Joshua Mikel Memorial Fund
The Joshua Mikel Memorial Fund was established in memory of a premature infant born and lost to an undisclosed victim of a violent sexual assault. Joshua Mikel died from the fatal condition of Anencephaly. As long as moneys are available, funds will be distributed privately to a victim of childhood sexual abuse or a victim of a violent sexual assault once a year on March 26, the date of birth and death of baby Joshua Mikel. The executors of the funds strongly recommend that the moneys be used for educational, medical, legal, or counseling services, or any other worthy expenses deemed appropriate to the healing process by the executors of the funds and the recipient or guardian(s) of the recipient if under age. If an individual recipient cannot be located, available funds will be directed to the general fund of Go Fish Ministries. The Joshua Mikel Memorial Scholarship Fund will be awarded to a Masters Level Student in the Christian Counseling Program for Children and Adolescents at William Carey College as soon as the minimum funds are available. It is our belief that Christian Counselors can further our efforts to help victims of violence. Scholarship funds in increments of $25-$100 will also be available for the Go Fish Little Fishers camp program for child victims and for the Women’s retreats to be held for adult victims of violence, depending on availability of funds. The summer camp program for child victims will be a 3 day summer camping experience intended for initiating the healing process in victims of childhood sexual abuse and domestic violence. The camp ministry is based on the words of Christ in John 8:32, “The truth will make you free.” Children may be accompanied by an adult guardian, which is highly recommended due to the emotional nature of the camp experience. The Go Fish Women’s Retreats will be a weekend retreat based on the healing aspects of the Christian Scripture. It will include Bible study and reflection, prayer, discussions on sexual and domestic abuses and assaults, times of confession, etc. It is based on several Bible verses and principles, which tells us to “confess our faults one to another and pray for one another that you may be healed”, to “comfort others with the comfort we have been comforted with of God,” and the words of Christ that states “the truth will make you free”. When the darkness of sin is brought into the light it has no power over its victims. The light of Christ overcomes the darkness of this world. *It must be clearly understood by all interested participants that we are not licensed professional counselors, but simply Christian victims comforting other Christian victims. Some of us have degrees in education and counseling, and some are simply lay helpers.
- Church Discipline concerning Sexual Sin of Pastors and Staff (gofishministries.wordpress.com)
- Nine Year Old Murdered and Dismembered (gofishministries.wordpress.com)