Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson bows his head in prayer before speaking at a town hall meeting, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, in Ankeny, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Not Everything Is Political: Opponents Pray For Injured Carson Volunteer

UPDATE: Sadly, Braden Joplin’s injuries proved too much for him, and he succumbed yesterday.

I know a little about how this feels. Dr. Ben Carson temporarily suspended his campaign to pray for and support three Iowa volunteers and one employee who were injured when their van hit ice and flipped.

Earlier today in Iowa, a van transporting three campaign volunteers and one of our campaign employees hit a patch of ice and flipped on its side where it was struck by another vehicle. Three of the passengers, including the campaign staffer driving, are currently being checked out in Atlantic, Iowa. One volunteer is being transported to Omaha, Nebraska to receive additional treatment.

I have spoken with the family of the volunteer being transported to Omaha, as well as the attending physician. I have also cancelled all remaining campaign events today and will be traveling to Omaha this afternoon to be with the family during this difficult time.

I am asking for you to join me in prayer for all the individuals and families involved.

Carson’s campaign identified the volunteer who was severely injured as Braden Joplin.

Several of the other campaigns have joined in prayer for the injured. Back in 2009, I managed a mayoral campaign in Warner Robins, Georgia. The incumbent mayor, who was a favorite to win re-election (for a 5th term, I believe) fatally shot himself about 60 days before the election. When I received the call, I immediately suspended the campaign for about three days. I even “blacked out” the website.

We prayed for the mayor’s family–and he was a man with whom I had public run-ins. God is sovereign over all, and politics is of man. Kudos to those campaigns who took the time to pray for an opponent’s staff.

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Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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