the Hope of Survivors

A Letter from the New Board Chairman—Martin Weber

(From the October 2009 edition of HopeSpeak)

Martin WeberDear Hope of Survivors Family,

I’m sitting here with quiet praise music playing on my laptop, thinking about Jesus and about you.

For those of you who have been victimized by sexual abuse from a “Christian” leader, my heart goes out to you. I too have been the victim of sexual abuse, but not as you have been. Fifty years ago I was assaulted by a stranger in a bus station, but never betrayed as you have been—betrayed by the man who, as God’s shepherd in your life, should have been the safest person in the world to you.

That’s why I started feeling sad this morning, thinking about what you went through. Then I started feeling angry, and appropriately so—the apostle Paul wrote, “Who is made to stumble and I do not burn with indignation?” (2 Corinthians 11:29). But peace comes to my heart as I realize that our God is greater than evil. Our Lord Jesus Christ conquered evil on the cross, along with the devil and all who implement his abuses. Soon Jesus will come back here from heaven, surrounded by angels of vengeance, to rescue us and execute His victory over the perpetrators of evil.

The Bible promises that “God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels” (2 Thessalonians 1:6-7).

This day of punishment and vengeance will be so fierce that God delays it in hopes that all men everywhere will repent of their evil, confess their sins and become genuine disciples of our Lord Jesus. Although this merciful time of probation also delays our deliverance from this present evil age, we can rest even now in God’s healing love and grace. Some days may be so difficult that all you can do is picture Jesus carrying you in His arms, like we see in those paintings at the Christian bookstore.

No matter what you have suffered, Jesus invites you now: “Come to Me, all you who are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). The heavier your burdens, the greater the rest in casting them upon our Lord Jesus. So let us rest in His healing love, escaping continually and confidently to heaven’s throne of grace.

For those of you who are involved with me as servants and benefactors in the ministry of The Hope of Survivors, I hope you realize how much our Lord appreciates your involvement in this healing ministry of Jesus Christ. “’Your work will be rewarded,’ declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 31:16). As we send our gifts to support this great cause, we are giving more than money. We are giving ourselves in service to the wounded lambs of our Lord Jesus.

Sometimes I wish I could add a couple of zeros to the online checks I write to The Hope of Survivors. But I have to restrain myself, realizing that any check from me like that would bounce from here to Berlin. I’m comforted by what Peter and John told the sick man in need: “Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have, I give to you” (Acts 3:6). Although I don’t have much in the way of money, I do have other gifts that God has empowered me to invest as a servant leadership for this ministry. (Please do pray for Steve, Samantha and me in our leadership of THOS.)

Some of you actually do have more in the way of money. You can soar in the Spirit to new heights of giving, adding those extra zeros to your gift this month so that this healing ministry can move forward.

Together, we can make a difference. As sin abounds, God’s grace through us will much more abound.

Grace, peace and love,

Martin Weber, DMin Chairman of the Board, The Hope of Survivors
Assistant to the president and communication director, Mid-America Union of Seventh-day Adventists.

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