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Announcement from the New Tribes Mission Executive Board

Dear Kari and Bonnie,

On behalf of the NTM Executive Board I would like to request the note below be posted to the Fandaeagles blog.  Thank you.

Gratefully,

Britt Hemphill

Announcement from the New Tribes Mission Executive Board

In recent months, a number of MK’s have come forward to express anger, frustration, and hurt as a result of abuse which occurred in the NTM Senegal field during the 1980’s & ‘90’s.   Though NTM has taken some steps in the past to address some of these complaints, the responses were too little, too late.  NTM acknowledges its failure to satisfactorily respond to the disclosures of this awful abuse.  The current leadership of NTM has unanimously determined that this issue must finally be addressed in a comprehensive manner which serves those who were abused and ultimately serves our Lord and Savior.
Though NTM desires to demonstrate authentic repentance and service to those who have been affected by this grave sin, it needs much guidance and counsel in how this is to be best accomplished.    Therefore, NTM has sought the guidance of GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment) to insure that it painstakingly responds to this matter with truth, compassion, and completeness.   GRACE is an organization whose sole purpose is to train and equip the Christian community in how to respond to disclosures of child sexual abuse in a manner which serves and honors those who have been abused.   The GRACE board of directors has over 100 years of combined experience advocating for the protection of children.    You can learn more about GRACE and its work at www.netgrace.org <http://www.netgrace.org> .
It is the prayerful desire of NTM that GRACE will be able to work with all parties to bring about authentic healing, restoration, and change.

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Monday, July 27, 2009, 5:40 PM

Hi Kari, Bonnie & Vicki,

As I mentioned the other day, we’ve been checking into using a third party review group and have been corresponding with GRACE (www.netgrace.org) an organization started by Billy Graham’s grandson, Boz Tchividjian. We contacted them about three weeks ago but these things take longer than we expected.

If you check out the website you will see the other directors of this organization, in particular Diane Langberg.  We would have confidence in using GRACE as a third party review group and would appreciate it if you could check them out too.

We want to move ahead with an organization that is acceptable & one made up of professional, qualified people who are well acquainted with abuse issues and will handle these with sensitivity & understanding.  We feel GRACE would be a good choice.

Thanks.

Tibby on behalf of the CPC

Monday, July 27, 2009 8:26 PM

Have you made up your minds about this, Tibby?

Because we were under the impression that you respected our input, and we feel we should really be the ones choosing the third party.

Thanks,

Fanda Eagles

Tuesday, July 28, 2009, 12:33 PM

Thank you for this reply to the CPC’s e-mail.  We obviously want you to be able to support and have confidence in any third-party review group.  Would you be willing to check the GRACE group out before this dialogue continues?  We really believe you can have confidence in their professional abilities, their qualifications and their unbiased perspective.  We look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Tibby

Date: Tuesday, July 28, 2009, 2:36 PM
Tibby,
We have checked out the GRACE group, but we are also looking at a few other groups.  When we decide which group we want to investigate NTM, we will let you know.

Bonnie

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  1. Former NTM’er
    March 29th, 2010 at 03:18 | #1

    @Former MK

    Hey Former MK,

    I believe your sixth point is absolutely essential to our evaluation of NTM as a whole. NTM leadership has put themselves on par with God. The funny thing is, it’s not biblical.
    There is nothing biblically authoritative about a “mission board.” Supposedly, NTM exists to “assist the local church.” But they don’t listen to the local church. They take local church members from the church and then manipulate them into serving their own agenda.
    “we’re not the church . . . but you have to submit to us,” are common arguments I’ve heard within NTM. Then they manipulate you through mind control and try to tell you, “you have a heart problem,” if you won’t submit to them.
    These tendencies, to me, are signs of a cult . . . and cults tend to hide their serious screw ups . . . especially when they cover up serious sins, and offenses.
    If doubt is cast upon their character, how else can they control the masses?

  2. Shary Hauber
    December 13th, 2009 at 13:56 | #2

    I wish GRACE would give an up date on this site. Everyday that nothing happens more children are abused.

  3. Elijah III
    September 30th, 2009 at 07:59 | #3

    It breaks one’s heart to imagine that the place where just a few decades ago so many of us who were challenged to give our all “to reach the unreached tribes until the last one has been reached”, and sat under the sound teaching of the Word of God daily in Bible school and “Boot Camp”, has seemed to have lost sight of and forgotten the basic teachings on servant-hood and brokenness.
    Vividly Scripture passages such as, 1 John, seem to jump out at us as if we had been taught them just yesterday: ”If we say we abide in Him we are to walk as He walked…”!!! The Bible goes on to teach us that even though Jesus our Lord was equal with God the Father, He gladly let that position go. Jesus, our King, was willing to relinquish His position, His glory, to be made of no reputation, to empty Himself and say farewell to all that He was entitled to, in order to take the position of a slave and be broken for you and me!
    To walk as Christ walked means too, that I will take up my cross, as He did, and die daily for Jesus’ sake to be just like Him!!! It means to plant a seed in the ground and “die” to my self-will, my self-effort, and my self-glory, so that I may be revived and truly live a life of meaning for eternity. But not only that…the apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians 4:12 “…so then death works in us, but life in you…” Wow! Did you catch that? In life, in perils, in hardships, in ministry, the same principle that impelled our Lord Jesus, that is, to set aside all that he had in Glory, to satisfy the demands of a holy and righteous God, must be active and functioning in my life or everything will be meaningless, hypocritical and a sham! The death/life principle that brought salvation to humanity must be active in my life, and that requires of me to become a broken servant of Jehovah, just like my Jesus!
    This principle has many daily applications…but in keeping focused to the present situation it must work something like this: In order for the Fanda Eagles to truly begin to “live” and experience freedom from the past hurts and offenses, some/someone must “die”. In order that “…the Life of Jesus might be manifest in…” the body of Christ…in NTM… in any situation… and to be in right standing with God it is necessary for one to take the humbling path of confession and restitution. We must remember and have the same attitude of Jesus who…” made Himself of no reputation” and “humbled Himself…unto death, even the death of the cross.” When the head is bowed and one is ready to accept the shame of exposure, this is servant-hood; this is brokenness; this is walking in the footsteps of JESUS!!!

  4. anon phenom
    August 9th, 2009 at 17:54 | #4

    It saddens me to read NTM’s response; one seemingly sturdy with the same kind of legalese that respects the power of the same legal system NTM is trying to circumvent for its former participants.

    Former MK’s fourth point shakes me to the core. These responses are pitifully lacking the kind of anger to root out sin, whether alleged or actual, and is not sufficient or acceptable.

    Grace and mercy are truly with you, victims, if you can be this strong and patient with something that reads, to this outsider anyway, like utter obfuscation of justice and truth.

  5. Shary Hauber
    August 8th, 2009 at 19:50 | #5

    The anger expressed is against the sin the NTM is continuing to commit. I would say much of the anger expressed in because of reverence for God and His hatred of sin. Also fear of what will happen to NTM if they don’t repent. Gal. 4:11 I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you. I pray that all the good work done by those following Christ in many countries with NTM will not be undone by those who refuse to confess their sin.

    This is about bring down the power of sin in people’s lives. NTM is doing a great harm in misleading the abusers to think what they are doing in OK by just asking them to say sorry. The abusers need to be held accountable so they will seek true repentance.

    Because of the sinful nature of man we need to keep this subject very much in people’s minds. So we can help those who are molested then they will know what happened to them is wrong and they are not alone or to blame.

  6. Laura Stirling
    August 8th, 2009 at 13:32 | #6

    very well said, anon – adult MK

  7. Anon. – Adult MK
    August 8th, 2009 at 13:22 | #7

    ‘It seems there are a number of people on this blog who would like nothing more than to see NTM destroyed, but that will not make things right. God said “Vengeance is mine, I will repay.” ‘

    NTM is a unique mission in its purpose and has been effective in reaching many tribal groups. I for one , and many others, do NOT wish to see NTM destroyed. If I wanted to, I could have many years ago. God WILL repay, and I must make sure I do not pass along the same mentality and abuse to my children. If I do , then I will be held accountable before God.

    If NTM is damaged through this, it will be due to the inaction of the mission’s leadership (then and now) not dealing with the immorality, sexual and physical abuse, and the sin of pursuit of power and position in the ranks– not the many MK’s trying to piece their lives back together.

  8. August 8th, 2009 at 10:50 | #8

    Sin is what destroys the work of God not dealing with sin. When do we ever see in the Bible an example of dealing with sin as being harmful to God’s work. It is always when Christians don’t deal with sin that God’s work suffers. Oh and why is it that God’s work suffers when we sin and don’t deal with it? It is because of God’s chastening hand. In the Old Testiment it was God who brought calamity on His children because they did not repent of the evil of their ways. Instead of spending our time wringing our hands and worrying about the calamity that might come we should be praying that God’s people repent of the evil that is in our midst. If there are severe consequences in the Chistian community it will be at the hands of God for not dealing with this sin. If that does not sound Biblical to you then go to Rev. 2&3 and the messages that Jesus gave to the churches. He said to a number of them to repent or He would come and remove their light or ministry. None of the precious children who were abused by professing Christians want to see God’s work hindered, it is just the opposite, we are convinced that God will not bless our efforts unless this is dealt with. We know that there are many wonderful missionaries in ntm and other mission agencies that love the Lord and want to serve Him. The sooner we as Christians come together in a united effort to address this sin the better. It is never wrong to do what is right and it is never right to do what is wrong. http://speakingtruthinlove.org

  9. A Fanda Eagles Supporter
    August 8th, 2009 at 06:44 | #9

    Dear NTM Executive Board and CPC members,

    You wanted this statement to be posted!?! Are you not ashamed? What are you made of? Why didn’t you request that the Eagles NOT post it?

    “In recent months, a number of MK’s have come forward to express anger, frustration, and hurt as a result of abuse which occurred in the NTM Senegal field during the 1980′s & ’90’s.”

    Did this sort of thing only happen in Senegal? Why are they trying to limit it to “the NTM Senegal field”? B.H. worked in PNG. Is he aware of a single case where NTM discouraged outraged parents/ relatives from reporting sexual abuse of children to the authorities? How many families has NTM lost from the Philippines over this issue? How about South America?

    Try this: NTM did not come forward to openly and honestly deal with sexual abuse of children on many of their fields, things which have been going on for years. This abdication of responsibility has resulted in countless former MKs and their families suffering needlessly.

    “Though NTM has taken some steps in the past to address some of these complaints, the responses were too little, too late.”

    Try this: NTM has taken many steps in the past to keep this abuse as quiet as possible, to avoid dealing with it and has waited until there were public complaints that could not be ignored before it did almost nothing. NTM has dismissively said that they don’t know what all else they can do to help the victims. NTM has hidden behind the idea of “protecting the Lord’s work” and brought shame and disgrace to His Name in the process.

    “NTM acknowledges its failure to satisfactorily respond to the disclosures of this awful abuse.”

    Try this: NTM acknowledges its failure to satisfactorily respond to the disclosures of this awful abuse when it occurred as well as since. It is ashamed that it waited until the victims came forward to even show any concern, all the while masquerading as the “shepherds” of thousands of missionaries around the world, people from whom they demanded respect, arrogantly setting themselves up as God-given leaders.

    “The current leadership of NTM has unanimously determined that this issue must finally be addressed in a comprehensive manner which serves those who were abused and ultimately serves our Lord and Savior.”

    It is proper that NTM wants to address things in a manner that serves those who were abused; that is the least they can do, and they have a reputation for always doing the least they can do. What about those who covered it up? What about those who knew about those who covered it up? What about a system that encourages – almost requires – cover ups?

    “Current leadership”! As if to distance themselves from the past. Where were the “current leadership” when these things were done?

    Try this: All members of the current leadership of NTM who were aware of sexual abuse of children in the past and did nothing, even if they were not leaders at that time, will resign or take other action commensurate with their failures, showing by their actions their acceptance of responsibility. None who were leaders will remain in any leadership position, or ever accept one in NTM again. They accept that they have been traitors to the people they pretended to shepherd, that they were complicit in the abuse of MKs and they have forfeited any claim to trust.

    It is more than a little disingenuous for NTM to refer only to Senegal. I had a FB friend who is in NTM (who has since unfriended me) who didn’t even realize I wasn’t in NTM anymore. He sent me a few messages on FB. Here are some excepts. As you read, please bear in mind that he is on YOUR side!

    #1
    Curious as to how you came across the links on the NTM Abuse. Have you ever been in one of Scott Ross’ sessions at Refresher Course on abuse? The cases against NTM are MANY!! And sadly the majority of them are documented as being “true.” We went through it here on our field and we lost a lot of families over it.

    #2
    We didn’t know specifically about the abuse in Senegal, but we knew about what happened here in the Philippines and when we sat in the session on abuse at Refresher Course, we found out about the MANY cases [I don't think he means law suits; I think he means accusations or allegations of sexual abuse of children] that had been brought against NTM because of abuse over the years. It is not a new problem, it is just that the mission has gotten “wise” in knowing they have to handle it and deal with it in more recent years.

    #3
    Believe me when we say that we understand everything that is being said in this blog. We are outraged and we are not quiet, but we are not bitter and we are not wanting revenge.

    I’m not saying anyone on this blog is but we also do not believe that putting our problems out there for the world to see is Biblical. We know that the enemy of our souls is out to destroy what God is doing and he will use anything he can get his hands on to do just that.

    It seems there are a number of people on this blog who would like nothing more than to see NTM destroyed, but that will not make things right. God said “Vengeance is mine, I will repay.”

    NTM is a man made organization with all the problems that comes with that. Is NTM wrong in this? No doubt, but we also see those on this blog not following Biblical principles.

    As I said, we are not quiet – but the world and its system will not have the chance to hear what we are saying to our own leadership. Paul spoke against this very thing to the church in Corinth and we in turn have taught this principle to the tribal church. I cannot go against what we have taught them here.
    /End of email excerpts/

    The arrogance, the pride and the abuse that has characterized NTM for decades has always been overlooked because of the fine work that so many good people in your organization are doing. It is past time to stop hiding behind the fear of “harming God’s work.”

    How dare any of your people say that the people on this blog are not following biblical principles! There is exactly no relation between believers in a local church and NTM and its employees. None!

    Even in a local church situation, there comes a time when sin is exposed to the world. It is not “christian” to keep it covered up! Shame on such horrible theology. NTM has no more claim to being preserved than AIG; it is, as your missionary admits, a man made organization. It is not divinely mandated; it has pretended to be for too long.

    You have escaped scrutiny because victims were embarrassed, ashamed or otherwise reluctant to come forward. Others have been shamed out of coming forward, lest the Lord’s work be hindered. This has gone on for too long – a day would be too long! – and I am glad the Eagles have come forward. Now, it is time for NTM to come forward and quit the “damage control” and begin some real openness, real transparency.

  10. Bonnie
    August 8th, 2009 at 06:26 | #10

    Adult MK,

    Wow. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I hope that through this blog, NTM will begin to see the deep and ugly cancer that is within their mission.
    I hope for your sake, and for the sake of any and all abused mk’s, that NTM will finally do the right thing.

  11. Anon. – Adult MK
    August 8th, 2009 at 04:23 | #11

    Even though I am recovering from the abuse from the past at the NTM boarding school (different field than Senegal) and have reached a healthy state in my life, it has been difficult coming here to read the comments and to relive the pain and rejection of 20+ years ago, even though I have gone to see qualified counselling.
    Beatings (til we were black), being called names, and molesting (by the adults) occurred at the school where I and my siblings went, and I remember wondering , as a child, why the other adults around did not see what was happening. No one stepped in to protect us or reach out to us. (as an educator now, I would be held legally accountable if I knew abuse was occurring to a student and did nothing).
    I did almost commit suicide in 5th grade, but I believe God stepped in and stopped me. If I had, my siblings would have been alone. We were thrown aside for the “higher calling”.
    Again, it has taken me years to understand who my God really is — He is not the god I grew up with.
    I do believe that God appointed the parents to watch over their children, according to what He says in the Bible, but I have also believe that my parents were “brainwashed” into trusting the NTM EC and FC without question. They also believed that they were on a higher plane that other Christians who were not missionaries, and they would receive a greater award in heaven. I am now sad and sickened that their thinking was changed into placing NTM on the same level with God, thus resulting in the lack of parental protection.

    I say all that only to make the point that TRUTH always comes out. NTM has had a history of hidding various sins (from the field where I grew up), and my hope is that the EC will decide NOW to do what is right. I do believe that there is fear, since they knew exactly what happened in Senegal and I believe they knew the same things happened in other mission schools around the world.
    It seems that prosecution for the Fanda perps will be challenging, since there may not be physical evidence, ie pictures, video tapes, written confession by perp. etc.. (although the collaboration in victims’ stories will help) but I can only speak from an educator’s perspective, not from a lawyer’s perspective.

    It has been difficult for me to share my very private story (only 3 others knew before), I am now a stranger to the person I was growing up. People who knew me then on the field, would not know me now, and its only by God’s grace.

    Again, NTM EC, the truth always comes out, whether we want it to or not.

  12. Gene Long
    August 8th, 2009 at 02:21 | #12

    Former MK makes some good observations. I would, however, like to comment on this statement: “In addition, while NTM may have a duty to report certain crimes that happen in certain locations in certain situations, …”

    NTM should report these crimes regardless of legal obligation to do so. But, has NTM ever reported a case of sexual abuse of children in a foreign country? According to their own manual for dealing with these crimes, they are not worried about how hard it is to prosecute these crimes overseas. They are worried about what might happen to the guilty parties!

    The parents of these kids, besides being traumatized themselves by what happened, have been conditioned to respond with acquiescence to whatever the leaders in this mission say – a fault that you rightly point out yourself.

  13. August 7th, 2009 at 23:28 | #13

    I am also one who does not believe NTM has handled the situation correctly. I will say, though, that there seems to be some confusion regarding NTM’s legal duties and the ability to prosecute. Namely, NTM can’t prosecute anybody. It is the legal authorities that prosecute crimes. In addition, while NTM may have a duty to report certain crimes that happen in certain locations in certain situations, can somebody please point to a U.S. federal or state code section that mandates NTM to report to U.S. authorities crimes that have taken place overseas. Whereas there are laws that may make certain illicit sex acts performed by American’s overseas a crime (see Title 28, Part I, Section 117, subsection ?), note that the relevant subsection that may make that behavior criminal today did not exist in its current form when many of the alleged abuses occurred (i.e. it may NOT have been a U.S. crime at the time). As such, seeking the federal government to prosecute these individuals may have no basis in law. Whether or not they should be reported in the foreign jurisdiction is another story. Perhaps they should be. However, at least in the U.S., the burden of proof is very high in these cases and mere testimonial evidence is rarely sufficient. The chances of proving one of these cases that happened so many years ago beyond a reasonable doubt is almost impossible.

    Now, there would be the possibility of suing NTM in civil court in the U.S. But, to do that you must have a valid cause of action, the court must have jurisdiction, and the plaintiff must have standing, and the statute of limitations must not have expired. The problem with the civil case would be jurisdictional and it may be one of standing. It may be difficult, if not impossible, to have standing in a U.S. civil court where the underlying actions have taken place overseas.

    My point is this, I want justice just as much as anybody else. I personally know of people sexually abused on other fields that have not been mentioned on this site. However, the idea that NTM should “prosecute” these people is a false idea, because NTM can’t prosecute anybody for anything. It’s just not legally possible. Also, for the reasons stated above, there may be no basis for criminal prosecution in the U.S. based on the law as written at the relevant time (for more recent sexual abuse, yes there may be a sufficient basis). But as with the case regarding the Int’l Justice Mission who caught somebody on camera in Cambodia discussing is escapades with minors there, it was still not possible to obtain a conviction in the U.S. Folks, the reality is that it is nearly impossible and has rarely been successful. And, it is up to the authorities, not NTM.

    I don’t know foreign law, but assuming these people could be prosecuted overseas, would the U.S. actually cooperate with the foreign authorities in the case where the perpetrator lived in the U.S? If they still lived overseas, that is another story. Still, burden of proof issues may exist.

    What NTM should do that may result in some utility, is the following: (please let me know if you agree or disagree. I’m just posing some ideas)

    (1) report any criminal acts to the relevant authorities immediately after the occurrence and let the authorities sort out what charges, if any, to bring (in most cases, they probably won’t do anything if things did not occur recently, but that’s not up to NTM). Along with this, REPORT publicly that it has done so.

    (2) Terminate the abuser’s status as an NTM missionary effective immediately. Now, to be realistic, NTM has to be very careful with what they say publicly about the person they are dismissing or they may get sued for defamation. In some states, truth is an affirmative defense that has to be proven (NTM would have to prove that what they said/wrote was true which is very hard to do). In others, falsity must be proven as an element of the cause of action. (i.e. the burden of proof shifts depending on what state you are in). I don’t know for sure, but this is probably why NTM does not go “public” so to speak regarding specific individuals as much as we would like. Nonetheless, NTM could at the very least terminate on employment at will grounds or on the grounds that certain acts have been “alleged” against the person without actually accusing the person of anything.

    (3) Terminate the employment of those who stood idly by. I’m not just talking about leaders here folks. There was a lot of inaction on the part of many. I’m talking about firing some that may not have even been involved at all, but were near enough to the situation that they MAY have been involved. The purpose of these terminations, amongst other things, would be send a message to everybody else, that this type of thing is no longer tolerated in NTM. NTM needs a cleansing, and sometimes you have to throw a few babies out with the bath water – so to speak.

    (4) Apologize to the victims in a manner that conveys sincerity and anger – isn’t that what’s kind of missing from some of NTM’s letters? We need the current leaders to show that they are pissed off about the prior handling of the situation, and then we need them to kick a little ass and clean up shop.

    (5) put policies in place that prevent these things from happening in the first place, not just in how to deal with things after they occur. In an MK setting, we have to get a little creative in finding ways to prevent the occurrence. Let’s start with the parents…PARENTS, YOU NEED TO ASK YOUR KIDS (SPECIFICALLY) WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON IN THEIR DORMS. DIG A LITTLE. AND ALWAYS, ALWAYS GIVE THEM THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT. Sorry for yelling at the parents for a minute, but I think they do bear some responsibility.

    (6) Finally, and maybe most importantly, NTM needs to eliminate this notion that leadership is somehow endowed by the Creator with the ability to discern, in all cases, the will of the Creator. Does that not in some respects put leadership on par with God – if what they say has equal weight to what God says because it is really God speaking through them. Folks, as I said once and for which I received much criticism, it may be “Biblical”, but it is the most dangerous possible teaching that could be possible. Think about every cult, every false religion. How did these get started?

    NTM may need to take few steps backwards, before it can move forward again. Personally, I would change the name of the mission while I was at it. At the very least, it would signify that “NTM” is just a name where in many respects it has taken on much more significance than a name itself should deserve.

  14. anonymous
    August 7th, 2009 at 22:10 | #14

    It is my understanding that NTM did report these crimes to the authorities. From what I have read isn’t that the case?

  15. anonymous
    August 7th, 2009 at 20:39 | #15

    I am someone that was sexually abused when I was much younger. Wow Talk about pain!! I am involved in ministry with NTM overseas. I sure do feel the pain of everyone involved in the past abuses. It sure is important for NTM to clear out those who may or have been involved in abuse that are still in the organization. It is also very important to prosecute (if possible, I am not a lawyer so don’t know how that all works) those who may have committed such abuses. One other thing that is so important though is to realize that NTM is helping to reach those who don’t know the gospel. They are reaching into areas of the world that need to know of our Savior. Yes things may not have been handled as they should have been (I say maybe because I am not on any committees and only hear what is on the sight or from emails). One thing I sure know though is that Satan would love to see the works going on around the world destroyed. The works of God focused people who want to see the good news of Christ come to places that don’t know of our savior. I really respect the desire of everyone to see justice come out and to see NTM remove any traces of abuse from its corridors. I sure want that to and if you asked anyone in NTM if they wanted that I am 100% sure they would say yes. We all just need to keep Christ first in how we deal and talk about this whole thing. I know there is a lot of anger and when I have dreams about my abuse I feel that anger. What would be accomplished though if NTM is destroyed? The enemy would really smile on that. Lets always focus on Christ in our comments and seeking the truth. Don’t stop seeking the truth.

  16. Anonymous
    August 7th, 2009 at 18:23 | #16

    Pastor is prosecuted for not reporting child abuse. NTM is a mandated reporter, and MUST report child abuse, not hire outside people. Yes, you are legally liable.

    http://www.kirksvilledailyexpress.com/news/x1686364280/Grand-Jury-indicted-Rodgerson

  17. Shary Hauber
    August 7th, 2009 at 18:16 | #17

    NTM

    Grace looks like a good site for preventing child abuse and NTM should make all their missionaries take the course.

    BUT that is not the problem here the horse is already out of the barn. It will not help those who have already been abused.

    NTM you should inform the Fanda group who you have reported to authorities and and what authority you have reported them to.

    Most of these MKs have dealt with their problem but you have failed to deal with yours. You are abusing them again by suggesting they need to do something. It is you NTM who needs to do something. The church does not want to support a mission that harbors sex offenders any more than if you harbored al qaeda.

  18. Anonymous
    August 7th, 2009 at 18:02 | #18

    NTM: cute. You are hiring a third party. When do you plan on prosecuting for pedophilia, and reporting the child molester on your staff in the NTM Brazil office?

    It really does not matter whether or not you write an apology or have someone review your organization if you do not follow the law and prosecute.

  19. August 7th, 2009 at 16:29 | #19

    NTM,

    While we are overjoyed at your claims to fully and sufficiently investigate and make restitution, we cannot understand why you imagine we would feel confident in any third party review board chosen by NTM. We feel strongly and in fact were told by the Executive Board that we would collectively agree upon the third party ICI. This did not happen.