ABWE Missionaries Share about their G.R.A.C.E. Interviews

Recently, a couple of dear friends shared their testimonies with me regarding the missionary interviews that are currently underway.  As I listened to their hearts I realized that what they had to say would be very helpful for others who are preparing to give their own interviews over the next few weeks. I asked them if they would be willing to prepare something to be shared with all of you here on the blog.  I hope you find their words to be reassuring and encouraging:

Testimonial #1 –

We had the opportunity to be interviewed by GRACE on July 6. We were impressed with the sensitivity and patience of the interview team. Although the memories of the events were painful and sometimes brought tears, sometimes anger, they were caring and never accusatory in any way. We went into the interview thinking that it would take only 15 to 30 minutes but were surprised at the thouroghness of the interview team. Our interview took an hour and a half.
Going through those old memories has been hard and we ache for the young women whose lives will never be the same. My fathers heart wants to be able to fix that but we have a God who knows everthing about us and knows how to restore what the locus has taken away.

May the Peace of God sustain you as we wait the outcome of this investigation,

Much love,
Ed & Dona Martin

Testimonial #2 –

We had our interview with the GRACE organization last week. Just wanted to share a bit how it went. Although it was very hard for us to recall the exact sequence of events, the dates of certain events, and who was on which side of the world at certain times, the interviewers were very patient with us. The interview, which we needed to do by phone because of scheduling restraints, was very relaxed and casual. We never felt that the interviewers were impatient or disappointed that we couldn’t remember some details. They simply encouraged us to tell what we knew and to do the best we could. Although it was not exactly pleasant to relive the story, when we finished we felt a sense of relief that maybe, just maybe we had a small part in bringing about a bit of resolution to this situation. We also felt that, if our comments are shared with the home office, we now have a voice in sharing our opinions and feelings about what happened and how things were handled.

Something we didn’t know ahead of time – and are thankful for – is the fact that GRACE emailed us a copy of the notes that were taken during our interview so we could go over them and add or correct things where we felt necessary. That gives us confidence that we have not been misunderstood or misquoted. We are grateful for an organization that is willing to sift through the ugliness of these situations to try and bring truth to light and healing to victims.

Steve & Jan Tower

Anyone who has a testimony to share regarding your interviews (either MK or Missionary), please add your words to the comments.  I believe it will be an encouragement to others, both those who haven’t gone yet and those who have.  One thing is for sure, your voice and words here will encourage the girls who endured the abuse and will reassure them that you are not only still here, but you are willing to do your part.

Thank you, Towers & Martins for standing beside them in love and for sharing these words with us today!

– Diana Durrill

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About Bangladesh MKs Speak

We are a group of American former missionary kids (MKs) who lived in Bangladesh while Donn Ketcham worked as a missionary doctor there with the mission agency Association of Baptists for World Evangelism (ABWE) out of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
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7 Responses to ABWE Missionaries Share about their G.R.A.C.E. Interviews

  1. paulspassingthoughts says:

    Yep. Matthew 18. look at the pain that is still there after all of these years. RESOLUTION is so, so, so important. Only God knows all of the good that has come about through this stand. How many have been spared the same pain? Only God knows.

  2. paulspassingthoughts says:

    And thanks again for the share buttons! So awesome to be able to share these posts with three mouse clicks!

  3. paulspassingthoughts says:

    However fellow bloggers, don’t be like me and forget to tag them.

  4. concerned reader says:

    As a family that prayed for both of your families while in Bangladesh.. we will continue to pray for you and all involved. Sue W.

  5. Steve decook says:

    Thanks for sharing these notes. Steve DeCook

  6. Pam and I had our interview with GRACE this morning. It was a bittersweet time for us to recall the friends that we served with in Bangladesh: such happy memories; such needless suffering. While it is true that one man was at the heart of this suffering, it is also true there were many who enabled him to pursue his perverted agenda for decades, including those who fostered an attitude of resistance to change; a resistance to taking the voices of the children seriously.

    We have said our piece, and perhaps when the report by GRACE is compiled and all these voices are finally heard, there will in fact be peace for those who have been both abused and denied justice for their abuse. One man did not do this all by himself; it took the organizational neglect and abuse of responsibility by many for many years. I hope this report brings all that to light.

    Many thanks to the children, now grown, who have had the courage and the perseverence to see this process through to a time of healing. You have been the true leaders of this mission, though many in the leadership fail to see it. However, God sees your devotion to the things of Christ and smiles on your faithfulness to His character and His cause. May He richly reward you with the blessing of peace in the days and years to come.

    Steve and Pam Wise

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