"Let's let God write this chapter, too." –Steve Saint
(Gainesville, FL)—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.
According to an e-mail sent out by his company, I-TEC (www.itecusa.org), Saint sustained a "paralyzing injury" on Tuesday, June 12 at around 10:15 AM while testing "an experimental wing mounted to a vehicle."
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.
"Steve's passion to put indigenous God-followers into the driver's seat of ministry to their own people is shared by a growing 'Team I-TEC'.
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 is 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.