A few weeks ago we informed you about the creation of Freedom Ministries as a result of the fact that Andy Valdez had been disciplined and excommunicated from VOD due to his unwillingness to address the moral and corporate implications of the information put into the public domain by Dialogue Ireland in 2012 and followed by the comprehensive documentary from Prime Time in 2013.
This suggests that funds are draining as they no longer have a group of vulnerable people to fund raise nor does the public have the stomach to have anything to do with them. Unfortunately, the public will not be able to distinguish between VO or FM. Also the legal status of Valdez and his cohort is unclear for the moment. As we reported Urban Outreach company has been struck off and the question is who is in charge of the company which was formed as a vehicle for VOD now that Valdez has been dismissed?
Dialogue Ireland is engaged in a process to clarify this issue and to see if VOD has a future in Ireland and whether the task of rooting out the corruption and giving support to those who are in leadership and involved on the ground will be successful. There will be a tendency to just plow on without getting proper psychological, spiritual and theological support. Also the situation is complicated by intermarriage between all the participants in this dispute. So it is not only a family systems problem, but an issue of recovery and the proper understanding of addiction. Drug addiction can easily be substituted by religious addiction with people being like dry drunks without a proper spiritual core. Influence is not drug related but this section from our mission statement might be helpful.
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