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.
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.
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.
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.
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.