the Hope of Survivors

Letter from the Vice President—Samantha Nelson

(From the April 2011 edition of HopeSpeak)

Samantha NelsonDear Hope of Survivors Family,

What a busy and exciting quarter it has been! You’re in for a special treat with this newsletter and updates from around the world. The Hope of Survivors was represented at multiple conventions, conducted a Faith & Fidelity seminar for pastors and church leaders in the IA-MO Conference, expanded its website with new languages, participated in a fundraiser, announced the next Hope & Healing Conference to be held in Indianapolis, IN, and so much more! All of that while grieving the death of my father and recovering from a virus I picked up during our study tour in Israel, Egypt and Jordan. I am truly thankful for God’s mercy and my husband’s tender, loving care.

Thank you to those of you who participated in the Winter 2011 GuideStar-KIMBIA Nonprofit Giveaway. While The Hope of Survivors received several 5-star reviews, we didn’t reach the most reviews of any nonprofit and, therefore, did not receive the $5,000 grant. Still, it was affirming and encouraging to all of us to read what you had to say about The Hope of Survivors. If you haven’t read any of the reviews yourself, I would encourage you to do so at Our hearts were touched by your reviews and we trust God will provide the funds needed in His time and way.

I’d like to especially thank Rainer Lechtenbörger for his prompt and professional translation of the new German website. Now The Hope of Survivors offers help to victims and information to church leadership and congregations in eight different languages! Praise God! Check it out at

We look forward to seeing what good things the Lord has in store for the ministry—and for those we serve—in the months ahead. We are truly grateful to each of you for your prayers, time, talents, and support. You’ve enabled The Hope of Survivors to be a literal lifesaver (by God’s grace!) to hundreds, if not thousands, of victims of pastoral sexual abuse around the world.

God bless you,
Samantha Nelson
Vice President & CEO

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