The senior pastor of Hillsong Church NYC Carl Lentz recently reported that he tested positive for Covid-19.
On Monday night, he made the announcement on Instagram Live. The pastor of Churchome ,Judah Smith, was with him.
“I started feeling so bad,” Lentz told his friend Smith, who pastors in Seattle and Los Angeles. “I got my test. It came back positive.”
Lentz affirmed he was fine, adding: “Let me tell you something. It is definitely real…the symptoms are so real. It’s kind of like a flu times 50…still don’t feel like myself…I look forward to getting my energy back.”
“My breath is a lot shorter. Fatigue is a lot quicker. My advice to people is try to take this as seriously as you can,” he added.
The church team met last Sunday with the pastor to record the online service in the office of the church. So far it is not clear if any other team member contracted the virus.
That same day, Lentz preached a recorded a message to thousands titled “We Are Gonna Get Through This.”
The minister is 41 years old, and sent an ancouraging message to those going to the same sitaution saying:
If anyone else tests positive,“You’re not alone.”
“I’m praying that we find something that eradicates this thing completely. That’s my hope.”
Meanwhile, Judah Smith, asked all watching the transmission to support the pastor and his family in prayer.