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 and to document ABWE’s 20-plus-year coverup of his crimes.
Of equal importance, the purpose of this blog is also to hold ABWE accountable to demonstrate in word and in deed that they have become a transparent organization, a trustworthy organization, and have transformed their hearts in regard to abuse and abuse victims.
While we saw a few key steps toward progress taken in 2011, any hopes that ABWE had actually changed vanished by late 2012, when they refused to name the pedophiles found in their Simms Showers investigation into other abuses, even to the supporting churches of those pedophiles. Because some information was leaked, we were able to research this matter and can confirm that former coworkers were not notified by ABWE and neither were supporting churches. THIS IS NOT PROGRESS. This is more of the same ABWE that we saw in 1989, who dismissed pedophiles quietly and kept the reputations of their missionaries intact at the expense of abuse victims.
We urge you to see that ABWE has yet to demonstrate real change.
What’s more, ABWE’s new president has not commented publicly on this matter, nor has ABWE made any public statements regarding their abused MKs since the highly controversial and emotionally devastating firing of GRACE in early 2013. Privately our emails go unanswered for weeks and even months at a time and our actual questions are never answered at all.
Since their highly suspicious and unjustified firing of GRACE in February 2013, ABWE has had ample time to demonstrate and prove that their motives were pure, that they are a new organization, dedicated to transparency and trustworthiness, that their concern for victims is genuine and not motivated only by self-preservation. Sadly, they have failed miserably to do anything except put up a fancy infographic and pay for counseling for MKs who privately request it. While we do not want to diminish the value of that counseling, we are much more concerned with the lack of true transformation at the heart of the organization and its leadership.
Only a true transformation at ABWE headquarters can guarantee that future MK victims will be treated with love and respect, that crimes will be reported appropriately, and that pedophiles who can be fired but cannot be prosecuted will NOT be allowed to return quietly and without accountability to their churches–unexposed, unimpeded and fully capable of harming again.