The Bicol Bulletin
Volume 1, Issue 4 - June 2003
We want to thank you for your prayers for us as we have been dealing with many issues regarding my accident in April. God has continually supplied us with His all-sufficient grace in facing each situation. We are very near to settling with all the victims involved in the accident. God has proven that He is always faithful to see us through these situations, and it seems that He is opening windows of ministry opportunities as a result.
After the accident occurred, the spouse of the other driver involved was very belligerent, and verbally attacked me in the police station. She knew the possible consequences of this accident, and was fearful that since I was a foreign national I would simply leave the country to escape the problem. I assured her I would not, but that did not defuse the confrontation. Upon the advice of an attorney, I verbally promised to share in the expenses of the victims on a 50-50 basis. Even though I was not at fault in the accident, this was the best way to settle the issue without going to court—not to mention, I felt a tremendous responsibility to help as well. Over the next several weeks, she began to harass my friends who had come to my aid during the accident by calling, showing up at their home and even at their workplace. They eventually found our home and came there threatening us with lawsuits and arrest. All of this was done in an attempt to intimidate or frighten us, so that I would not renege on my promise.
As time passed and I filed all the paperwork involved, I was told that the adjuster was advising the insurance company to not pay the claims for the victims because I was not at fault in the accident. When I heard this, I began the process of settling with the victims personally. We hired an attorney to draw up the necessary papers to insure that this was a settlement and not just a down payment. In the process, we included the other driver’s name in all the paperwork so that he would not have to hire an attorney for himself. We also provided transportation and food for them, as well as the victims, on the days that business was conducted. As time passed by, the spouse of the other driver asked my colleague if they could meet with me after this is all over. He said, “Why? Do you want to harass them more?” To which she replied, “No sir! I am ashamed of the way we have acted through this process. I wanted to apologize to the pastor, and ask him to forgive me.”
Had it not been for God’s grace, I would have never been able to keep my head and control my tongue that day in the police station. Had it not been for God’s mercy, I would have never felt compassion for the others involved. Had it not been for God’s grace and mercy, my antagonist would have never had a change of heart! Please pray for this family! This is an extremely difficult time for them. Please pray that God will continue to be at work in their hearts and minds.
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