|Letter from the Vice President—Samantha Nelson|
(From the October 2012 edition of HopeSpeak)
Dear Hope of Survivors Family,
The past few months have been a flurry of activity from training volunteer Wendy Lee for the Canadian Division in June, presenting a series on healing in Bucharest, to ending August with a Hope & Healing conference for victims of clergy sexual abuse in Omaha. But, more about that in a moment.
August 1 kicked off the 2nd annual Clergy Sexual Abuse Awareness & Prevention® campaign (http://www.clergysexualabuseawarenessday.com), and several events took place throughout the month to raise awareness and facilitate healing, such as exhibiting at the annual ASI Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition to these events, we were blessed to have unsolicited publicity in a number of newspapers (Bangor Daily News, York Weekly, Seacoast Online, etc.), as several people wrote letters to the editor about the campaign and the need to address clergy sexual abuse. Awareness helps bring about education and education helps to facilitate prevention and healing. It is vital!
Shortly after returning from Romania (you can read the update here, if you missed it previously), the Hope & Healing conference was held in Omaha, Nebraska, and it was incredible to see how the Lord brought such a vast group of people together to learn, share and heal by the power of the Holy Spirit. Dr. Martin Weber, board chairman, and Ted Vanderlaan, Esq., member of the board of directors, both assisted Steve and I as presenters during the conference and were quite a blessing to all who attended. This was the most booked conference we’ve ever held and included more husbands than ever before too, which is a very good thing. You can read the responses from some of the attendees in the Testimonials section.
On another note, after several discussions with our volunteers in Romania, the search is on in earnest for a suitable facility or property in Romania to serve as a healing center for victims across Europe. In the meantime, we are also pursuing obtaining NGO (nonprofit) status in Romania and the European Union.
Additionally, having a healing center in the U.S. is something we have dreamed of having for victims for many years. In fact, victims often ask us if there is a place they can go for healing, for reprieve. Our goal is to be able to give them this hope! Just recently, several possible options have been presented to us in Montana, Missouri, Tennessee and Massachusetts. The prices vary from $379,000-$650,000. We are beseeching the Lord for His provision if this is His will. Please keep these endeavors in prayer and let us know if you can assist in any way.
I am reminded of Jeremiah 33:3, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” Surely, the Lord has shown us great and mighty things and we believe He will bring them to pass in His time and way. Praise God for His faithfulness! Please keep all of us at The Hope of Survivors in prayer as we press forward as God leads.
God bless you,