Accident Paralyzes Flying Car Missionary Steve Saint

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Steve Saint, the son of legendary martyred missionary Nate Saint, is in intensive care after suffering a "paralyzing injury" while testing new equipment for the mission field.

Saint, 61, founded the Indigenous People's Technology and Education Ministry Center (I-Tec), which develops products to aid in reaching remote tribes. He's now known around the world for building the Maverick Sport flying car, meant to get missionaries in some of the most hard to reach areas.

I-Tec CEO Troy Townsend said Saint was hurt Tuesday while testing a small aluminum wing to be used in a new project.  The wing accidentally detached from its base and struck Saint in the head, leaving him partially paralyzed below the neck, Townsend said.

An update on Saint's Facebook page Friday said he was moved from the trauma unit into neuro ICU, Wednesday.

"He has some feeling in his fingers and his toes. It looks like his body is starting to wake up a little bit. Early next week, he is due for surgery to try and reduce the pressure on his spine," Townsend said Thursday.

"Steve is in good spirits. He is very talkative. His mind is wide awake," he added.

Another post online said Saint asked that "we not pray for God to take his pain away, but rather that God will continue to write this difficult chapter His way."

It's unclear if Saint's paralysis is permanent.

His father, Nate Saint, was a pilot for Mission Aviation Fellowship who was killed at age 32 while trying to evangelize to the Waodani people in Ecuador. The movie "End of the Spear" was based on his life.

Leave your prayers for Steve Saint on his Facebook page.  We'll also have updates on the CBN News Facebook page. 

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