Bosnia: School Says Prayers for Victim Answered 6/13/07
PEWAUKEE - People at Trinity Academy are thanking everyone for the prayers said for Andy Meier.
Meier was critically injured when the bus carrying him and his family struck a jackknifed semi and rolled into a ravine. It happened just south of Sarajevo.
Trinity Academy in Pewaukee has been a gathering place since Monday's accident. It's the place the Meiers worship. Their fellow parishioners, friends and family have been gathering to pray for the man who's been instrumental in their lives.
Meier had back surgery Tuesday that reportedly went well. Doctors were hoping to move him to a hospital in western Europe, but he'll need more surgery in Sarajevo before that can happen.
Meier’s wife, Elizabeth, and their three children were at the hospital in the Bosnian capitol city of Sarajevo. They were all on board the bus carrying a group on a pilgrimage to the holy site of Medjugorje in Bosnia.
Meier's children attend Trinity Academy. The school held a Mass and special prayer service for Meier Wednesday.
People at Trinity Academy said they believe Meier's surgery was so successful because of the family's strong faith and the power of prayer.
“I truly believe it's all prayer and the love that has been sent their way. I almost feel like the whole world is praying for them," family friend Christa Banholzer said.
"I really think it’s just the power of God behind him. I know we’ve all been praying for him and pulling for him, and I think it’s just that God is on our side, and he really wants Andy to live,” David Reesman, who just graduated from Trinity Academy, said.
The father of three is known for his sense of humor and his kind heart. His family can't wait to bring him home.
"He's going to pull through 'cause we want him back," said Meier's brother, Dave. "We can't let Andy go. We ask for your prayers for Andy and his family."
Family friends set up a Web site so that people can get updates about Meier's condition and offer prayers and support to the family in Bosnia.