When MKs from the New Tribes Mission school in Fanda, Senegal, began uncovering serious cases of abuse that had occurred at the school, the New Tribes Mission did not take their stories seriously. Eventually an independent organization, G.R.A.C.E., was called in and did a thorough investigation. You can read their full report at the New Tribes Mission Abuse website.
Here is what GRACE found to be the legacy of suffering for Fanda abuse victims that they interviewed:
“What impact did these forms of sexual, physical, emotional and spiritual abuse make in the lives of the students at Fanda? The catalogue of heartbreak and pain is not short: denial, memory loss, depression, guilt, feelings of powerlessness, panic attacks, the inability to sing in church, anger, fear, distrust of adults, suicidal thoughts and actions, self-harming, eating disorders, substance abuse, sexual experimentation, sexual confusion, sexual repression, running away, turning to the occult, criminal behaviour, imprisonment and death.”
How many MKs do you know that suffer from at least two or three of these symptoms? I know a few, including some who are unable to function and live on the verge of homelessness. This is not just feeling sad because they were homesick growing up, or having trouble “fitting in” to their home country. This is the effects of serious abuse that are lasting long into adulthood for a good number of MKs.