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September 8th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Grace has been called to do an independent review of what happened at Fanda. Here are their updates.

Joint Statement – NTM-GRACE

Supplement to GRACE Amended Final Report

GRACE made the decision last night to amend the final report to reflect two primary additions:
1.    We added a couple of paragraphs under the Recommendation section that articulates the purpose of the report and the standard used in making the recommendations.  Many have mistakenly thought that the purpose of this report was to act as a judge and jury for each of the allegations presented.  Our purpose was to address the failed responses of NTM to information provided that provided evidence for abuse claims…not to convict or acquit.
2.  We were contacted yesterday by Mark Adams and were able to have a substantive conversation with him regarding the allegations and recommendations as they relate to him.   After our conversation, the GRACE team determined that we should include his responses to the allegations along with slightly altering our recommendation.
The decision to amend the report came after much discussion, thought, and prayer.  We are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have related to this decision.   Overall, we believe the amended report is more comprehensive and provides the reader a better understanding of its purpose.  We hope you all find this to be true.  We plan no further amendments or addendum….
Continuing to labor….
Boz Tchividjian, Esq.
Executive Director, GRACE

Amended GRACE Report on NTM Fanda–Amended Edition

An MKs thoughts on Grace

Letter and questionnaire from Grace

August 2 – Latest update from Grace

Where are we now in the investigation – older updates

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  1. June 4th, 2013 at 07:22 | #1

    Reports of abuse keep expanding to cover other schools. PNG NTM definitely has reports of abuse. I am also seeing FB site about survivors of boarding schools for troubles teens in US. Some MKs have been sent to these schools. They are nothing but unsupervised by the state prisons for children. Often using torture to punish. These organization are in US and using religious freedom as a way to keep their evils hidden.

  2. More Than Disgusted
    May 30th, 2013 at 12:07 | #2


    Yes, Zeke, unfortunately, there was alot of it in PNG. Go to the forums and find the PNG thread (there are probably several) and you can read for yourself.

  3. Raz
    May 30th, 2013 at 11:58 | #3

    @zeke Yes, Zeke, abuse has been reported from New Guinea. To see more, click on “Forums” and read the posts in the thread called “Papua new Guinea”.

  4. zeke
    March 25th, 2013 at 23:31 | #4

    I am deeply impressed by the courage you have shown in establishing this website and giving people a voice. Shining God’s light in the darkest of places always bring Truth and Healing and breaks the power of shame. Does anyone know if this kind of abuse has been reported by MK’s from the NTM base in PNG?

  5. JP
    October 3rd, 2012 at 21:31 | #5

    Disgusting! I am from Fanda; I never knew something so disgusting was happening in Fanda, perpetrated by people who used to tell me about God and Salvation.

  6. More Than Disgusted
    July 15th, 2012 at 13:46 | #6

    SO sorry to hear this, Kathy! You have raised a valid question. We know some MKs who went to BL and always thought it had a great reputation. It seems the reputation often gets in the way and causes more problems. If these “Christian” entities would practice repentance as they taught all of us to do….that would be a start. In the case of child sexual abuse, reporting to the law would also apply. @Kathy Kelly

  7. Kathy Kelly
    July 14th, 2012 at 13:44 | #7

    I read with interest all this information about mk abuse since I am also an mk among 6 siblings who have all been abandoned at one time or another in boarding schools in Africa. There is currently an investigation going on into Presbyterian USA mission schools. One of ours was Onnonebeta in Cameroon. Other boarding schools attended were in Egypt, Ethiopia, Kinshasa, and in the US. All different kinds of abuse have been reported in Onnonebeta and in Kinshasa, as well as the other foreign schools.

    What I have not seen so far in the literature has been abuse which has taken place in boarding schools in the US. A couple of us went to Ben Lippen High School formerly in Asheville, N.C. There was much spiritual abuse which took place there. It happened especially to me and to a dear friend (child of one of the mission leaders who was overseas when it happened. I never realized what that school did to me emotionally until I was a social worker. I began constantly going to people asking for forgiveness for very petty things. OCD. I spoke with Ruth Van Reken, former mk and missionary, who was speaking at the mission conference. I discussed the question, how do we know which caused the most abuse for me, the boarding school in Africa, or this boarding school in the US. I saw the symptoms of a clult one day, and Ben Lippen (as it used to be) had most of the characteristics of a cult.
    So I am wondering if anything is being down about abuse in the American boarding schools.

    Also I have a sister who like me began boarding school at age 6 and later went to Kinshasha and was abused there. Our Presbyterian Mission Board told her they cannot pay for her counseling. Currently they have made the decision to help pay for much of the counseling in MKs. She has been an alcoholic for years, at times suicidal, and now a failed marriage. We are trying to find treatment for her. I will contact the Presb USA Mission organization again.

    Thanks, Kathy

  8. September 24th, 2011 at 23:48 | #8

    I am sorry beyond words for all the abuse that has happened to all of you. It changes nothing of the past, but I am so encouraged that people are standing up and addressing this issue. One of my missions is to address the abuse that is going on in our churches today.

  9. Older Sister
    October 2nd, 2010 at 11:09 | #9

    And, don’t forget the many who were abused outside the boarding schools. It seems from all the info on fanda eagles, forums etc. that abuse permeated every area of this mission. The most recent posting is Jim Bou in Venezuela who was allowed to sexually abuse tribal children and, no doubt, missionaries’s children for 20 yrs. He was in an important leadership position, and for lack of discernment, stupidity or puposely overlooking sin, they let him continue for 20 yrs.
    It may take NTM a very long time to acknowledge all the abuse and apologize to everyone. Possibly by that time, the mission will cease to exist.

  10. Broken
    October 1st, 2010 at 02:52 | #10


    And is NTM going to make an attempt to apologize also to the hundreds of others of us that were abused in their boarding schools in different countries????

  11. outsider MK
    September 26th, 2010 at 20:55 | #11

    The Dave Brooks speaking at the ACSI conference is likely the Dave Brooks that used to be superintendent of Morrison Academy in Taiwan. He has long been involved in mk care.
    I’m not NTM so don’t know the NTM Dave Brooks but I’ve been aware of this Dave Brooks for a while. Not the same man.

  12. jdg
    September 26th, 2010 at 15:44 | #12

    I looked really briefly and it seems this is a different guy. Fortunately.

  13. Wondering?
    September 25th, 2010 at 22:02 | #13

    Is the David Brooks of NTM the same David Brooks with SEND speaking at the ACSI MK conference?

  14. Rose
    September 18th, 2010 at 11:53 | #14

    September 17, 2010

    Actions have been completed in regard to two additional current or former NTM personnel. 16 of the 20 personnel recommendations have now been addressed.

    The NTM USA Executive Board has approved a Repentance Retreat. GRACE will now begin work on the retreat with former students.

    The board also approved the recommendation that NTM make personal contact to apologize with every known survivor of abuse at Fanda who is unable to attend the retreat.

    The GRACE report recommended a review of NTM’s child protection policies. The Executive Board contracted GRACE to do such a report at the same time it contracted them to do the report on abuse at Fanda and NTM’s response. GRACE is now in the process of that review.

  15. Rose
    September 18th, 2010 at 08:06 | #15

    I found out the list of those who were disciplined and what they did to them are on the members website, so if you are a member, please share with the rest of us. Mel Wyma is 88 and in a wheel chair living in the Latham Center in Sanford, and I’m not sure who else from the list. Do the MK’s think NTM should make him leave?

  16. Fanda Parent
    September 16th, 2010 at 14:25 | #16

    I agree, we need to see the list of who has been terminated and next steps that NTM is taking. Those names need to be released to the public like in Grace’s recommendations. This is taking too long. At this point NTM might have the best intentions in the world, but since they are still communicating so infrequently, it seems like they are still dragging their feet as they have been for 20 years. They need to over-communicate with us, instead of constantly trying to protect themselves and getting lawyers to look over every little statement.

  17. Rose
    September 16th, 2010 at 14:12 | #17

    I went to the NTM website as you suggested, but there is no list of names, only that they have carried out recommendations to 14 personnel. Where is the list? They may be waiting until all 20 are fired or disciplined?

  18. Benjamin Quilliam
    September 15th, 2010 at 07:27 | #18

    I think it’s a good point too. The GRACE report specifies that termination notices be supplied to the MK’s (which they haven’t been yet), and that the notices are posted on the member’s area of the NTM site for a period of 6 months (correct me if i’m wrong).

    Many of the NTM members and parents who were on the field at the time – those who were and are affected by what went on – are no longer active members of NTM! If retroactive firing is happening, why is NTM not obligated to notify its inactive members as well as its current, active members?

  19. Bonnie
    September 15th, 2010 at 06:46 | #19

    Noel’s point is that NTM never contacted him (the PARENT of one of the abused children from Fanda) personally. Why should he have to google to find information about this?

  20. Relax
    September 14th, 2010 at 21:20 | #20

    If you google ntm.org fanda, the first result is: http://www.ntm.org/news/fanda_home.php

    You will find the info you are looking for right there, for the public.

  21. very concerned
    September 14th, 2010 at 20:33 | #21

    Wow Noel, a very good point. We were also active members and it only makes sense to keep us in the loop since it affects our families, retroactive untill today

  22. Raz
    September 14th, 2010 at 18:23 | #22

    Wow, Noel! GOOD question!! Let us know if you get an answer to it!

  23. Noel
    September 14th, 2010 at 17:56 | #23

    After having just read the final GRACE report; noting and agreeing with the final reccommendations concerning the 14 NTM members, I rang and talked to our children.
    My family were on the Senegal field at the time and our children were in the Fanda school and dorm AT THE TIME IN QUESTION.
    One of my comments was wondering if any of these reccommendations had been acted on yet!
    The children both independently said that some of these terminations had been done. I said, “I looked all thru this site and never found it. I then looked at the NTM website and could only find ONE small article even about the Fanda and GRACE issues!” “We got a letter keeping us updated on the reccommendations but it is CONFIDENTIAL and we are not allowed to give it to you!” I WAS HORRIFIED.
    My wife and I were ACTIVE MEMBERS of NTM at the time on the field of Senegal. We had in good faith put OUR CHILDREN in the school and dorms at Fanda and knew nothing of what had and was going on there and now 15 years later when we find out the (improbable) full extent of those events are STILL BEING KEPT IN THE DARK!
    If NTM members are being ‘retrospectively terminated’ and disciplined by the Mission and all the current NTM members (not only in Senegal) are being told what has happened on the NTM members site and what is now happening as a result of those historical events then…

  24. S
    September 11th, 2010 at 11:44 | #24

    Thank you Grace for interceding on behalf of the MKS. “He who has done it to the least of these has done it unto me.” God will reward you for standing up against the spirit of abuse.

    It’s high time missions address the abuse of MKS, not only physical but the emotional abuse of abandonment and the psychological and spiritual damage that is caused by birthing children and then giving them to someone else to raise them.

    In any other line of work that would be called ‘horrific’. If business people said, “Well I have so much work to do and I can’t concentrate with kids around so I’ll send them to someone else to raise them. And by the way, I won’t check the credentials of the people who are raising them either. I’ll trust God to do that.”

    Would you trust God to check the references of your employees or would you interview them yourself?

    I just attended a reunion with fellow MKS and spoke behind the scenes to a 62 year old man who said that as he drove up the mountain to our reunion, he got a sickening feeling in the pit of his stomach like he was going to boarding school as a 7 year old child again. Amazing how long the pain can last when you are abandoned in the name of God.

    He was one of the star players at our boarding school and later went into Christian work himself and yet the damage lingers in his heart.

    It took me decades to discover my pain because the Christian world is so good at glossing over it in the name of advancing the gospel. I didn’t even realize that this submerged abuse was responsible for countless bad choices, chronic depression and a lack of desire to live.

    God is good and he kept pursuing me until he finally convinced me that this whole idea was not his and that he hurt with me when I was hurting.
    He sent the resources that I needed to heal and although it took many years to fully process this, I eventually healed.

    The healing was what finally helped me to learn to trust God. A child thinks emotionally, not intellectually so when you tell that child that you are giving her up so that you can work for God, she not only losed her parents but she loses the ability to trust a God who take her parents away from her.

    After I made it through the healing process, I got to know God personally and he’s nothing like the god that the missionaries told me about.

    The good news for me, is that God has used it for good because I now have a heart to help orphans because I always felt like one.

    Being abandoned robbed me of a basic human need,’belonging’.

    I am very happy to hear that missions are finally discussing the elephant in the room. I hope other missions are listening and I hope there will be massive reform in the way MKS are treated and cared for. I hope that one day it will be safe to be an MK and that abuse and abandonment will not be an automatic part of their story.

  25. Raz
    September 1st, 2010 at 23:57 | #25

    Today I have spent hours reading through GRACE’s report and other posts on this site. My soul is so heavy and my eyes are filled with tears. May God help us all. As a former NTMer and parent whose children were molested by another dorm parent on a different NTM field I have been following this site and this investigation since its beginning. I prayerfully wait to see what NTM’s response will be.

  26. Fran
    August 31st, 2010 at 11:16 | #26

    As a very concerned member of the body of Christ I have been inspired by the MK’s willingness and courage to share their stories. I would like to thank those at GRACE who made a significant investment into the accuracy and integrity of their report, but mostly for being a tireless, truthful, articulate voice speaking to the harmful effects these treasured MK’s suffered; continue to suffer, because of the godless, self-righteous and self-deceptive choices in the named individuals found in this report and for not softening the impact of the profound neglect and ignorance of the NT organization in their reckless handling of the lives of precious children in their care. God holds them accountable. MK’s, be assured of those whom you do not know around the word who are praying for your individual healing and praying for you to be confident of God’s redemptive work that He promises to complete in you. He loves you special and some day you will know that He too was there with you experiencing every evil act violated against you. I pray you find peace, comfort and healing, in part, by knowing you were never alone. Remember that ONLY God gets to say who you are!!