GLEN ALLEN, Va. (BP) — A Baptist couple simply wanted to help a church attendee in need. It nearly cost them their lives.
Pastor Hugh Mayes and his wife Carol minister in Carson, Va., through Shiloh Baptist Church. Both woke early on the morning of Monday, June 15, to find a man in their bedroom. The intruder stabbed the husband and wife multiple times in the chest and stole around $800 and their vehicle in fleeing the scene.
The couple was airlifted to the VCU Medical Center in Richmond where they were listed in serious condition. Hugh Mayes remains hospitalized; Carol Mayes has been discharged.
The Sussex County Sheriff’s Office arrested 21-year-old Maxim Lloyd Chisholm for the assault on Tuesday, June 16, following a traffic stop in Richmond. He faces two counts of attempted first-degree murder and three robbery-related charges.
The pastor and his wife had recently ministered to Chisholm who attended services at Shiloh Baptist, a cooperating church with the SBC of Virginia convention.
SBC of Virginia missionary staff and area pastors have visited the couple and are working to give support to them and their congregation. SBCV churches around the state also have been alerted to be of support in this time of need.
SBCV associate regional missionary Don Crain visited Shiloh Baptist Church and had a chance to pray with a number of its members.
“This is such a sweet, caring couple who love Jesus and work hard to share the Gospel,” Crain said. “I got the chance to meet with the church deacons and treasurer and we want them to see a loving, caring convention [supporting] their ministry. We want to be there for them.”
The SBCV provided Shiloh Baptist with a $1,000 gift to help during this time. The state convention also is praying for the suspect who had been helped by the couple and the church.
The doctor caring for Hugh and Carol Mayes is optimistic that both will make a full recovery, though the healing process is expected to take an extended period of time.
Cards for Hugh and Carol Mayes can be sent to the SBC of Virginia office, to be personally delivered by the staff. The address is SBC of Virginia, 4956 Dominion Blvd., Glen Allen, VA 23060.