BILLINGS, Mont. (BP)–Two North American Mission Board 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 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.
Mickey Noah is a writer for the North American Mission Board.