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PostPosted: Sat Oct 02, 2010 12:41 am 
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Ornery..well written. I have posted some things on this site as well. My life as an MK was a living hell. NTM needs to look at Via and PNG and all of the countries in which it had schools....all of the countries in which it harbored criminals!


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 02, 2010 7:17 pm 
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Ornery-
Have you received any acknowledgment yet from NTM-Sanford from your many emails to them? Well written email, by the way.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 05, 2010 1:39 pm 
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O. T. your E-MAIL TO EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE IN SANFORD was well written and courteous!

As I meditated on Joel 2:15-19 this morning I couldn’t help but wonder what JEHOVAH might possibly be saying to His people through the prophet in our day… We are taught and teach in the chronological studies of the Bible that: "...our God is All-Powerful...! He could even send it by way of e-mail...! It could possibly read something like this:

15 Blow the trumpet in Sanford, declare a holy fast; call a solemn and sacred assembly. 16 Gather the current leaders of New Tribes Mission worldwide, let those who desire to set the records straight assemble together; bring together the leaders from the executive and field committees around the world to weep! Let there be true confession, repentance and restitution made before the LORD and men. Gather the “children”--those who were hurt by the many offences and abuses brought to light on the Fandaeagles.com/forum. 17 Let the spiritual leaders and Bible teachers, who minister before the LORD, weep between the conference room and the chapel! Let them say, Forgive us, dear “children”, because we failed you miserably… We taught you one thing and then lived something else! What must we do to make things right? Let them also say, "Spare us, O LORD! In spite of our great sin show grace and mercy! Do not make your inheritance an object of scorn, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, 'Where is their God?' "And when the records are set straight, 18 then the LORD will be jealous for his Mission and take pity on his people. 19 The LORD will reply to them: "I am sending you grain, new wine and oil, (REVIVAL) enough to satisfy you fully; never again will I make you an object of scorn to the nations!


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 05, 2010 1:44 pm 
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This is the response we have been waiting for! And, all we get...(cricket chirps).


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 5:58 pm 
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Wondering wrote:
CRITICAL DECISION REGARDING FUTURE INVESTIGATIONS

October 12, 2010

by Larry Brown, NTM USA chairman, for the Executive Board

This week, October 12-14, the Executive Board has its normally scheduled Board meetings. We will seek to make some critical decisions and we covet your prayers.

One of those critical decisions is how to handle future abuse investigations. In our last NTM eNews we made a general statement about this to let you know that we are talking about what NTM USA policies will be. Unfortunately, this stirred up a lot of dialogue which led to many false assumptions about NTM doing in-house investigations, controlling the process etc.

We want you to know that we have not concluded on a specific approach yet. We have no desire to do in-house investigations, nor do we plan to control them. Thirteen months ago, we contracted GRACE to investigate the Fanda abuse. Now we are evaluating where to go from here. The Executive Board will be processing this decision and others during this week's board meetings.

The Executive Board wishes to express again that we are committed to address any abuse allegation that is brought to our attention. All will be investigated and the appropriate action will be taken. It's painful to see this ugliness come out, seemingly all at once, but it's a journey that we are committed to walk through with integrity.

Many of you remember the mid 90s when missionaries began expressing how the paternalistic, at times autocratic, legalistic style of leadership within NTM affected them as students and as new missionaries in their ministries. Through that feedback many changes were made; the EC sent out a letter of apology for the culture that this leadership fostered, and many transitions began to take place.

Today we are hearing from those who experienced autocratic, legalistic leadership as children. They are letting us know what it felt like and how it affected them. Tragically, some were abused and had no clear way to defend themselves. Some children felt that they were less valued than the ministry. Others felt that whoever couldn't fit into a tribal work was relegated to a ministry at a school. Some feared that they would be responsible for souls lost if they revealed abuse and thus hindered ministry. These are griefs children should not have to bear and they leave lasting effects.

In some ways, this is a continuation of the feedback from the mid 90s that precipitated the change in NTM that began in 1996. Many of these children, now adults, fear that the NTM of their childhood is the NTM of today. It is not. Many of us have been working hard over the past 15 years to make sure that the changes initiated in 1996 would be on-going and far-reaching.

The crucial question we need to ask ourselves is "How are we doing with those things that God showed us back then?"


* How much are we aligned to functioning in grace as we interact? Have we reached a plateau or are we still receptive to allowing God to grow us deeper in understanding a walk of grace?

* What about child protection? A growing momentum in this area started back in 1996 when policies were established that have helped safeguard our children. Is there more we should be doing?

* What about leadership? Are we leading in grace with respect and appreciation of each team member?


Many of you have expressed that reading about the abuse that took place in NTM is heartbreaking and you feel ashamed. There are more allegations coming out. When are we going to get to the bottom of it?

I encourage you to study the story of Naaman in 2 Kings 5. Naaman had leprosy which is sometimes used in Scripture as a picture of sin. Naaman went to Elisha expecting that during the healing of his leprosy he would be treated with the honor befitting a man of his importance.

He was offended and angry that Elisha didn't even come out to see him but rather sent his servant with instructions for Namaan to wash in the dirty Jordan River seven times. Naaman's angry reaction exposed the pride of his heart. Eventually he went to the river to wash.

Here's the point. In order to wash in the river, there was a need for Naaman to take off his clothes, exposing his leprosy just as sin needs to be exposed so that it can be cleansed. Naaman preferred that Elisha just wave over the place where the leprosy was and have it be healed.

I've asked myself, if God wanted to expose sin in NTM, how would we expect Him to do that? Would He do that in a manner that would make us feel warm and fuzzy? Would He do that in private, concealed from those we're accountable to? Dealing with sin is a heart wrenching, vulnerable and painful experience that demands humility on our part. We certainly feel that today. We're feeling the results of sin that has had such an impact on these former students, on their families and on us.

Here's the encouragement: after Naaman submitted himself to the process of exposure and cleansing. God healed him.

My challenge to you is this: let's keep ourselves in a position where God can complete His work. It's going to take courage, understanding and a commitment to stay the course. God will discipline and teach us in love. Let's not miss those imperative lessons.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 10:14 pm 
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And the story of Naaman would argue for an investigation that results in a public document.
No public document = no public accountability = no progress.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 10:36 pm 
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HAHAHA. sigh


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 10:39 pm 
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ornerythornery wrote:
I ran the Larry Brown 10/12/10 letter through my super-duper, humpty-dumpty Google translating device. It removes B.S. (Bachelor of Science in manure processing) and assorted modern ailments. Here's what the letter says:

"We ain't doin' diddly squat."

Seems to be the long and short of it - sadly.

I appreciate your humor. It's nice to laugh once in a while on a forum like this.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 10:57 pm 
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ornerythornery wrote:
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Let's all stand now as Celine Dion leads us in hymn number 239, "It's All Coming Back to Me Now".

Isn't amnesia a wonderful thing? :lol:


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 11:15 pm 
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Otrnery thornery - after laughing out loud at your lastest comments, I had to show my spouse! Keep it up. I need you! You are relentless and fun at the same time!


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