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“Comfort in Legal Struggle” by A. Sangrey

October 16, 2016

This is an update from Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia (CLCP), a volunteer organization that has long been close to my heart.

Philadelphia has the highest rate of  “deep poverty” of the nation’s ten largest cities [1].  The child poverty rate in the city is consistently around 40% [2].

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.  Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy” (Prov. 31: 8).

Philadelphia City Hall, Author Max Binder (CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported)

Philadelphia City Hall, Author Max Binder (CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported)

“For four years, Senora Carmen had been waiting for her veteran benefits from her husband’s years of service [3].  After being denied once, she received another packet from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.  Twenty pages of fine print seemed to indicate more paperwork was needed.  Extensive paperwork.  Then her request–and financial need–would be considered, or denied again.

Senora Carmen had lived in the U.S. over twenty years, but her limited English was still a barrier for her.  Anxious and troubled, she brought the packet to CLCP.

Attorney John Visher, a retired Navy JAG Officer and CLCP volunteer, used his…legal skills to decipher the document.

‘Todo va estar bien?’ Carmen asked.  Will everything be okay?

As an attorney, Visher…cannot always guarantee resolution for every client he works with through CLCP, but…[much]of his work is providing comfort…Visher …watches over his clients, and at times, an attorney acting as the legal watchman for an impoverished client is the needed weight to resolve an issue.

With Visher’s involvement, the legal process picked up speed, and Carmen received her benefits check and the promise of continual monthly support.

As a Christian attorney, Visher counts it a privilege to demonstrate his care to needy clients as a watchman of justice, and Carmen, a devout Christian herself, not only had her financial need resolved, but in the process, she also received godly comfort through CLCP.”

[1], “Among the 10 largest cities, Philly has the highest deep-poverty rate” by Alfred Lubrano, 10/1/15,

[2]  NPR, “Unrelenting Poverty Leads to ‘Desperation’ in Philly Schools” by Eric Westervelt, 11/21/13,

[3]  The client’s name has been altered in the interest of privacy.

Anyone interested in Christian legal aid can find more information on that topic above


  1. Heartfelt prayers to Senora Carmen. God bless Attorney Visher – a true Gentleman Warrior.

  2. I greatly appreciate the work you are doing Anna. How few people can you find in the world who are so much concerned, aware and kind.

    I visited your other blog. And it makes me respect you even more and let me tell you that I’ve been having a lot of love and respect for you since the first day we met on the blog.

    Christ has helped you overcome it and you came out as a wonderful person and a saviour for many more souls. I’m proud of you and as I saw, so are many many more people 🙂

    • You are very kind, Mithai. I’m glad we met, too. 🙂 Unfortunately, problems w/ my health have sharply reduced what I am able to do these days. That fact wears on me. Sometimes there is a fork in the road, whether we wish it or not. Still, we all do what we can. You have great potential, and are positioned to accomplish much good in the world. I so admire engineering skills! I can be flummoxed by a toaster (LOL). I wish you God’s best.

      • Ohh I pray you recover soon from your health problems!! Take your medicines on time and consult at least 3 doctors before any health decisions… I’ve mostly seen… aren’t really as efficient as we expert them to be!!
        Thank you so much for your kind words, engineering world is a good place to be in……specially for women… The work is safe, ethical and the atmosphere is also very secured and no discrimination as well 🙂
        And I greatly admire lawyers, specially women lawyers because they are so strong, intelligent and absolutely cool!! You guys are the VOICE and among those few people who can actually bring a change to the society!! 😀
        I wish you a speedy recovery, all my love and best wishes with you 🙂

      • You are very dear, Mithai. Thank you for your concern. 🙂 I’m counting on you to build a strong future!

      • Thank you so much Anna, I’m honored that you have so much faith in me, I’ll my best to do good things in the near future 🙂

    • Yes Mithai, our Anna is all of those things you say and I couldn’t have put it better myself. She is a true warrior and I’m so pleased that this is recognised by many. This is such an uplifting post and restores faith in humanity. What a wonderful example of altruism this post is.

      • Absolutely Marie! Anna is a treasure in our WordPress family!! She does so many powerful things for the society and is wonderful friend and person. We all are so Lucky to have gotten the chance to know her!!😊

      • Absolutely Mithai. This is certainly one “treasure” that has not lain undiscovered! We must make sure everyone realises how valuable she is. 🙂 BTW, Lovely to meet you!

      • Yes ofcourse, she already has a lot of friends who love her very dearly, including you and me!! ☺😊
        Lovely to meet you too 💗💗
        Love and hugs to both of you ☺

      • Love and hugs back to you dear one.:) xXx

      • 😘❤💖💞

      • You two bring tears to my eyes. Certainly, the clinic lawyers deserve your praise. Because of health restrictions, however, it is a long time now since I was able to handle a case. I still grieve that loss.

        Cases have a beginning, middle, and end. They have a measurable outcome. All I am able to do is write and speak out about the causes which matter to me…and not always that. It is very like tossing a pebble into a pond. There may be a few ripples. But the impact, if there is one, is largely invisible.

        Edward Lorenz, a pioneer in chaos theory, coined the term “butterfly effect” for the concept that the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil may set off a tornado in Texas. We can only trust that God has some purpose for our lives and our work. ❤

  3. tabitha59reachingout permalink

    I’m so glad there are people like you and attorney Visher in this world. God bless you for the work you do. Also, I don’t know what your health issues are or about your other blog, but would you send me the address? Thanks. 🙂

  4. Excellent. It’s good to see Christians involved in this type of work.

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