24 November, 2021

Charlie Russell’s Condition Greatly Improved

by | 21 October, 2021 | 10 comments

(UPDATED Thursday, Oct. 21, with a picture of the Russell family and a comment from Faith Russell.)

Thousands of people and scores of churches who have been praying for Charlie Russell during his two-month battle with COVID pneumonia received very encouraging reports in recent days.

“Charlie’s road to recovery in the past week has been remarkable,” Charlie’s grandfather, Bob Russell—retired senior minister of Southeast Christian Church in Kentucky—wrote in his blog post at his website on Sunday. “First, doctors removed him from the ECMO machine that was providing heart and lung support. Then he was removed from kidney dialysis. Finally, three days ago, doctors removed the ventilator, and he is now breathing entirely on his own. . . . He is eating on his own, communicating with us, and, through physical therapy, beginning to stand and attempting to walk.”

Over the weekend, Charlie, 26, was moved from the intensive care unit to a regular floor at the Nashville, Tenn., hospital that has been treating him.


Updates on his challenges and progress are posted regularly at the “Charlie’s Road to Recovery!” Facebook page maintained by his wife, Faith. The page has more than 8,500 followers.

In a post Sunday, a video of Charlie with his father, Rusty Russell—lead pastor of New Day Christian Church in Port Charlotte, Fla.—thanks everyone for their concern and prayers.

“I’m here with my son, Charlie,” Rusty says in the video. “He’s doing great. I’m so happy with how much progress he’s making, and he just wanted to tell you all thank you.”

And then, from his hospital bed, Charlie shares, “Thanks so much for praying for me, guys. I think I’m almost there, and I really appreciate that you’ve been lifting me up towards heaven. Thank you.”

In that same post, Faith Russell wrote: “Charlie had another good day! . . . I had another great visit with him. It’s just so nice talking to him like normal and getting to tell him about Charity.”

Charity is Charlie and Faith Russell’s daughter, born in August just as Charlie’s COVID battle was starting.

“He’s loved hearing how she is and looking at photos,” Faith Russell continued. “He loves telling the nurses about how small and skinny her arms are. Ha! We love our little baby! . . .

“We also FaceTimed our Bible study group for a few minutes,” she wrote. “Charlie even joked about there being a bunch of leftovers from the food because he’s not there to finish them. Haha.”

(By the way, in an email to Christian Standard this morning—Thursday, Oct. 21—Faith Russell wrote: “Another amazing part of Charlie’s story is he got to meet our daughter twice over the past two weeks for the first time since she was born.”)

In his post Sunday, Bob Russell shared that a Christian college president who visits many churches during his travels told him, “I have never seen a time when our brotherhood of churches were so united in prayer about one person. It’s amazing how many people are praying for [Charlie]!”

Bob Russell also wrote, “I don’t want to be premature and exclaim, ‘Charlie is completely healed!’ because we know there remain risks during what will be a very long recovery as well as the potential for long-term residuals. . . . But I would be remiss if I did not stop and ask you to join me in giving God glory for answered prayer at this point.”

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  1. Linda Michael

    Praise God for healing critically ill Charlie. His recovery from COVID has been long & up & down. 1000’s of people around the world have been praying. Charlie has a ways to go with rehab but is so improved that he’s enjoying his newborn baby daughter, Charity and wife, Faith. Christ is so good!

  2. Joe Fielder

    AMEN. The Lord is great to we mere humans. Thank You, Lord Jesus for his healing.

  3. Gloria Dickson

    Chris and I have been following Charlie’s journey and praying for him every day. We have so loved and been encouraged by the strength of his family and God’s amazing healing hands.

  4. Jackie Barton

    So thankful that Charlie is doing so well!! Praise the Lord and give HIM the Glory!!!! So glad that I was part of the 8,000+ people praying for Charlie and Faith and her sharing his progress. Caused my faith to grow and blessed to see God’s miracle! Also two other men in the ICU with covid have been able to go home! Prayed for Sonn and Terry! Thank you Jesus for letting us see that miracles happen, even during this terrible time we are going through!

  5. Judy Geralds

    Praise God from whom all blessings flow. I am so thankful for Charlie’s remarkable recovery. I pray that his insurance will approve for rehab coverage

  6. Kathy Fowler

    Continued prayers and love for Charlie and the whole famy

  7. Oleta McDaniel

    To God be the glory. Great things He has done!

    He has performed a miracle before our eyes. What a witness Charlie and his family have been and still are today. And will be in the future as Charlie’s recovery progresses.

  8. Jann Johnson

    Hallelujah! Only God in His magnificent plan is making it possible to
    show thousands of people that He can do all this …. this being the
    continued healing of Charlie. Thank you Lord Jesus!

  9. Pat and Bob Cockerham

    We are in Awe of Charlie’s remarkable progress as he continues to recover from this dreadful Covid disease.
    We give God the Glory and thousands of prayer warriors who are praying for him.
    Charlie keep up the fight; God had big plans for you.

  10. Pam Kaylor

    I heard of Charlie through my daughter and her family that live in Louisville. I have been praying for him and rejoice in the precious gift of God’s blessing of healing. I often think of how in the future Charlie will be a proclaimer of God’s blessings to so many people. His story is one of those “lion’s den” or “crossing the Red Sea” stories. A story that points to the Lord’s love and faithfulness—- it gives God the glory!!!! Amen

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