the Hope of Survivors

Letter from the Vice President—Samantha Nelson

(From the January 2012 edition of HopeSpeak)

Samantha NelsonDear Hope of Survivors Family,

It’s a new year already! I don’t know about you, but 2011 brought many challenges to me, personally, as well as to The Hope of Survivors. It also brought many blessings, for which I am deeply grateful.

As I write this, I am looking out the window of our new location in Omaha at the snow-covered trees and ground. Snow is a blessing to me. Its pure white color reminds me of Jesus’ pure white robe of righteousness. I want to be covered by His robe; I want to be pure, spotless and undefiled. I am sure you do too! So, with a new year, snow on the ground, and hopes and dreams for The Hope of Survivors, I am looking forward to a new start and new blessings, by God’s grace.

One new thing for this year is a feature article that will be included in the newsletter from now on. It is called In the Spotlight! and it is a way of featuring a different denomination each quarter and what their policies and procedures are for handling clergy sexual abuse cases. I hope you will find this information helpful—if not for you personally, than perhaps for someone you know.

With all the changes that have recently taken place in mine and Steve’s lives and in the organization of The Hope of Survivors, I am reminded of the verse in Ecclesiastes 3:1, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…” Truly, God does have a time and purpose for everything. This new year holds great promise—not only for us and The Hope of Survivors, but for you and your healing journey.

May the Lord bless you abundantly!
Samantha Nelson
Vice President & CEO

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