About Seth

Grace Pastor Seth Hanchey of Ruston, LA was 17 years old at the time of the accident. He was serving as a full-time youth pastor and had just started nursing school due to his passion to help others. He is the son of the founder and overseer of Power Church International in Monroe, LA, Bishop C.T. & his wife, Kimber Hanchey. He was an avid athlete and had begun training for the Ironman Triathlon. He enjoyed rock climbing, Parkour (free-style running) and cycling. On September 28, 2011, he was on a 60-mile bicycle ride when he was struck from behind by a van driven by a 81-year-old woman. He struck the hood and windshield, caving it in. He was then thrown over 167ft, landing against a concrete guardrail. He was airlifted to LSU hospital in Shreveport for emergency surgery to remove the left side of his skull because of the swelling of his brain. Upon arrival he was at ground-zero. We were told “He came as close to death as you can go without going," and later found out he actually died twice at the scene of the accident. 


The left side brain damage caused right side paralysis (which was his dominant side).  Seth also sustained many fractures. He suffered many setbacks and remained in the acute stage for three months. On Christmas Eve, that all began to turn around as he began to make progress. While in the hospital for five months, he could only communicate by signing 'yes' or 'no.' After 10 months, he was able to text minimally. Though he was not able to write, at that time, he did begin making progress in his speech.


We fully believe he will regain all of this over time. He has already come so far in his recovery and proven the doctors wrong in their prognosis. He is a living, breathing miracle today and proof that you CAN overcome if you just keep fighting. Seth's favorite thing to say was always, "Pain lasts for a moment, but quitting lasts forever so PUSH through it!" His dad said it well when he said, "Seth, you marched across the Valley of the Shadow of Death and walked up to the door of death and carved 'Seth was here!' and lived to tell about it."

 

He is doing something they said he would never do... Running! The nurses nicknamed him Ironman due to his strong will and determination to beat the odds. I think that's fitting especially since he is now training on the same bike he was hit on, determined to compete in the Ironman Triathlon no matter how long it takes!

Seth's Miracle Recovery

Send a friend request TeamSeth on Facebook to learn more about his miraculous story and visit the TeamSeth Traumatic Brain Injury Foundation at www.teamsethfoundation.org to tell your story of TBI recovery to encourage others or email us to receive encouragement.

 

Please click here to make a contribution to The Team Seth Foundation. All proceeds are tax deductible. Please continue to pray with us for his full recovery of speech and all communication skills.

CAn't Touch this

I just got home from the hospital today and I began to clean off the clutter that had accumulated on kitchen table that hadn't been touched it since Seth's accident on Sept. 28th. Under all the mail was my son's leather binder and inside was his sermon notes from Sept 27, the Tuesday prior to his accident. Let me show you how God used my son to preach his sermon twice... first to Power Church International and second to his momma and daddy and his family. I am posting it below to build your faith.

Just so you know, his dad has said (without seeing this or knowing fully how 'true' his words really were) that THIS WAS HIS MORIAH and HE WAS NOT LEAVING THIS HOSPITAL WITHOUT HIS ISAAC. He has also said to Seth many many times, "SON, DON'T BE AFRAID. I'M RIGHT HERE BESIDE YOU AND WE WILL CLIMB THIS MOUNTAIN TOGETHER." (This is something personal they would say as they cycled together — they would encourage one another as they climbed the hills).


Here is his sermon:

 -First Lady Kimber Hanchey

 

 

CAN’T TOUCH THIS!

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Genesis 22:1-14

Some time later, God tested Abraham's faith. "Abraham!" God called. "Yes," he replied. "Here I am." "Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you." The next morning Abraham got up early. He saddled his donkey and took two of his servants with him, along with his son, Isaac. Then he chopped wood for a fire for a burnt offering and set out for the place God had told him about.  On the third day of their journey, Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance.  "Stay here with the donkey," Abraham told the servants. "The boy and I will travel a little farther. We will worship there, and then we will come right back." So Abraham placed the wood for the burnt offering on Isaac's shoulders, while he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them walked on together, Isaac turned to Abraham and said, "Father?" "Yes, my son?" Abraham replied. "We have the fire and the wood," the boy said, "but where is the sheep for the burnt offering?" "God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering, my son," Abraham answered. And they both walked on together. When they arrived at the place where God had told him to go, Abraham built an altar and arranged the wood on it. Then he tied his son, Isaac, and laid him on the altar on top of the wood.  And Abraham picked up the knife to kill his son as a sacrifice.  At that moment the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven, "Abraham! Abraham!" "Yes," Abraham replied. "Here I am!" "Don't lay a hand on the boy!" the angel said. "Do not hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld from me even your son, your only son."  Then Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in a thicket. So he took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering in place of his son.  Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh (which means "the LORD will provide"). To this day, people still use that name as a proverb: "On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided."

 

Hebrew 11:17-18

It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. Abraham, who had received God's promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, even though God had told him, "Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted."


  • Isaac was Abraham’s blessings in life. That promotion, that degree, that car, that wife, that house, it was his every blessing!! And God told him to give it up!!! 
  • When Abraham was a second away from losing everything! God came through! “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided” the mountain is your test! When things start going wrong when you’re doing right, that’s your mountain!!
  • Something else I find highly interesting. The scripture says “now I know that you truly fear” now do you really think God doesn’t know your heart??


Isaiah 54:16

"Behold, I have created the blacksmith Who blows the coals in the fire, Who brings forth an instrument for his work; And I have created the spoiler to destroy.

  • Why do you think God used a blacksmith as an example? Last time I checked blacksmiths reinforce and shape things??? That’s exactly what God is doing! He is making you stronger and shaping you for your destiny!

Romans 8:28-29

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.


-Pastor Seth Hanchey