Hello Friends and Family,
As you likely have heard by now, my sister, Annette Smith, was severely injured last Saturday when she was hit by a drunk driver. As news spread about her accident, the body of Christ mobilized and people from all around the world began praying for her. God is good and he listened to your prayers. By His Grace, Annette was discharged yesterday and will be continuing her recovery from home. We are so thankful for this and we continue to covet your prayers as Annette will have a long and painful recovery ahead of her.
I don’t know the full extent of Annettes injuries but I do know she has several fractures to her skull. There is also likely damage to her eye, but until the swelling goes down, the doctors can’t determine the full extent of the damage. At this point, they are hopeful that Annette wont need reconstructive surgery, but that of course could change.
But there is more to this story. The driver who caused the accident was drinking at the time. Annette was not the only person injured and a total of five vehicles were involved. To further complicate matters, the driver did not have insurance either. Even if he did, the policy would likely not be sufficient to cover all of the damages he caused.
As many of you know, Ben suffers from seizures. Due to the stress and lack of sleep Ben was enduring this week, he ended up having seizures yesterday and was rewarded with a trip to the ER. While this is not a laughing matter, it was kind of funny because Ben and Annette were discharged at the same time and were wheeled out together in their wheelchairs! God has a funny sense of humor.
So, where does that leave Ben, Annette, and the their three girls? Ben’s seizures cost him is job and has been unemployed as a result of his seizures. He’s not allowed to drive either. This puts a lot of pressure on Annette to provide for her family which she is now not able to do. She is also in no condition to be driving either! So with Ben out of work and Annette unable to now also, times are going to get a lot tougher. This will be even more evident as medical bills start coming coming in. Plus, they still have to pay the mortgage, utilities, and put food on the table.
Annette’s recovery so far has been nothing short of miraculous. For that, we praise God and are so very thankful to all of you who have been praying all over the world. Please keep it up! And if you are able to support Annette and her family financially, and feel God is calling you to help, please consider donating a few dollars. Even if it’s just enough for a box of Mac and Cheese! It all adds up and every dollar helps. I know my sister will appreciate it and can really use the help in this time of great need.
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