“Fortunate are they whose love is tested by misfortune.” - Meher Baba
Theus and Rachael Malmberg are the fortunately unfortunate. This well-loved couple are in dire need of our collective material support.
As most are aware, both are physically quite incapacitated. Theus cannot walk more than 200 feet, and falls frequently. He has paralysis from the waist down, neuropathy, and constant ongoing pain all over.
Rachael is completely helpless, having had a stroke paralyzing her left side, requiring full time professional personal care. She has various other conditions as well, including diabetes and atrial fibrillation. They are unable to help each other. They have demonstrated an amazing capacity to accept this suffering as God’s Will.
Theus has a long history as a Baba lover. His grandmother introduced Elizabeth Patterson to Meher Baba! Elizabeth informally adopted Theus, bringing him from Sweden to Myrtle Beach, where he lived on Center for one year. Well-known in Baba circles East and West, Theus also lived in Meherabad for 9 years straight. A fixture of the Myrtle Beach community since the 70’s, he has become one of the most devoted Baba lovers in our community. He is well aware that his life depends wholly on Baba.
Rachael is also a long time Baba lover, having come to Him in the early 70’s, also wholly devoted to Baba. She and Theus met on Center, and both “knew” they would marry. They have been happily married for 31 years. Their devotion to each other is exceptional, rare, and worthy of emulation. They of course hope to stay together til the end of their days.
Theus and Rachael are in need of a financial boost, to get them back on safer financial footing. They have tremendous medical costs and basic home care costs are very high. Rachael does have very good health insurance, Theus has some. Insurance does not cover 100% of the amount of home care they currently need. Though risky for Rachael’s health, they have cut back on the number of hours per day a caregiver is in the home, but still, it is unaffordable. Aside from this, they have payments for Rachael’s wheelchair accessible van.
They are hoping for community assistance in the amount of $15,000 to be used at their discretion, whether that be for current debt, or three months of home health care, or home repairs. In the past few years they have sold off many artworks and cherished items while struggling to stay afloat.
This is an appeal to the very hearts of those who wish to love and serve, in His Name. Theus and Rachael deeply appreciate all the prayers we give, and the small personal attentions and sweet things we do, but they are truly in need of financial care. Please, open your wallets as wells as your hearts!