November 10:Because we know that we are not doing anything wrong, we will continue to post and spread the word about this case. My mom told me this, "This man, what he intended for evil is turning into something we could never do before, spread the word about this project to the whole world." So here it goes, update #4 about the Obadiah Project.
Update #4 from my Mom:
"Yesterday, on the 9th, I left the pro
ject early with Zucki to visit Jose Dilson and Zeneide. We needed a lot of strength, for us as well as for him. As we waited for our turn to go in we couldn’t hold back the tears, but we told each other, “We can’t cry now, we need to be strong so dad won’t see us like this.” But it was impossible keeping back our tears when we saw him coming out with the other prisoners and come our direction. What a joy it was being able to hug him! We didn’t want to let go, we wanted to stay there, but we only had 10 minutes to see and visit him.
While the other missionaries visited Zeneide, Jose Dilson told me that he was in a cell with 35 other prisoners. He couldn’t sleep at night, due to over crowding of the cells. The prisoners arranged themselves like sardines to be able to fit. The heat is unbearable and the conditions are very precarious. He then told me that there are other Christians on the cell. When he came in he quickly met an older man who also a Christian. The man told him that there were 28 other Christians in that prison that are there for various reasons. Jose then told me in tears, “As soon as we leave we will start a ministry in the prisons.” Jose is very exhausted but he is still working. The little money he had, he bought biscuits and food at the cantina and distributed it to those in need. He told us that 2 men already died at the prison for lack of food. His own food, which we bring him, he wasn’t able to eat. He divided it with the other prisoners.
RECENT and IMPORTANT NEWS:
Unfortunately, the judge did not concede to the habeas corpus, and they will now be detained in closed establishment. This same night Jose Dilson has been taken to the male compartment while our sister Zeneide was taken to the feminine compartment, both in Thies. From now on the visits will only be authorized on Mondays and Fridays.
We have the blessing of the having t
he consul of the Brazilian Embassy helping and orientating us showing us that we are being accompanied and supported by the Brazilian Government, and that gives us comfort.
This situation has strengthened us and our brothers are receiving all of the encouragement and words you are sending. We know that God has called us and continues to be omnipotent over all things.
Update #3 from my Mom:
I just arrived from the courts where Jose Dilson and Zeneide were heard by a judge. The judge was unwavering in his decision to keep them in prison while more evidence is gathered. Now our two lawyers will be filing a demand for habeas corpus for Jose and Zeneide to able to continue through the legal process outside of prison.
Since the case involves minors,
the accusations are serious and severe. The accusations include traffic of children, corruption of minors, and formation of gangs. Even though we are downcast and exhausted, we rejoice in the LORD. He has given us immense peace for we know that all of these accusations have no basis. We are the servants of the Living God, and we are going through this for no other reason than for our faith.
The display of love and care from missionaries contacting us and informing family, friends, and churches is overwhelming. National brothers, and people that work and have worked with us, are outraged with the decision but are ready to come and testify of the good we have done for the children. We believe that God is preparing great and wonderful blessings for this place and ministry.
We need you to pray, for we might have to close the orphanage and send the children to other organizations. We had contracted a lawyer to take care of the legal papers that would grant us right to have the children, though he had initiated the process we were still waiting for the approval of the judge.
We need to pray that our lawyers will be able to succeed with their demand for habeas corpus in a speedily maner. We can visit Jose and Zeneide Mondays and Fridays, so tomorrow I am going to go see them and I will take Zucki with me. Thank you for all the love, care, messages, and encouragement. We can only ask you to keep pray and asking the Father to intervene in show us the reason for all of this.
“Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.” 1 Peter 4:16"
Thank you everyone for your words of encouragement. The news of my father is all over the world now, and it's encouraging to know that Christians all around the world are praying for him. We really appreciate all the prayers.
God's been giving me an immense sense of peace, and I am very thankful for that. I know that God will be glorified and that he is in control of everything.
Just pray that
God will keep giving my father and Zeneide (the missionary lady) strength, they are very tired and discouraged. It is not easy being humiliated and called someone who harms kids after giving your whole life to serve a people you love so much. I just pray that the ministry doesn't stop, but that this situation actually gives us more power and strength to act and help the street children of Senegal.
Pray for Mustafa, who is still missing. Pray that he will also have peace and his faith won't be shaken. Pray that he will not feel guilty for the situation. Pray that he will be able to return to the orphanage and continue living there. Also pray for my mother, who is very tired and stressed. She is also very sensitive seeing my father in such conditions. So pray that God will give her peace and strength.
Once again thank you for all the prayers.
UPDATE#2 from my Mom: "Dear friends, finally this afternoon Jose Dilson and our sister Zeneide were transferred to Thies to have a hearing. The documents of accusation claimed that we are an “Association Harming the children.” They were forced to sign this document without being able to read what they were signing. Those who know us know how hard we have worked for the well being and happiness of
the children of Senegal. We need you to keep praying for us. They will remain one more night in prison. This time they are in a cell for criminals, with no light, water, or even a chair to sit, without being able to have any personal belonging, a filthy holding cell. I cried a lot seeing the situation, but I need to be strong. Please pray that they will at least let us take a mattress for them tonight, so that they will have a place to rest tonight. They will have a hearing tomorrow that could set them free or keep them in jail for several more days until the whole situation is resolved. So please keep praying." Unfortunately the situation is getting worst so please keep praying.
UPDATE: My mom was able to see my dad a few minutes ago. My father and the missionary lady will be spending the night at the police station. Tomorrow they will be going to another city where they will be interrogated. Our lawyer will be there to meet them. They let my mom bring mattresses, repelent and other things for them at the police station. Thank you for all your prayers, support, and words of encouragement. Let's continue praying!
Please pray for my father, he was put in jail because of our orphanage in Senegal.