We are raising much needed funds to support Brett through on going legal battles while seeking truth and justice that he deserves 50 years after being sexually abused by PASTOR Frank Houston of Hillsong Church , being diagnosed with cancer and now recovering from chemotherapy and stem cell transplants. His fight can never stop.
Brett Sengstock is an extrordinary person. He is a survivor and a fighter. When Brett was seven years old his Christian family had a Pastor from New Zealand come and stay with them in there home in Coogee while he ministerd at different churches.
This Pastor was Frank Houston self confessed pedophile and founder of Hillsong church . Father of Brian Houston now head pastor of Hillsong global mega church .
In the week Frank Houston stayed at Brett Sengstocks house he would come into his room and sexualy abuse him and smother him until he would go in and out of consciousness. This happened several times in this particular week. The abuse went on for many years at many different places at any given opportunity .
He told Brett as a child it's our secret. Nobody will believe you if you tell. You are my golden boy. It's just sickening.
When Brett was in his late 30's the truth was exposed by his mother at a church meeting. In doing this the abuse perpetrated by Frank Houston who at that time was a pastor in Hillsong church was finally exposed.
He started to call Brett. Can you imagine the man who raped you and molested you when you were a child actually called you? This re traumastised Brett all over again .
Frank Houston wanted to pay off Brett for forgiveness and his silence. He gave Brett $12000 for his silence. This money was organised by the Houston family.
In 2014 Brett attended the Royal Commission into institutional child sexual abuse. He was AHA case study 18. It was a long , stessfull and heart breaking week for Brett. He was being traumatized all over again. He was teated like he had done something wrong. Like he was a trouble maker by the Australian Christian churches and Brian Houston of Hillsong church.
Brett stood his ground and he told the truth. He was strong and brave to talk about this so publicly for the very first time. We commend him for his bravery. It was a David and goliath battle.
The findings from case study 18 were that Brian Houston be investigated for concealing his father's pedophilia. This investigation is ongoing to this day. We pray that Brett Sengstock gets the justice he deserves as a human being and that little 7 year old boy who he says was murdered that very first night that Frank Houston raped him in his bedroom in his family home.
In May 2017 3 months after Brett married his long time partner Lisa he was diagnosed with lymphoma. Our whole world fell apart. By December 2017 Brett was stage 4 and in organ failure before they finally diagnosed the cancer. It was Periferal T cell lymphoma. A very rare lymphoma and very chemotherapy resistant. He only had weeks to live.
They thought the first chemo would kill him.He started chemo on the 28th December and miraculously through the grace of God started to recover. In this time we were going through a civil case against the Australian Christian churches and the AOG New Zealand.This included Brian Houston as he was the president of the AOG now the ACC at the time the abuse was exposed in 1999. It was a very hard and stressful time for us. The churches even though they knew that Brett was very ill went even harder on him.
Brett went into remission for only 8 weeks then relapsed. He had to endure another gruelling cycle of chemotherapy and then we were put in a position to cease our case against these 2 organisations after 2 and a half years of preparation as they were going to fight Brett in court and we would lose everything. They were ruthless. It made Brett feel defeated and like he didn't matter. They made no offer of compensation only to fight us harder through many years of court.
Again Brett relapsed. The stress was too much.
In December 2018 Brett was prepared for stem cell transplants. It was a 20% chance that it would kill every cancer in his body. It's like a factory reset. They harvested his own stem cells from his blood over 4 gruelling hours.
Just before Christmas Brett went into hospital for up to 21 days for the stem cell transplants. It was 6 days straight of horrendous chemotherapy to kill every cell in the body and until the marrow does not produce any cells at all. You have no immunity, vomiting, nausea, dioreah, lethargic, can't eat. It's literally killing you.
On the 7 th day you get your stem cell transplants. They go back into your bone marrow to make it work again and start to produce all your red, white and platelet cells. It has been a long, long recovery. Very sick and weak for a long time. It was horrendous.
But Brett being the fighter that he is came through very well. His doctors are amazed at his recovery. He has now been in remission for 6 months.
In November 2018 Brett did an interview with Liz Hayes on 60 minutes. Brett wanted to tell the world his story the truth about the molestation and cover up of Frank Houston's abuse. He wanted to expose the disgusting truth. The lies and the men who covered it up so Frank was never held accountable for his crimes.
Brett was going through chemotherapy whilst filming this interview and he was very sick but was determined to get the truth out about what was really going on.
We had some very good news in finding out that the ivestigation was back on. Hopefully Brett will get the justice he deserves. God willing the people involved will pay for the way they treated Brett in such an un-Christian manner. Survivors of sexual abuse are not to blame, it's not their fault and do not need to be ashamed.
The perpetrators and the people who concealed these crimes should be ashamed and held accountable . They should ask themselves what if it was their child? We have to ask why Scott Morrison was onstage with Mr Houston at the Hillsong conference only weeks ago when he knows that Mr Houston is being investigated for the second time for concealing these crimes of his father?
Through these times it has been a huge finacial struggle for Brett. I'm sure the others mentioned in this story don't struggle finacialy? Brett should rightfully compensated for these crimes.
Brett needs finances to fight these Goliaths and to help in his recovery back to optimal health.
Brett isn't going away. He is here to fight the fight.
Please help Brett in his fight, his fight for justice. It's truly a David and Goliath battle.
If you would like to help Brett please donate to this important cause. Thank you and God bless all that help.