As we move forward following the Sankey review and report, the Elders have determined four primary areas of focus for deep healing, reconciliation, and restoration:
We are working diligently to reconcile with all involved, including the Mauk family who first reported the abuse, the Advocates who fought to be heard and most importantly the abused. We have sought out a Christian Conciliation Company to support our efforts in this area. Our Hearts are for deep, true full reconciliation and as such our expert has told us it could take many months so please be patient with us as we work through this process.
We are reaching out to several advocacy organizations in the Philippines including Compassion International and International Justice Mission to see how we can best support or help the victims of this abuse. We realize that to accept help in this area Trust has to be established, which is why we are looking to professionals to support these victims versus trying to do it ourselves.
WORLD HARVEST FUNDS
We are having our Independent Auditors reviewing our accounting of the World Harvest funds to show inflows, outflows, and gains due to investments. Once this is complete, we will be evaluating the best ways to disburse these funds to serve God’s Kingdom.
MISSIONS MOVING FORWARD
We are updating the protocols and applications used to evaluate the mission organizations we support. We are also looking into joining a network that helps with safety and protection of children. Paul Wides, our Global Outreach Pastor, has already contacted 8-10 large churches and organizations to benchmark our processes versus theirs. And lastly, a team from our staff will be attending a National Conference on Child Safety and response to abuse in October.
The following are the results of Suzanne Lewis-Johnson’s review of abuse allegations at Sankey Samaritan orphanage. In an effort for complete transparency, we’re also posting the entire 27-page review available for immediate download below. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact our team.
This whole situation has heightened our awareness of people who are victims of trauma and abuse. We want to be about healing and restoration because Jesus is about healing and restoration. We want to create opportunities for people to share and heal from abuse trauma that they have gone through. Support groups will be starting soon aimed at helping people who have experienced abuse or you can immediately contact support specialists at the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN).