THE PURPOSE OF THIS BLOG
The purpose of this blog is to bring into the light what has previously been kept in the dark, that is, to publicly identify former ABWE missionary Dr. Donn Ketcham of Allendale, Michigan, as a pedophile.
In addition to revealing that Dr. Ketcham is a pedophile, those of us putting together this blog intend to document how the American mission agency he served under, Association of Baptists for World Evangelism (hereby referred to as ABWE and located in Pennsylvania), has protected both his private and public reputation by leaving in place the impression that he was dismissed from the mission as a result of an affair, not pedophilia.
We hope and pray that this blog will result in a change of heart at ABWE. That they will not tolerate perpetrators of child abuse in any form, regardless of the title in front of the perpetrator’s name. In addition, we hope that the mission will finally call Dr. Ketcham’s actions crimes, not just sins, and act accordingly.
This blog is a voice for those of us ABWE missionary kids (MKs) who were sexually molested by Dr. Ketcham in Bangladesh and for anyone who has been abused by him here in the States. We can finally tell “our side of the story.”
We strongly encourage anyone who has been molested by Dr. Ketcham to use this site to share your story and help the whole truth about Dr. Ketcham and ABWE to finally come out.
— Susannah Beals Baker
2013 UPDATE: On Feb. 7, 2013, ABWE summarily dismissed GRACE as the investigative team and hired Pii, a private firm that specializes–according to their own electronic brochure–in confidentiality with their client (read: their job is to protect ABWE). On Feb. 11, 2013, GRACE gave a detailed and thorough response to every allegation slung by ABWE.
At this date, Feb. 13, 2013, ABWE refuses to guarantee us the original terms of the GRACE investigation. A devastating blow to any chance of justice for the abused MKs who–as a result–are no longer guaranteed:
- Public access to the final report
- Equal footing on a committee to determine final outcomes of the report
- And any sense that ABWE’s claims of wanting to experience “truth and reconciliation” are genuine.
LATEST UPDATE: On Feb. 18 editors of this blog were contacted by a reporter from Christianity Today. We expressed our specific concerns regarding the confidentiality of the Pii investigation to this reporter, and we know that ABWE was promptly confronted by the reporter with those concerns and our allegations regarding Pii. Suddenly, less than a day later, ABWE–who has been unwilling to answer OUR questions about this in the last 10-plus days–is saying the report will go public and slinging more mud at GRACE. This is a stunt by ABWE because of the spotlight of a Christianity Today story, nothing less and nothing more.
The GRACE report was just a few weeks from completion.
NOTE: PLEASE REFER TO THE TIMELINE ICON AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE FOR MORE DOCUMENTS AND EXPLANATIONS OF THIS LONG AND DIFFICULT JOURNEY WE HAVE EMBARKED ON TO BRING TRUTH AND INTEGRITY BACK TO ABWE’s MINISTRIES. WE INVITE HEALTHY DIALOG ABOUT WHY THIS HAPPENED AND HOW CHRISTIANS CAN PREVENT IT HAPPENING AT ANY OTHER RELIGIOUS INSTITUTION.