PHOENIX – Two pastors and their small Phoenix congregation are giving a helping hand to the Marshallese mothers trapped in Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen's alleged adoption fraud scheme. Life Church at South Mountain Pastor Barmon Langbata said that his church members are stunned by the child-trafficking accusations levied against Petersen.

Langbata visited recently with the Marshallese mothers and said they are in good spirits though frightened about their now-uncertain futures. "They don't know if they're going to go home, or go somewhere else or what's going to happen to them," Langbata explained to 12 News.

Seeing these women's basic needs, Langbata, his co-pastor Greg Pratt and their congregation have stepped up to collect food and clothing for the Marshallese mothers. "Everybody's very sad as far as the Marshallese community right now here in Phoenix. We're trying to get together and do something for them," Langbata said. Though donations have been given and accepted, the church still needs more donations of food and clothing for the mothers until their futures are decided.

Meanwhile, Petersen, who has not resigned his Maricopa County Assessor seat, is staring down the barrel of 62 charges in three states in addition to federal charges for baby trafficking.

Read the full story at 12 News.

PHOENIX – Two pastors and their small Phoenix congregation are giving a helping hand to the Marshallese mothers trapped in Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen's alleged adoption fraud scheme. Life Church at South Mountain Pastor Barmon Langbata said that his church members are stunned by the child-trafficking accusations levied against Petersen.

Langbata visited recently with the Marshallese mothers and said they are in good spirits though frightened about their now-uncertain futures. "They don't know if they're going to go home, or go somewhere else or what's going to happen to them," Langbata explained to 12 News.

Seeing these women's basic needs, Langbata, his co-pastor Greg Pratt and their congregation have stepped up to collect food and clothing for the Marshallese mothers. "Everybody's very sad as far as the Marshallese community right now here in Phoenix. We're trying to get together and do something for them," Langbata said. Though donations have been given and accepted, the church still needs more donations of food and clothing for the mothers until their futures are decided.

Meanwhile, Petersen, who has not resigned his Maricopa County Assessor seat, is staring down the barrel of 62 charges in three states in addition to federal charges for baby trafficking.

Read the full story at 12 News.

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