Family Prayer Request

05 Aug

I know Wilson and I are not yet married, but I don’t think our hearts miraculously become united during the wedding ceremony.  God has been joining our hearts, closer and closer, since the moment we met.  When he is joyful, I am joyful.  The things that grieve him, grieve me.  His family is my family and mine is his.

Our brother, Emilio, is a sweet young man who is a good father to his son, a good brother to my Wilson, and a hard worker at COTP.  He loves to joke around but also has a tender heart.

On Thursday, another man had Emilio arrested and put into prison.  He has done this because of a grudge against Emilio and Wilson, a grudge that had no true founding.  Even though it is untrue, he does not listen to reason.

I do not know much about the prisons in the states, and I don’t really know much about them here, but what I do know is this: Emilio has been beaten by the other prisoners because he went without money in his pockets for them.  There is no food served so those whose families bring food for them must share or be beaten.  Emilio described 60 men wearing only boxer shorts in a small, very hot room with one little window.  You can pay the guards for protection if you have the money.

This man who had him arrested was waiting for the right time.  The courts have gone on break until October.  If the attorney we have hired is unable to get him released on Monday, he will stay there until they are back in session and get to his case.  Missing our wedding is a small consequence but seeing Emilio stuck in that prison for even a couple months breaks my heart.

So we pray.  There are more reasons here to pray than I have ever encountered before.  We pray for Emilio’s safety.  We pray for justice.  We pray for this other man’s heart to turn toward God.  We pray that the locks of the prison would be miraculously broken to set him free, or the attorney would find a simple way for him to be released.  We pray for our family, for peace, for grudges to be forgotten, for strength to make it through each day, for joy in our upcoming wedding despite our circumstances, for His will to be done.



Posted by on August 5, 2013 in Life in Haiti, Prayer, Sheila


8 responses to “Family Prayer Request

  1. Kris Thede

    August 5, 2013 at 5:39 am

    Praying. Our God is bigger. He can use this situation for His glory and honor. He can do miracles. Lean on Him. Will join you in praying faithfully until all is resolved.

    • Linda TeGrotenhuis

      August 5, 2013 at 7:51 am

      It breaks my heart to read your story. I will be praying hard today for all of you and for God’s love and power and peace to be felt and seen. Also, praying specifically for Emilio to be released..

  2. Sara Stumbo

    August 5, 2013 at 10:00 am


  3. Betty Arnold

    August 5, 2013 at 11:32 am

    So sorry, praying for all of you especially this brother in jail. The jails sound much like those here in Burkina, worse than most people can imagine. Praying for you all.

  4. Charlene

    August 5, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Have prayed several times today for Emilio and for all of you.

  5. audiesalchemy

    August 5, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    This is so terrible and my hearts is breaking for you and your family. Praying! Praying! Praying!


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