Sunday, March 25, 2012
Elder Britten Schenk recovering in Brazil
Elder Britten Schenk, from Hyde Park, Utah, serves in the Brazil Sao Paulo East Mission. Like every other missionary, he has family and friends back home who worry about him and pray daily for his safety. But accidents happen, even to terrific young men and women serving on missions.
On March 16, Elder Schenk was hit by a bus while waiting to cross a street in Sao Paulo. The Deseret News has a couple of news reports on the accident and its aftermath (here and here). Elder Schenk suffered serious injuries and has been hospitalized since the accident. His parents traveled immediately to be with their son and, with others in the family, have been providing daily updates on his condition on a blog they created in the wake of his accident. The blog can be found here. The reports are promising, as Elder Schenk appears to be recovering well and making good progress. The outpouring of support from friends, family, and complete strangers has been tremendous, as can be seen in the comments on the blog (many of which are written by Brazilians in their native Portuguese).
Our thoughts are with Elder Schenk and his family. You can keep up with his progress by following his blog. We'll plan to provide occasional updates here as well.