Victim of Christian Aid Ministries & Jeriah Mast to Publish His Story

This week I spoke with one of the victims of Christian Aid Ministries (CAM) and Jeriah Mast. He has completed his book and is almost ready to move toward publishing. He is one who refused the hush money, choosing rather to walk in truth.

This young man, from day one, exemplified more integrity and leadership than I’ve seen in many church leaders. Before I knew him as well as I do today, when we spoke and he shared his heart, I asked if he is a pastor. Not because pastors all have a good track record, but because in him I saw and heard the heart of Jesus. He is sincere and articulate. He is honourable. He chuckled and said he is not a pastor.

He is a gifted speaker and a delightful personality. He is a family man, now in his early 30s, with a beautiful wife and several little children.

You do not want to miss hearing him when the time comes!

It is time the young men, whose young lives were destroyed by the very interpreter who shared the gospel with Haitians, are given a voice and a platform

I’ve had the honour of reading it, and declined suggesting changes. The moment I do that, people will hurl accusations. Therefore I advised doing it entirely without me, as much as I would have loved to help. Instead, I offered to do everything I can to help him build a platform.

This will be his story, in his words. The most amazing part of the book is the author’s grace. He speaks with kindness and truth. And oh such grace!

If you are interested in being placed on a list for the book when it is released, and to keep updated on a speaking tour we will be planning, please send an email to Trudy with the words “Interested in book regarding CAM’s Abuse in Haiti”

PS. Please help this young man spread the word by sharing this post.

An Empty Tomb: A promise broken or kept?

For a university assignment I looked at the empty tomb in a way I never had before. For me, it has never been anything but Good News. From earliest memories hearing the story, my heart thrills! My Jesus is alive!

But, for Mary, what did it feel like to find the tomb empty, and be robbed of ritual and grief in a moment of deepest loss? Her friend, her rabbi, her Lord had been ruthlessly slaughtered…

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Wishing you all the blessing of an Empty Tomb and a Gardener who speaks your name, that you may know Him!

As always…

Love,
~ T ~

© Trudy Metzger 2019

(Follow up) Groffdale OOM Conference: A New Thief in Church?

Last evening I was contacted by a Mennonite couple with the follow up letters to the previous blog regarding the Groffdale Conference computer scandal. Concerns have been raised surrounding certain leaders and businessmen (named in the letter) within the Groffdale conference involving ethical and legal matters in the creation of a 501(c)(3) to sell approved computers to church members, among other concerns. As last time, I will leave the letters to speak for themselves:

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I share this on behalf of friends in the setting who are weary of the handling of this situation. I’ve been asked what this all has to do with sexual abuse, and to my knowledge there is no direct link. There is, however, a link between the abuse of power in both cases, and how that abuse is allowed to continue, from my understanding of what is going on. However, more than that, I share for the sake of friends within these settings who have no way of speaking, being restricted in their use of technology. It encourages them to know that awareness is growing and they are being heard by fellow Anabaptists, in particular. I care about them deeply, so if the issue is important to them, and I have reasonable grounds to believe it is truth – and in this case I certainly do – then it is important to me and I will be here for them.

Truth and justice always matter, and we should never turn our eyes away from it to look the other way.

 

Love,
~ T ~

 

© Trudy Metzger 2019