Jimmy Carter's church announces he will teach Sunday school despite recent fall

Jimmy Carter's church announces he will teach Sunday school despite recent fall
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Former President Jimmy CarterJimmy CarterCan Biden vanquish Democrats' old, debilitating ghosts? CNN acquires Joe Biden documentary 'President in Waiting' French radio station mistakenly publishes obituaries of celebrities MORE — who for years has taught Sunday school at a Baptist church — will teach this week despite having suffered a recent fall, his church announced Tuesday. 

Initially the church announced that Carter would not be teaching while he recovers from his second fall this month.

"Due to President Carter's fall, he will not be teaching Sunday School this Sunday, Nov 3rd," Maranatha Baptist Church wrote in a Facebook post Monday. "We welcome and encourage you to still come worship with us as his niece Kim Fuller fills in for him. She will deliver a message just as inspiring as her uncle. Please pray for President Carter and his family during his healing process."


Pastor Tony Lowden reportedly said last week that Carter is "down that he can't teach Sunday school," after he missed classes last week, according to CNN.

However, Tuesday morning the church wrote, "UPDATES: We are proud and relieved to announce President Carter has changed his mind and decided that he feels well enough to teach. He will teach this Sunday, November 3. Please join us to welcome him back! We will live stream for those who can't be with us."

Carter, 95, was hospitalized last week after falling in his home and fracturing his pelvis. He was released days later and returned to his home in Plains, Ga., to recover.

Carter, the longest-living former U.S. president, also fell at his home last month and required stitches. The following day he showed up — with a bandage on his head and a bruise on his left eye — to volunteer to help build homes for Habitat for Humanity in Tennessee.