An open letter to ABWE

UPDATE:5/10/2016 ABWE publishes report by Professional Investigations International (Pii) which called them out on their years of coverup and abuse.

(or how to use the Google alerts) To Dr. Michael Loftis, president of the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism

Dr. Loftis–
Hi. May I call you Mike? Hi, Mike. We’ve never met, but I feel like I know you after all these months. I’ve seen your name tossed around here and elsewhere. I may have even heard of you back in my Baptist days. I don’t know.

I know some friends of yours. You may remember them: they were children a long time ago, serving in the jungles of Bangladesh, giving up their comfort here in the states and packing everything up in barrels to go serve God. They loved God and He called them to follow Him, so follow Him they did. They were prepared for certain dangers: malaria, parasites, maybe monkey bites (I don’t know, I’ve never been). But there was a danger for which they hadn’t prepared: child molestation, pedophilia, rape. What’s that word you used back in your letter earlier this year? Oh yes, “moral failure.” Whatever you want to call it, it is what it is: deadly sin. Having come into contact with such great evil, they brought to the attention of your organization post haste, figuring any reasonable-headed adult, let alone a Christian one, would surely want to do something about it.

Oh, now, Mike, I know, it wasn’t “your” organization back then. That’s ok, though. It’s yours now. And I have since learned that some more of my friends (these are new ones) brought the same problem to your attention a few short years ago, thinking again that any reasonable-headed adult, let alone a Christian one, would surely want to do something about it.

And you do right? You’re a reasonable-headed adult. You’re a Christian. I mean just the other day I was looking on your website (you need to update that April 12 entry, it’s getting a little stale) and I saw that really cool article you wrote about the call of God.

It’s really neat, Mike, that you got to talk to the President, though I know the circumstances were pretty rough. That was horrible (and you had a lot of international good will after that happened). You’ve talked to men and women of great import around the world. That’s really cool.

Someone else is calling now, Dr. Loftis. I know he was just the maintenance guy back then, but he’s a father. You’re a father, right? His daughters are calling too, and some of their friends. (There’s quite a lot of us now) They’re not looking to harm you, though what’s going to happen is probably going to be painful (much good usually starts out that way). They don’t want too much from you, just your time and your attention. Maybe some action would be good, an honest-to-goodness apology, an investigation into what all you did wrong. It’s OK, we all make mistakes. We all sin and fall short, it says that right there in Romans.

You really are among friends, even though we get a little riled up from time to time. It’s just so hard to watch those you care for hurt so carelessly over and over again, for no reason other than someone’s foolish pride. How about you step back from that ledge now, pick up that phone and call G.R.A.C.E. Tell them to come on in and look at whatever they need to, talk to whomever they want. Give them the keys. They’re OK (It’s Billy Graham’s son-in-law for heaven’s sake).

Faithful are the wounds of a friend, Mike. I promise. This will get better if you do it this way. If you don’t, well, I wouldn’t want to wait anymore.

A really smart Christian who used to live near you, in South Canaan said the following (he’s an Orthodox Christian so I like him a lot, but he spent some time in Nazi prison camps so he knows from suffering):  One hates his enemies only when he fails to realize that they are not enemies, but cruel friends.

These women know you’re not their enemy. You were just a cruel friend. Stop being that way. Pick up the phone. God is calling.

Matthew 25: 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.

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Author: Rebecca

Orthodox Christian. Writer. SAR K9 handler-in training. All three of those are deeply related.

3 thoughts on “An open letter to ABWE”

    1. Chris–ABWE promised more than a month ago they would “finalize” a “relationship” with G.R.A.C.E. As of yet, no such agreement has been reached and no investigation has commenced. But there a couple of concerns: 1-what is there possibly to finalize? You don’t finalize a relationship with the police when they flash their badges and have a search warrant. You don’t finalize the discovery process in a civil lawsuit. 2-why wouldn’t you, as an organization, if you want to be seen as doing the right thing, not open up your books/records without equivocation. The only possible explanation is a fear of lawsuit/criminal charges. To that I say, too bad. ABWE is, frankly, quite fortunate the police have not yet knocked.

      These women have waited far too long for something to be done on their behalf. ABWE has met their every request with stubborn silence, and now delays. There is no reason for the delay. At least not in logic land.

      Thanks for visiting my little online space, Chris. I hope I have not caused offense in my passion for my friends. Nose around a bit and if you have any questions, feel free to ask.

      In XC, Bec

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