Community helping pastor, wife hurt in car crash

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GERMANTON, N.C. -- The community of Germanton has been gathering around a local pastor and his wife who were seriously hurt Sunday in a car crash on U.S. 311 in Forsyth County.

Since Sunday, prayers have been going up at Baux Mountain Baptist Church where John and Cheryl Stafford are members.

"We've been flooded by so many churches and individuals, pastors from here to California," said Pastor Mark Smith.

With each prayer is hope for the healing of John and Cheryl. The couple never made it home after leaving church Sunday night.

"I told them bye,” Smith said. “I'll see you Wednesday Lord willing. Less than 10 minutes later, I got a phone call from my son."

A car crossed the center line on U.S. 311 near Salem Chapel Road in Forsyth County.

It crashed head first into John and Cheryl's truck, and then burst into flames.

"I’ve seen a lot of wrecks but this is one of the worst that I have come across."

The three people in the other car died at the scene.

John and Cheryl survived but with a number of injuries. Cheryl is still in intensive care with a fractured pelvis, skull, and ribs.

"You just saw them and 10 minutes later they're in an accident that could have easily taken both of their lives."

Since then Smith says the church has been leaning on their faith -- holding prayer meetings every night, visiting the hospital, and trying to find ways to raise money to help with medical bills.

"We want to do everything we can to take that financial burden off of them," he said.

Smith says the accident hasn't just changed the Stafford's lives but every member of his church.

"Life is fragile,” said the pastor. “Life is precious. We're here one minute and could easily be gone the next."

Baux Mountain Baptist Church is located at 4334 Lake Woussicket Road in Germanton. The number to the church is 336-595-4530.

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