They seemed to be living the American Dream: husband had a good job, cute house, four adorable children, stay-at-home mom to manage the household, and home education for the children.
Then unemployment happened. But they weathered that storm. Their daughter experienced a medical injury. But she recovered. All seemed well.
The Weller family seemed strong, like they could face all the storms of life because they stood on the Rock. But, behind closed doors they struggled: a husband with an addiction, a manipulative, controlling spirit, and emotional abuse. Hope stood with her husband, praying, going to counseling, losing weight and trying to change herself to appease him. But with little change in his treatment of her, she began to feel discouraged and depressed. Yet, she didn't give up!
Despite everything Hope has done to save her challenging marriage, her husband has chosen to split the family apart through divorce. He is also trying to remove Hope from their home and put them in childcare - even though she has been their primary caregiver, educator, and relational support all their lives.
While Hope was on a trip to get a medical check up on their youngest child, her husband filed for divorce, went through all of Hope’s things (even packing up some of them), and waited for her to return.
After the check-up, she drove all night long and arrived home at 5 am. She laid down to rest until her husband was ready to leave for work. Right before he left, he handed her a copy of the divorce papers.
She was surprised. Just before she left for the medical trip, it seemed like he wanted to save the marriage. She had felt encourged and hopeful that they could face their situation cordially. But, it was all smoke and mirrors. He had already begun the divorce process several days prior to the trip.
Her husband left for work and then came back shortly afterwards. He tried to convince her that she was required, per the divorce paperwork, to leave the children and find somewhere else to live. She was told she would have no spousal support during the divorce process and that she had to get out of "his" house.
Thanks to some friends who immediately rallied to her support, she learned that she was NOT required to immediately vacate her home. They held her while she cried, prayed with her, then helped her process the situation and make a plan.
YOU CAN HELP
Right now, Hope is seeking legal counsel so she can keep her family together. Since her husband has control over all their finances, she is without any source of income. She needs $3,500 as soon as possible for legal fees.
Would you consider donating $20, $10, or even $5 to help this precious family? Every little bit helps and will go directly to paying for the legal services necessary to keep Hope and her children together.
If you can't help financially, would you please share Hope story with your social network? Every share helps raise awareness and can increase giving by an average of $35.
Would you also pray for Hope and her family? Pray that God will work His will in this situation, that Hope and her children could stay together and keep their home life as stable as possible as they weather this new storm with their Heavenly Father. Please join us in praying for beauty to rise up from the ashes of brokenness and for "all things to be made new."
Your support, whether giving, sharing, or praying, means so much. Thank you!