Video: ‘Our community is strong, but we are hurting,’ ACU president says
Phil Schubert, president of Abilene Christian University, discusses Friday’s bus crash in the above video.
“Our community is strong, but we are hurting,” Schubert says. “Please continue to lift these families up in your prayers.”
ACU has created a special website to provide updates on the crash:
Some 800 Abilene Christian University students – supported by faculty, staff and friends in the community – attended a special version last night of Nine O’Clock, the Sunday night praise and prayer service held in the auditorium of University Church of Christ. It was the first time for some to be together since news Friday afternoon of a bus accident that sent 16 members of the ACU family to four hospitals, some of whom remain in critical condition.
One, 19-year-old sophomore Anabel Reid of Petersburg, Texas, died of her injuries.
“In great respect, we ask big questions of You,” prayed Brent Isbell, preaching minister of the University congregation. “More than answers, we need You: Your Spirit, Your presence … show us the way forward.”
Dr. Jeff Arrington, associate vice president for student life, updated students on the conditions of those injured, and echoed Isbell’s prayer. “It’s not somebody else’s news, God. It’s ours and it’s more than we can stand,” he prayed.
In the below video, The Optimist at ACU interviews survivors of the crash.
FeedbackOur thoughts and prayers continue to be with ACU, the community of Abilene, and most importantly all the family and friends of this tragedy. May you feel God’s arms around you and give you peace and comfort during this time.Watkins FamilyNovember, 8 2011