Ray Hoffman, Overseer of Texas, distributed the following letter to most Texas Friends and Workers.
May 30, 2008
I deeply regret writing the type of letter to you, many of whom I haven't met yet but it seems necessary to do so considering the serious nature of what I am about to write.
There has been an investigation by the authorities into what is termed child sexual abuse on the part of Americo Quispe when he was laboring here in Texas. This is a crime punishable by imprisonment if the perpetrator is found guilty. We are complying with the law in asking you to report to the local authorities any suspicious activity on the part of Americo or for that matter any worker, friend, family member or anyone that may have had contact with children in your care. I would also ask you to contact me that I could help in assisting them in the investigation.
Americo had spent time in many homes that had children and these alleged crimes could have taken place doing what may have seemed to be innocent play to a child. If your child was molested he or she may be confused and often are made to feel it is their fault and are embarrassed to talk about it. It is very important upon receiving this letter that you have a conversation with your child to determine if inappropriate sexual conduct took place How you approach your child will have a great affect on them. Please be gentle and patient and accepting to what they tell you, and do not show anger or make them feel guilty as it is not their fault.
This response we are asking you to make is very important not only that justice could be served by the law but that also victims could receive professional counseling because this kind of abuse often leaves emotional, mental, and spiritual scars that can plague the victims for many years to come.
Americo has been dismissed from his place in the work. We feel for all involved and hope reconciliation can occur that will restore peace and help heal those wounded by his actions,
Another matter needs to be discussed now. Many would know that Ira Hobbs is resting at his brother's place in VA. The following is to give a brief explanation to end the speculation and rumors as to why he is there and no longer to be active in the work. Recently there has been a case of child abuse in another state and Ira's name was among those that were accused. Though the investigation is ongoing and Ira's guilt is in question, the officer investigating the case has made an open inquiry on a website concerning Ira and asked any to come forward with any allegations against him and several have responded. Most all these cases are concerning incidents of some time ago. And while we are not wanting to bring up a man's past, we are disturbed because it is an unresolved past. He has not admitted to any of the allegations except one and that only in part. There are too many allegations to be dismissed or disbelieved. He is being urged to seek psychiatric care for this so that he could come to recognize what took place so often and hurt so many who for the most part are still hurting because of his lack of admission of guilt.
We very much appreciate Ira's guidance and help in every way the past 10 years in Texas. He has sought the Lord diligently and faithfully for your care. I have appreciated his help this year in getting me adjusted to the responsibilities here in Texas. The things that we have felt needful to discuss here is in no way to take away from all the good that Ira has done, nor of Americo. But it is an attempt to be open and honest with these things that are so painful to talk about yet have become needful just the same. May we learn to pray for these men that there could be restoration and as we mentioned, that there could be healing for all that were hurt and for the many still hurting
The Lord is on the throne and will bring the hidden things to light so He can cleanse His Kingdom. Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman at the well that "the water I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." This well is translated as a spring and it has an eternal source, and because it is a spring it will be forever cleansing us that His Kingdom will be pure. Malachi 3:3 also speaks of a cleansing the Lord will do to His ministry for His Kingdom "and He shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver…"
Romans 13:1 "Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers....Whosoever resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God….For rulers are not a terror to good works but to the evil….For he is the minister of God to thee for good…" These words were not written to strangers but to God's people letting them know we are not exempt from the law and we must comply.
Feel free to contact me. Your brother in Christ, Ray Hoffmann [phone – email]
PS. There is an enclosed page giving some information on pedophile