Jimmy Carter Returns to Sunday School

Recuperating former president changes mind, speaks at Plains church
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 3, 2019 10:30 AM CST

(Newser) – Former President Jimmy Carter was back at church teaching Sunday school less than two weeks after breaking his pelvis in a fall. The 95-year-old Democrat used a walker to slowly enter the crowded sanctuary at Maranatha Baptist Church in the southwest Georgia town of Plains on Sunday. He sat on a motorized lift chair at the front of the room to teach a 45-minute lesson on life after death, the AP reports. More than 400 people were on hand.

Carter was briefly hospitalized and has since been recovering at home since fracturing his pelvis on Oct. 21. He also fell a few days before that and needed stitches above his left eye. Carter is the oldest former US president ever and has been teaching Bible lessons since he was in his teens. Carter had planned to skip church this week, per CNN. But the church said Tuesday that it was "relieved to announce President Carter has changed his mind and decided that he feels well enough to to teach." The pastor reported that Carter was in good spirits.

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