Chantel Ferraro uploaded a video to James MacDonald on YouTube yesterday. This former Harvest Bible Chapel member speaks her mind and expresses her disappointment that MacDonald didn’t do the right thing. My hope is that the former Harvest community will come beside Chantel and Mike Ferraro and their family and love them.
“Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke.”
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
John 13:34-35 NLT
On February 13, 2019 Chantel Ferraro uploaded a message to James MacDonald. Its a plea that she does in her name. Chantel has a photography business in the Chicago area that she runs with her husband Mike. You can read more about her business here. In her video she speaks to James MacDonald. She wants him to understand the pain and trauma. And she is disappointed because James MacDonald did not come forward and practice what he preached. Chantel speaks as a mother of three children who is cynical of church because of situations like the Harvest Bible Chapel scandal. Her video is moving and I would encourage all people connected to Harvest Bible either now or at one point to watch it. You can use this post to encourage her and leave feedback.
Chantel, I want to direct this final paragraph to you. You are a brave person with a deep and loving heart. You spoke out in person, I know what that is like as I do this blog in my name. You have my deepest respect and I write about situations like this because of people like yourself. I want you to find peace and for your children to not experience what you or others have. This blog was born out of psychological pain and trauma from a leader in a church plant of Sovereign Grace Ministries (now Acts 29) in the Washington, D.C. area. Your video resonated with me because I understand what it is like to be abused by a questionable ministry. Its dark, confusing, difficult and painful. My hope is that you will one day soar and that this pain will be but a distant memory. That you will have a new morning and feel the dew and the sun upon your face one day. If you ever make it to the Washington, D.C. area lunch or coffee is on me.