An Update on VCY America

*Update* A year later, we have learned that the “highly skilled team” Melchert and the VCY board said (in the termination letter) they were hiring to replace Russ Turner, employee of over 2 decades, was one 20-year-old. This is not at all surprising, as the entire firing had nothing to do with Russ Turner’s job skills. It was pure malice.

ReconciliationMany have messaged in the last few weeks to ask if anyone in my sister’s family or our family has heard from Dr. Randall Melchert or anyone at VCY America to address our request for Christian mediation due to the heinous treatment of our two families that we desire to address with the board. I offer this by way of a final update, with gratitude for those who have shown concern for our families.

The answer as to whether we have had any response to our pleas is an authoritative no. The only response has been the legal threat letter sent from the lawyer in Brookfield, Wisconsin in which VCY America and Vic Eliason threatened to sue us after we sought Christian mediation through Peacemaker Ministries. Instead, VCY is advertising for the employment help they need after firing Russ Turner, my brother-in-law, who leaves his job on the 31st of this month. Despite all of his efforts, he does not have a job to replace his full-time job of 24 faithful years. His family is facing the emotional and financial stress this situation would cause any family. There is no excuse for it.

Vic Eliason has been allowed, as Executive Director of VCY America, to do tremendous damage to his children without a cause by running them out of the organization where they worked at faithfully for decades. He has shown total and callous disregard for his own flesh and blood and their needs. He has rejected any and all biblical handling of this situation and has instead, in his only contact with us in nearly four years, sent a bullying threat letter. He remains in his stubborn pride and prefers to call an attorney to threaten his own children with further financial damage for the crime of seeking Christian mediation.

Randall Melchert, rather than be a loving man of God with a heart of concern for all of us, aids and abets the one who has done this harm, ignoring our pleas, and suggesting to the local pastor trying to help that we had somehow “threatened” VCY by asking for his intervention. (See the decapitated squirrel post.)

The Russ Turner family has been grossly mistreated by the Executive Director and board of VCY America. The board  remains silent, indifferent to everything stated, unreachable, without a conscience, hopeful that their cowardly silence is the right approach to damp down the temporary annoyance caused by the light of truth being shed at my small blog.

But for every word of pain they read, they are accountable for before God. They know the truth, because they read it here, over and over. They visit this blog to see what else is being said while ignoring the suffering they have caused all of us. These men can try to kick it out of their way, ignore it, deny it, falsely characterize it, but they know it now. It’s too late to say otherwise.

What has been done to Russ and Lisa and to our family was evil. It was wrong. It has not been rectified by a so-called Christian ministry, VCY America. The only course for true Christians is to acknowledge wrong doing, acknowledge defrauding where it has taken place and to make it right.

Anything else is blatant sin before God.

Randy Melchert, Vic Eliason, remaining board of VCY America, you are the men who did this to us and to our children.

One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?”

Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?”

The man answered, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

“Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!”

The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road.

“By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side.

“Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’

“Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked.

The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.”

Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”

The Gospel of St. Luke 10:25-37

7 thoughts on “An Update on VCY America

  1. Ron Whited says:

    Ingrid,while this may offer little in the way of comfort,your family can be encouraged to remember that God does not forsake His own.
    I am so sorry that you all are having to live this nightmare of the damage inflicted by wolves in sheeps clothing.
    I pray for repentance in the hearts of the perpetrators who have willingly forsaken the biblical mandate for reconciliation.
    As David strengthened himself in the Lord ,so shall you.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Ingrid & family … Thank you for the update. I am sickened at this atrocity but not surprised as the true colours of the perpetrators of injustice are just doing what comes natural to them. Praying that emotional and financial burdens be healed and God be glorified. Wish I was closer to offer face-to-face and hands on comfort to all involved. PRAYING, yes, definitely, PRAYING.

  3. j says:

    dear Ingrid, my heart goes out to you and your family in this time of deep distress and betrayal. We are facing this type of injustice as well and are not able to see our precious grandchildren. There is no human explanation; just rejection with no willingness to reconcile. Yet we know that the Lord Jesus Christ took on human flesh and He too suffered at the hands of His friends. He came unto His own and His own received Him not (John 1:11). He was betrayed by one apostle and temporarily deserted by the other 11. He most likely suffered the death of His earthly father. He was well acquainted with sorrow and grief. So often the emphasis (rightly so) is on His physical suffering, but the fact is that He also suffered emotionally and spiritually. He suffered this also for us, He suffered so that He could be our faithful High Priest, being made like us for this very purpose. He took on flesh and blood and therefore was able to enter into our suffering in His humanity, with all that entailed, and now therefore stands ready to offer grace, mercy and peace to us in our suffering. He knows how we are formed, He knows what it is to suffer, He can enter into our pain and suffering and He has compassion upon us. See Hebrews 4:15. (In the phrase “touched with the feeling of our infirmities” the Greek word is ‘sympatheo’) May our compassionate Savior be your stay and your help throughout this time. May you find shelter in His wings. Psalm 17:8; 36:7; 57:1; 61:4; 63:7; 91:4

  4. Nyssa the Hobbit says:

    I’ve been going through something very similar with ex-friends for years now. They stalk my blog, as well, and refuse to repent, despite reading my words of pain. Yet their threats of a lawsuit (because I said I would seek out mediation with the priest) never panned out.

    I hope things turn out the same with you, with nothing but threats, no lawsuit. Though, of course, reconciliation would be even better. Some people don’t seem to care about the hurt they cause. 😦

  5. Ingrid Schlueter says:

    It sometimes makes me laugh, in a dark, rueful kind of way, to see the same IP addresses on here, hitting the same articles, over and over again, looking for new comments on the handful of posts related to VCY. There are over 1000 posts on here, full of music, devotionals and family thoughts, but the only ones they visit are the ones they have caused. Showing love and doing what’s right is so much easier than living in paranoia and cowardice. It’s sad to see that their concern is not for us, but for their own names and reputations. I would like to give a little Christmas shout out to the various VCY parties who stop by to check up on things here at the Hope Blog. May the Jesus you claim to worship make a showing in your heart this season and give you love for others you have hurt. A very Merry Christmas to you all.

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