Larry Trent sent this to the Westwood Church Family
Dear Church Family,
I am writing you with the bad news that Omar was denied bond this morning. There is no way to express the heartbreak that Kirsten (the senior pastor) and I are feeling at this moment. That said, our heartbreak is nothing compared to what Omar is feeling. He is unable to even speak as result of his pain. What this decision today means is he will remain in Adelanto as he awaits a decision from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Unfortunately, that can be months, even years. That will be so difficult for his spirit.
As we continue to wait, we continue to pray. He needs our prayers, now, more than ever. We will continue to add money to his commissary account. We will continue to write him letters. I will set up a phone account so that he can call me.
Again, I want to thank you for the letters and the overall support. I want to be clear that this decision is not a reflection on us; we have been and continue to be good allies. Immigration judges are notoriously harsh and uncaring. This is especially true under the current administration which has appointed most of them.
I could not continue to do this work without you. You are the ones that provide the food for my soul. I’m grateful for that.
Blessing, (and love),
Minister to Migrants
32 letters, including mine, were sent to the judge.
If anyone reading this blog would like to send a letter to Omar (because his receiving many greetings of friendship from different places will lift his spirits and will be supportive of other possible efforts), please contact me at email@example.com and I will send you his new address. Maren