the Hope of Survivors

ASI Convention 2005 Update

August 9, 2005

God blessed our brief visit with family and friends (only a few hours total) and our time at Lake Tahoe camp meeting and at the ASI International Convention in Sacramento, CA. Throughout the time we exhibited at Lake Tahoe and in Sacramento, we met some individuals who needed the support and assistance that The Hope of Survivors provides; some who knew of others who needed help; some who were supportive of the ministry and plan to promote it and pray for us; some who may be impressed to support the ministry in a financial manner (God knows how this is so needed); and many who were just thrilled to know that a ministry of this type exists! God is good!

One of the most exciting things that happened though is a rather long story, so I’ll keep it brief, leaving out many details. About 17 years ago, one of our former pastors was accused of abusing three women from the church. (This was not the same pastor who abused us 5-6 years ago, but a different one.) Due to our close relationship to this pastor, we asked him about these allegations and he denied them. We believed him, although we had a large question mark in our minds about everything still. Well, last year at the regional ASI meeting in Southern California, we met a woman who gave us the information we needed to know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that this pastor was guilty of the alleged charges. Not of abusing three women, but 13, yes—THIRTEEN! No more question mark! God had revealed truth to us. Well, at this ASI International Convention, I began talking to a woman about The Hope of Survivors as she walked by our exhibit. She soon told me about her past experience and then she mentioned his name. Not only had God given us truth a year earlier, but now He gave us the opportunity to minister to one of the very first three victims that had come forward! Incredible! I am amazed at what God does and His timing.

Samantha & Peggy at ASI
Samantha and Peggy at The Hope of Survivors’ booth at the ASI International Convention in Sacramento, CA.

Another blessing was having the opportunity to meet our newest volunteers, Peggy & Dave Mahrt. They will be helping with some of the PR/Marketing needs of the ministry. We also had the opportunity to have our first face-to-face meeting with all of our Board of Directors. It was wonderful to see how the Lord brought us into unity with regard to the future plans and goals of the ministry. To learn more about these plans, please download our prospectus.

We believe that through the opportunities the Lord gave us this past summer to exhibit and reach out to many thousands, tens of thusands, of individuals, lives will be changed and hearts will be healed. Glory be to God!

I will close for now and leave you with this thought from page 11 of a book entitled, Prayer:

“There is no chapter in our experience too dark for [God] to read; there is no perplexity too difficult for Him to unravel. No calamity can befall the least of His children, no anxiety harass the soul, no joy cheer, no sincere prayer escape the lips, of which our heavenly Father is unobservant, or in which He takes no immediate interest.”

Isn’t that beautiful? God loves you and He is in control! That’s the best news I’ve ever heard. Thank you for your prayers and your patience while we were away. You’re in our prayers continually.

May God be with you!
Samantha

The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart...Psalms 34:18