An Arizona street preacher has made an astonishing recovery after being shot in the head during a suspected drive-by shooting. 26-year-old Hans Schmidt wasn’t expected to recover, but just ten weeks after the shooting, he returned to church.
The Christian Post reports the father of two is “walking, talking and even playing the drums.” His wife Zulya proclaimed that God answers prayers: “We serve a miracle working God who has done incredible work in Hans’ life, and every day he continues to improve. Please continue to pray for a full restoration.”
She told her husband: “In the blink of an eye, our lives were changed. You are a living miracle. Every day, I am amazed seeing you hold our baby boy again. Waving at our baby girl. You have a long way to go, but God will carry us through.”
Victory Chapel First Phoenix Church where Hans is the Outreach Director said he continues to fight and work hard at his recovery, but prayers are still needed and highly valued by him and his family, as the journey is not over. “We are rejoicing and thanking God for the miracle we have seen. Hans has been released from the hospital and is home with his family. Please continue to pray for this family as they navigate the road to recovery,” the church urged in a statment
The former military medic was shot in the head on the evening of November 15 in a suburb of Phoenix while doing church outreach before a Wednesday night service. Surveillance video shows no one else near him at the time of the incident. His wife Zulya said Hans had been street preaching for 30 minutes before every evening service for about a year. “That night, he just ended street preaching early, and I thought that was odd.”
She explained that, incredibly, Hans managed to pack up the sound system and drive back to the church. She eventually noticed he was bleeding. She had no idea he had been shot. “I had no idea what really had happened. He drove our vehicle to the church and unloaded the sound system.”
Hans Schmidt was eventually rushed to a local hospital, where doctors did not realise he had been shot until they did a CT scan, and he became unresponsive. They expressed little hope that he would survive.
“Single entry point on the side on the left temple. The bullet travelled through his brain. No one heard the shot or saw where it came from,” family friend Brad Currell wrote in a GoFundMe campaign that has raised more than A$120,000 to cover medical bills.
Eleven weeks after Hans was critically wounded, the shooting remains a mystery with no explanation and no arrests.
Photo: Glendale Police Department