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4 student missionaries injured
Mickey Noah, Baptist Press
July 22, 2009

4 student missionaries injured

4 student missionaries injured
Mickey Noah, Baptist Press
July 22, 2009

BILLINGS, Mont. — Two North American Mission Board (NAMB)

student missionaries remain in critical condition after the Jeep Cherokee in

which they and two others were riding flipped and rolled over on Interstate 90

near Belgrade, Mont., around 3:30 p.m. local time Tuesday, July 21.

At last report, Jeremy Vangsnes, a student missionary from

Spartanburg, S.C., was listed in critical condition after being flown by

helicopter from Bozeman’s Deaconess Hospital to St. Vincent Hospital in

Billings. On a ventilator, Vangsnes is reportedly showing brain activity but

remains unconscious.

The driver of the SUV was Scott Minear, a Georgia Baptist

Convention student missionary who is active in University of Georgia Baptist

campus ministries. Minear also was airlifted to the Billings hospital following

the accident and remains in critical but not life-threatening condition.

Jeremy Vangsnes was one of three brothers involved in the

single-car accident while on assignment as NAMB student missionaries in the

West Yellowstone, Mont. His brother Daniel is still in the Bozeman hospital

while another brother, Ryan, has been treated and released. The Vangsnes

brothers’ parents are en route to Billings from their home in Spartanburg, S.C.

“Right now, we’re getting calls from people who want to know

what they can do, but all they can do is pray,” said Amy Signaigo, student

consultant for NAMB, whose job includes the placement of all student

missionaries.

Signaigo said the four student missionaries are part of

NAMB’s Innovator resort ministry program around the U.S. She said the accident

victims were four of 17 self-funded student missionaries working this summer in

the Yellowstone Park area under the supervision of NAMB full-time resort

missionary Brad Lartigue.

(EDITOR’S NOTE — Noah is a writer for the North

American Mission Board.)