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  1. jdg says:

    @Tim Maia
    why wait, Tim?

  2. Tim Maia says:

    Where do the predators live today?
    Do their neighbors know that they are predators?
    Do the reports/facts regarding abuse at other schools have to be accompanied by bells and whistles for action to be taken?
    At the end of the day, these are societal issues, regardless of what NTM does, regardless of whatever political guidance GRACE receives from NTM as to who should be named in the report(s).

    I believe a couple of conditions which foster this savage behavior would include the total contempt many missionaries have for the foreign country in which they work. In other words, there is no respect for the laws of that nation–the missionary feels he/she is above the law. For instance, Article 7 of the Senegalese Constitution says: “Tout individu a droit à la vie, à la liberté, à la sécurité, au libre développement de sa personnalité, à l’intégrité corporelle notamment à la protection contre toutes mutilations physiques.” Based on this text in French, and given the abuse, it is reasonable to assume missionaries did not consider MK’s to be individuals, but merely objects of pleasure or extensions of the “ministry”.
    Another factor is the bully/doormat syndrome. Christians turn the other cheek. Unfortunately, they have a tendency to do that even when their kids are hurt, to protect the “ministry”. I believe the Bible, every jot and tittle. You mess with my kids, and I will hunt you down and spend the rest of my natural life making sure those whom society has chosen as prosecutors have all the information necessary to put you to death or in prison for as long as the law allows.
    Obviously, the Orlando Sentinel and Chicago Tribune are aware of the matter, and so one could conclude that if the circus tent is still intact, the worst is past for NTM. No reasonable plaintiff’s attorney is going to spend the rest of his natural life suing an outfit whose members have (at least until recently) subsisted on amounts so low that it would take a 3-hour MAF flight, in a steep climb, to get up to federal poverty level. State prosecutors, even cognizant of repressed memories, are probably not very excited about mounting a case against people who probably live several area codes away from their voters, and which may involve depositions in scenic locations such as Goroka or Cochabamba.
    So, while everyone is standing around breathing a huge sigh of relief that their name wasn’t mentioned in the report, or, if it was mentioned, that they escaped sanctions, could somebody with access to a computer at 1000 E. First St., Sanford, FL, post the names and current addresses of the predators, so we can pray for them tonight in prayer meeting and keep our families away from them Sunday through Saturday. It’s 12:53 p.m. on September 15, 2010. So, even though life is going just fine here in Madison Heights, VA, I am not going to watch this story much longer without taking action that any citizen should when confronted with this information.

  3. Benjamin Quilliam says:

    Justine :
    Why not let GRACE write an article and publish it unchanged in the “NTM@WORK” magazine that is sent to all NTM members & supporters? At least have an article without it being completely NTM produced and edited…

    Sounds good to me! Perhaps a series of articles, to begin some on-the-ground education. I like some of recommendations GRACE has on their website for churches and institutions.

  4. Justine says:

    @Tim Maia
    Interesting things happen with statute of limitation and child abuse.
    http://www.libraryindex.com/pages/1428/Child-Abuse-Law-STATUTE-LIMITATIONS.html

    A statute of limitations is a law that sets the time within which criminal charges or civil claims can be filed and after which one loses the right to sue or make a claim. Most states provide for extensions of the statute of limitations, either through state law or judicial tolling doctrines. A tolling doctrine is a rule that suspends the date from which a statutory period starts to run. An example is the minority tolling doctrine, which provides that a statutory period does not begin to run until the child becomes an adult. For instance, in 2003, in response to revelations of clergy abuse, Illinois extended the statute of limitations in cases of childhood sexual abuse, allowing prosecutors twenty years from the time the victim turns eighteen to bring criminal charges. Victims wishing to bring a civil suit have up to ten years from the time they discover abuse and its connection to their injuries.
    Exception to Statute of Limitations in Cases of Repressed Memory

    One of the legal issues contested in cases of childhood sexual abuse of repressed memory is how long the statute of limitations should run, since typically the victim has allegedly repressed the memories for many years. In 1991 Paula Hearndon sued her stepfather, Kenneth Graham, for sexually abusing her from 1968 to 1975 (when she was between the ages of eight and fifteen). According to Hearndon, the traumatic amnesia she experienced because of the abuse lasted until 1988. Because of Florida’s four-year statute of limitations, the lawsuit did not proceed.

    In September 2000, however, the Florida Supreme Court, in a 5–2 decision, ruled that memory loss resulting from the trauma of childhood sexual abuse should be considered an exception to the statute of limitations (Hearndon v. Graham, No. SC92665, Supreme Court of Florida [2000]).

    The court, while observing that disagreements about recovered memory exist, stated:

    It is widely recognized that the shock and confusion resultant from childhood molestation, often coupled with authoritative adult demands and threats for secrecy, may lead a child to deny or suppress such abuse from his or her consciousness.

    Read more: Child Abuse and the Law – The Statute Of Limitations – Court, Time, California, Stogner, Supreme, and Childhood http://www.libraryindex.com/pages/1428/Child-Abuse-Law-STATUTE-LIMITATIONS.html#ixzz0zYhSXRmU

  5. Tuti Hess says:

    @Tim Maia
    Wow dittos brother. So much to process don’t know how long this purging, grieving process will take but however long it takes that’s fine. I pray that the abusers will humble themselves and do all they can now to make things right instead of denying that abuse happened. To me that would be the very least they could do. I pray that those who committed sexual abuse will be put in jail because what they did was wicked. What they did was a crime and I think they need to be punished for that. God does not need NTM to reach the unreached people groups of the world, He will continue to work and build His church in His way and in His time. He chooses to use us pathetic human beings because of His mercy and grace. Praise God for His grace. I love you Fandaeagles.

  6. Tim Maia says:

    In talking today to someone who is very close to me who suffered terribly at another school on another continent south of North America, my initial reaction when coupled with this news from Senegal, was to wish I could react like Josey Wales. People that I trusted, obeyed, and by whom I was disciplined, abused and forever scarred those closest to me. In my naive way, I assumed, we (MK’s and missionaries) were all on the same team, working toward the same goal of getting the gospel to the unreached. Now I look back and realize their goals were different. I have plenty of names that I scribbled furiously on my notepad today for whom statutes of limitation have run. The long arm of the law has been shortened by a combination of the passage of time and the age of majority.
    But despite that apparent cloak of protection, the goal going forward should not be the preservation of New Tribes Mission and/or its reputation. This is God’s work and He alone can build and tear down. Many committed servants of God have labored since Paul Fleming’s time to take the gospel to the unreached. No doubt many performed God’s Work in God’s Way, laboring as Commandos for Christ. None of that is diminished by being brutally honest and open about what has transpired, not only at Fanda but at other location(s).
    New Tribes Mission must strive and make every effort to report these matters to all appropriate agencies, so they can in turn warn the citizens of their jurisdictions where these predators might be hunting next. It is not enough to terminate someone’s employment, perform a Pilate-like washing, and then turn for good news from a tribe in Papua New Guinea, hoping to wash away the bad vibes with a Mok and a Zook.
    For instance, why is Reginaldo Goulart, whose name appears prominently in the chilling report, now listed as a missionary with a Presbyterian mission in Brazil, with a residential address of Av. Antonio Jose Quinan, 117, Vianopolis, Goias, Brasil? Surely New Tribes Mission does not have a missionary school close to that address. Oh, wait. Using the magical powers of Google….it does.
    We need a Phineas from New Tribes who will stand up and drive a spear through this problem, custe o que custar. The Mission owes it to every MK (abused or not abused) who carried the true weight of the ministry on their tiny shoulders while the Commandos did the commanding.

  7. Brazil MK says:

    @Tuti Hess
    I agree that the Brazilian culture is more people centered rather than work centered. I spent 11 years in Brazil and attended one of the NTM boarding schools for a year while I was there. I am wondering if any of them are also being investigated. If not they should be. It seems to me like the abusers only got a slap on the wrist. Termination…like that is going to bring any justice or stop any one else from doing the same thing. These kids were abused and the abusers need to be accountable for their actions under the law.

  8. Kari says:

    And clarification of terminology:

    Terminated from active service means that a person has been taken out of full time engagement in ministry and will no longer serve or represent NTM. Active Service means that the Member is engaged in duties or responsibilities with NTM. To “Terminate” someone from this Active Service status means to make them a non-active member who no longer has any responsibilities or duties with NTM.

    Non-active Members are Retired members. They may receive income from NTM if their financial partners choose to contribute to NTM toward their support. They have no responsibilities or duties. While some retired members may represent NTM, all individuals who have been terminated as active members in this process are prohibited from representing NTM in any capacity.

    For example, the missionary who was representing NTM and was terminated to non-active service will be classified as a retired (non-active) member, but will no longer be permitted to minister or represent NTM.

    Those who are terminated from membership will have no status within NTM. They will have no further relationship with NTM, and their accounts with NTM will be permanently closed.

    Members being terminated from membership will be given 90 days to transition out of the organization. These 90 days begin on the last day of the month in which they receive the official termination notice. During this 90 day transition, the member has no NTM responsibilities or duties. Notice of Termination of Membership is sent to the member’s supporters during this transition period. The member may receive income from NTM if financial partners choose to contribute to NTM toward their support during the transition period. Following the 90 day transition, their account is closed.

    The way NTM is implementing the recommendations is in accordance with GRACE. We talked through this implementation and its rationale with them before we finalized the steps we have taken.

  9. Kari says:

    Letter being sent to perpetrators and those who failed to protect us:

    Dear _____________,

    In addressing the sins committed at the Fanda boarding school, New Tribes Mission acknowledges the centrality of its own sin. We did not have proper oversight of either the school or the workers in the Field. When New Tribes Mission received notices of abuse, we failed to respond adequately or to respond at all. We should have immediately removed those from authority who were responsible for these failures.

    There is no question that many MKs were devastated by what they experienced and observed during their time at Fanda. Tragically, this devastation has manifested itself in alarming numbers of MKs suffering from both emotional and medical conditions. Perhaps the most catastrophic consequence of Fanda has been the indescribable spiritual alienation suffered by so many MKs.

    You were a member of the ______________ during the time that allegations of child abuse at the Fanda school came to light. It has clearly been documented that you failed to report child abuse and otherwise take measures to protect the children of Fanda.

    Your failure to protect the children at the Fanda missionary school demonstrates a clear disregard for the seriousness and sinfulness of the abuse perpetuated upon these young people. The failure to protect children and report abuse is contrary to the mission and purpose of New Tribes Mission, and cannot be tolerated in any manner or degree. Therefore, NTM USA has amended your employment record to indicate your active membership was terminated on _____________.

    You are not allowed to represent NTM in any formal or informal capacity. In addition, 10% of your gross NTM retirement income will be deducted from your account to be contributed to an established MK fund.

    Sincerely,

    NTM USA Executive Board
    Larry Brown, Dan Kreider, Paul Wyma,

    Marv Ketcham, Mike Sullivan, Ron Lindsey

  10. Justine says:

    I think a good way for NTM to truly show that they are serious about righting some wrongs is to go well beyond the recommendations that GRACE have handed out. Why not let GRACE write an article and publish it unchanged in the “NTM@WORK” magazine that is sent to all NTM members & supporters? At least have an article without it being completely NTM produced and edited…

  11. Virginia says:

    @Observer

    Where is your documentation stating that these people who have been accused of such atrocities are cleared? I see no court papers, I see you blowing alot of smoke out of your butt.

    The fact that 10 missionary kids came forward with different but similar stories only verifies that something was terribly wrong with these people. Regardless of whether or not it’s been in a court of law, these are children who as adults finally have the courage to stand up and say “hey we were wronged”. One of these “kids” is a very good friend of mine. I’ve seen what abuse can do to a person. I’ve listened to her at night when she’s screaming in her sleep and calling out the name “Judy”.

    Take it to court. I’d like to know the outcome of that case.

  12. court? says:

    @Observer
    interesting that you would want to bring this into a court situation. In the situation of Penners, for example – you have looks like 10 separate fanda students who haven’t talked to eachother in years reporting instances of their excessively harsh discipline (2 completely unrelated people making the vomit claim, to my knowledge?) opposite the Penners themself who have apparently apologized to some mk’s for treating them poorly but now say all of the reports are totally false. grace’s supplement only serves to incriminate them more so i doubt that taking it to court would clear them. it may even be that they don’t recognize how harmful their behavior was, these aren’t the kinds of things that people like to remember about themselves.

    as an observer like yourself, i would also hate it if any innocent people’s reputation got ruined. i just haven’t heard anything substantial clearing them, there is dead air except for some threats of nasty defamation suits and anonymous comments calling the whole thing a witch hunt or whatever. interesting that all the people calling the report unfounded won’t use their names, probably family members or something. and also interesting that none of the fanda victims have made any threats to sue New Tribes or any of the people involved. they seem like they have a much better case in a court of law.

  13. Justine says:

    @Janice
    Yeah it all gets weird with all that. NTM has unofficial missionaries/members too, but that is to protect them because they work in dangerous countries.
    In NTM jargon an NTM missionary has to be member, all members are missionaries. There websites database has always been a bit of a disaster!
    J.

  14. Janice says:

    @Janice
    So finding a “missionary” and finding a “member” are 2 separate things. You can be a “missionary” without being a member but can you be a member without being a missionary? Therein lies the crux of the matter as I see it. I used to be able to see those missionaries, but they have poofed; however as you so succinctly pointed out, they could still be on the members section. Another grey area.

  15. Janice says:

    @Noel
    Your point is well taken. I presumed (wrongly??) that since those members USED to be listed on the “Find a Member” portion of NTM website, that they would remain there with the reason for their termination etc. Thank you for that clarification. I didn’t realize there was a members only section. I’m really sorry 🙁

  16. Noel says:

    @Janice
    Indeed the term “member site” is ambiguous, as it could mean the internal website only viewable by NTM members, or the public site in the member/missionary area. GRACE should clarify what they are really intending here.

  17. Janice says:

    Please excuse me, but I listed the wrong pages as I was looking at page # on the bottom of the page instead of at the top 🙁 My error. I will correct it now:

    page 52 of David Brooks; “…must be posted on the member section of NTM website for 6 months….”

    page 53 of Phil Gates; “…must be posted on the member section of NTM website for 6 months….”

    page 53 of Reginaldo Goulart; “…must be posted on the member section of NTM website for 6 months….”

    page 54 of Mark Adams; “…must be posted on the member section of NTM website for 6 months….”

    page 55 of Norm Livingstone; “…must be posted on the member section of NTM website for 6 months….”

    page 55 of Bill PoortVliet; “…must be posted on the member section of NTM website for 6 months….”

    page 56 of Charles Perry Utz; “…must be posted on the member section of NTM website for 6 months….”

    page 56 of Audrey DeJager; “…must be posted on the member section of NTM website for 6 months….”

    page 57 of Judy Penner; “…must be posted on the member section of NTM website for 6 months….”

    page 58 of Hammy Penner; “…must be posted on the member section of NTM website for 6 months….”

    page 58 of Ron Abrams; “…must be posted on the member section of NTM website for 6 months….”

    page 59 of John Warnken; “…must be posted on the member section of NTM website for 6 months….”

    page 60 of Frank Stottlemyer; “…must be posted on the member section of NTM website for 6 months….”

    page 60/61 of Bob Ames; “…must be posted on the member section of NTM website for 6 months….”

    page 61 of Rodney McCray; “…must be posted on the member section of NTM website for 6 months….”

    page 62 of Mel Wyma; “…must be posted on the member section of NTM website for 6 months….”

    page 62 of Dean Van Vliet; “…must be posted on the member section of NTM website for 6 months….”

    page 63 of Chet Plimpton; “…must be posted on the member section of NTM website for 6 months….”

    As you can see, it specifically states the above aforementioned statements.

  18. Janice says:

    @joie
    @Joie I too remember reading the initial GRACE report which says, “must be posted on the member section of NTM website for 6 months and must be provided to Fanda MKs…”

    I have been watching NTM site and found once the initial 14 were terminated, that you no longer found their names anywhere. I was under the impression as it seems you were as well, that the names would remain and what their current status was.

    David’s response to you; “…but I’ve read and searched the entire report and I don’t
    see anywhere that GRACE is suggesting that NTM either publish the report or post employee records online….”

    It is posted on page 61 of Frank Stottlemyer’s termination, page 61/62 of Bob Ames termination etc. That language is unambiguous. This indeed smacks of “hiding the details from the public.”

  19. joie says:

    The below email from David Abbott is in response to my asking on New Tribes FB page “I thought part of the recommendations were for NTM to post the people terminated to their public site – when will this happen?”(Now deleted from their FB page, btw)

    Contrary to what he says in the below email, to me this DOES smack of NTM once again protecting itself and the perpetrators and trying once again to hide the ugly details from the public. I cannot see how the people NTM has so far allegedly terminated from “active service” (whatever that actually means) would have a legal leg to stand on considering all of the documentation referenced in GRACE’s report. I’ll just say that when “real”companies in my industry fire their CMOs and such for illegal activities, they definitely make sure to announce it all over the place.

    “Hi Joie,

    The exact quote from Grace’s Amended Final Report dated
    August 28, 2010 is, “must be posted on the member section of the NTM
    website.”

    I apologize if I have mistakenly missed something. It
    is possible, but I’ve read and searched the entire report and I don’t
    see anywhere that GRACE is suggesting that NTM either publish the report
    or post employee records online.

    While NTM is treating GRACE’s report as a legal investigation and document in terms of their response, the document itself is neither an official investigation or legal conviction of the alleged events.

    A string of libel or defamation suets …against New Tribes Mission by the alleged perpetrators would not help this process, but delay it. Please understand that NTM is NOT refraining from publishing information in order to protect itself or the perpetrators.

    Blessings,
    ~David “

  20. jdg says:

    @Disillusioned MK
    I will see your 68 years and raise you…1900 or so? There’s a pretty obvious comparison for this. They’ve gotten tons of headlines and I said elsewhere, I’ll be surprised if they survive the next century in anything like a meaningful form in most parts of the world.

    The seeds of ruin of the Catholic church are inherent in their beliefs. The infallibility (we’d call it arrogance) is the biggest problem–they’re constitutionally unable, except under extreme duress, to admit error or to make decisions other than to bolster/protect their system. So far it sounds pretty familiar.

    I’m sure they’ve paid out hundreds of millions in settlements so far. If I were any kind of suing lawyer, I would be salivating at these stories. NTM, to my untrained eye, has just handed cases to people with their all-encompassing stupidity.

  21. Disillusioned MK says:

    NTM has been in existence for 68 yrs., and for most of that time has been abusing and covering it up. It is AMAZING that a large mission like this has gotten away with these crimes for so long! It seems no one has been successful in bringing charges against them—and in a “sue” culture like ours, why has no one sued them? I am glad they are implementing the first step in GRACE’S reccommendations, and hope they carry it out to completion. But, I do wonder at the wisdom of having Larry Brown as CEO, considering his family goes way back in NTM. It would seem better to me, that they start with a whole new EC that has no long ties to the mission.

  22. Janice says:

    @Benjamin Quilliam
    I too have wondered the same thing,

    Benjamin Quilliam :

    Justine :
    On another note for many of its retired missionaries NTM provides housing at “NTM Homes” in Sanford. No doubt many of the non-active former leaders would live there with housing provided. It will be interesting if this retro active termination will affect the benefits still received by NTM!?
    My prayers and cares are with you the victims.
    J.

    This is something I would like to find out as well.

    I have wondered this as well. This is a very pertinent point that should be considered. Sacrificial giving on the part of NTM supporters built those homes; not to mention all the volunteer hours, supplies and equipment which saved the mission tons of monies over the years. When crimes of such nature as has been documented by Fanda Eagles are divulged, then those responsible should no longer be entitled to feast on the “spoils.” I never quite understood this philosophy of moving from one sheltered environment (field) to NTM Homes. It’s like the retirees (in general) never could figure out how to achieve reverse culture shock upon their re-entry to local communities.

  23. Tuti Hess says:

    @Benjamin Quilliam
    dittos Benjamin. I believe the model is men and women working together to present a balanced picture of mankind. Having said that I believe that there is an order that God has set up and that the man should make the final decision as in marriage. Men need women and women need men. In love, humility, respect and submission to one another there is hope. The problem is us, we are sinful and self centered. We must combat this with a determination to put God first through spending regular time in prayer, regular time in His Word, regular time worshiping God, an attitude of trust in God and a deep sense of humility in knowing that if not for the grace of God I too could stoop to the lowest levels of depravity. It is a real fight and struggle to do this because American culture is so work oriented, everyone is driving themselves crazy working their brains out. I felt this same attitude on the field you just have to work, work, work. Thank goodness for the Brazilians who had a more people orientated attitude. That brings up another point that there needs to be more diversity, I don’t buy into all this liberal diversity stuff but I think balance and beauty can be achieved if we are sensitive to Gods leading in varying cultural dynamics. It all has to be filtered through Gods word. We preach this to ourselves concerning the outreach to the tribal people but we don’t really follow it in our own mission circles and culture.

  24. Benjamin Quilliam says:

    Mike & Donna McKenney :
    If NTM truly valued women, there would have been an outcry from the Mission as mothers and girls came forward with the allegations of abuse, instead of excuses and coverup.

    I was at a conference recently: “Women Hold Up Half The Sky”. Arbutus Sider was the keynote speaker. I was challenged to consider that many of the world’s problems are exacerbated by the devaluing and suppressing of women. See http://www.halftheskymovement.org/ where it says: “The best way to fight poverty and extremism is to educate and empower women and girls”. I think there is a lot of truth to this (though I wouldn’t say it’s the whole truth).

    I would like to see NTM reconsider women’s role in leadership as part of their review of leadership structures.

  25. Benjamin Quilliam says:

    Justine :
    On another note for many of its retired missionaries NTM provides housing at “NTM Homes” in Sanford. No doubt many of the non-active former leaders would live there with housing provided. It will be interesting if this retro active termination will affect the benefits still received by NTM!?
    My prayers and cares are with you the victims.
    J.

    This is something I would like to find out as well.

  26. More Than Disgusted says:

    “The new man in charge at New Tribes.” ?!

    As heard on WESH 2 Orlando, Breaking News TV (See Media Page)

    Ashamedly, we are members of this organization who are planning to leave on the basis of this new info. In our history of a couple of decades, we have observed cronyism. In reality, “this new man” reflects this concept. His parents went to Brazil under NTM in the late 1960’s. He himself served some years at Headquarters on the maintenance team. Eventually he worked up to a leadership position in Papua New Guinea. He has been around the mission for a long time! He is not “new.” We found this statement contrary to what the facts tell us.

    The broadcast also noted that NTM admitted to having a “culture of harshness” 20 years ago which they regret and refuse to repeat. It should say “as recently as 20 weeks ago” because we have reports from several fields that this IS still going on. Let’s not be deceived by the media. They want to create their own reality.*

    The Orlando Sentinental Article on Sept. 2 quotes comments regarding NTM made by the director of GRACE. All were quite favorable to NTM. That is curious because we remember that while the GRACE report did contain some positive comments about NTM, the majority of the summary statements were just the opposite. Was the reporting balanced?

    Even though the GRACE Report is on other blogs and websites, as well as being quoted in the news and on TV, NTM is still not allowing its members to share it with “outsiders.” It has been labelled ‘confidential’ and is not on their public website as yet.

    God has a good social commentary on actions such as this. In I Kings 14:21ff the rulers substituted nice bronze shields for the gold ones that had been carried off. God further comments on this deception—-that they kept their idols on the high places and under every spreading tree. What was noticeably absent in the reporting about NTM in the media is that there was no plea for a vigorous plan to pursue and investigate all the other NTM fields: boarding schools and leadership. Neither has NTM mentioned doing this. Not even one high place is acceptable.

    *We include 2 recent posts from NTM Implementing Recommendations
    How long ago did these take place?

    9/6: I am still an NTM member and have many friends who are doing wonderful work in tribal locations. I specifically chose a field to work on that had a progressive caring leadership. Unfortunately through international pressure and other issues the caring leaders have been forced to resign because they did not fit the NTM cookie cutter and since has (sic) been replaced with an autonomous leadership that resembles the leadership traits mentioned in the GRACE report. How gross.

    9/7: It has already been said by someone that for the EC (Executive Committee) to simply make a “new policy” that implements a more grace-filled leadership style is just not enough. That person went on to say that even though such a policy did actually come out in the 90s, the style of leadership on the foreign field did not change at all. Things simply continued on.

  27. Observer says:

    There is no question that terrible things happened – but to my knowledge nothing has been proved or corroborated in court. I really like the swallowing vomit piece and broken arms pieces – they are very powerful but completely unsubstantiated. Is anyone asking questions about verification? If not, we should be. We would hate to ruin the careers or innocent people wouldn’t we.

  28. Denise Amstutz K. says:

    @Jimi Davidson
    Tambo was mentioned as a school that they will be looking into. I do not want to talk for GRACE, but I believe that they will be doing the investigation of that school. I believe that if NTM missionaries’ hearts have not broken already, what they hear from these other schools will most deffinately break them into pieces. Fanda was not the first school to abandon children into the hands of horrible, nasty people and hopefully now that Bonnie and Kari and all of the other Fanda victims that came forward have opened the flood gates so that the truth can finally come out, other victims will now be able to come forward.

  29. Jimi Davidson says:

    I am sad but not surprised to read the different reports. I know that NTM has many good missionaries but also know that there have been many abuses. My question is whether or not all NTM schools will be investigated…especially TAMBO in Bolivia. They closed in 2004 but if questions were put to past students I would not be surprised at the flood of responses you would get. I know of two past students who at this day will not even fly over TAMBO from the bad memories.

    Thank you, Jimi Davidson

  30. Sammy Jay says:

    I am really terrified by what I’ve read here. My heart truely goes out to those who went through such horrific unbelievable acts carried out by dark enitities.(They can’t be human to have hurt children and told others they MUST do the same). But in all organisations that restick themselves from interacting with the mass population around them as they do here at North Cotes NTM, then unfortunate things such as abuse and sexual orination will occur. All I can say to those who live here at North Cotes is stop pretending nothing is going on, it only makes you look like things untoward are really going on. Be more open with your neighbourgh show the same respect to your non Mission neighbours as you show to your own.

  31. Mike & Donna McKenney says:

    It has already been said by someone that for the EC to simply make a “new policy” that implements a more grace-filled leadership style is just not enough. That person went on to say that even though such a policy did actually come out in the 90s, the style of leadership on the foreign field did not change at all. Things simply continued on.

    A real change must implement not just “looking into leadership” mission wide, but taking out old and installing new leadership. As has already been intimated, this must include Boot Camp training. That is where the “indoctrination” really begins, and it would be very prudent to simply revamp all Boot Camp leadership.

    So many of us new Christians who came into NTM, went through the training, and then onto the field, had little to fall back on other than the training (brainwashing) that came from Boot Camp. Boot Camp leadership actually used verses in the OT and taught us as parents that we could safely give our children “40 stripes save 1” (so as not to go over the OT limit of 40 stripes as a maximum) until the child’s spirit was broken, or that if we “beat our children, they would smile more and be happier,” and then on top of this early Boot Camp training, the exact same philosophy of child rearing is heard from the leadership on the field at every level. This very same abusive philosophy towards children was ALSO taught to those missionaries on the field who have been assigned or volunteered to work as dorm parents, and they simply continue the things that they were taught, all the while being encouraged by field leaders in that approach. This in no way excuses the sexual/spiritual/physical abuse.

    Furthermore, this mission who in actuality devalued women through the teaching of “wives submitting to husbands” to the point that a woman in NTM has no identity of her own whatsoever, and that women in general are only useful as helpers to their husbands, and have little to nothing to offer by way of sharing the Word or being involved in decision making, but that all of these “really important” things and decisions fall only to that of the man, then it’s not a far stretch to say that the overall NTM assessment of women (and girls) in some small way, can lead to the abuse and/or coverup that has taken place because of this rather distorted overall pervasive attitude towards women that comes across. If NTM truly valued women, there would have been an outcry from the Mission as mothers and girls came forward with the allegations of abuse, instead of excuses and coverup.

    So, the house-cleaning has to be more than “looking into things,” rather it must truly be a house cleaning. Leadership at all levels, starting at least with Boot Camp, and possibly even Bible School, on through Language School, and onto the Field, not just Senegal but all fields, has to be addressed in such a way so as to actually remove some and replace them with new leadership.

    None of this is personally an excuse for our actions or inactions as NTM missionaries and parents of MKs, however, it is what it is, and the reasoning behind much of our misguided thinking. We do regret our decisions of leaving our boys at Fanda. We do regret at times sipping the KoolAid and blindly following and submitting. At least we did eventually come to our senses, and finally resigned from NTM. However, I’m afraid there has been irreparable harm done to our children that only the Lord Himself can now heal. Perhaps this whole ugly thing being brought to light may be used of God to prevent this all from ever happening again.

  32. Justine says:

    There is so much going on here.

    I can only thank the Fanda students for their persistence.

    I am not a victim of sexual/physical abuse, but have been a victim of NTM power abuse.

    Even though the current leadership was somewhat pushed to respond to the abuse at Fanda, I do believe they are actually trying now, and I think the GRACE report has actually opened eyes and hearts that should have been opened decades ago.

    I am still an NTM member and have many friends who are doing wonderful work in tribal locations. I specifically chose a field to work on that had a progressive caring leadership. Unfortunately through international pressure and other issues the caring leaders have been forced to resign because they did not fit the NTM cookie cutter and since has been replaced with an autonomous leadership that resembles the leadership traits mentioned in the GRACE report. How gross.

    One of the recommendations in the report is that all leadership be reviewed! I’m so thankful that the field I work in is going to receive a kick in the butt because of your willingness to come forward. I grieve for everything that took place to come to this point, but thank you.

    On another note for many of its retired missionaries NTM provides housing at “NTM Homes” in Sanford. No doubt many of the non-active former leaders would live there with housing provided. It will be interesting if this retro active termination will affect the benefits still received by NTM!?

    My prayers and cares are with you the victims.
    J.

  33. MrsB says:

    Has this been addressed? From NTM’s website under FAQs regarding:

    “What about other places where abuse took place?”

    ‘Since the early 1990s, NTM has sought to look into every allegation of child abuse brought to its attention. Most of those have involved incidents in the 1980s and early 1990s. In the majority of cases, the problem has been addressed to the satisfaction of NTM, the students or former students, and their families.

    Where there is new or continuing dissatisfaction, a review is probably necessary. And NTM reiterates its commitment to investigate any new reports of child abuse, no matter how long ago they took place.’

    So, the basis for how and why NTM investigates cases of abuse is “continuing dissatisfaction?” And the “satisfaction” of NTM, their students, former students and families is considered the be-all and end-all of their abuse investigations? What about the satisfaction of the LAW. The deciding factor that the rest of us mere mortals have to live by?

    I’m saddened by NTM’s response to this entire situation. I am a former NTMer and am so ashamed of the organization’s leadership (as a whole) seeming lack of real repentance, sorrow and seeking the Lord. In my very humble opinion, if I were NTM’s leadership, I think everything from this point on would be devoted to seeking out what has gone on in this organization. My home page of my main website would reflect in entirety… not just a little “blip” here and there… my deep sorrow and anguish over the sin that has been committed, not only in Fanda, but in other places as well. I would want to seek out those whom I have hurt by allowing this to happen, by covering it up and by putting people into positions that enabled them to horrendously abuse these MKs. I’m not seeing much anguish of heart in NTM’s leadership as a whole and it’s extremely disheartening.

    A mission whom I once held in very high regard is now so embroiled in sin and coverup that I don’t want to admit that I ever was a part of it.

  34. Tuti Hess says:

    @Bonnie
    I was brought up in a legalistic, strict church so when I went to NTM it was not too much different from what I had already heard growing up. The older generation came out of the world war 2 and depression era. You had to be tough because times were tough. Some of this is a carry over from then when corporal punishment was normal in homes and schools. Corporal punishment was being phased out of schools when I went to school. I think when I was 12 it was finally banned altogether. The boys were caned or strapped not just once several times depending on the offense. Girls were not supposed to be caned or strapped but I remember being threatened with it by certain teachers. Of course when I was at school I was a perfect angel, yeah right. I’m now 42 so you can see how long this thing has lingered on. When I first started getting serious about parenting I felt so incompetent, I didn’t know what the heck I was doing, my parents vacillated between beating me to letting me do whatever I wanted,very confusing. I was given a book which at the time I thought was O.K. it was all that I had, now I see this book advocates child abuse like what you’re talking about here. I’m very sad that I followed some of the teachings. In the end I could not do it anymore because it seemed to make things worse and leave me angry and frustrated. Gods Spirit helped me find a kinder way. In this book I was told if the child is old enough to have a crying fit they are old enough to get a spanking. They were saying start as young as 3 months I did not agree with that I started at 1 year old. I think now that was too early so with my daughter I started at 18 months. This has been a learning process. In this book I remember them talking about this thing of breaking the child with spanking and not stopping until you perceive they have truly repented or something like that. I am not totally against spanking; my personal rule is set up the boundaries, if the boundary is broken a warning is given with clear instruction that they will be spanked, one spanking with wooden spoon if the rule is broken. If they are having a tantrum and won’t stop I put my child in their room until they stop crying. This seems to work well for my kids but not all kids are the same, some kids love going to their room so that is not a deterrent at all. My one daughter I just have to speak to her with a firm voice and she obeys. This all has to be balanced with lots of love and affection, smiles, cuddles, joyful silly play, sweet kisses, time hanging out together and doing what your kids like to do not what you like to do.I think this second part actually helps to move your childs heart towards repentance and respect for you more than anything else. They need the discipline to show them that disobedience and breaking the rules have consequences. They need to learn to respect authority. I’ve found that with my two older kids (8 and 6)I don’t ever have to spank them anymore because other methods work just as well if not better now that they are more mature. I know some don’t use any form of spanking and I think that is fine if it works for you. I also have had to ask my kids to forgive me when I’ve yelled at them or been harsh in my discipline. They so quickly forgive me it shames me to think how trusting and forgiving they are because I am not that way. Whatever you decide to do you need to be consistent and do it in love and kindness not anger and frustration. Easy to say not always easy to live out.

  35. Bonnie says:

    @Broken
    I have heard this “teaching” from others as well – “spank until the child breaks”… I have been saying for awhile that this culture of abuse began in training – you have made my point very well. NTM needs to examine ALL aspects of their training program, their child protection policy, their boarding schools and their leadership. They need to start at the beginning, break it down, weed it out.

  36. Broken says:

    @filtered down victim

    And there are more!!!

  37. Broken says:

    @Broken

    in fact I was told that I had to spank until I heard a “broken spirit” How dare I believe this …I who had been a subject and witness to such abuse??!!

  38. Broken says:

    @filtered down victim

    I know for a fact there are other situations that will just compound the abuse in Senegal! It truly is Pandora’s box!

  39. Broken says:

    As a NTM MK that was a victim of abuse and an NTM member, I received teaching in “boot camp” about how to spank my children to the point of repentence..where I could hear the change in their cry from anger to repentence. How to use a “flexible rod” so it would leave no signs and the authorities would not be able to tell!!! I had babies…!!!!! How does a baby “repent”!!!???!!! To this day I am even further traumatized by not only the abuse I received and witnessed but was taught as an adult to inflict on an innocent child! Although many of it’s members are not, NTM is truly an evil entity!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. jdg says:

    I’d be very surprised if there is anything like that kind of “employee/employer confidentiality” law in place in Fla. Come on, some employee seriously damages the credibility of your organization and you don’t trumpet it to the heavens that you’ve let them go? That’s just business. Prove to me that’s not true.

  41. Jason says:

    @higlander:

    According to how NTM is registered with the IRS, NTM members are self-employed clergy of NTM, which makes them technically employees of NTM–Hence, the Employer/Employee confidentiality legal obligations.

  42. highlander says:

    Missionaries are not “employees” of NTM. It is a ‘get your own money’ organization.

  43. Sammy Jay says:

    I live very near to the North Cotes NTM and I deeply sad but the allergations of abuse. I am sure that the true of all these horrible happenings will be properly investigated but the Tribes leaders and the authorities.

    My thoughts are with all those who have had such horrible act against committed.

  44. Bonnie says:

    @Gene Long
    Mr. Brown: “The reason we say not to forward is that by Fl law there is an employee/employer confidentiality that we’re carefully trying to
    navigate through.”

    Nice of NTM to care so very much about breaking the law, eh?

  45. Gene Long says:

    @Bonnie
    Organizations in general are not very good at apologies, and usually pretty stingy with corrections. So, it was good of Mr Brown to make these corrections, even if he did so at your suggestion.

    Why is the report public knowledge and the implementation of the recommendations not? NTM’s record on things NOT in the public domain is pretty dismal. It’s not like people don’t trust NTM leadership… well, maybe it IS! Were you given a reason for this secrecy? Was it stipulated by the GRACE report?

  46. filtered down victim says:

    I feel they should not stop with fanda,. If leadership of NTM really means what they are saying then they should now investigate all of NTM and commit to search out any possible abuse there is throughout the whole mission, and clean house. I know that fanda isnt the only place any abuse took place. You know the old saying, when you see one rat , there are usually 50 more you dont see. If they do this , then it will mean they really are concerned and not “just so very saddened and sorry” that THEY GOT CAUGHT

  47. Shary Hauber says:

    Sounds good but as I said five to ten years will tell.

    Yes Scott Ross should be removed. His video series on this site makes me angry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2toAEKkwVQ4 He looks like he is trying to help but what he is doing is telling churches how to get out of abuse allegations.

  48. Bonnie says:

    @Bonnie
    What the corrections were:

    “We’re thankful to those former Fanda students who were persistent in their efforts to encourage us to seek an outside review of the abuse.”

    “We also need to correct an error in previous public statements. These have referred to abuse that took place at Fanda in the 1980s, but the report includes abuse that took place in the 1990s as well. We apologize for the error.”

  49. Bonnie says:

    I am glad that Larry responded the way he did, and that they have made a public statement containing their errors in what they originally had insinuated to the reporters and on their website.

    My thoughts on the recommendations:
    1. Why is it confidential?
    2. Why is Scott Ross still serving as their in-house attorney?
    3. I understand why they are waiting to hear more from GRACE about certain people.
    4. Are they simply using GRACE’s report as a checklist and only doing what GRACE recommended, or are they considering other action as well?

  50. Kari says:

    I wrote Larry this email

    Larry Brown,

    I commend you for desiring to be transparent. I would ask you to clarify two matters in light of this.

    1. WHY did your mission retain GRACE to complete this investigation? Was it because of the pressure you received from the survivors speaking out on the fanda eagles blog? We make the request for an out of house investigation here, before GRACE was ever retained.
    http://fandaeagles.com/2009/06/dear-ntm/#more-84

    Yet your website reads: “At the request of NTM and with the consent of the former students of the NTM school for missionary children in Senegal, GRACE conducted a review of the situation at the school in the 1980s.”

    Oh yes, I do understand the sentence is technically true, but it is also manipulative. You were on a conference call with me over a year ago when I again requested this investigation before Grace was ever retained.
    2. WHY are you telling reporters the abuse happened in the 80’s? Are you trying to distance yourself from it? If you have read the report and your own documentation, you are overly aware the abuse continued WELL into the 90s.

    It is our deepest longing to be able to agree that you are transparent and committed to the truth. As it stands, we feel very manipulated.
    May you hear in my words a deep desire for reconciliation. Yet it is impossible without trust.
    Kari Mikitson

    and his response:
    Hi Kari,
     
    Sorry for not getting back sooner.  I have been eyeball deep trying to get that first set of recommendations implemented.
     
    Kari, thanks for your honest email.  You’re right. 
     
    Through this whole process I have sought to keep coming before God and asking him to humble me and not allow me get in the way of what He desires to teach me or NTM through this process of addressing our sin to you and other Fanda students.  Thank you for challenging me on how this is coming across.
     
    We are putting a statement on our public page of our website clarifying these two points that you brought up with me.
     
    Wow, it’s been a long, hard week for both of us.  I am looking forward to what God wants to teach me and NTM through this.  Thanks for your persistence.
     
    Have a good long week end,
     
    Larry

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