Last Friday morning no one in Bibb County expected the news that came. A student was involved in a horrible wreck and airlifted to a hospital with serious injuries. Word soon spread around town and social media that BCHS baseball player and former football player Hunter Bice was fighting for his life, and could have a serious spinal cord injury. Prayer chains lit up. Concern and support ignited the community.
Tuesday night the community came together at a place important to Hunter – the BCHS baseball field – and prayed together. Walking into the ball park the glow of the lights set a warmth to the otherwise chilly evening that was reinforced as baseball players lined the entry, passing out song lyrics and thanking everyone for coming.
Participants were encouraged to sign a giant card of sorts for Hunter, and reminded that they could donate to help the Bice family with expenses as Hunter undergoes surgeries and further care. Not only did the entire BCHS Baseball Team attend, West Blocton and Montevallo baseball players showed up to support Hunter and his family as well.
Organized by Baseball Coach Kevin May and Bibb Medical Center’s Nicki May, the prayer service opened with emotional words from BCHS Principal Jay Alston. Following was a beautiful set of songs from District Judge Craig Cargile and Mike Burroughs, Great Are You Lord and 10,000 Reasons.
Hunter’s aunt, Treasure Bice addressed the crowd to thank everyone for the support to their family and Hunter, fighting through tears. Then Coach May came to the podium, and after saying a few words himself, delivered the surprise of the night by having Hunter on Facetime to speak to the crowd himself over the PA system.
Few eyes were left dry, and even some tough old guys could be spotted wiping their glasses as Hunter spoke. He spoke with optimism as he joked about needing to eat better because he was eating too many burgers and would gain weight. He spoke with certainty that this was God’s will, and his doubled certainty that God exists, saying how much He has gotten him through already. He spoke with his heart as he encouraged everyone to keep faith, and thanked everyone for their love and support.
Team Chaplain and Pastor at New Beginnings Bibb, Kevin Foster then lead the community prayer, follwed by another song lead by Craig Cargile and Mike Burroughs with the whole crowd joining in, Raise a Hallelujah. After which, Centreville Baptist Church youth pastor Lonnie Free gave a closing prayer.