Listen: Emma Mullings chats to Katrina Roe
Katrina Roe from Hope Mornings is catching up with her friends living overseas, to hear what COVID-19 lockdown looks like in their corner of the world, and how they’re staying positive and hopeful in the midst of it all. Today, a chat with Emma Mullings.
Emma Mullings is a church pastor, singer-songwriter and media personality from Australia, who is now living with her husband and four children in Miami, USA where they are establishing a new church.
Speaking to Katrina on Wednesday, April 1, Emma said the coronavirus situation in America had escalated rapidly in the last few weeks, with the death toll now “more than the number of people who died in the initial September 11 [attack]”, at over 3,400.
“At the moment, the number of Coronavirus cases in Florida is 6340,” said Emma. “It’s more intense than in other places… we’ve got so many cases because it’s such a gateway city into the US [where many immigrants and travellers arrive].”
“We have been homeschooling for two weeks already.
“Everything’s been closed for two weeks – bars, restaurants, shopping centres. There’s really just petrol stations that are open, supermarkets, that’s pretty much it. Beaches have been shut for three weeks.
“And we need to stay indoors unless we’re going to work or the supermarket or to a doctor or hospital. They’re the only three places we’re allowed to go.”
Emma said not everybody is complying with the lockdown rules.
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“Part of the culture of America is ‘this is a free country and you don’t tell me what to do, I do what I want’ – so I don’t think [people here] are as compliant as perhaps other countries, even Australia. Most people are adhering to it but you do have a few – thousand – that are not!”
She said while people are legally allowed to walk outdoors, it’s being frowned upon by many people.
“You’re allowed to go for a walk around your block as long as you stay 6 feet from anyone else…However people are getting annoyed with people for doing that. Because everyone wants life to get back to normal.
“Online people are very annoyed at ‘The Walkers’ – the people that go for a walk!”
Four Kids and a New Church to Run
Juggling four children – two doing school work and two toddlers – has been a handful and “complete chaos” at times, but Emma’s preparing for the long haul.
“We just were notified that the esarliest the school will even consider opening is May 1st. So we’re going to be here for a while,” she said.
She and Terrence are still holding their church team meetings via zoom, and are staying positive and in good spirits.