'Believe in God for a miracle': Church seeks fervent prayer for leader shot in head while preaching

A church in Arizona held its first service Sunday since its public relations director was reportedly shot in the head during a street corner sermon and the pastor implored congregants to pray.

Pastor Gary Marsh of Victory Chapel First Phoenix spoke briefly about the plight of Hans Schmidt, who was shot Wednesday and remained in serious condition as of Friday.

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The preacher urged the church to pray for Schmidt, his wife Zulya and their family members as they mourn the terrible tragedy.

“We really need to pray that God will help them, comfort them and bring healing to Hans,” Marsh said. “We really need to pray for a quick recovery and trust that God will perform a miracle along the way.”

The priest continued, “This has just turned a lot of people’s lives upside down and we really need God’s intervention.”

The remarks were made during prayer time at the start of Victory Chapel’s Sunday service.

As CBN Digital previously reported, Schmidt, a 26-year-old father of two, was hospitalized on Wednesday on suspicion of assault. But a CT scan revealed he had been shot.

“He developed seizures and was intubated,” an earlier statement said. “There has been some movement; However, doctors are unsure how much is voluntary and began draining fluid from his brain.”

According to Blaze Media, the incident occurred in Glendale, Arizona, with authorities investigating the shooting after initially receiving a report that someone had been attacked.

Gina Winn, public information officer for the Glendale Police Department, called the horrific event a “horrible, terrible crime” and said authorities believed someone in the community had information about what unfolded.

Schmidt’s wife, Zulya, posted a photo of her husband on Friday with an encouraging message of hope that he will fight through and heal.

“I love you my handsome cowboy,” she wrote. “Keep fighting, daddy. We need them.”

We continue to pray for Schmidt’s recovery – and for his family.

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