Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Do You Have Something To Report?

It has been brought to our attention that Heather (Elyse) Savage was arrested and is facing charges of child neglect in Fulton County, Indiana.

Many readers have written to us with concerning stories regarding Heather and her children which we have passed along, with permission, to investigating agencies. If you have information that could help with the investigation, it would seem that now is the time to step forward for the protection of these 10 children. 

If you know of any child abuse or neglect that has happened in the state of Indiana, please contact the Child Abuse Hotline at (800)800-5556.

Our hearts are heavy today as we think about the trauma Heather has left in her wake. 

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



Sunday, March 23, 2014

Ongoing Neglect At Giving Hope Rescue Mission

The post below was shared publically on Facebook today in regards to children still living at Giving Hope Rescue Mission. We are still actively trying to stop the abuse and neglect that is taking place. The two children pictured below do not have a voice, but Heather Elyse is still actively using hers to promote herself. She has not shown any remorse for her actions and we want her to be held accountable. She posted this on her public Facebook page: 

We want to ask Heather Elyse, "Is this beautiful?"

Abandoning the Abandoned

On March 12th, 2014 the missionaries at King’s Cross Ministries found out that two small children were still living at the Giving Hope... Rescue Mission (GHRM). We went into the crèche/orphanage house. We talked to these babies and touched their sweet faces. We saw the lack of everything. This is a place that was shut down by IBESR, the equivalent of the United States DHS. We were shocked at what we saw! Two sick and disabled children, both of which looked like they had Cerebral Palsy, laying in cribs with sheets barely big enough to cover the mattress and needing medical attention. The creche looked abandoned. There were a few bed frames and cribs and nothing else. No food, water, power, or anything else. The workers told us that Giving Hope Rescue Mission has stopped sending them money for food and water. They have stopped providing medical attention and have not paid the workers in 2 months. The workers were doing what they could to care for these two children and feeding them out of their own pockets, but it was not enough. They did not complain about GHRM or the managers or directors at all. They just stated the facts. They begged us to take the children to care for them. We brought the local Chief of Police and the Judge to see the children and even after hearing that Giving Hope Rescue Mission was neglecting these children they would not allow the kids to be moved anywhere. They insisted that biological parents are the only people that can move these kids and that is not true. Heather Elyse the Giving Hope Rescue Mission founder and Wesmin Garcon the director both have the authority and the responsibility to ensure that these two children were moved or given to IBESR to relocate them. We insisted that the police and judge allow us to file a police report to document that Giving Hope Rescue Mission, Heather Elyse and Wesmin Garcon failed to transfer these children and the clear case of neglect for these two children and they refused. We contacted Haiti’s equivalent of Child Protection Services (BPM) but could only leave a message. We continued calling, messaging and trying to contact everyone we could to help these two kids over the next week, but no one removed the children.

We reported this to the US Embassy and they responded with action! The US Embassy responded on Tuesday. IBESR told them that they had been to Giving Hope Rescue Mission within the last 30 days to remove all of the remaining children and these two children were not there that day but have been under the care of Giving Hope Rescue Mission for over a year. They helped us get a team from IBESR and BPM to go get the children. They are now under the care of IBESR where they should have been months ago. I’m glad that we were able to get the children moved but disappointed that it took so long. This should have never happened!

I understand that there is a process. I understand that there are procedures and I understand that there are jurisdictions that have to be respected. These two children did not have anyone advocating on their behalf as far as we know, and we at King’s Cross could not turn our backs on them. Please pray for these children wherever they may be now. It has to be better than where they were. If we had our crèche license, we would have tried to take them in.

There are rumors that there are many other children under the care of GHRM. Obviously IBESR does not know about this or they would find them and remove them. How are these people at the former GHRM even allowed to continue to operate, function, handle documents, and care for children?! I’m guessing that the children are not registered. I don’t know all the answers, but what I do know is that these people need to be stopped.

The most important thing now is that those babies get the care they need and deserve.

The Lovans
King’s Cross Ministries, Haiti
March 22, 2014