Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #281. Today we are reading chapter 11 of the novel “I Know What Prayer Can Do” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
Eric Gilard, Kiera’s husband, gave her a call. Their conversation left her disturbed. “If you want to see the children again, drop the divorce proceedings,” were his last words before hanging up the phone.
“I don’t know what I’m going to do,” she exclaimed to Aubrey. “I’d do anything to get my children back. He was supposed to have brought them back home by now.”
“Why don’t we drive over there and see what’s going on,” Aubrey suggested after speaking with her husband about it.
After picking Kiera up, she, Aubrey, and Quintin drove over to Eric’s apartment. His vehicle was not in its usual parking space and no one responded when they knocked on the door.
Kiera voiced her worst fear. “I believe he left and took the kids with them.”
Mr. Ramadin from upstairs was standing on his balcony. He shouted down to them as they walked away. “If you’re looking for Eric, he left last night with his little boy and little girl and a Mexican lady. They had suitcases with them.”
Eric had had a meeting with his friend, Tony, some months back.
“I know how you can make some big money,” Tony said, “But everything must be kept confidential. It has to do with these illegal aliens—Mexicans, Latinos—you know what I’m talking about.”
Eric grinned. “Count me in,” he said picking up immediately where Tony was headed.
“I’m helping them get their paperwork for legal status here in the U.S. They pay me big money because they do not want to go back to their poverty-ridden countries. I have this lady, Mariadas Carmen; I just need you to provide her with a place to stay while I finalize her paperwork. Keep her as your maid. She speaks very little English so she won’t cause you any problems. I’ll pay you, say, $250.00 each week, then when all the paperwork is finalized, you’ll get a lump sum—at least a thousand dollars.”
Eric was pleased with the plan.
“If the government gets involved, you’ll have to vouch for her. Tell them that you are filing for her and that she’s here legally. If you keep quiet about it, no one will know anything. She’s already been instructed not to discuss her status with anyone besides us.”
From talking with Tony, Eric found out how big the illegal trafficking of aliens was. “It’s almost like the Underground Railroad,” Eric said with a chuckle. “See, I learned something in school.”
Mariadas Carmen came to live with Eric and she helped him take care of the children—Yomen and Kaiser—whenever it was his turn to have them.
After Quintin, Aubrey, and Kiera got back in the car at Eric’s apartment, Kiera said, “I remember Yomen telling me about a lady cooking for them and helping them take their baths and playing with them. He told me he could not understand anything she said to them.”
“Let me call Leyton Patterson and let him know what’s taken place,” Quintin said as they drove away from Eric’s place. He punched in the number on his cell phone.
“Yes, Patterson, Rodney here. Sorry to disturb you after hours, but something came up. Remember that case I turned over to you—Kiera Gilard seeking a divorce and custody of her children. Well, it looks like the husband has skipped town with the children … I guess we’re talking not only breaking the visitation rules, but kidnapping as well? … I see … Why don’t you get in touch with Tucker Gravlin and get him on it right away? … I’ll talk to you later.”
Glancing at Kiera through his rear view mirror, Quintin said, “We’re having our private investigator, Tucker Gravlin, begin searching for him and the children. In the meantime, if you could get us the latest pictures of your two children and of your husband that would help us a lot.”
“I’ll contact all the ladies tonight and get them praying for the safe return of your children,” Aubrey said.
“Please do,” Kiera said.
Quintin passed on the pictures from Kiera to Tucker Gravlin the next day. “This is important, Gravlin. He’s been using the children to try to stop her from going ahead with the divorce proceedings.”
“I’ll get on it right away,” Gravlin assured him.
Gravlin started his search in the apartment complex, showing the picture of the children and of their father to those playing in the playground. “I’ve seen them here with a lady who spoke Spanish,” one little boy said. Gravlin’s last stop was at Mr. Ramadin’s apartment.
“My little boy, Shane, used to play with them whenever they came to visit with their father. The past couple months he’s seemed aloof and always in a hurry.”
“What about this lady who’s been helping to take care of the children?” Gravlin asked.
“She’s doing more than just taking care of the children; she lives with Eric. She’s Mexican. He left suddenly. No goodbye. Nothing.”
Gravlin left his cell phone number with Mr. Ramadin.
“What do you think is going on?” Mrs. Ramadin asked her husband.
“Beats me. It’s hard to believe he ran off with his own children. No telling where they are,” her husband said.
“I know where they are,” Shane, their six-year-old son, said. He had been playing with his trucks on the floor while his parents talked with Gravlin. “They’re with their grandmother. Yomen told me his father said he was taking them to visit with their grandmother. He said they may stay there for a long time.”
“Why didn’t you tell us when Mr. Gravlin was here?” his father said reaching for his cell phone from off the side table.
“No one asked me. Plus, you said when grown folks are talking to be quiet,” Shane said matter-of-factly.
His parents rolled their eyes and smiled.
Gravlin made phone calls to Leyton Patterson and Quintin to share with them his latest findings.
“We’ll get a court order for his arrest,” Patterson said. “Notification of the kidnapping has already been sent out state-wide. We’ll extend that nation-wide to cover all our bases. In the meantime, you, Gravlin, will be taking a trip to visit ‘Grandma’.”
After getting the grandmother’s address and phone number from Kiera, Gravlin advised her not to get in touch with the grandmother lest she was in on the kidnapping. “We do not want to arouse any suspicion.”
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Now, dear listener, please know that God—the divine Author of all things—wants to write a great story with your life as well. But first you must give Him the pen by trusting Him with the life He gave you and surrendering your heart to Jesus Christ as Savior. Here is how:
1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
3. Accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
May God bless you until next time.