An Open Letter to ABWE-Supporting Churches

Dear Pastors and Church Families,
 
Missionaries you have supported appear to have engaged in pedophilia, according to ABWE’s Simms Showers investigation. ABWE assures us in their statement that these men have been reported to “authorities” and no longer work for the mission board. They also assure us you’ve been told the names of any you personally funded. However, some questions still remain, and we suggest you ask them.
 
Did anyone in leadership at ABWE know about these incidents previously and fail to report and discipline appropriately? What are their names and has ABWE also informed their supporting churches, fired them, and severed ties with them?
 
Did the Simms Showers investigation include the fields where these alleged pedophiles served, to find out if nationals were also victims? We must assume that it did not, as it was wrapped up so quickly, but this is an important question. Could any of these men be extradited and prosecuted in the foreign countries where the abuse occurred? Is it possible we’ve only just begun to understand how many victims they actually have? Which authorities has ABWE told? Only American authorities, or all foreign authorities as well? 
 
While not all countries have good laws to protect children, many do. It would be wrong to keep such important information from the authorities in countries where these individuals served. Some would argue that it would harm the good missionaries currently serving, but we would argue that it will harm the mission board to continue to hide and cover sin that should be exposed and dealt with so its affects do not continue as cancers on these fields and in the home office. ABWE cannot possibly begin to heal and move forward until the full scope of sin is revealed and understood. If the investigations did not include research and reporting in the actual countries where these individuals served then it is incomplete.
 
We ask you to consider where your money has gone and what it has supported over the last decades. Please encourage ABWE to do the right thing not just for American victims but for victims of these individuals in any country–countries where these individuals were meant to serve and minister, not harm and infect with their poison. Please do not underestimate the damage these individuals may have done on the field, damage that may continue to hurt victims and foster pain and even continued cycles of abuse to this day. We encourage you to write to the board of ABWE as well as any ABWE missionaries you continue to support today with your concerns.
 
Sincerely,
Bangladesh MKs Speak
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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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One Response to An Open Letter to ABWE-Supporting Churches

  1. Peter Waud says:

    Good letter.
    Good point
    Peter Waud
    retired Pastor

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