Mike Weaver Update
One of my good friends and cohorts in ministry took a BIG fall about a week and a half ago. Mike Weaver started out at PromiseLand Central and now pastors a thriving church in Harper, TX. He has been a lifelong friend and mentor to me. In fact, he showed up with his parents to visit me when I was born. (I won’t tell you how old he was but he was young!)
All his life he has loved rodeo and it is a huge part of his ‘cowboy church’ in Harper. In fact the name of the ministry is “Wild Ride Ministries”. He lived up to the name 9 days ago when we was riding a bull and was thrown to the ground. After he landed, the bull pounced on top of him and for 30-45 continued to jump, kick, and toss Mike around. The rodeo clowns were trying hard to distract and pull the bull off of Mike. Finally, the bull moved on and Mike bounced up and ran out of the corral. He was holding his ear in pain and knew that the situation was not good. When he reached the side, EMTs met him and began to treat his injuries. Within moments they assessed that the injury was severe to his ear and called for a helicopter transport to San Antonio’s University Hospital.
Mike was wearing a helmet while riding the bull and when he was being kicked it somehow cracked and acted like scissors severing his ear almost completely off his head. He also broke his hip. The doctors at University Hospital surgically reattached his ear and it began to heal. The doctors have told him that there doesn’t need to be treatment for the hip other than ‘staying off of it’. He went home Monday, June 29, but by early Wednesday he realized that he needed to go back. Evidently the ear wound had gotten infected and further treatment was necessary. They performed another surgical procedure late in the week and he is recovering slowly from that procedure.
As of today, July 6th, he was up and walking around some in the hospital. He has a large bandage over his ear and he has some tough pain that comes and goes. The doctors are planning another procedure on Wed July 8th and he thinks he will be heading back home around Friday.
Before I left today, I said, “Mike, what is the future of your bull riding?” He quickly answered, “I don’t know, I will answer that when I get out of the hospital…”
It reminds me of the final line of the classic movie The Man from Snowy River, “He is not a boy…He’s a man. The man from Harper, TX.”