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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:44 pm 
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As a result of NBC's coverage of sexual abuse in NTM boarding schools, Ethnos360 (formerlyNTM) has today issued a long-overdue public apology on the mission website:

"While we continue to grieve these actions and know we cannot change the past, Ethnos360 would like to publicly apologize to the women interviewed on NBC, and all of the victims, for the horrific abuse they suffered from the perpetrators while attending an NTM boarding school as children and any mishandling of the situations when they were first brought to NTM’s attention approximately 30 years ago."

Read the full statement on the mission's website:

https://ethnos360.org/mission-news/nbc- ... a93CDCovpM


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For those who haven't seen the NBC coverage from a week ago, there are two videos embedded in this article. The first is a 7-minute segment that was aired on the Today Show on Feb. 7. The second video piece was aired on MSNBC that dame day. The article itself is a lot more in-depth that the TV pieces.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/religion/u ... l7pi8fFHGE


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:00 pm 
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This is a different piece, focusing on the abuse at the NTM school in Fanda, Senegal, and containing footage from NBC's interview with Boz Tchividjian of GRACE. It was aired on NBC's Nightly News, also on Feb. 7.

https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/vi ... Yg7rYmaSy8


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:06 am 
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NBC coverage of Ethnos360's public apology:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/religion/u ... HIz_mhqr1I


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This good, threewillows!

Except, I have to wonder ... if the guy in the suit represents supporting churches, how many are choosing not to stand there watching, but just shrug and walk away, pretending they didn't notice that a huge mission like Ethnos360 is teetering on a tightrope?

I mean, after all .... their missions budget for the year is already set. And they've been supporting NTM/Ethnos360 missionaries X, Y, and Z for years. Those families seem so genuine. Let's just keep things the way they are ....

Or if the guy in the suit represents the pastor of a supporting church who received that letter from the mission the other day, how many pastors chose not to share any of the information in that letter with their church board, or their congregation, or maybe not even with their missions committee?

I mean, after all .... they wouldn't want the folks in the pews -- especially the young ones, or the new converts -- to know there might be scandalous things of a sexual nature being covered up for decades by revered mission organizations like Ethnos360, now would they?


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:56 am 
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This e-mail, sent from Ethnos360 to the pastors of supporting churches, is being shared extensively on Facebook.

So in case you missed it, here it is:



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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Raz wrote:
This good, threewillows!

Except, I have to wonder ... if the guy in the suit represents supporting churches, how many are choosing not to stand there watching, but just shrug and walk away, pretending they didn't notice that a huge mission like Ethnos360 is teetering on a tightrope?

I mean, after all .... their missions budget for the year is already set. And they've been supporting NTM/Ethnos360 missionaries X, Y, and Z for years. Those families seem so genuine. Let's just keep things the way they are ....

Or if the guy in the suit represents the pastor of a supporting church who received that letter from the mission the other day, how many pastors chose not to share any of the information in that letter with their church board, or their congregation, or maybe not even with their missions committee?

I mean, after all .... they wouldn't want the folks in the pews -- especially the young ones, or the new converts -- to know there might be scandalous things of a sexual nature being covered up for decades by revered mission organizations like Ethnos360, now would they?



So true....


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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?


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Such excellent questions, Caring!

I think you're onto something here.


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