Christian and Missionary Alliance dragged their feet for years before they were pressured into acknowledging and investigating abuse at Mamou Alliance Academy. Then they gave it a half hearted attempt, as you can read in the previous post. Today, there are still many missions that will not even agree to investigate abuse. At the time the documentary All God’s Children was filmed the MK Safety Net organization had reports of abuse occurring at boarding schools of 21 different Christian denominations or mission organizations. Only two, PC USA and the United Methodist Church, had launched investigations at that time. Since then you can add New Tribes Mission and ABWE to that list. However both NTM and ABWE only launched investigations after intense public pressure in the form of internet exposure, newspaper articles and pleas from churches and supporters.
Most missions, including SIM, do not want the abuse that happened in their boarding schools to come to light. SIM, for example, already knows of specific cases of abuse that happened in their schools. Who are the perpetrators, and what actions, if any, have been taken against these people? This information is sealed up in confidential files. There is no need to dismiss or even discipline a perpetrator if no one is going to find out about it anyway.
Victims who have spoken out in the past few years have been first ignored, and then given so many painful hoops to jump through in order to move their case forward that it is destined for the file of “unresolved cases.” The vast majority of abused MKs do not speak out, because the mission, other missionaries, and even other MKs discourage it. SIM has NO outreach for this group. The only contact available is Marge Prince, who as far as I can tell is not trained or capable of dealing with trauma victims and sexually abused adults. She has passed several inquiries by both MKs and missionaries off to Larry Fehl, claiming he is in charge of this department. Mr. Fehl is actually retired from SIM and has virtually no resources at his disposal now. This is how much SIM cares about their MKs.
Matthew 5 says “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” SIM is not a well-lit house. They have many rooms that are dark and kept locked and hidden. How can they be shining the light of the Gospel to the rest of the world, when they refuse to turn on the lights in their own house?
It has taken publicity and lawsuits for other missions to finally acknowledge the abuse that occurred to children on their watch. What will it take for SIM?