Fighting to Rescue Destiny
By November of 2011, matters for which we had all been praying, seemed to have suddenly taken a turn for the worst.
Thornell’s first and only infant daughter appeared to be in jeopardy. According to what is understood to be true, a very menacing male (a beast yet to be identified by name) had somehow intruded into the relationship between Thornell, Krystal and daughter Destiny.
In a very taunting and infuriating manner, an insinuation made by this intruding beast that led Thornell to believe that his daughter was going to be used in a heinous child-sex prostitution atrocity. In a scheme to render Thornell powerless to intervene, the beast had maneuvered a crisis situation in which Thornell would be lured into taking matters into his own hands to rescue his innocent daughter.
At some point in November 2011, this intruding beast, Krystal and Destiny were all cloistered together in the home of Krystal’s unwitting relatives in Hazel Park, Michigan.
By Sunday, November 20, 2011, Thornell was at our church, crying out to God, concerning his family crisis and seeking the intercessory prayers and counseling of our deacons and others. At least two of our deacons still recall praying with Thornell on that date.
On Wednesday, November 23, 2011, Thornell, alone, and feeling that he was on his own, without support from Hazel Park police, had decided to attempt rescue of his daughter from the Hazel Park home.
Apparently deceived and misled in their interpretation of events, the unwitting homeowners, instead of assisting Thornell, attempted to block Destiny’s rescue and reported Thornell’s actions to Hazel Park police, subsequently charges of Home Invasion and Felonious Assault were brought against Thornell, and, he was taken into police custody.
The following Sunday, November 27, our Sunday Bible Class was made aware of that awful and tragic news of Thornell’s arrest by sister Perry. Brother Thornell had been arrested and his daughter Destiny was still at risk.
(Church, I pray that our Lord will reveal to us exactly what more we could have done during that interval, between Sunday, November 20 and Wednesday, November 23, in order to have made difference. There is truly a lesson for us to learn regarding how to be more effective servants when a crisis arises and intervention is needed.)
What can we do now as a church to follow up on Thornell’s welfare? And most important, what can we do now to follow up on little Destiny’s welfare? Is it too late now for her rescue? Is Destiny lost forever? Continue praying saints. Let us escalate the fight for the rescue of Destiny, and fight also for the rescue of her dad, brother Thornell, from captivity, now languishing needlessly and unjustly in our State prison. If need be, let us enlist the aid of other churches in our State, and, solicit those who are decent people of good-will in the legal system. Above all, let us deepen our trust in God. The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.
In Holy Scripture, how many times was Apostle Paul found unjustly in captivity as a prisoner? Even Jesus Himself was taken into custody by unjust men in an unjust system.
One Thing After Another
To be Continued …
NOTE: Please write your letters of encouragement and prayer on his behalf.
Thornell’s mail address is:
Thornell Perry 834555
1780 East Parnall
Jackson, Michigan 49201