I wanted to repeat a difficult announcement I made at church yesterday.
As many of you know, my wife, Jessica, has been dealing with Lupus since the birth of Jalen four-and-a-half years ago. She has been managing the auto-immune disease to the best of her ability, but recently her symptoms have been spiraling in the wrong direction. The trigger for her symptoms are environmental—things like heat, dust/pollen, low humidity, and stress.We had to make a difficult decision for her health. Based on the recommendation from her doctors and our therapist, we made the decision to relocate the family in a cooler place, with more humidity, and less dust and pollen.
The goal of this move is not only to limit her symptoms, but to get her healed of this auto-immune disease. Lupus is something that can be healed, and so we are going to do everything we can to make sure that happens.
By the way, I’ve shared this information with church leaders last Wednesday and the congregation this Sunday—and the love and support has been beautiful. It’s humbling to hear how many of you will be thinking about and praying for Jess and the family. We feel loved. Thank you.
This is a temporary solution, when Jess is healed of Lupus you can expect the Ludwig family to be back in the Palm Desert area as soon as we can. However, to be fully transparent, we do not know how long this process will take.
I want you to know that Jess’ healing is a priority, but at the same time, making sure that Palm Desert Community Church continues to help people “Connect with God, one another, and the world—through Jesus Christ” is also a priority. I believe both can happen at the same time.
I will work with Session to come up with a clear schedule that maximizes Jess’ potential of healing, and maximizes PDCPC continuing to be the church God dreams for us to be! My assumption is that I will have multiple days in a row in the desert, followed by days with the family. As soon as we have this information, you will be the first to know.
Until then… if you have any questions, please call me at (949) 939-6687—that’s my cell phone—or email me at .
Again, thank you for the phone calls, texts, prayers… all of it.
Grace and Peace.