Community unites in support of their critically injured friend

By Emily Luxen
     
Friends of a Morris teenager seriously injured in a four-wheeler accident over came together to show their support.

Wednesday, they hosted a prayer service in honor of 19 year old Amber Smith at the Warrior Church of God.

Saturday, Smith's four-wheeler collided head-on with another vehicle on Anderson Road in Morris. She was rushed to UAB Hospital in Birmingham with head injuries. She is still in critical condition.

The emotional service was filled of music, prayer and tears. Her friends said it was important to hold the event to reach out to Smith, and help them through a tough time as well.

"We're a family.  That is what this is about," said youth pastor, Nathan Childers. "Bringing the community together, everyone who knew Amber can come together and get healing tonight."

As a senior at Mortimer Jordan High School, and a member of the church's youth group, friends said Smith has touched many people with her 'goofy' personality and big smile. They said they can't wait for her to get back on her feet and back at church.

"It really tears at your heart," said Savannah Rice, "You hear about accidents on the news all the time, but it is different when it involves someone you love and care about," she added.

"Ever since the accident happened we knew God would take take of her," said Katie Rickels, "Tonight is just to prove we believe in miracles and she will be okay."

Friends and people in attendance hope the power of prayer and positive thinking will help put Smith on the road to a speedy recovery.

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