Christian Light Publications removes Howard Bean Writings

A friend forwarded a statement that was sent out by Christian Light Publications, announcing that they are removing Howard Bean’s materials, as listed in the following image:

I appreciate the individuals who took time to reach out, willing to hear and confirm the facts with those involved in the case. Thank you.

This is the path to positive change.

To the victims of Mr. Bean, and other victims in the Anabaptist community who were left reeling: You have been courageous to share your story. Even those so traumatized that you could only speak to a select few of us who have walked with you. I trust CLP’s actions will serve as an acknowledgement of your suffering and bring some sense of relief to you, and to all who were struggling with his content being used in their churches.

To Mr. Bean’s wife and family: My heart aches for you. It is beyond imagining how crushing it would be to learn that a trusted family member — in particular a spouse or parent — has carried these hidden sins, when to the family they were kind and loving. This is betrayal. Your suffering deserves acknowledgement.

To the Grace Mennonite and the Mid-West church: Some of you have apologized for mistakes made, and I have passed those apologies on to the victim with whom I am most closely connected. To get it wrong on various fronts the first time you face this kind of thing is understandable, albeit painful for victims. It is forgivable. (The victim with whom I spoke graciously extended forgiveness). And it is an opportunity for you to learn so that you are equipped to handle the next case more effectively. To get it seriously wrong a second time would be inexcusable. I urge you to not only form internal committees to address concerns, but to hire at least one trained professional investigator, along with a minimum of two other individuals to support that investgator on an external investigative committee. There were some well-intentioned mistakes made this round that would have been avoided had such professionals handled the case. I have served on such a committee with a criminal investigator taking lead, and a pastor and myself as volunteer investigators. It brought balance. I would declare a conflict of interest in local Mid-West cases for such a formal committee , because of how despised I am by some Mid-West leaders, thus making my voice ill-received. Even so, I can testify that it is healthy to bring in such a team. We each brought something to the task that the others lacked, leaving much less room for oversight.

For today, I will celebrate this step in the right direction. May it be the beginning of many more steps to hearing the victimized, and holding abusers accountable.

As always,
~ T ~

©Trudy Metzger 2023

Haitian victim of Jeriah Mast and Christian Aid Ministries releases book

Today I received word from Doeurldy Cadet, that his book “In the name of “Mission Work” is available on Amazon.

To order click the appropriate link. Purchase in United States via Amazon USA: In the name of “Mission Work and in Canada via Amazon Canada: In the name of “Mission Work.

I have ordered my copy and am looking forward to its arrival tomorrow. Mr. Cadet is a tenderhearted young man who suffered at the hands of Jeriah Mast, pedophile sent to Haiti by Christian Aid Ministries USA (CAM USA), where he had access to countless young men. In his position with CAM USA, he had the power to use food to manipulate boys into cooperating with his advances.

Mr. Cadet also talks about the disruption CAM brought to the country. As a former staff member, he speaks as an insider of the organization, as well as a Haitian who suffered grave injustices.

In spite of this, there is no bitterness. Mr. Cadet speaks honestly, with grace. It is my prayer that his story will bring change and greater accountability to “mission work” and the way Western religious groups use their power against the people they profess to serve. (Some sincerely, but with many corrupt and greedy organizations doing more harm than good).

As one of Jeriah Mast’s victims, he refused CAM’s money in exchange for silence, and chose instead to tell his story to the world. I have heard his heart at various times, having kept in touch since our meeting in 2019, and have deep respect for him.

I encourage you to order the book and prayerfully ponder the implications to the spreading of the Gospel; what it has become, and what it should be.

Praying God will use this for great good and desperately needed change.

NOTE: I am not being paid to market the book. Nor did I assist in any way in writing it. My only role has been to believe in Mr. Cadet’s story, and the value it holds in Christian community so that we can learn to do better.

As always…
~ T ~

© Trudy Metzger 2022

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.