My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Clay McLean Ministries, Inc., Longview, TX, USA
Dear Don, I was simply astonished by your review of Clay McLean and have great difficulty reconciling it with the Clay I have known off and on since 1989. I met Clay in England over twenty years ago at a ministry conference and had a great conversation with him into the wee hours of the morning as he was jet lagged. I was encouraged by his ministry over several days both in music and prayer at that time.
I moved to America and discovered Clay lived less than a couple of hours away from where I currently reside and six years ago reconnected with his Ministry. He and his wife Mary are one of the most precious, real and genuine couples I have ever met and they have been used by God to heal me and restore my marriage which I had all but destroyed.
I can only testify to my experience, my wife's and to those of whom I now consider dear friends, those who repeatedly attend Mary and Clay's annual conference and various retreats, all travelling 1,000's of miles to do so.
I do fully understand the sort of spiritual abuse that can drive one to take desperate measures, having experienced this at first hand, but let me ask you this; just after a single session you were almost driven to suicide? In just one session you felt a level of danger so great you potentially feared for your life (based on an old anecdote from a dear friend and mentor of Clay's)? Did you report your fears and concerns to local constabulary at that time (and if not, why not?)? What exactly did Clay project on to your psyche that was so unbelievable and so damaging that has caused you to vent so vehemently, in this obscure part of the internet, some fourteen odd years later?
It takes two to tango and your lack of objectivity towards Clay, the vagary in your testimony and ultimately fear and anger at that time may have clouded your personal recollection of the event. Although I don't speak for Clay I have heard him speak honestly and ruthlessly regarding his personal faults and failures and he does not paint a pretty picture of himself. This is neither showmanship nor affected piety but allows me (and others) to see the Grace and Mercy of an Almighty God at work in a broken man and desire that for myself.
Don. Clay has reached out to you desiring reconciliation and atonement. When he says his "heart is broken at the thought" (he) "caused you such sorrow" please believe me, his heart is truly broken. Knowing Clay, I know he hurts because you hurt and wants only the very best for you and your life. Please accept his humble apology, reach back out to him and allow him to make amends. It is the only right thing to do.
With kind regards,
Eamonn in SC
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