To the congregation of Haymarket Baptist Church,

I am so grateful for the prayers that you have continued to offer on my behalf, as well as the lovely get well card that arrived at my parents’ house a few weeks ago.  It is a blessing to know that your community of faith, most of whom have yet to meet me, has been praying for me following my knee surgery on March 4.

I am happy to share that my knee continues to grow stronger.  After seeing an orthopedic surgeon in Greenville 3 weeks ago, I was referred to physical therapy and have seen significant progress.  I still wear a brace to prevent my knee from bending, but I have been allowed to unlock the brace when sitting so that I can drive myself to appointments.  I am attending physical therapy three times each week and will return to the doctor in Greenville for a third time in early May.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has made life in Greenville a little more quiet, I am grateful for the time to spend with my parents.  Also, with no live sports to watch on television, I am trying to spend more time reading and writing around a fairly busy exercise schedule as I continue building strength in my knee.

I understand that this season is challenging for each of you, as well.  I have enjoyed regular conversations with Dr. Olson to discuss church ministry in the midst of a pandemic.  It is a new season for everyone, and I have been encouraged by the creativity and innovative ministry of Haymarket Baptist Church.  It only creates more excitement within my spirit to join the ministry already occurring there.

I continue to hold you in prayer.  I look forward to being with you in person as the physical distancing restrictions lighten.  In the meantime, I hope that this season of physical distancing allows you to realize how connected and how loved you really are.

With grace and peace,

Allan Smith