Last Sunday, December 4th, in the evening, something happened. Something you see in movies, read in newspapers, watch on the news. That something happened to someone I know and care about.
Robert Brand was driving to meet his family for dinner in his college town, Fayetteville, AR. A student at the University of Arkansas, a member of BYX fraternity, an involved member of his church and youth group, a lover of Jesus, a boy with the biggest heart and sweetest soul.
I have known this family for as long as I can remember. His mom was my 10th grade English teacher. His sister a year older than me in school. His late father known in our community for being a doctor. I got to really know Rob while I was an intern for our youth group during my first two years of college.
Another young man driving a 1-ton truck crossed over the middle of the road and hit Rob head on. This young man later fled from the police station, and has not yet been found.
Rob suffered severe lacerations to the face, but his eyes were spared, praise the Lord! He has several broken bones, both femurs broken, elbow, and a hand injury. He also had a severe wound at the base of his neck at the spine, but miraculously, it was closed and spine and head CT scans came back completely clear.
He has been visited and worked on by many doctors, surgeons, and nurses. Please pray for their wisdom and steady hands.
I will keep this post thread updated as Rob continues to heal.
But here is my BIG challenge.
PLEASE share Rob’s story. It doesn’t have to be this post or have anything to do with what I’ve posted on my own social media. Just share this story with other believers. The more who know, the more who pray. The more who pray, the more we are empowered by Christ who can do far more than we could ever hope or imagine. (Ephesians 3:20)
Please pray. Please. There are only good things to be said about this boy. I am 1000% confident he will have so many jewels on his crown in Heaven.
If you weren’t convinced to pray yet, here’s a story for you-
I got to the hospital in Springfield, MO at 7 am Monday morning. There was a young man asleep on a couch in the waiting room. He was a friend of Rob’s who had only known him for less than a month. In this short amount of time, Rob had poured life into him, had talked to him about Jesus, and loved him the way Jesus teaches us to love. Rob convinced this boy in that short time to get baptized. Rob cares about eternal lives. Rob gets it. Rob gets why we are here on this earth. Rob gets the Gospel.
UPDATE as of yesterday afternoon (this post was written on Thursday, December 8th, posting on Saturday, December 10th.) They were able to do surgery to repair his legs. He will be monitored to see if there needs to be a bone graft in the future. He had surgery on his face and the feeding tube was removed. The next step is letting him rest and recuperate to gain energy for the long road ahead. He has spoken to his family, his first words being, “I’m sorry,” and then immediately asking if the other driver was okay. (This kid gets it, people.) As of 14 hours ago, we have been told to pray that he passes the swallow test.
I will attach the link to the GoFund Me account that has been set up to help cover medical costs. I will also attach the link to the t-shirts they are making and selling to show support. I am in no way trying to persuade you to donate or buy. These are only attached if you want more information on Rob’s condition and want to pray for specific things.
I know I have a lot of readers, followers on social media that this will be linked to, and others who might stumble upon this. Please make it known. Please pray. We are hopeful.
Thank you readers and God bless.