Three weeks ago tonight, international student from Russia, sophomore Max Gunbin, was involved in a very serious auto accident when the car he was riding in was hit by a drunk driver. Max was thrown from the car.
If a police officer had not seen the accident and immediately called for help, Max would have most likely died at the scene of the accident.
During the first day or two following the accident we were fearful Max might not survive his injuries. And then, as he started breathing on his own, the worry turned to what brain damage might have been caused by the significant amount of blood he had lost.
But the campus never stopped praying and trusting that Max was in God’s hands.
When his parents arrived from Siberia, and he heard their voices, Max started to respond in a new way. His parents have been thankful for the love of the campus toward them. We introduced them in chapel and prayed for them. And Friday, I gave them Bibles in Russian to assure them of our continued prayers.
Max is back on campus. The faculty have been wonderful to work with him to enable him to complete the semester with additional work this summer.
Today, just three weeks after the accident, our Tennis Coach, Levi Patton (who has been a hero through all this) sent me this video of Max back on the tennis court last night. Max is still in a neck brace and moving slowly, but it is remarkable to see this video just three weeks after this horrific accident.
Thanks to God who is the great healer.