09 June 2009

This post has been co-written by Angie, Jennifer, and Raechel in order to address a very serious issue as a united front.

It isn't an easy post, but it is one that has been prayed over and we are asking you to continue to pray for all of those involved. Each of us has, to varying extents, introduced "B" (Beccah) and her daughter April Rose to you, and we feel a responsibility to our readers to address the recent allegations. Please know that this comes after many attempts to speak to Beccah directly, and as many avenues we could seek in order to believe that the naysayers were wrong.

At this point, the three of us are compelled to believe that we have been mislead, and that the Beccah that we have been praying for is not who she presented herself to be. It is not our intention to bring up all of the details to be hashed out, or to begin a conversation that will further the gossip that satan so wishes would come from this.

Angie and Raechel got together in person today (Yes, they live very near to each other and each lost an infant daughter last year...Audrey on April 7th and Evie on April 9th), and Jennifer has individually spent time on the phone with both Angie and Raechel in the past couple days. We have all prayed over the whole situation. It is incredible to hear what Raechel has gone through as she has sought to love Beccah well throughout this whole journey. She is as shaken as all of us are, and feels blindsided. She did what any loving Christian sister would have done and reached out to someone she had known in the past, but hadn't had contact with in years. She did her best to be a friend, as we all did. Please hear our (Jennifer and Angie's) hearts on this-Raechel was as much in the dark as all of the rest of us. She made no money, nor did she have any idea that she was being taken advantage of. She and her husband made t-shirts to benefit PASS, and they personally sent the check directly to PASS. Any speculation of their participation in this in this is purely false, and should be immediately put to rest.

We are now face to face with evidence that compels us to believe that Beccah's story is fictitious. We will not go into further detail, because at this point, it will just feel like more fuel to the fire. Instead, we would like to encourage you to continue to be in prayer for Beccah as the story develops. Whatever the case, she is a woman in need of prayer, and although the sting is fresh on our cheeks, we must, as a body, continue to seek the counsel of the Lord and trust that He will use this situation for good.

Every one of you has a right to be hurt and to feel robbed of your time and your investment in this story, but above all, please remember that this is a person created in the image of God. As difficult as it sounds, we would like to beseech you to be in prayer for everyone involved. We want to assure you that the time you spent in prayer was not wasted...it was a sweet communion between you and the Lord on behalf of someone who needed that intercession.

There are incidences like this that occur in the blog world, and each of us has dealt with them. This should serve as a reminder that not everyone is to be trusted; there are people who can use this as a platform for emotional attention, or any number of things.

After much discussion, many phone calls to others involved, and much prayer, we feel like this is the best approach. The three of us care about our readers more than we can express, and have become friends outside of the blog world. We all believed it too and we are mourning it the same way you are.

It didn't feel right to not say anything at all, but we also don't feel that any further commenting or discussion would be edifying to the Lord at this point, and as a result we will be shutting off comments for this post. Please respect our hearts and our intentions as we seek the Father Who knows what we cannot understand, and allows us to come to Him with our brokenness.

He is the God of mercy, and we can only hope to reflect that to the world as His followers…

With much love and prayer,

Angie, Jennifer, and Raechel