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5/12/05-Quitman

Quitman Pastor Injured From 20 Foot Fall

With a completion date set for June, Pastor Ken Otwell was putting the final piece of wiring in the roof of his new sanctuary when the unexpected happened. "I said 'Do you need me to help you?',"  Arlon Ragsdale recalls about his conversation with Pastor Otwell moments before the accident. "He said 'I got it' and I walked out the door and heard the noise, ran back and he was laying where he had fallen." 

The church says the 20 foot drop left Otwell with two broken arms, a gash in his side and doctors operated immediately to remove a blood clot in his brain. "At first, they just sounded like it could go either way," says Deacon J.D. Williams about the doctor's update at the hospital. "They said that they've seen people worse that made it and they've seen people not near as bad that didn't make it." Ragsdale adds, "I'm debating I said 'Lord why couldn't it have been me?'... because the church needed him." 

The congregation at First Assembly of God is pulling together the best way they can. They say that's through prayer. "The youth pastor, Todd Smith, he said it iIdon't want to hear you whispering a prayer I want to hear you crying out to God and we did," says church member Glo Herriage about the special prayer service Wednesday night. 

"We had a prayer service at the hospital in the hallway. 40 or 50 of us," says Deacon Williams. Calls from all over East Texas have been coming in from well-wishers. Ironically, Otwell's fall was in the same spot where he would deliver his Sunday sermons at the new sanctuary. The Quitman community expects to see him there again doing just that. "I'd just say brother hang on you're gone make it. Through the prayer of the people," says Deacon Williams. "God's able to do anything and I believe that."

A blood drive is being held at 1st Assembly of God in Quitman Sunday, May 15th from 1-6 pm.

Christine Nelson reporting. cnelson@kltv.com

 

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