Thursday, June 14, 2012
Steve Saint Suffers a ‘Paralyzing Injury’ while Testing New Missionary Technology
Son of martyred missionary Nate Saint invented a flying car to advance indigenous missions
By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA, (ANS) -- Steve Saint, the 61-year-old son of martyred MAF missionary, Nate Saint, has been seriously injured in Gainesville, Florida, while testing new missionary technology.
The message continued, “Right now, Steve has no control of feet or hands, but his mind is clear and he does have some motion and sensation in all four limbs.
“Steve’s ministry theme for the last decade has been ‘Let God Write Your Story.’ Shortly after being flown by helicopter to Shands Teaching Hospital at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Steve told his family, ‘Let’s let God write this chapter, too.’
“Steve's career as a stunt pilot (End of the Spear) is past. This may end his career as a test pilot for the Maverick, but Steve says that Troy Townsend's skills already surpassed his. And, it will probably end his career as an RV-10 test pilot, but Steve says son Jesse's skills have surpassed his. And this may severely limit Steve's ability to travel and speak, but son Jaime excels in that category already. Steve says it's too bad that spinal cord surgery doesn't fall under General Surgery or son Shaun could take care of him. This injury will mean that Steve's adoring wife, Ginny, will have to wait on him hand and foot, but everyone knows that she already does.
The message went on to say, “Steve says ‘don't send flowers’. Instead, buy an I-TEC dental system or I-See kit or sponsor an I-Med module or order your Maverick in your choice of color. If none of these fit your budget, or even if they do, Steve asks that you learn to be a LIFE Coach (talk to Jaime!).
“Let's continue to pray for Steve and his family as they continue to walk HIS trail.”
A later posting on Steve Saint’s Facebook page, says, “Steve was conducting a test on a small aluminum airfoil mounted on a rolling test stand when it became unmounted and struck Steve in the head causing cuts to his head and resulting in whiplash.
“Currently, he has very limited movement capabilities in his arms and legs. Doctors suggest surgery in a few days to help relieve swelling around his spine.
“This accident was not Maverick Flying Car related, a car or an aircraft accident.”
Steve Saint was the founder of the Indigenous People's Technology and Education Center which was to build on the vision of his MAF missionary-pilot father, Nate Saint.
It was also powerfully told in the 2006 docudrama, End of the Spear, which recounted the story of Operation Auca, in which five American Christian missionaries attempted to evangelize the Huaorani (Waodani) people of the jungle of Ecuador. Based on actual events from 1956 in which five male missionaries were speared by members of the Waodani tribe, the movie tells the story from the perspective of Steve Saint, and Mincaye, one of the tribesmen who killed the missionaries. The two eventually formed a bond that continues to this day.
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