the Hope of Survivors

UK Division Updates—Andrea & Anthony Shipwright

Andrea & Anthony Shipwright(From the April 2014 edition of HopeSpeak)

In May 2013, we were officially added to the list of The Hope of Survivors’ volunteers. This enabled victims located in the UK to have local support.

Victim support was given to several clients via email. One victim was given additional support in person. This offered the opportunity to help with emotional, spiritual and practical needs.

In November 2013, we travelled to Bucharest, Romania. Our 3-day trip enabled us to attend the premier screening of Call It Anything But Love! with Romanian subtitles. It also enabled us to spend several hours with Steve & Samantha Nelson. We discussed our involvement with The Hope of Survivors and what further work could be done. We agreed that we would begin the process of adapting the literature to UK English and the website, thehopeofsurvivors.co.uk, would be created. This would be altered where appropriate to language and resources helpful to people in the UK. The Hope of Survivors’ PowerPoint presentations for conferences and other speaking engagements were also made available to us.

Throughout 2013 we both spent a great deal of time reading and researching the subject of clergy misconduct and looking at how we, as The Hope of Survivors’ volunteers, could educate to implement changes in churches. We were also able to offer some input to the rewriting of the vulnerable adult policy for a UK denominational organisation that oversees and provides policies for more than 2,000 churches in the UK.

In order to better serve the victims who reach out for help, I began my training in counseling in 2013 as well.

In 2014 we began with the editing of the US website text to make it suitable for UK English. The domain name was reserved and is currently under construction. When complete, it will contain all the relevant support and information that the US site offers, but it will be in UK English, and several of the external links will lead to UK information.
Once this is done, we will begin doing the same editing to the brochure, Understanding Sexual Misconduct Among Spiritual Leaders. This will then go to print for distribution in the UK.

We have established some contacts in the UK who will be able to advise and assist with making The Hope of Survivors—UK a registered charity to enable us to collect grants, donations and gift aid. Some potential trustees have been made known to us and we will be following up on these in due course. It is hoped that, by the end of 2014, we will be in a position to be a presence at Christian events in the UK and offer information, support, seminars and talks at events.

*You may contact the UK Division through its website.

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