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Webster Legal Defense Fund

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Raised by 534 people in 26 days
Created June 24, 2018
St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church is raising funds to help cover the legal defense and expenses incurred for some dear members, Ryan and Clarissa Webster. When I got to church this morning, our priest pulled me aside and told me the story below and asked me to set up a crowdfunding site. In the Orthodox Church, what the Church does for one member, She does for all members, for we are all one body with Christ as our Head. When one aches, we all ache. When one hurts we all hurt. When a family aches and hurts, we all ache and hurt. But when we bear one another's burdens, we lighten the load for those who are hurting. The Websters are hurting. We are called to see Christ in those we see suffering (see Matthew 25). "Inasmuch as you have done it unto the least of these, you have done it unto Me."

Ryan and his wife, Clarissa (who is currently 22 weeks pregnant), and their 5 children recently traveled to Rochester, NY for the purpose of selling their converted school bus (RV) to a family friend who needs a mobile residence in order to help take care of her mother who is receiving aggressive cancer treatment.

They arrived in Rochester after an exhausting two-day drive (with Ryan driving the bus and Clarissa driving the van full of children) on Thursday evening, June 21. The following morning (Friday, June 22), their youngest child woke up abnormally early and got out of the bus while everyone else was sleeping. She wandered over to a neighbor’s front yard. The neighbor, not knowing who their daughter was, contacted the local police. Long story short, Ryan and Clarissa were arrested and charged with a Class A Misdemeanor for child endangerment. If you knew the Websters personally, you would understand just how ridiculous this charge is. They are the most loving, caring, protective parents you can imagine. They homeschool their children, they teach them manners and courtesy, and the kids are well-socialized, smart, and fun to be around. Their plan was to sell the bus and be back on their trek home in the morning on Saturday, June 23. Now, however, Ryan and Clarissa each have to hire a lawyer to present their cases at a hearing on July 2.

As of now, they do not have custody of their children and cannot legally be alone with them. Ryan is self-employed and they don't have the funds to hire expensive lawyers. That is why I have started this crowdfunding effort. We want to raise as much money as possible to help the Websters pay any legal fees, and whatever other fees they incur. ALL funds raised here will go directly to the Websters. Obviously, while they are stuck in limbo in Rochester, Ryan can't earn his living (he's in construction/remodeling here in the greater Nashville area), and he has jobs that are waiting for his return.

These funds need to be raised immediately so they can hire lawyers. Please give as generously as you can to help the Websters.
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From the Websters:

Hello, dear friends,

We are finally home! There is no possible way that we can properly and sufficiently thank you for how much you have blessed us in these past few weeks. The outpouring of love and support is unlike anything we have ever experienced, and it has come at a time when we sorely needed to know that we weren’t alone. Please know that you have done a beautiful thing by surrounding us like this. The Lord has used you to bring comfort and light to a very dark time in our lives, and we cannot thank you enough for being willing to be used like that.

Although this ordeal won’t be over for some time due to the required parenting classes, eventual Adjournment and Contemplation of Dismissal which could take about a year, and processing the trauma of all we went through, we feel like we can move forward now and begin to heal — largely due to the fact that we won’t have any financial burdens to shoulder through the healing. What a mercy.

It’s really easy to slip into despair, asking “why me?” at a time like this. But we have hope that the Lord will use our suffering to draw us into Him, and that He will ultimately fight for us and deliver us.

“You must never be afraid, if you are troubled by a flood of thoughts, that the enemy is too strong against you, that his attacks are never ending, that the war will last for your lifetime, and that you cannot avoid incessant downfalls of all kinds. Know that our enemies, with all their wiles, are in the hands of our divine Commander, our Lord Jesus Christ, for Whose honour and glory you are waging war. Since He himself leads you into battle, He will certainly not suffer your enemies to use violence against you and overcome you, if you do not yourself cross over to their side with your will. He will Himself fight for you and will deliver your enemies into your hands, when He wills and as He wills, as it is written: ‘The Lord thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies before thee’ (Deuteronomy 22:14).” - St. Theophan the Recluse

Thank you again, from the bottom of our hearts. May the Lord bless you for your generosity and selflessness. We will remember you in our prayers.
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Thanks be to God!

The Websters will be headed home soon. Through your efficacious prayers and the letters you wrote on the Websters' behalf, the judge has issued an adjournment of contemplation of dismissal (ACD), which can take up to a year. This means that if they come home, take parenting classes, and "be good" (Ryan's words), then the whole thing will be dropped. However, because it can take a year, they will need to retain their lawyers--and now, because of YOUR extreme generosity, they have the funds to do so.

Here is an article regarding today's hearing the judge's ruling.

https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2018/07/02/endangerment-charges-likely-dropped-against-tennessee-couple/752668002/
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Thanks be to God!

The Websters and their children will soon be heading home!!!

Here's a newspaper article regarding today's hearing: note well what Ryan's attorney says!

https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2018/07/02/endangerment-charges-likely-dropped-against-tennessee-couple/752668002/
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The Websters met with child protective services on Friday morning. The CPS people were "overwhelmed and impressed by the amount of character statements" produced by the Websters. They deemed the Websters to be "good parents" and allowed them and the children to go to Ryan's parents, and they no longer have to be supervised with the children.

Thanks be to God for your faithful prayers for this family.

They still have a hearing tomorrow (Monday) before a judge, whom they have met. May God grant this judge the wisdom of Solomon!

Thank you for your continued prayers on behalf of the Websters!
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