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  • Writer's pictureW. Austin Gardner

6 months since I came off the ventilator

A little over seven months ago, I got quite sick from the Corona Virus. I refused to believe or accept that I was ill.

On a Thursday night after our mid week service, I began to feel poorly. I have the privilege of teaching a class to missionaries and students preparing to be a missionary each Friday for four hours. I never miss if at all possible. Thursday night, I informed everyone that I would not be in class or at church. I didn't know why, but I admitted that I was feeling pretty bad.

The next thing I remember, I woke up about a month later. I had been very sick. I spent 21 days on the ventilator at Northside Hospital Forsyth in Cumming, Georgia.

I had to learn how to walk again and take care of myself. There had been little hope I was going to make it, but God had other plans. I came home from the hospital a week later.

I was relatively weak and tired. I practiced and exercised every day. Little stuff that no one in good health would call exercise. Slowly I came back to good health. I am very grateful for good doctors, good nurses, and those that put up with me as I suffered and then recovered.

Now I preach a message when I travel that I call, "Why Am I Alive?" I ask all to consider the same question for themselves. Why are we alive? What purpose does He have in leaving us here. I do not deserve to be alive, but He kept me here. I want to serve God with every fiber of my being.

Pray with me as we work together to train and send missionaries all over the world. The good folks of Vision Baptist Church, Vision Baptist Missions, and the Our Generation Training Center have been so good. They prayed for me. They serve with me in our attempt to evangelize the world in our generation.

Right now, I stand before an unbelievable task. We need student housing desperately. We have been working on this for several years. God has now given us 69 acres of land. It is paid for.

Now we are working to raise the money to build the first dorms, classrooms, and offices for this very needy ministry. As I celebrate my six-month anniversary of being off the ventilator, I wanted to ask you to pray about helping us. Go to to learn more. God is moving, and we are excited.

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