Three women who have been missing for ten years (one of whom was only 14 when she went missing) have been found alive, thanks to the bravery and persistence of one of them, and the willingness of a neighbor to become involved.
There are details of the story here, here, and here. This is a sentence that stood out to me:
Child Protective Services had been sent to the home in 2004 but after knocking on the front door and getting no response, did not make contact with Castro – and did not return.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2320519/Amanda-Berry-Gina-DeJesus-Michele-Knight-Ohio-trio-went-missing-TEN-YEARS-ago-ALIVE.html#ixzz2Sdc6Wziv
That’s maybe not as bad as it seems at first glance- they were there because in his job as a school bus driver, he’d left a boy alone on the bus for a long time. But then…. school bus driver? Shiver.
Sadly, the mother of Amanda Berry, the woman who escaped first, died several years ago. Even more sadly, the Montel Williams show brought in a psychic who confidently assured the mother that her daughter was already dead. Sylvia Browne said she saw Amanda’s jacket in a dumpster with DNA on it. She also said the missing girl was in water.
It’s not the first time she’s been grievously, horrendously wrong about somebody’s missing child.
Leviticus 19:31 ESV
“Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.
There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God,
1 John 4:1-3
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.
Isaiah 8:19 ESV
And when they say to you, “Inquire of the mediums and the necromancers who chirp and mutter,” should not a people inquire of their God? Should they inquire of the dead on behalf of the living?