Letter from Tim Palmquist
September 30, 1999
One day recently, Terri came home late in the evening,
exhausted after a long day (she had been helping her 78 year old
mom in McFarland who was having physical difficulties). She
wished she could just go to sleep, but instead she had to deal
with two distressing phone calls. She received a call from a
pregnant woman we had been helping with groceries, who reported
that her doctor said that her baby had died inside her.
Within a short amount of time, Terri received a frantic call
from another woman, "Jade" (not her real name), who we have been
helping for over a year. Her 8 month old baby was "legally"
abducted by the police, because of a trick by her ex-husband's
lawyer. In recent weeks, Terri has been helping her with the
custody battle. Yesterday, Terri testified in court regarding
the ex-husband's behavior, especially his refusal to provide for
the needs of his wife and baby. "Jade" has been representing
herself in court, because she cannot afford an attorney (while
her ex-husband has a well-paid attorney with a reputation for
being very manipulative). However, as a result of yesterday's
testimony, the judge has appointed an attorney to represent the
baby. This new attorney will investigate "Jade's" contention
that her ex-husband's family history causes her to fear that the
baby will be abused. The next hearing is now set for October 22.
In the meantime, the baby remains in the primary custody of the
ex-husband's family. (Please remember to pray for the baby, and
Every day isn't as eventful as this, of course, but it seems
that "when it rains, it pours." Because of our need to be
available to the women we serve, we have restructured our phone
call forwarding so that we should usually be available on the
LifeSavers Ministries hotline (661/323-BABY) 24-hours a day. LSM
has also obtained a cordless phone to help us be more able to
answer calls at home.
We may have told you before about our "dream house". For
almost two years we've been hoping and praying that God could
help us to get into this 5-bedroom home, even though it seemed
impossible by human standards. Recent developments have removed
some major obstacles; we will appreciate it if you will pray that
God will help us to follow where He's leading regarding the
housing needs of our family.
Balancing ministry and family responsibilities continues to
be our major challenge, but God's grace helps us make it through.
God also ministers to us through your support and generosity.
Thank you for letting God use you as partners in this ministry!
In Christ's service for those who cannot speak for themselves,
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