Mike Cope's blog

Monday, January 23, 2006

Many of you have read a few things I've written about Dr. Jim (Morrison) before. He's a good friend of mine, a man who's always thinking and praying about missional living -- and then acting on those thoughts and prayers. (The same could be said for his wife, Tracy.) He's the ER physician who camped out in the ICU unit at Cook's right after the wreck so he could be with the families of the three boys. In the past, Jim has made several medical mission trips to Haiti. Right now he's in Zambia. Unfortunately, yesterday he accidentally hit a child while driving, and the boy--about four or five years old--died in his arms. This is a man who gladly give his life for such a child. He's heart-broken. (By the way, stories like this are not uncommon in Africa. I've heard many stories of missionaries who had the same kind of tragic experience.) Everyone around the site of the accident agrees that it was absolutely not his fault. The child darted out suddenly without looking. Still, he's in the middle of Africa waiting to see if the case will be dropped as it should be. Jim tells me that the American embassy in Lusaka has been very helpful. He said he's so thankful for their assistance. But he would certainly love to have the prayers of everyone in the blog world. There is a hearing tomorrow. Please join me in prayer that the authorities will dismiss the case, recognizing that it was an accident that didn't stem from wreckless driving, that Jim will feel the love and support of his family and friends in the midst of his grief, and that the Zambian family will be comforted.


  • Mike,

    Jim and Tracy have my prayers. How tragic.

    By Blogger Lauren, at 1/23/2006 03:43:00 PM  

  • What a tragedy for all involved.

    By Blogger Jacinda, at 1/23/2006 03:45:00 PM  

  • Not Jim! The gentle, caring, giving man and brother. My heart breaks for him and for the family of the child. I cannot imagine what Jim must be suffering and of course, am keeping him, the outcome of this tragedy and Tracy in my constant prayers.

    Dear LORD, Comfort and protect him. Amen!

    By Blogger Kathy, at 1/23/2006 03:53:00 PM  

  • Our prayers are definitely with him. I know how this can affect somebody for such a very long time. Still, there is no peace like our Lord's peace and he will have that...along with the comfort of being blanketed in prayer.

    By Blogger Thurman8er, at 1/23/2006 04:02:00 PM  

  • We are praying in St. Louis.

    By Blogger Conni H., at 1/23/2006 06:33:00 PM  

  • Oh, no - how tragic. For everyone. Oh, how terrible.

    Of course I'll pray and lift up your friend, Jim, and his family and the family of the little boy who was killed and the Zambian authorities.

    May God richly bless all their lives and give them peace and comfort and bring about all that is right and good in their lives. I pray that the authorities will be honest and righteous in their decision in the hearing.

    I pray the Morrisons will be able to return home and find comfort and blessings there with you all who are his dear friends and brothers in Christ. Oh - how such things grieve us and we don't understand.

    I pray that God will take this precious little child into His arms in Heaven and hold the rest involved closely in His arms, with Jesus Christ their older brother as they work through the aftermath here on earth.

    What more can we pray, except to have God's holy Spirit pray for us with "words that cannot be uttered."

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/23/2006 06:44:00 PM  

  • I've never met Dr. Jim, but hear stories about him all the time -- lives he touches and blesses. Tracy and I have been co-room-moms for several classes and I can't think of a more precious, gentle spirit. Praying for peace for all of them, as well as grace from the authorities.

    By Blogger Sarah, at 1/23/2006 07:05:00 PM  

  • Thanks for telling us Mike. Tears.

    By Blogger julie, at 1/23/2006 07:16:00 PM  

  • Wow. We'll be joining you all in prayer for the good doctor and the child's family.

    By Blogger James, at 1/23/2006 07:22:00 PM  

  • I can't imagine what he must be going through...you can tell him he has my prayers too.

    By Blogger Heather A, at 1/23/2006 07:30:00 PM  

  • Prayers are being offered in Michigan.
    Klint and Rachel Pleasant

    By Blogger Klint Pleasant, at 1/23/2006 07:34:00 PM  

  • Add my name to the many that are praying.

    By Blogger Clint, at 1/23/2006 08:47:00 PM  

  • Thanks for sharing the news Mike. I've driven over those same roads in Zambia, also on medical missions. I understand and sympathize. I'll be praying as well.

    By Blogger Charles North, at 1/23/2006 09:17:00 PM  

  • We're praying in Phoenix.

    By Blogger Josh, at 1/23/2006 09:23:00 PM  

  • Heartbroken for my friend. But also for the family of that child. Prayers and tears...
    Sarah S

    By Blogger Sarah_RN, at 1/24/2006 03:43:00 AM  

  • A note just came from Jim. Still waiting for the hearing, but he's confident that the American embassy will stand behind him on all legal issues.

    The grief is another issue. Please continue to join me in praying for the long work of processing this accident.

    By Blogger Mike, at 1/24/2006 05:03:00 AM  

  • Mike, thanks for sharing a brothers grief. Prayers are being offered on his behalf in Searcy.

    By Blogger Keith, at 1/24/2006 06:26:00 AM  

  • Without warning,

    a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Lord, save us! We're going to drown!"
    He replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
    The men were amazed and asked, "What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!"

    It seems that the "without warning" experiences create so much pain in our lives. "Where was Jesus?" we ask.

    The peace of Christ will come. May it come quickly to all who are involved in this storm.

    Prayers from Katy.

    By Blogger David Michael, at 1/24/2006 06:40:00 AM  

  • Prayers are being offered up in Montgomery, Alabama.
    Grace, Mercy and Peace

    By Blogger Greg Sallas, at 1/24/2006 06:49:00 AM  

  • My prayers are with all involved.

    By Blogger Jeff, at 1/24/2006 06:53:00 AM  

  • I couldn't sleep most of the night, so as I lay awake I prayed about this terrible tragedy for the longest time. Thanks for the brief update. Let us know how it goes and we'll keep praying.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/24/2006 07:09:00 AM  

  • Thanks all for your prayers. Dee, I will make sure your note about praying through the night gets to my friend. I keep seeing him standing watch over my boy through the nights in ICU last January.

    By Blogger Mike, at 1/24/2006 07:15:00 AM  

  • Mike, please keep us informed about Jim. I have been thinking about him all night and all day and praying that he feels peace and comfort. I can only imagine how he is feeling. He has such a tender heart and I know that this has been so hard.

    By Blogger julie, at 1/24/2006 07:55:00 AM  

  • Our hearts and prayers are with Jim, Tracy and the boy's family.
    We know the pain is almost unbearable.

    With much love,
    Chris and Cathy

    By Blogger cathy moore, at 1/24/2006 08:24:00 AM  

  • Our prayers are being offered here.

    By Blogger Lee Hodges, at 1/24/2006 09:06:00 AM  

  • He is in our prayers in Omaha, NE, Mike.

    By Blogger drjimwhite, at 1/24/2006 10:02:00 AM  

  • I've also had the tragedy of hitting a child with a vehicle. I had a kid run across in front of my car while picking up my sister from school my senior year (He didn't die, but it was traumatic to watch the ambulance come and strap him down and take him to the hospital). I know the effects that's had on me even as I drive almost four years later. But I can't imagine the grief that Jim's going through right now with this child's death. My prayers are for the Morrisons with the countless hundreds that I know are praying for Jim.

    By Blogger Jeremiah, at 1/24/2006 10:40:00 AM  

  • My prayers have been ongoing, especially at about 2AM our time when Jim's case was scheduled to be heard. I've been unable to get Jim, Tracy, their family and the boy's family out of my mind.

    Please Mike, when you speak or communicate with him, let him know how many prayers are being lifted up for him and for a rapid resolution of the 'legal' aspects so he can think about coming home. When possible, please convey that love and prayers are continuing for him without ceasing. I paticipate in two large online prayer groups, which means Jim, family, and boy's family are being lifted up to the Throne of Grace by over 200 believers all over the world in these two groups.[btw-without divulging names, just the circumstances]
    Bless you, Mike, for keeping us updated!!

    By Blogger Kathy, at 1/24/2006 11:45:00 AM  

  • Thanks, Kathy. Jim is reading this blog regularly from Zambia as a source of encouragement.

    By Blogger Mike, at 1/24/2006 02:03:00 PM  

  • Praying for Jim, Tracy, their boys and the family of little boy.

    When Jake stayed the night with us the night Jim left, I heard him telling Connor that his dad was Africa because he liked to help people. How true.

    I've checked this blog dozens of times today hoping for a positive update. I keep praying and returning to Psalm 62....

    Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge.

    By Blogger Kendra, at 1/24/2006 02:18:00 PM  

  • Jim is such a precious quiet servant..he took such good care of my Mom in the emergency room. The Mann family is on their knees for our brother Jim and his family!

    By Blogger Beverly, at 1/24/2006 03:23:00 PM  

  • We are praying for Jim here in Little Rock.

    By Blogger annie, at 1/24/2006 03:41:00 PM  

  • Continuous prayers for Jim--and his family and the child's family.

    By Blogger Vkls, at 1/24/2006 05:35:00 PM  

  • I'm praying from Normal, IL.

    By Blogger Beaner, at 1/24/2006 06:09:00 PM  

  • So many tears...no other words than I'm praying in Denver!

    By Blogger Niki, at 1/24/2006 07:34:00 PM  

  • It's nearly 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night and this is the first time I've had the chance to stop back by here, but so hoped to hear some good news of the legal kind for your friend Jim Morrison.

    I hope to sleep better tonight, but you can be sure - you, too, Jim Morrison - that if I awake I will pray for you in all that is going on there in Zambia. The reason I was thinking about it so much last night as I lay awake was because I knew that Zambia had to be several hours ahead of us here in mid-continent America and hoped, somehow, to have my feeble prayers penetrate the hearts of the officials in Zambia hearing this matter and making a just decision.

    I emailed my mom in Abilene, too, to ask her if she'd heard of this tragedy and if my sister, Laura Holland, and Gary, knew of it, since he is a Physician and member at Highland. I'm awaiting my mom's reply, but know that all their prayers will be with you all, too.

    May God richly bless you all and keep you safe, along with the family of the little child.

    Thanks, Mike, for asking us to share with you all in this event and to pray with you. I will pray again when I get in bed in just a few moments and keep you all close to my heart in my last prayers before I sleep. What more can I do from here so far away. But that much I CAN do and will.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/24/2006 08:30:00 PM  

  • Mike,
    Thanks for sharing. Hey Jim I am writing this from Uganda. I am so sorry that you are going through all of this. I will pray for you and the family who lost their child in the tragedy. May our God of peace fill you with comfort as you process all that you have been through. I am going to pray for you right now (10:50 PM East Africa time Wed.)

    By Blogger Jeff Cash, at 1/25/2006 11:51:00 AM  

  • This is similar to Rudy Wray with Sunset. When he was a missionary to Central America Rudy hit and killed a child. The mob would have killed him if someone had not referred to him as a "priest." He was jailed awaiting trial. In the middle of the night he was led to a car outside of the jail and told to leave the country. (Sounds like Peter doesn't it?) The sister of the Minister of Prisons was a member of the Church and had appealed to him. Rudy was later tried in absentia and found not guilty.

    When you consider what our missionaries are exposed to, remember that this kind of thing is not uncommon. God bless all of them. Jeff in the previous post is my son, half way around the world.

    By Blogger Glenn, at 1/26/2006 01:50:00 PM  

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