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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:25 am 
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It will sound really good to people.
Some steps are good---altho too late.
The cover up would have gone on and on and on
If it had not been revealed and challenged.
And what happened to those who challenged?--Both victims and their parents?
It is all documented here.
A long fight.
10 years and much longer.
Did the TV interview elict this apology?
They have REALLY been found out now.
Something had to be said.
To keep support coming in.
What are YOUR answers to Caring's questions?


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:26 am 
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Caring wrote:
If you have been a supporter or NTM/Ethnos360 . . .why not go a little deeper. Find out what bothers you about this. Why you get that funny sick feeling in your stomach. Is it loyalty? Who are you loyal to? Why? Did something like this happen to you? To someone you love? Are you mad because you didn’t get help? How do you think something like this would have affected you, as a child, then as an adolescent . . .would it have led to problems with trust in college? How about in a new marriage? When your children or grandchildren are the age of these survivors? How do you feel about sex now that you’re older compared to when you were younger? Does this change the way you think about Christian leadership in your church?

What is niggling you?


Here they are-----


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:27 am 
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What more has to be done????????


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This letter was sent to supporting churches from Ethnos360.

February 9, 2019

Dear Pastor,

Though this letter is difficult to write, we value your partnership and want you to know of the journey that we have been on since 2009. You may have received previous letters of this nature from us. However, some of you who partner with us may be new, so we want you to be informed.

On February 7th, 2019, NBC’s Today Show and NBC Nightly News reported on allegations of sexual abuse within our organization in Senegal and the Philippines. These allegations were from the 1980s and early 1990s. It was gut wrenching to see the five women share their
experiences. This abuse has been investigated several times. Nevertheless, it is always heartbreaking to hear their stories. We continue to pray for our MKs who experienced abuse.

Here is a bit of background. I was appointed Chairman of the NTM USA Board in 2006. Three years later, two women (adult missionary children from Senegal) came forward sharing their stories of alleged abuse in the 1980s. Their stories had previously been investigated, and action was taken in 1990 and reinvestigated in 1997. However, there were still questions regarding how comprehensive and independent those investigations were. The NTM USA Board then decided to commission GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment) to conduct an independent investigation of the school in Senegal, Africa. GRACE conducted interviews with many former MKs from that school. On August 23rd, 2010, GRACE released a report recommending how we should deal with former or present NTM USA personnel. This included those whom GRACE found had either committed abuse or exercised deficient leadership.

GRACE then issued an amended report on September 8, 2010; an evaluation of our Child Protection Manual on November 11, 2010, which they said was very well done; and a final supplemental report on January 4, 2011.

Once the reports were complete, the NTM USA Board:

• implemented disciplinary actions recommended in the GRACE report(s).

• opened up a mediation process with the former MKs at the Senegal school.

• contracted a Christian organizational leadership professor to help us assess our
organizational leadership climate, starting in the USA.
• established a communication link accessible to any MKs who wished to ask specific
questions or make contact with Ethnos360.

• established a perpetual fund to assist with MK counseling expenses.
• adjusted our Child Protection Policies and Procedures to reflect GRACE’s
recommendations.
• implemented mandatory, recurring child safety training for all members.

We continue with third-party investigations of other ministry fields. We contracted a highly qualified and respected attorney, Theresa Sidebotham of Telios Law, to oversee these investigations. Information on that progress is at http://www.ihart.care.

With respect to the NBC story, we feel it’s necessary to communicate some other points that we believe were missed in the news reports. These cases were investigated, and we took action on the abuse in Africa starting in 1990 and in the Philippines in 1993. The men were dismissed and were reported to the authorities multiple times over the years. The news report stated that law enforcement did not find record of our reports. In 2010, I personally, along with another member of our Executive Board, traveled to Williamson, Georgia, to report David Brooks again. We reported him to his pastor and to the sheriff’s department. These men were both reported to abuse hotlines and Homeland Security. In addition, the Philippines case was reported to the FBI.

We want to assure you that we remain determined to walk in integrity. We trust the Lord for wisdom to do what is right. This has been our desire since the first investigations into these situations. We have not taken the posture of defensiveness or self-preservation. We believe the sins of the past should be addressed, and we applaud the bravery of these women to stand up for justice. We too desire to see perpetrators behind bars and have worked to that end. We share in their frustration that prosecution has not happened.

Please join with us as we pray for our MKs. We covet your prayers for our leadership team also. If you have any questions, we welcome you to contact us at personnel-usa@ntm.org. More information on our current child safety policies is available at www.ethnos360.org/about/child- safety.

In closing, thank you so much for your ministry and for allowing us to partner with you and your missionaries in taking the Gospel to unreached people groups.

Respectfully,
Larry M Brown
CEO
Ethnos360


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threewillows wrote:
This letter was sent to supporting churches from Ethnos360.

February 9, 2019

Dear Pastor,

Though this letter is difficult to write, we value your partnership and want you to know of the journey that we have been on since 2009. You may have received previous letters of this nature from us. However, some of you who partner with us may be new, so we want you to be informed.

On February 7th, 2019, NBC’s Today Show and NBC Nightly News reported on allegations of sexual abuse within our organization in Senegal and the Philippines. These allegations were from the 1980s and early 1990s. It was gut wrenching to see the five women share their
experiences. This abuse has been investigated several times. Nevertheless, it is always heartbreaking to hear their stories. We continue to pray for our MKs who experienced abuse.

Here is a bit of background. I was appointed Chairman of the NTM USA Board in 2006. Three years later, two women (adult missionary children from Senegal) came forward sharing their stories of alleged abuse in the 1980s. Their stories had previously been investigated, and action was taken in 1990 and reinvestigated in 1997. However, there were still questions regarding how comprehensive and independent those investigations were. The NTM USA Board then decided to commission GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment) to conduct an independent investigation of the school in Senegal, Africa. GRACE conducted interviews with many former MKs from that school. On August 23rd, 2010, GRACE released a report recommending how we should deal with former or present NTM USA personnel. This included those whom GRACE found had either committed abuse or exercised deficient leadership.

GRACE then issued an amended report on September 8, 2010; an evaluation of our Child Protection Manual on November 11, 2010, which they said was very well done; and a final supplemental report on January 4, 2011.

Once the reports were complete, the NTM USA Board:

• implemented disciplinary actions recommended in the GRACE report(s).

• opened up a mediation process with the former MKs at the Senegal school.

• contracted a Christian organizational leadership professor to help us assess our
organizational leadership climate, starting in the USA.
• established a communication link accessible to any MKs who wished to ask specific
questions or make contact with Ethnos360.

• established a perpetual fund to assist with MK counseling expenses.
• adjusted our Child Protection Policies and Procedures to reflect GRACE’s
recommendations.
• implemented mandatory, recurring child safety training for all members.

We continue with third-party investigations of other ministry fields. We contracted a highly qualified and respected attorney, Theresa Sidebotham of Telios Law, to oversee these investigations. Information on that progress is at http://www.ihart.care.

With respect to the NBC story, we feel it’s necessary to communicate some other points that we believe were missed in the news reports. These cases were investigated, and we took action on the abuse in Africa starting in 1990 and in the Philippines in 1993. The men were dismissed and were reported to the authorities multiple times over the years. The news report stated that law enforcement did not find record of our reports. In 2010, I personally, along with another member of our Executive Board, traveled to Williamson, Georgia, to report David Brooks again. We reported him to his pastor and to the sheriff’s department. These men were both reported to abuse hotlines and Homeland Security. In addition, the Philippines case was reported to the FBI.

We want to assure you that we remain determined to walk in integrity. We trust the Lord for wisdom to do what is right. This has been our desire since the first investigations into these situations. We have not taken the posture of defensiveness or self-preservation. We believe the sins of the past should be addressed, and we applaud the bravery of these women to stand up for justice. We too desire to see perpetrators behind bars and have worked to that end. We share in their frustration that prosecution has not happened.

Please join with us as we pray for our MKs. We covet your prayers for our leadership team also. If you have any questions, we welcome you to contact us at personnel-usa@ntm.org. More information on our current child safety policies is available at http://www.ethnos360.org/about/child- safety.

In closing, thank you so much for your ministry and for allowing us to partner with you and your missionaries in taking the Gospel to unreached people groups.

Respectfully,
Larry M Brown
CEO
Ethnos360



This is our response:

This letter is in response to the letter dated February 9, 2019 from Larry M Brown, CEO, Ethnos360 (formerly New Tribes Mission) attached herein.

We are a group of NTM missionary kids (MKs) who have been interacting with NTM/Ethnos360 for many years. We have never wavered in what we have requested and to date our requests continue to be denied.

To begin, Ethnos360 continues to use the word allegations. Abuses, not allegations of abuse, have been confirmed numerous times in Ethnos360’s own internal investigations. This has been stated most recently on the Ethnos360 website in response to NBC reporting and public pressure confirming what MKs have been stating for over 30 years. The continued use of the term allegations serves to minimize and invalidate the confirmed abuses suffered by these women and many others. Ethnos360 has identified over 50 abusers by a preponderance of evidence as is the standard followed by their internal investigations.

The decision to hire GRACE came amidst pressure from MKs from Senegal and was not initiated solely by Ethnos360. Notwithstanding the GRACE report, the claims of an independent investigation are deceptive both to the public at large and to MKs who participated in these investigations. Ethnos360 has exercised sole control over the subsequent investigations including, but not limited to, who is interviewed, what findings from those interviews are included in any report, the release or privacy of the report, etc. We believe a truly independent investigation releases its findings to all parties simultaneously without prejudice. In addition, Larry Brown was named in a report for ABWE, advising Michael Loftis, ABWE chairman to not use GRACE because of the release of information and the subsequent fallout that would occur.

The findings found in the GRACE report were only released after GRACE made the brave decision to release the report to the NTM victims and to the public simultaneously, precluding NTM the opportunity to vet the findings. The GRACE report uncovered heinous abuse at NTM’s MK school in Fanda, Senegal, and repeated actions taken to cover up this abuse. NTM subsequently refused to use GRACE to investigate any other abuse reports.
NTM then hired Pat Hendrix to head IHART, which was presented as an independent investigative group, when in actuality it was under control of NTM from the beginning. IHART was created to facilitate its internal investigations into the myriad abuse claims they had in their records, and that were continuing to rise to the surface. Ms. Hendrix was eventually fired and replaced with Theresa Sidebotham, an attorney who had a prior relationship with NTM, having been previously presented to MKs as House Counsel for the mission. Ms. Sidebotham was engaged to continue the investigations and reports for the remaining boarding schools. With Ms. Sidebotham at the helm, many factual errors in her reporting have been called to her attention by victims without resolution.
We feel the NBC story was very well done. The people involved in the interviews and productions showed great respect and tenderness to our victims. Ethnos360 claims their records show they took action on the abuse in Senegal. Their report shows the perpetrators were dismissed from the mission. However, in some cases these men were brought back to the NTM facility in Missouri for evaluation and counseling but not terminated immediately. Staff and families at the Missouri facility were not informed of the abuse these men confessed to. Ethnos360 disregarded the safety of the children at the Missouri facility by allowing these perpetrators unsupervised contact with children, including overnight sleepovers.

Initial reporting of the crimes of these missionaries was in the form of phone calls to hotline numbers. Reports were not accepted over these hotlines, as the crimes were committed overseas. Larry Brown and another member of the Executive Board state they traveled to Williamson, GA in order to report David Brooks’ crimes, again. However, the date of this trip was 2010, 20 years after NTM learned that David Brooks had molested a number of MKs entrusted to his care. This local reporting was a direct result of the GRACE investigation and report, and it is doubtful it would have occurred without that impetus.

The wording of Larry Brown’s letter would give the impression that NTM contacted the Department of Homeland Security, when in fact, they were contacted by survivors, and the family member of a survivor. It is true that the FBI was contacted about the Philippines case, but not until after 2010, and this initiative was taken by an NTM member who was working with abuse survivors, not by mission leadership in Sanford.

Ethnos360 denies they have taken the posture of defensiveness or self-preservation. Unfortunately, their actions covering more than two decades are in stark contrast with their wish to be seen as helping the victims of their employees’ abuses get justice. If they truly wanted justice for the victims, they would publicly name the perpetrators they found by preponderance of the evidence in their own reports.

As we have encouraged all along, we urge Ethnos360 to be transparent with all recipients of the attached letter. The supporting churches should require Ethnos360 to submit to an external audit to illuminate whether Ethnos360 is being good stewards of the support they are receiving, or are they squandering this by the staggering cost of investigations serving only to protect Ethnos360 and its perpetrators of abuse.

The issues identified here are only a small portion of concerns expressed over the years by many people, including the possibility of financial irregularities. Some of these concerns have been discussed at length in the Forums at FandaEagles.com. You can access them at this link. https://fandaeagles.com/forums/

Respectfully,
Ethnos360 (NTM) MKs


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Thank you, threewillows!


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:38 pm 
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Excellent response, MKs! (Clapping emoji)

Too bad all the pastors will never see it.
How can we manage that feat??????


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:39 pm 
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THAT feat?


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 4:28 pm 
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MB, some people are sharing the letter to pastors and the MKs' response on their facebook pages. Others are handing or mailing the response to pastors who they know received the letter from Larry Brown (because their church supports Ethnosers).

That is not going to reach all the pastors who got Larry Brown's letter. But it will reach some of them.


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That's great news!


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