***5:03pm on Sunday- We just returned from visiting Tina Byrd, the mother whose legs were amputated last night, in the hospital. She awoke and praised God for her life over her legs and we are thankful. She is going through a whirlwind of emotions and feelings, but she is stabilized and recovering in the ICU. Her two children are doing well, Chase and Taylor, and her husband, Jason, has been so kind to let us love on him. Please continue to praise God that no lives were lost, praise Him that more were not hurt, and pray that many lives would be eternally saved through this time. Also, please remember the family as they begin this new path. -Matt***
Tonight on the way home from our Carowinds trip, our youth bus full of our kids was hit by an oncoming car that ran a red light. We all made it roughly but safely to the side of the road, quite a bit shaken up but not physically hurt. Matt and several other parents rushed to the other car to assist the driver when they realized that everyone on our bus was safe and not injured. However, when they arrived at the car, Matt and another parent were hit by a second oncoming car that didn't see the stopped car, and may have even been distracted by our bus on the side of the road. Matt is completely fine other than some bumps and bruises, but we're asking prayer for the second parent who sustained massive injuries to her legs and was airlifted to the hospital.
Please be in prayer for this Mom who rushed out to care for someone else and was terribly injured herself in the process! Please also be in prayer for Matt who is understandably very shaken up as we pray for this Mom and her two kids in our youth group, and of course the rest of their family as well. Never forget as you pray that God has a plan, even when it is totally incomprehensible to our earthly eyes and faith, and we're praying that God will use this situation to His glory and to reach people's hearts in the way only He can. Please keep praying!