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||Letter for Linda
||Tue, 4 May 2004 21:43:07 -0500
This is a copy of the letter that has been sent by FEDEX to
you. While you may not understand now, someday you will realize
that we are truly desirous of returning you to your home and
ministry because we care about you. I plan to go to 3ABN tomorrow
and will be available to talk with you if you have questions
May, 4, 2004
Walter Thompson MD
Chairman of 3ABN Board of Directors
174 Foxborough Place
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
Three Angel's Broadcasting Network
PO Box 220
West Frankfort, IL 62896
A committee representing the 3ABN board of directors has been
selected and has met for the purpose of evaluating the present
problem at 3ABN relating to your relationship to Danny and to
the ministry of 3ABN - and seeking a resolution acceptable to
all parties involved. This letter is intended to represent the
will of the board.
Let me begin by expressing our gratitude to you for the part
you have played at 3ABN for the past nearly twenty years. You
have been an important part of the ministry from the beginning
– a fact appreciated by us all. Accordingly, this letter is not
written with the intent to destroy your home or your part in
the ministry, but rather to rehabilitate and restore.
In accordance with this intent, we are offering the following
proposal to you. We believe it has the potential of accomplishing
the desired objectives, i.e., to save both your home and a place
for you in this ministry. It would do so without making the details
of this matter known to the full board or others.
Nor is this letter expressing an opinion regarding the nature
of your relationship with Dr. Abrahamson. Whether or not this
relationship has been immoral or not is not the issue of this
document. The facts are that the relationship and your refusal
to discontinue it in spite of repeated requests by Danny and
our requests, has damaged both your family and 3ABN – a reality
we must deal with in wisdom, love and compassion – but deal with,
We are offering you a 30 day leave of absence with pay and
full benefits - to begin at the time of receipt of this letter.
During this time the following conditions must be met.
You will be relieved of all duties at 3ABN and will not appear
at 3ABN other than to obtain items from your immediate office
upon personal request from me. You will arrange to leave Southern
Illinois at 3ABN expense for the duration. Both you and 3ABN
need time to cool off.
You will agree in writing to cease all communication with
Dr. Abrahamson, whether direct or indirect, whether by e-mail,
telephone, letter or any other, or through Johann or any other
third party. We are designating a period of 30 days, but with
the intent this must be a life-long decision.
During this time you will not discuss the issues related to
your relationship with 3ABN with anyone other than your immediate
family, your professional counselors or representatives or members
of the board of directors.
Since this time is recommended as a time for reflection and
serious rehabilitation we are requesting that you arrange to
receive professional help relating to the issues at hand. We
are recommending Ron and Nancy Rocky to you. They have agreed
to open their home to you and to give you personal help in dealing
with the issues at the center of the present problems. It will
be private and protected from the public eye such that neither
your image nor reputation ought be damaged. Should you choose
different professional help, it must be acceptable to this committee.
At the end of 30 days we will reassess the situation and make
further recommendations as indicated.
The issues in this proposal are not negotiable. Should they
be unacceptable to you – we hope sincerely they will be acceptable
– we will proceed promptly with further investigation of the
facts regarding the matter at hand. In that case we will need
a list of witnesses you would like us to hear. We will offer
Danny the same opportunity. Once we have had opportunity to hear
the evidence, we will be in a better position to make recommendations
to the full board based upon that evidence. Based on the facts
we already know, however, we think pursuing such a course would
make any future role for you at 3ABN unlikely.
That is why, Linda, we are pleading with you to accept this
proposal for healing and restoration. This is God's ministry.
He has chosen you to be a part of it. We want you to continue
to be a part of it. But in order for that to happen really important
things must change.
Walter Thompson MD
Chairman of the Board of Directors, 3ABN
Committee members include Nicholas P. Miller, Bill Hulsey and
Kay Kuzma (by invitation)
Your signature here will confirm your agreement with this
proposal. Please sign and return copy within 24 hours of receipt
of this letter.
Linda Shelton __________________________________________________________.