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NTM Abuse

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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 info@netgrace.org.

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  1. Shary Hauber
    June 1st, 2016 at 12:17 | #1

    @Janey Thompson
    Only one third of those who were abused as children go on to abuse others. It is true that those who are abusers that 75% of them were abused as children. But don’t ever say that most of the victims will go on to abuse as adults unless they get some kind of help. Most of the victims I know have never gotten counseling and are not abusive.

  2. shari
    May 11th, 2016 at 21:55 | #2

    After the GRACE report came about about Fanda, what has NTM done to address the other abuses that were being revealed? I had heard that they were going to do similar investigations of those places, but not using GRACE. Has NTM done anything? If they’ve done something, is what they’ve done satisfactory to the victims?

    The Pii report just came out regarding the ABWE-Donn Ketchum abuse. As I was reading the report, I came across this..

    —- Details regarding this relationship between ABWE and New Tribes Mission
    are as follows:
    …., Michael Loftis testified that he spoke with representatives of New
    Tribes Mission, stating, “And every one of ‘em said, ‘We only can say one thing to you about G.R.A.C.E. Run. Do not engage these people. Do not allow them to bludgeon you or blackmail you into the corner. That is what they’re doing. … We, we were absolutely
    foolishly in, in the, in the Neanderthal age of, of thinking about, we actually thought we could control the information.’” —-

  3. May 4th, 2016 at 00:08 | #3

    I’m an MK – wasn’t sexually abused but most definitely was spiritually, physically, and emotionally abused. I’m just now figuring out the issues of abandonment and other things … thank you for being brave and putting your story out. I hate that this has ever happened to anyone … I’m also relieved to know I’m not the only one that has issues from my MK background.

  4. Bemused
    March 17th, 2016 at 17:28 | #4

    Janey Thompson :
    This sin/crime is rampant in our world and the abused usually become perpetrators, unless they receive proper counseling prior to acting it out against others.

    As one who was abused, I have not become a perpetrator! I chose not to have children of my own because of the mess that was my childhood. My stand against paedophiles is well documented in the forums and I have actively tracked down offenders both in NTM and out.

    I have found no solace in “the church”, to be blunt very few care. My family have disowned me and actively try and obstruct my efforts to obtain justice.

    Perhaps it would have been an easier path to pretend to be a person of faith and repeat the atrocities that were committed on me. But that would have been the wrong choice and against my conscience.
    Blaming ones’s abusive behaviour on an abusive past is the cowards way out. Not all of us do it, many of us pull ourselves out of the victim mode with the gracious help of kind friends and go on to live happy, settled, productive lives.

  5. Bemused
    March 17th, 2016 at 17:16 | #5


    The answer to question 1) is alas yes. Scott Kennell went to jail for 58 years only 2 years ago. NTM has still to answer what if anything they have done for his victims. His crimes were not historic, they were very recent.

    Question 2) I’m an Agnostic after my childhood in NTM, so quoting scripture to justify things would be an anomally ;)

    Question 3) I think you will find that individual leaders are friendly approachable persons. However corner them and alas some will become threatening (but to be fair not all).
    Also worth noting is NTM is an international organisation and leadership varies in its quality across the international lines (i.e. if you have the misfortune to deal with the Austalian wing, who now call themselves Crossview and deny there past with NTM, you will no doubt get a very hostile responce).

    If my opinion is of any use, there are many good religious and/or humanitarian organisations that could benefit from your expertise. Reseach thoroughly and choose a one that suits your values.


  6. Janey Thompson
    January 14th, 2016 at 08:33 | #6

    This sin/crime is rampant in our world and the abused usually become perpetrators, unless they receive proper counseling prior to acting it out against others. Once a person acts out in this sin/crime it becomes a highly addictive behavior and the statistics show that very few will stop. The only way for this chain of deviant behavior to be broken is for the church to do what we can to put the person in a place where they can never have access to children again (prison). At present this is still a crime in the U.S. If only we will treat it as such. Who knows how long it will be seen as a crime in our increasingly deviant world. The people of God should stand against this sin/crime as it is truly hindering to the spiritual growth of the innocent children.

  7. Shary Hauber
    December 10th, 2015 at 08:03 | #7

    From the MK Safety Net Board we want to congratulate Fanda Eagles for reaching over 6 million hits. Fanda Eagles has been a tendentious advocate not only for NTM MKs but for all MKs abused in the mission setting. Keep up the good work.

    Thanks to ThreeWillows for her cartoons that always hit between the eyes. Also thank you for sharing them on FaceBook MKSafetyNet.

  8. Christian
    October 10th, 2015 at 07:39 | #8

    I’m about to volunteer for NTM at its headquarter, then I learn about this and read the news http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-new-tribes-missionary-sex-scandal-20150616-story.html). I’ve also learnt that NTM has a net revenue of about 5 millions last year (net assets of about 32 millions, see http://ministrywatch.com/profile/new-tribes-mission.aspx), so they can hire people or outsourcing instead of needing volunteers. Questions: 1) Do you think abuse can still easily occur with the current NTM organizational structure? 2) For those of you who still volunteering/associating yourself with NTM, would you like to tell us any biblical reason(s)? 3)What do you think about the current NTM leadership? There are many other Christian organizations and I’m now not having peace to volunteer for NTM.

  9. pam fetterman
    September 30th, 2015 at 02:17 | #9

    I am sick to hear of this. My family went to Bible school and boot camp in the 80′s. We never went furthur. We were booted out for reasons they couldn’t put their finger on. I think maybe God was protecting us? My inlaws went to Brazil and experienced some unloving attitudes. The nationals were great. They appreciated everything. This news is very upsetting

  10. mrsmestiza
    June 30th, 2015 at 12:54 | #10

    I’m feeling nauseous…

    dear fellow MK friends and/or supporters, my heart aches as I continue to silently follow the news. I pray for continued healing…and justice, whatever that may look like for you.

    In the meantime, in case it helps…



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