|Letter from the Vice President—Samantha Nelson|
(From the October 2011 edition of HopeSpeak)
Dear Hope of Survivors Family,
What an eventful quarter it has been! Thank you for all your support as we launched the inaugural Clergy Sexual Abuse Awareness & Prevention campaign. Thanks to many generous donors and eager volunteers, The Hope of Survivors had events taking place in WA, SC, NM, CA, IL, TX, IN and even the United Kingdom (Wales)! We praise God for the greater awareness being raised through these programs, and we look forward to many more next year. In fact, plans are already underway for several events next August. It’s never too early to start planning and fundraising!
We were very blessed to be able to speak with several victims while at the ASI Convention in Sacramento, CA. The Lord has a way of leading people to The Hope of Survivors just when they need it most. ASI was bigger than ever this year, with over 3,300 people attending and 221 ministries from around the world represented.
The Hope of Survivors’ Board had a few high-profile cases of clergy sexual abuse to discuss during its board meeting and I am quite pleased with how matters are proceeding in those cases. I am even more pleased with how the Board really pulled together as a team, uniting and facing challenges together. Speaking of the Board, we want to welcome Ted Vanderlaan as the newest member of the Board. Ted is an attorney who has already been a tremendous blessing to The Hope of Survivors. Welcome, Ted!
As you read the rest of the newsletter, I pray you will be encouraged at the hope and healing God is providing to victims through The Hope of Survivors. The need is greater than ever for us to stand firm for what is right and to live out our calling as stated in Jesus’ own words in Isaiah 61:1-4, “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.”
God bless you,