Many missionaries say their work is their calling, but for one Jackson County, West Virginia, man that calling almost cost him his life.
Paul Pritchard was in a car hit by a drunk driver.
Now his family says it hasn't made them question their faith, in fact, its stronger than ever.
Terri Pritchard is trying her best to stay strong. Her husband Paul is in a remote African hospital and not able to get all the medical help he needs.
She said, "He's in a holding. They don't know how to take care of his injuries, and the let is in some jeopardy of things getting worse."
For years Paul has led missionaries from their church in Jackson County, to remote places.
This time his destination was to the Island of Cape Verde, just off the West African coast.
It's a place they've visited together many times and now terri wishes she were with him.
Terri says, "There's a helpless feeling. He's my best friend. He's a wonderful man and I can't stand the thought of him laying there hurting, but at times like these, I know god is helping him. there's a peace in that."
A peace that comes from their constant faith.
Jonathon Quinn was one of the other missionaries in the car with Paul at the time of the accident.
Jonathan says, "When you go to Africa, you think you'll end up with malaria or a worm and then you end up getting hit by a drunk driver. It's one of the last things on your mind, as far as something to worry about."
Their ministry plans to open a school in Cape Verde this September and although Paul is facing a lengthy recovery, he still has his sites set on being there.
Terri has been able to talk on the phone with her husband a few times.
They do have a medical flight lined up for him.
The family has raised almost a $100,000 to cover the cost of the medical flight.
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