|Letter from the Vice President—Samantha Nelson|
(From the July 2012 edition of HopeSpeak)
Dear Hope of Survivors Family,
Clergy sexual abuse cases are popping up in the news everywhere lately and it is just added confirmation of how vital the ministry of The Hope of Survivors is. If you haven’t noticed anything in the news, I’d suggest you look again. Any Google search will turn up endless articles, and you can read some of the latest headlines on our News & Notes page.
Given this ever-increasing problem among clergy of all faiths, I would like to suggest you prayerfully consider getting involved in the 2nd annual Clergy Sexual Abuse Awareness & Prevention campaign this August. If you’re willing to sponsor, host or coordinate an event, please let us know as soon as possible.
As part of the events of the campaign, we will be going to Romania the end of July to help bolster the Romanian Division of The Hope of Survivors. Please keep this planning meeting in prayer, as well as the sermon series on healing and drawing closer to Jesus that Steve will be presenting while there.
This year, 2012, is a special year for The Hope of Survivors—it is the 10-year anniversary of the ministry’s inception. Over the past 10 years, The Hope of Survivors has provided truth, support and hope to literally tens of thousands of victims around the world, established volunteers and divisions for the Latino community, as well as in Australia, Romania and Canada. The website is now available in nine languages! We praise God for what He has done, and we thank you for all your prayers and support.
In order to continue reaching those who are desperate and without hope, we need your ongoing support. Would you consider signing up for monthly recurring donations of $10 or more in commemoration of our 10-year anniversary? Your gift brings hope and life to those who have been so terribly wounded by wolves in sheep’s clothing.
Not only that, your gifts help us continue to provide educational seminars and materials to clergy of all faiths, as we seek to educate them about the issue of clergy sexual abuse and how they can prevent it, protect the vulnerable sheep in their care, and protect themselves from going down that fateful road of destruction. Thank you for your commitment to help those in need.
A case in point is the recent scenario of a victim who needed to reach a place of safety with her children. Because of your help, The Hope of Survivors was able to ensure she and her children were safe. That brought hope that, in time, will help facilitate healing, as ongoing emotional and spiritual support is provided. This was just one case—this scenario, and others similar to it, is repeated on a near-daily basis. God, working through this ministry, is bringing hope and healing to fragile and shattered lives—lives that generally are hopeless and on the verge of being extinguished when they reach us. “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.” (Psalm 147:3)
I praise God for each of you reading this newsletter. I know you care. I know you have a heart of compassion for those in need. Perhaps because you’ve been there yourself. Or, maybe because you know someone who has been there. Or, maybe it is just because you recognize the significance of the impact clergy sexual abuse has on the victim, the church and the community at large and you want to do something to help. Whatever your reasons, I am grateful for you. Your prayers strengthen us, and those we serve. You enable us to fulfill our God-given mission found in Isaiah 61:1 and Ezekiel 34:16. Thank you!
May the Lord continue to bless you in every way,