bright mite

The bright spot in my day yesterday was a call from Stephen in which he said that James Prindle is “bouncing off the walls” with hope and optimism now that we have engaged an attorney to represent him.

When I contrast this with his hopelessness and despondency of just a few days ago… well, all I can say is that the warmth I feel inside at his relief and happiness is worth any amount of effort, grief, or travail expended on his behalf.

Today I spoke for the first time with his new attorney, Claiborne Ferguson, who met with James yesterday and confirmed for me what we have believed all along: that James is a good kid who is absolutely innocent of the charges against him. He confirmed that if James were to go to prison labeled as a child molester, he would not come out alive. He also confirmed that James’ court-appointed public defender has done none of the basic things for James that should have been done by now—no interviews, no investigation and fact-finding, nothing except helping the prosecutor try to wrest a plea bargain from this innocent, scared, and abandoned child.

Tonight I spoke for a long time with a donor who contributed the remaining funds we needed to engage Claiborne—a third of the fee—and I watched the funds transfer into our PayPal account even as this donor and I were still talking on the phone. We now have assurance that James’ hopes for justice will not be dashed.

The donor—and now James’ anonymous Guardian Angel—talked with me for over two hours about a wide range of subjects. But always the conversation returned to the subject of Divine Guidance and that the redemption of young lives is God’s plan for us.

Where there is  no justice, we agreed we must create it. We cannot be dissuaded by the agents of retribution who plague the proper functioning of the juvenile justice system in America. Even those who pose as being righteous are in actuality agents of evil.

We still have the remaining $10,000 to raise in order to see James’ defense through to the end; yet I have no doubt that with your help we will meet this goal. The defense of this innocent boy is God’s work, and where God guides He provides.

And here is a lesson this man shared with me, even as he had given us several thousand dollars for James’ defense: he told me the story of The Widow’s Mite.

It is a story from the Bible in which a poor widow contributed to the temple treasury two small copper coins called “mites”—in today’s money worth a fraction of a cent—and the haughty people who had given more disparaged her gift. Christ admonished them saying, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all others because she gave her last coins.”

The donor brushed off my thanks and said we will raise the remaining $10,000 we need for James so long as we are more thankful for the small gifts than we are for his. He encouraged me to ask you to please pitch in for James, even if all you can contribute is a penny.

We are still creating a website for James that will go live soon; in the meantime, if you can help in any amount whatsoever, will you please donate through PayPal and direct your gift to info-at-wandervogel-dot-com, and make a note that it is for James Prindle?

Even if you can give only a mite, you will share the satisfaction of knowing that you will be creating justice for James and restoring hope to his life.

Thank you.


Groove of the Day 

Listen to Stevie Wonder performing “Have A Talk With God”


8 Responses to “bright mite”

  1. 1 Wolfgang
    September 30, 2011 at 2:04 am

    Thanks Dan, and thanks for the guardian Angel for helping this kid. I wish there would be a lot more Guardian Angels in this world.

    Thanks for all of you

  2. 2 Aimee
    September 30, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Hi Dan, I haven’t commented before, but I do read everyday. I follow a blog that has done several fund raising efforts on behalf of adoptive parents that have been enormously successful. Of course they have huge followings, but it might be something to model by. Here are the sites: http://thebalsisfamily.blogspot.com/ Of course I just checked this one and she’s taken down the whole section where she raised the money, but what she did was ask each of her followers to donate $10 for this one family that was having a horrible journey in Russia and needed $12,000 to complete their adoption of a little boy with Down’s Syndrome and she did it in a matter of days, plus some! She managed to auction off prizes, I’m not sure how, but maybe you could contact her and ask??? I don’t know her at all. Anyway, she did it for this family: http://www.minivansandmomjeans.com/ Now this lady’s paying it forward and doing the same thing and for other families with much success!

    Just a thought! Do you have a Facebook page? Do you think you could get more exposure that way, especially with fundraising efforts?

    Anyway, I know I’m glad to see the work you do.

  3. 3 Stephen
    September 30, 2011 at 8:57 am

    I second that Wolfgang!

  4. September 30, 2011 at 9:28 am

    This is such good news. Thank you Dan and Stephen for all you’ve done and continue to do for James. And thank you to all the people who have contributed time and/or money to these causes. Small actions go so much further than people ever realize.

  5. 7 matt
    September 30, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Another update on a case of note for juvenile justice. Colorado 13yo.


  6. September 30, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Danny Boy –

    Congratulations all around for you and your team – you to are James’ Guardian Angels.

    Dam Good Work Old Chap !

    Your Pal

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