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Missionary, volunteers injured in auto accident in Romania

GIURGIU, Romania (BP)–Two Arkansas Baptist missions volunteers and an independent missionary based in Romania were injured May 15 in an automobile accident in Giurgiu, Romania. The three were taken to Emergency Hospital in the capital city of Bucharest.
The volunteers are part of a 22-member Arkansas Baptist missions team scheduled to serve in Giurgiu and surrounding villages as part of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention’s missions partnership with the European Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board. The two-week project is being coordinated by Church Starts International, an independent church-starting organization that works in cooperation with the FMB.
Jim Hornsby, a resident missionary with Church Starts International, had met team members Steve Glidewell and Samantha Neal at the Bucharest airport and was driving them to Giurgiu when the accident occurred. The accident reportedly involved a collision with a truck.
Hornsby suffered two broken legs, a crushed foot and abdominal bleeding. He underwent nine hours of surgery following the accident. Glidewell also suffered two broken legs; Neal received a broken arm and a gash on her head. They were airlifted to Wiesbaden, Germany, May 17, for medical treatment.
Glidewell and Neal, members of East Side Baptist Church, Paragould, Ark., were the first two volunteers to arrive in Romania. The other team members, including two physicians, were scheduled to arrive in Bucharest May 15. The volunteer group includes a medical team, evangelism team and construction team.