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The future is unknown for a well-known preacher and evangelist in southern Mississippi.
Don Blackwell and his wife, Sheri, were both injured earlier this month in an all-terrain vehicle accident. Don, the executive director of the Gospel Broadcasting Network and a minister and elder for the Southaven Church of Christ, shattered his T8 thoracic vertebra, which could leave him paralyzed. Sheri suffered a less severe injury. She will be in a brace for several months, but has been released from the hospital.
The accident happened in Salem, Va. Don was holding a Gospel meeting in the area. The couple had gone out for a ride on a 4-wheeler when the accident happened.
“He’s a hard worker,” John Stubblefield, with the Gospel Broadcasting Network, told The Christian Chronicle. “He puts himself out there for the cause of the Kingdom.”
Blackwell is highly respect by those in the southeastern part of the country. He also is known for his work with World Video Bible School.
“I had a chance to talk with him and he’s already trying to figure out how he can reach out to those around him and minister, even in the hospital,” Stubblefield said.
A FundRazr.com page was set up to help the Blackwells. Within days it had raised more than $80k of the $100k goal.
“I think it says a lot about how much people appreciate them and how much people love them,” Stubblefield said. “I feel like we’ve got an army of people that are ready to help out and try to do things for them.”
Don will likely be moved to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta later this week, where he will begin rehabilitation.
Stubblefield said he’s knows there are a still a lot of unknowns when it comes to Don’s future. For now, they’re asking everyone to pray for Don, Sheri and their family as they navigate the next several months and find their way to a new normal.
The Blackwell family has asked for prayers during this difficult time. They are also asking for prayers that Don and Sheri will be able to continue their work for the Kingdom.
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