Jim Arnold, Field Coordinator to Ivory Coast and Acting Director of FMI — Brother Critically Injured

11/20/2020 UPDATE

Good Morning from My Man at Clinique de la Madeleine.

He is profoundly touched and so grateful for all YOUR prayers!! #JesusGift

We are held through your prayers as God parted the sea of getting a taxi and arranged the medical care and decisions and continues to work mightily as the Great Physician on My Man’s behalf!

He doesn’t remember the accident nor the flight to Dakar. Yesterday morning, he was taking interest in the pics of the journey. He listened to a video from Amandalee and Rae and smiled the entire time!! He mostly sleeps, drifting in and out.

Update: This time when he woke, he remembered some things just before the accident; he remembered what he was doing and what he was going to do — get a drill to make a repair — just a second before the accident. He wanted to know what day it was and when the accident happened.

Our friends in Bakel assure us of their prayers – they have named My Man in their mosques and are praying for their longtime great and beloved friend!! While we were in Bakel, many of my friends came to BE with me, and Baba’s mom came and held me and kept holding me until I leaned into her supporting
embrace and let her hold all of me for several minutes in the midst of this unexpected journey. #HeartHug

Medical Updates
◦ There are three, instead of one, ribs that are fractured.
◦ The pneumathorax and the bleed are in the same area.
◦ The complication in removing the air is because of the fractured clavicle. The arm can’t be lifted above his head.
◦ He is having to work to breathe but he is being given oxygen and he is not in distress.
◦ His head was to be examined and cleaned up yesterday.
◦ He was fed some supper and then we waited for the doc to say if he can eat or not depending on upcoming surgery.

Update: He was fed some breakfast and he did well although he was exhausted afterward.

Update: The neurologist came and said there are absolutely no issues and that Rick is asymptomatic. The small bleed
is minimal and should self-resolve. The bathroom is right across the hall — so perfect and even has toilet paper!!
Got stuck in the dark when the light went off automatically and the light switch is outside the door.

 

 

 

URGENT PRAYER REQUEST

Dr. Gary Newhart, Executive Director of IGM, received a call from Jim Arnold, Missionary Field Coordinator for Ivory Coast and Acting Director of Faith Ministries International, IGM’s orphan ministry.

Jim’s younger brother, Rick Arnold, a missionary to Senegal with Pioneer Missions, fell off a ladder three stories up and landed on a cement block. Rick has a 5-inch laceration on his head and they think his collar bone is broken. He is bleeding out of his ears and they cannot stop the bleeding from either place. He is able to understand what his wife says to him and to drink water. No x-ray technology is available where he is so it is not known what other damage there may be.

Pioneer Missions promised that they would airlift Rick to Dakar, the capital city, which is over 400 miles away, by tonight but that is now not going to be possible and the American Embassy must step in. When Rick’s condition is stabilized, he can be life lifted back to the States for treatment.

His wife, Elizabeth, is trying to coordinate all of these arrangements in the midst of this very emotional time.

Please pray for Rick as his condition is critical and for his wife and for Jim Arnold and the rest of the family.

Editor

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