Date: November 17, 2023
United States (International Christian Concern) – A Christian church leader is in critical condition after being shot in the head while preaching on a street corner in Glendale, Arizona. Hans Schmidt, 26, was sharing the Bible through a megaphone on public property when the incident occurred. Schmidt, who also serves as the outreach director at Victory Chapel First Phoenix, had engaged in such street preaching on numerous occasions.
Authorities are still trying to determine if the shots came from someone in a car or a passerby on the street – and the suspects are still at large. However, witnesses say that a group of individuals had driven by before the shooting occurred, yelling hateful comments at Hans and threatening him to “get off the street.”
Victory Chapel First Phoenix, where Hans is employed, shared that “Hans was taken to the ER where they discovered he had been shot after conducting a CT scan. He began seizing and was intubated. There has been some movement; however, physicians are uncertain how much is voluntary and began draining fluid from his brain. He remains in critical condition, please continue praying.”
Hans is a husband and father to two young children. He previously served as a military combat veteran as well. ICC prays for a miraculous recovery of Hans and that the perpetrators would be brought to justice swiftly.
If you’d like to support Hans’ family, visit his GoFundMe page here.
HOW TO PRAY: Pray for Hans and the Lord’s healing touch on his life, the medical staff treating him, for Hans’ friends and family, and for the Lord’s will to be done in this tragic situation.