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Prayer Need for Missionary Barry Secrest

Dear Supporting Faithful,

Until now, the following information was not released to everyone because we were unsure of what it might mean long term. Now is the time to start releasing some information to you that we have kept among our mission, the missionaries in Uruguay, friends, family and church. Paul Hermida, the man who was burned on 30% of his body in the car accident we had on November 9th, 2008 when our break line was severed, has leveled a civil suit against Barry. Today, November 22nd, 2010, Barry appeared before the judge. We learned that the penal system has not closed it´s case. It has been two years and having not received any more citations, we thought the case was closed. According to our lawyer, it could still be open because of a small detail that really will make no difference in the long run. However, it could lead to some very serious problems for our family. It DOES mean that we may not be able to leave for furlough on November 30th.

Paul is seeking punitive damages. So large is the sum he is seeking that the judge was surprised. She asked him to come back with a list of reasons for asking that amount. She mentioned that it was much more than was normal in a case of this nature.

In Uruguay, it makes no difference how innocent the driver. It makes little difference that my family was with me and suffered some injury. It makes little difference that the evidence proves mechanical failure. Who ever decides to allow someone to ride with them in their car is fully responsable for their well being. God is in control of all of these things. Thanks be to Him for His continued presence.

Would you please pray with us? God knows the heart and he saw what happened, but justice in the world we live is not what it will be when Christ returns. My heart is full of pain and concern this night. Please pray for us. We will know more about the penal details tomorrow after our lawyer visits that federal office at 4:00 p.m. Thank you.

Barry for Barb, Thomas, David and Anthony

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