I have written a couple of papers concerning the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism and their lack of properly handling the paedophile Donn Ketcham. Recently I also produced a Power Point presentation of the time line as given on the web site http://bangladeshmksspeak.wordpress.com/ .
Surprisingly the Power Point gleaned a negative response by a missionary to Zambia. My reply to this missionary follows.
Dr. Waite sent me your email since I am the author of the ppt to which you are opposed.
I am surprised you have taken offense at the ppt concerning Donn Kethcam’s pedophilia while a medical missionary in Bangladesh.
I was with ABWE for fourteen years and personally saw the Good ole Boy’s Club at work. If you took the time to look at the whole presentation you will note (firstly) the home church pastor was not invited to go to the field to appraise what really was occurring with their missionary. No, the situation was dealt with by a mission staff member and a counselor. Not the pastor of the home church! In fact it was March 27, 2011 that Donn Ketcham’s sending church pastor of 1989, said publicly that he was told moral failure was adultery, and pedophilia was never mentioned!
Secondly, when Ketcham was terminated from the mission not once was pedophilia mentioned in the termination letter to the supporting churches. In fact one of my then supporting pastors has written saying he was on the ABWE board at the time of Ketcham’s termination and none of this was known to him or the others on the board. My question is why?
Thirdly, the web site by the MK’s http://bangladeshmksspeak.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/abwe-confession-and-grace/ was begun by MK’s who had been abused by Donn Ketcham. It wasn’t until this web site was started that ABWE finally in March, 2011 reported Ketcham to the Michigan medical Board. Ketcham turned in his license early in 2012. Also since reading the material on that web site it has been discovered that New Tribes has been covering up pedophiles for years! This is all too often what churches receive for turning their missionaries over to mission agencies.
Finally it is amazing to me that so many pastors, churches and missionaries are silent on these sins. Shame on them!”
It is of interest (at least to this blogger) that on http://www.abwe.org/churches/abwes-position/ point #6 says “We believe in supporting the duly constituted leadership of the local New Testament church through its pastor(s) and deacons.”
Note the Pastor of the church which sent out the missionary was not invited to go to the field to hear firsthand what the situation was. Words are cheap. Whatyareckon?