Sunny Side of The Stream: Keep Praying — Young Father Shot in Head While Preaching Returns to Church, Plays Drums

By Aliya Kuykendall Published on February 3, 2024

Zulya Schmidt has been posting prayer requests for her husband’s recovery since mid-November when he was shot in the head while preaching on a street corner. He often preached on the sidewalk before church meetings.

Less than two months prior to the shooting, she had posted an announcement of the birth of their second child, a son.

This past Sunday, Jan. 28, Zulya posted on Instagram an incredible praise report: her husband Hans attended church with her that Sunday. She included a clip of him playing the drums on stage during worship with this caption:

We serve a miracle working God. He walks, he talks, he even plays the drums [face holding back tears emoji]
God has done an incredible work in Hans’ life and every day he continues to improve. Please continue to pray for a full restoration 💙

Zulya has continued to pray for her husband’s recovery despite hopeless statements. Shortly after the shooting, Hans had seized and gone unconscious. Doctors initially called his brain injury “devastating” and “inoperable” and the detective working on the case told her “we’ll know more after the autopsy,” she told CBN News.

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As of that CBN interview in late December, Hans was not able to communicate. Now the husband, father of two and former army combat medic can speak and do much more. It will be amazing to see how God continues to glorify himself through Hans’ recovery.


Aliya Kuykendall is a staff writer and proofreader for The Stream. You can follow Aliya on X @AliyaKuykendall and follow The Stream @Streamdotorg.

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