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Missionary attacked by wild elephant, paralysed



Gospel for Asia-supported missionary Ashu Suthar, now 34 years, was attacked by a wild elephant while walking through the jungle to his village. Ashu who was in a critical condition is now totally paralysed from the neck down.

His wife was  five months pregnant with their first child when this happened.

This happened in October 6, 2011, when Ashu was just 25 years old. It has been a rough 9 years journey for him since he came under this veracious attack from the wild beast.

Ashu, along with GFA-supported missionaries Lidane Nadave and Peter Muraj, were walking through the dense jungle on their way home after attending a regional meeting. There are no improved roads in this area, so they were navigating their way through the jungle at about 8 p.m. They had stopped to rest when, suddenly, they came under attack by a giant elephant. Lidane and Peter managed to get away, but the elephant grabbed Ashu and dragged him more than 300 feet, then trampled and crushed him.

The elephant finally abandoned the injured missionary, who was barely clinging to life. His fellow missionaries got him to the hospital. Ashu’s neck was broken in the attack. The bones in his spine were dislocated, which severely damaged the nerves in his spinal cord. Doctors worked hard to reset the broken bone and repair the damage through surgery. Ashu is paralysed from the neck down, and now doctors said there was little hope he would ever regain the use of his body.

Please keep praying for complete healing for Ashu. He desperately wants to recover and resume serving the Lord.

Also pray that God will keep comforting his wife.

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