Heavenly Father, we pray for all people connected with Circle of Hope Girls' Ranch, as more than 100 criminal charges have been made against its proprietors, Boyd and Stephanie Householder. Lord, as the Householders face charges ranging from statutory rape and repeated statutory sodomy to neglect and abuse, may truth come to light. We pray that the state of Missouri’s legal system will execute justice accurately, swiftly and appropriately. We pray that the Householders will genuinely repent of sin and cruelty as needed, and that they will humbly face the consequences for their actions. Heavenly Father, we are deeply grieved to hear that the Missouri Attorney General said officials had identified 16 victims "so far" and described the case as "one of the most widespread... against young girls and women in Missouri history." We pray for these 16 victims to find healing and hope, and we pray that any other victims will come forward when the time is right for them. Uphold them with your strength and grace as they process their experiences and attempt to speak out within the justice system. Finally, Lord, we pray for legal loopholes that allow no oversight to some faith-based and private schools in Missouri to be closed if that is what is best for everyone involved with these schools. Grant decision-makers supernatural insight into what is best for the children of Missouri. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
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