I am asking for prayers.
Seven years ago last month we purchased a piece of property from Dr Gary and Norma Smalley. We did not get clear title to it. If we had known there was a title issue, we never would have bought the property but this was not disclosed to us. We went through the legal system with a quiet title suit in which Empire Electric was determined to be the owner of the property. (Taney County Circuit Court, Missouri, Case # 10AF-CC00923). We filed suit against the Smalleys to give us our money back. On May 7 of this year, the judge agreed and awarded us a judgment of our money back plus some of our damages and for the Smalleys to take the house back. (Christian County Circuit Court, Missouri, Case # 09AF-CC00907-01).
However, the Smalleys have yet to pay one dime. They now have our money and the property. We still have a huge mortgage we are paying on every month as our business property was financed for this purchase. This could also potentially affect our employees and their families, who depend on us for their support.
The Smalleys now want to appeal the decision and keep our money. We believe this is just another legal maneuver to keep us tied up in court for more years so they don’t have to pay their debt.
The Bible says if you have a problem with your neighbor, you take it to your neighbor. We did that when this issue first came up, and in fact on more than one occasion. We received no help from the Smalleys.
The Bible says if that doesn’t work, you take it to the Elders of the church. We did that—Gary WAS an elder of Woodland Hills Church at the time. Again, we received no help from the Smalleys.
I am asking for prayers for strength and financial blessing so we can continue to pay for a property we don’t own while this battle continues. I am also asking for prayers for God’s intervention that the Smalleys will do the right thing and take care of their debt. If anyone knows Dr Smalley and Norma Smalley and can be of some assistance in influencing them to settle this judgment, we would really appreciate it. In the meantime, we must continue to pay a mortgage for property we don’t own, and it is killing us both mentally and financially.
Apparently the Smalleys don’t care about that as they have been unwilling to help in any way, including helping us try to clear the title.
Please feel free to share our story. I am happy to document everything I have stated. We just want what the court has ordered is rightfully ours.