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Lilia's story is a romantic thriller with a happy ending. Her husband kidnapped their daughter once, and she feared he might do it again if she refused to reconcile. She was compelled to live in an emotionally abusive environment for 20 years until she successfully left him to pursue her vocation and dreams.


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In 1965, Lilia immigrated to Canada, from the Philippines with $100 in her wallet and a one way ticket to Toronto. Three years after, she found herself teaching high school in Chatham, a small agricultural town in Southern Ontario.
 
Soon she received wedding invitations from her friends in Toronto that made her feel left out. She met Ron, an engineering student who seemed to have a promising future. She accepted his proposal thinking that he was a good catch—better than her friends’ husbands. Shortly after their wedding, Lilia realized that she made a mistake. Her husband was the worst among her friends' better-halves—he was a philanderer, an abuser, and could not keep a job.
 
When Ron learned that she had hired a divorce lawyer, he kidnapped their three year-old daughter Louise. After three years of heartbreaking search Lilia discovered that both Ron and Louise were in Sri Lanka. She made up her mind that her daughter's life was worth risking everything she had, including her own life. She traveled to Sri Lanka to see Ron and her daughter. There Lilia realized that she could not be with Louise without reconciling with Ron. She decided to live in hell in order to rear and protect her.
 
One tumultuous event after another did not discourage Lilia from her purpose; not even when Ron used Louise’s name to commit fraud. Louise was turning 20 at that time and a third year university student. But for without Lilia’s unwavering faith, strength, and willpower, Louise could have been incarcerated for this despicable act.  
 
God’s grace and Lilia’s faith gave this story a happy ending. Lilia is now retired and happily married to Mati Rahman and both are living in Maui. Louise has a rewarding career with one of the well-known computer companies in the U.S.
 
Presently, Lilia is an advocate of the Women Helping Women organization that helps and support domestically abused women in Hawaii. She is also a part time chaplain at the Maui Memorial Medical Center, Court Interpreter and an active member of the Ala Lani United Methodist Church.
 
Lilia often travels to the mainland to speak about "Emotional and Mental Domestic Abuse" to various groups and churches.
 
Birth Place
Baguio City, HI Philippines
Accomplishments

Lilia has an MA in Clinical Psychology, Masters in Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion, and Doctorate in Ministry from United Theological Seminary.

An ordained member of the clergy of the United Methodist Church, she served churches in California and Nevada. She is also a certified Spiritual Director, Court Interpreter, and a Guardian Ad Litem in Hawaii.

Additional Information

Many people who have read Lilia's book, "For the Sake of Louise," commented, "I could not put it down." One of them was Cathy Smith Bowers, the Poet Laureate of North Carolina who wrote, "This is the story of the unbelievable lengths a woman will go to to protect herself and her daughter from outrageous and unforgivable spousal and paternal abuse. . . . This is one of the most compelling memoirs I have ever read. I read it with my mouth hanging open. I could not put it down."

Contact Information
Maui Readers Publishing
93 Hoku Puhipaka St., Kahului, HI 96732 www.mauireaders.com
Kahului HI 96732   U.S.A.
Contact Author: Lilia B Lopez-Rahman
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When Louise disappeared at three what Lilia went through to see her again is a riveting story of love. This mother decided that there was no other option but to raise her daughter even if it meant living in hell. What ensued was a tumultuous series of hair-raising choices that would take Lilia through Canada to Sri Lanka, California, and eventually Maui. This story has the pace of a thriller that takes the reader through the events of a lifetime.

Speaker in women's group, visiting preacher, counselor
In November 2010, Lilia was a guest speaker at a women's group in "Marketplace Ministry", a Charitable Organization in Toronto providing employment skill to single mothers in welfare and new comers to Canada, and a guest preacher at Faith Community Christian Church in Toronto. In both organizations, the theme of her talk was Domestic Abuse against women. In November and December of 2010 she traveled to California and preached at Pittsburg United Methodist Church, Blessed Hope Christian Church in Pittsburg, and Grace United Methodist Church in San Francisco. While in these churches she spoke about Emotional and Mental Domestic Abuse to small groups in addition to preaching. She also visited Woodside Road UMC in Redwood City and family groups in Fresno.

Featured in Newspapers
On November 16, 2011, Lilia was invited to Kaunoa Center to speak about Emotional Domestic Abuse and its effect on wives and children. Lilia was invited to read an excerpt of her book, "For the Sake of Louise," at the International Filipino Book Festival in San Francisco, CA. She also was at an authors' signing session. On October 9, 2011, Lilia was invited to speak at the Filipino Espiscopal Church in Cupertino where she spoke about Domestic Abuse in the Bible. Lilia's Book, "For the Sake of Louise," was featured in the Maui Daily News in the "Literary Leanings" section. It was also featured in the Maui Weekly News Magazine and in the Philippine Observer.




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