April 6, 2015

John St. Jean - a Good Samaritan in Alberta needs our prayers

John St. Jean
On April 2, 2015, after 9:00 p.m., John St. Jean was at a convenience store in Grande Prairie, Alberta.

Grande Prairie is a city in northwest Alberta, Canada, with a population just over 55,000.  It is 456 km northwest of Edmonton. 

Details are sketchy but as John was in the parking lot of the convenience store he came upon a man hassling a young black boy about 10 years old. The man was using racial slurs against the kid. 

John stepped between the man and the kid and the kid got away. John turned around to walk away when he was struck from behind and thrown to the ground. He was brutally kicked in the face and head repeatedly. 

Kyle Douglas Giroux, age 24, of Grande Prairie, has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault. He was also charged with being in violation of his probation. 

Pray for John and for all Good
Samaritans who come to the
aid of strangers.
John St. Jean was rushed to a hospital in Edmonton, where he remains in a coma.  He is unable to breathe without a respirator. His left eye has been ruptured, he's lost four teeth and one side of his face is badly broken. 

The swelling in his brain has almost killed him. 

If he lives he will require extensive plastic surgery to repair his nose, eye socket and cheekbone. He will be unable to work for months and months. 

John is new to his job as a mover and doesn't have coverage for all of the expenses that will be incurred.  

If you want to help out with John's expenses, you can donate at this Gofundme site. 

When the WestJet Airline Corporation heard about the situation they generously flew John's son, Dakota MacKay and his girlfriend from Halifax to Edmonton, so Dakota could be near his Dad. 

John's family have gathered to support him and are praying that he wakes up from his coma. They are grateful for all the support John has received. 

Pray for all who come to the aid of strangers.  They are the Good Samaritans. 

Pray for John's full recovery. Pray that he comes out of this without permanent damage. Amen.

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