Juliana received the papers this morning that basically say that she has not been fired and can continue to work here. She then left to get someone to read them to her, and to talk to her about her options. However, after talking to a labor court judge, we discovered that we could redefine the work she was to do and we did. If she decides to come back to work, she will never work inside the house again but will work outside cleaning the assembly hall, pulling weeds, helping with the landscaping, and all the other outdoor jobs. Our outdoor workers don’t like her and won’t be spending their time talking to her and she won’t be allowed to leave the grounds (she has been leaving every day to go shopping for several hours), but as long as she comes and works every day, we will continue to pay her. However, if she doesn’t want to accept the changes in her job description, she can quit and withdraw her social security. In that event, we will owe her no money but have promised to continue to pay for Charlini’s school fees. Now, we wait to see. Even if she does come back to work outside, we don’t think she will last more than a week to a month at most before she quits. Her brother, Father Steven, has said he will never help her again, but he will help us in our efforts with Charlini. Another lift came from a friend in the U.S. who wrote us the following email. Names have been withheld for obvious reasons.
“We had a granddaughter who was taken away from us by a very evil judge who gave custody to her father and told her that she would have no say about where she would live until her 18th birthday! After battling in court for three years and even the father being arrested with seventy pounds of pot and a growing operation, the judge refused to back down. Our granddaughter spent years 14 to 17 living in a home with no supervision, assorted women moving in and out, no stove for cooking, no one to help her get to school, etc. We too felt desperate, deserted, and so very angry. We also spent many hours crying. She had her 18th birthday on November 23rd and walked away from her dad and says she will never see him again. She is with us once again, this time to stay.
You have shared so much of yourselves with Charlini that it will be impossible for her to forget your love and kindness and hopes and dreams for her happy future. The days will pass and I pray that you will have news of her wellbeing to help you through the tough time ahead.”
Sometimes, just knowing that you are not alone and that others have weathered the storms raging around you gives hope and comfort. We were very thankful to hear of that granddaughter’s strength and are confident the Charlini is just as strong. We are praying for God to send strength and courage every day. We do what we can and leave the rest to God.