Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Retirement Fund Lost: Statement from Sue and Greg

Since publishing the blog we have received multiple emails describing the deception that has taken place under the guise of Christianity by Heather Elyse. This is yet another example: A Christian couple giving their savings, believing that it would be used to help the orphan.

 Sue and Greg's story of deception:

After watching and listening to Heather Elyse (with her 7 children) give an emotional plea at a seminar last June and then receiving 2 personal emails from Heather detailing the hundreds of thousands of dollars that were needed urgently for her ministry, my husband Greg and I decided to donate a very large portion of our retirement fund to help her.  We checked out all of Heather’s websites as well as checking to make sure that Room for Grace, Intl. was a legitimate non-profit organization.  We were assured of that by email and phone call; so on July 25, 2013 we wired our donation directly into the Room For Grace, Intl. Chase Bank account in Tulsa, Ok. (Room for Grace was Heather's organization that took donations for Giving Hope Rescue Mission in Haiti.) On several different occasions, by phone and email and even in person, Heather promised us a full accounting of what our donation was being used for, not because we asked for it but, in her words, for “full transparency” and so that we were informed of “where every dime was spent”. However, she has not done that, to date, and we feel very strongly that our donation was not used for the purposes we intended it for which was to help with the many adoptions and care of these children.

It is our strong belief that Heather Elyse gained personal access to all of our donated funds and probably other RFG funds as well in early September 2013 when she was taken by private plane from Haiti to Tulsa before returning to her home in Colorado. From what we have been able to determine, by that time Heather Elyse and Michelle See were the only individuals from Room For Grace who had access to that fund.  We have put together and given to authorities a brief timeline of these events as well as documentation of emails, phone calls, texts, and other documents that support our belief that Heather Elyse did not use this donation for the intended or stated purposes, and that she has instead defrauded us through deception and manipulation.

We still believe that the Lord led us to make this donation at that particular time for a reason, even though at this point, it may seem like a very foolish thing to have done.  The evidence indicates that the money has not been used for the purposes we had intended it for, but the Lord has already utilized our donation to get various agencies involved in the investigation, so we feel that it is being used to expose the deception, abuse, and fraud that has been going on, and we are praying that every penny of it will be used for the good of all the families and children who have been harmed in this terrible, deceptive scheme!

We can be sure, just as Joseph was, that the Lord WILL turn what satan uses for evil into good for those who trust in Him!

“But Joseph said to them, “Fear not, for am I in the place of God?   As for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.”

With our love and prayers for God’s blessings upon all of you!

Sue and Greg