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Collectively we decided to speak in an era where it was impressed upon us in the name of god to hide our abuses and be silent.
What an insane society that has been built. It is our time now, let’s change it.
This is YOUR platform. It is all of ours. Be welcome.
Our (sexual, physical, emotional, spiritual) abuses occurred at the hands of New Tribes Missionaries in boarding schools around the world and headquartered in Sanford, Florida. What we wanted in speaking out was some humanity, some outrage, some caring. We did all the prep work for them we even had proof.
Turns out they already knew about it and had been covering it up for decades.
We were promised some degree of accountability.
And after so much hope, we wait.
Thanks forum member, advocate and Fanda Eagle THREEWILLOWS for these succinct, accurate and informative cartoons.
We will take levity when we can while not compromising our position. NTM DO THE RIGHT THING.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
I returned to Senegal in 2008 to explore the country of my childhood. While I was there I began hearing stories of sexual abuse at my missionary-run boarding school. This was my first inkling that the sexual abuse that I reported to NTM in 1989 did not happen to me alone.
Bonnie was one of the first MKs I contacted and she too was eager to find out the whole truth. As we began contacting other MKs and asking questions the stories of abuse snowballed. We took our findings to the current NTM Executive Board expecting outrage and sorrow. After several meetings with the EB and other members in leadership positions we realized that NTM did not care to find out what happened, and that they by their actions condoned the abuse in 1989 and still do today. For such a large mission who claimed to be acting in the will of God to have such a stance on pedophilia and physical abuse of children concerned us, to say the least. We feared for other children in NTM schools around the world.
In 2009 I received a letter from a New tribes Mission Executive member in response to our asking him that now that the current board knew of the abuse that happened at Fanda, what the Executive Board was planning on doing about it. He said, in part:
“I have to admit that I’m still not sure of all that you want to see happen and I’m not sure that we will ever be able to met your expectations. I hate what happened to you, but am not sure how to go back 15-20 years ago and take care of all this when most of these perpetrators are not with the mission anymore.“
This blog began as a response to NTMs unwillingness to go back and find out what really happened.
Now many of us use this blog as our voice.
Use the links above to read the documentation dating back to the 80′s proving that NTM knew about the abuse and kept it covered up. Read the stories from other Fanda students, and use the forums to talk about whatever you wish. There have been many many reports from other New Tribes Mission boarding schools that will need to be investigated after Fanda. Let us know about them in the forums and through email.
Words are so inadequate, but those of us behind the fanda eagles blog want to publicly thank GRACE for their tireless hours and months of research required to deliver this stunning report.
We want to encourage all MKs from NTM who have unresolved abuse issues to contact GRACE at firstname.lastname@example.org.