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.