Recently, a couple of dear friends shared their testimonies with me regarding the missionary interviews that are currently underway. As I listened to their hearts I realized that what they had to say would be very helpful for others who are preparing to give their own interviews over the next few weeks. I asked them if they would be willing to prepare something to be shared with all of you here on the blog. I hope you find their words to be reassuring and encouraging:
Testimonial #1 –
We had the opportunity to be interviewed by GRACE on July 6. We were impressed with the sensitivity and patience of the interview team. Although the memories of the events were painful and sometimes brought tears, sometimes anger, they were caring and never accusatory in any way. We went into the interview thinking that it would take only 15 to 30 minutes but were surprised at the thouroghness of the interview team. Our interview took an hour and a half.
Going through those old memories has been hard and we ache for the young women whose lives will never be the same. My fathers heart wants to be able to fix that but we have a God who knows everthing about us and knows how to restore what the locus has taken away.
May the Peace of God sustain you as we wait the outcome of this investigation,
Ed & Dona Martin
Testimonial #2 –
We had our interview with the GRACE organization last week. Just wanted to share a bit how it went. Although it was very hard for us to recall the exact sequence of events, the dates of certain events, and who was on which side of the world at certain times, the interviewers were very patient with us. The interview, which we needed to do by phone because of scheduling restraints, was very relaxed and casual. We never felt that the interviewers were impatient or disappointed that we couldn’t remember some details. They simply encouraged us to tell what we knew and to do the best we could. Although it was not exactly pleasant to relive the story, when we finished we felt a sense of relief that maybe, just maybe we had a small part in bringing about a bit of resolution to this situation. We also felt that, if our comments are shared with the home office, we now have a voice in sharing our opinions and feelings about what happened and how things were handled.
Something we didn’t know ahead of time – and are thankful for – is the fact that GRACE emailed us a copy of the notes that were taken during our interview so we could go over them and add or correct things where we felt necessary. That gives us confidence that we have not been misunderstood or misquoted. We are grateful for an organization that is willing to sift through the ugliness of these situations to try and bring truth to light and healing to victims.
Steve & Jan Tower
Anyone who has a testimony to share regarding your interviews (either MK or Missionary), please add your words to the comments. I believe it will be an encouragement to others, both those who haven’t gone yet and those who have. One thing is for sure, your voice and words here will encourage the girls who endured the abuse and will reassure them that you are not only still here, but you are willing to do your part.
Thank you, Towers & Martins for standing beside them in love and for sharing these words with us today!
– Diana Durrill