Saoirse, a pastor’s wife and the leader of the local Women’s Fellowship, was out one day with a few members of the fellowship looking to offer God’s love to any who might need it. As Saoirse conversed with a woman named Lanai, she learned the lady already prayed to God; in fact, He had already done a miracle in Lanai’s life.
Bearing Her Burdens Alone
Lanai’s marriage, typical of marriages in her region, was arranged by her parents. Her husband, Radburne, had seemed a good man at first. A few months into their marriage, however, Lanai discovered Radburne was addicted to both alcohol and drugs. He grew violent and abusive, selling all of Lanai’s possessions and threatening her with physical harm if she did not give him what he wanted.
In fear for her life, Lanai reported Radburne to the police. Then, she filed for divorce and got a court restraining order against Radburne—she needed to be free.
But the freedom Lanai wanted would not come so easily. Amidst the tumult, Lanai discovered she was pregnant. When Radburne found out, he vehemently denied being the father, heaping verbal and physical abuse upon Lanai despite the restraining order.
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