Martha Nagbe the wife of a Lisbon, North Dakota pastor has been not only slapped with a few fines but has had two court dates and all because she feels compelled to stand on a street and pray in public, according to Valley News Live.
Even though Nagbe has been issued $150 in fines for “unnecessary noise,” the woman is adamant about not putting the brakes on her public prayers telling Valley News Live, “I can’t stop. I’m trusting God,” the pastor’s wife said. “In the United States, it’s one nation under God.”
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Many folks on the block where Nagbe has set up shop during daylight hours have complained to authorities about the volume of her voice which they say is just too loud. According to Lisbon Police Chief Jeanette Persons, “She is standing outside of their house shouting. It’s not that she just walks by, but she will stand out there for a lengthy period of time,” she told the news outlet.
Nagbe’s husband, Pastor Juwle Nagbe however told Valley News Live that he is upset by the lack of respect his wife has received and how the community has criminalized her actions. “For them to antagonize her, to make her look like a bad person, sometimes makes me angry. Somebody should give her the respect that she deserves,” the Pastor expressed.
The ministering woman, who has been deemed by authorities as someone who is ‘disturbing the peace’ says that the constant fines won’t stop her from spreading God’s word. Chief Persons told Valley News Live, however, if Nagbe persists in proselytizing, then she will only continue to rack up fines.
The only solution to the Nagbe situation would be for her to lower her volume, says Persons.