A Mothers Tragedy to Triumph!

Heal My Wounds Leave My Scars

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” Romans 12:19 (ESV)

Two sisters brutally attacked in their Yorkshire home in Manassas Virginia, January 29, 1999. Stacie was murdered. Kristie was brutally attacked and left for dead…

Stacie ~ A beautiful 16-year-old young lady and a freshman student at Osbourn Park High School, was very outgoing and loved people. Her dream was to join the Navy and become the first female Navy Seal.

Kristie ~ A beautiful 14-year old teenager and an eighth grade student at Parkside Middle School. Kristie was full of life and discovering who she was, and developing dreams of her own.

On January 29, 1999, all that was heinously taken away!
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The sixteen year old sister, during an attempted rape, desperately fought off her attacker. She lost the battle and was murdered, when the attacker pulled a knife and pierced her heart. The fourteen year old sister, upon arriving home two hours later, was met at her own back door by the murderer.

Unsuspecting, she entered her home and upon finding her sister, was forced to the basement. She was raped, bound by her own shoelaces, strangled, both wrists cut, stabbed twice, and her throat repeatedly slashed, where she was left for dead.

A Mother’s Testimony

I am the mother of these two young girls, Stacie and Kristie. Upon receiving this heart wrenching news, I was instantly thrown into a state of shock. My oldest daughter had been murdered. As if that was not enough, I was told my youngest daughter was not expected to live. I thought my life was over! The attacker of my two young teenage girls, not only pierced the heart of my eldest daughter, but pierced my heart, forever leaving a gaping hole that only God could heal!

Trauma. Denial. Grief. Anger. Depression. Suicide?

Through His Amazing Grace God said, “Don’t be afraid or discouraged… for the battle is not yours, but mine. You will not have to fight this battle...stand firm and see the deliverance; I the Lord will give you… I, the Lord, am with you.” 2 Chronicles 20:15, 17 (paraphrased).

I prayed for His deliverance and peace, and the Lord lifted the veil that had shrouded me in grief for seven long years. I was free! There was Hope!

...Forgiveness? I was free, yet I was still in bondage. I knew I still needed to forgive Paul Powell, the murderer, but I struggled with forgiveness. I read the scriptures and God’s words about forgiveness. I cried out to God. “Lord, we both know I can’t do this on my own. If I am going to forgive him, I need Your help.” I began to pray specifically for the Lord to teach me to forgive this murderer. “Philippians 4:13,” the Lord said.

I began praying for Powell and reading the book of Acts. The shackles of bondage would not release me and only hindered the Lord’s work, in my life, because I was still doubtful I could ever forgive him. However, for the Lord to fully use me, I knew I needed to surrender my life to Him, completely! I needed to forgive. “Why is this so difficult, Lord?” His answer, “Faith, Hope and Love.”


January 29, 2008, the ninth anniversary of the girl’s attacks, I was reliving the tragedy that took place nine years earlier. I was in the presence of the Lord, and I heard Him say…“What was intended for evil, God meant for good!”
I surrendered, and forgave Paul Powell.

“Yes, I’ve forgiven, but I have not forgotten!” Surrender and forgiveness is a daily action, and only through prayer, faith, hope and love, are we healed. July 14, 2009, Paul Powell was to be executed in Virginia. I was trying desperately to meet with him prior to his execution. I had some things I needed to say, face to face. I was continuously denied. But, less than 36 hours before, the US Supreme Court stayed his execution.

The Lord’s plan was not complete. I again attempted to meet with him face to face. In January 2010, we were notified his execution was rescheduled for March 18, 2010.

March, 17, 2010, Kristie and I, supported my husband, mom and two sisters, spoke to Paul Powell for the first time in eleven years, I. He took ownership for the horrific crimes he committed – Accountability. He gave his life to Christ – Surrender. He spoke of remorse – Healing. Behind
Those Walls, the chains came loose... God’s presence shattered the darkness and lit up the room, as we cried together.

Kristie had one question for Powell… “Why didn’t you kill me too?”

Powell answered, “Kristie, I thought I had.”

If I had been granted the meeting I was so desperately seeking, Kristie would not have been in the meeting and would have never have heard Powell’s answer. God’s plan would not be stopped or changed by any man.

March 18, 2010, the day of his pending execution, he shared with his mom, “They’ve forgiven me!” They cried together.

We witnessed Paul’s execution by electric chair. …No longer bound by sin, Paul was free.

God’s plan doesn’t end there. In May 2010, Heal My Wounds Leave My Scars Prison Ministry was born from a mother’s tragedy to triumph.

God has opened the prison doors and Heal My Wounds Leave My Scars is reaching offenders behind those prison walls. Lorraine shares her story about tragedy to triumph. She speaks about accountability, hope and forgiveness. Her message is well received and the Lord is changing many hearts.

We welcome your prayers for God’s Ministry, as He calls us to serve Behind Those Walls!

Lorraine Reed Whoberry
~ God’s Servant, Mother of Stacie & Kristie

Heal My Wounds , Leave My Scars
By His Grace~ For His Glory
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About Me

Lorraine Whoberry
United States
I'm a Christian, wife and mom to four beautiful girls Stacie, Kristie, Kayla and Kellie. I'm the founder and director of the S.T.A.C.I.E. Foundation Striving Towards Achieving Compassion, Intervention and Educatioin, the founder of Heal My Wounds, Leave My Scars Prison Ministry (wwwhealmywounds.org), and Director of the Silenced No More, Silent Wtness Chapter of Southwest, Central Ohio (www.silencednomore.org). I am a Jesus Freak and love serving my Lord and Savior!

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