeks in December our community had seen a lot of COVID cases especially here in our church family and in my family alone COVID has went through our entire family.”
Nicholas’s uncle is currently fighting off the virus but he’s expected to be okay. Nicholas said at one point he and several of his family members had tested positive.
“The only thing I had wrong with me is that I lost my taste and that was it,” Nicholas Applegate said. “This virus is so tricky.”
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SOURCE: WFMY2 News, Senait Gebregiorgis