Jan 212014
 

whistleblower-back-stabbingIn Lucena City an orphanage, the Sankey Samaritan Mission for poor children and youth, was raided by the NBI and an American, Tom Randall and orphanage manager Toto Luchavez and his son Jake Luchavez were arrested and are charged with trafficking and child abuse based on strong testimony of some of the 31 victims.

 

While we are sickened again by yet another case of child abuse in the ministry, this case highlights the difficulties involved in bringing these vile acts to the attention of the public and authorities.

The whistleblower in this case is a missionary in the Philippines named Joe Mauk.

From his Facebook page;

“It is understandable a lot of people are seeking some additional background information on the posts we made regarding the rescue of young people from an abusive institution.  The foreign founder and funder is a highly respected and highly effective long-term missionary and servant of God. The institution began with a board of individuals of professional background who were charged with approving the policies of the institution and monitoring the administration. After the departure of two initial administrators, the foreign funder’s closest Filipino friend and confidante was placed as the administrator.  Over the years the board evolved into what it is now.  Total board members: The administrator, the administrator’s wife, the administrator’s son and two staff paid by the administrator. Even the foreign funder is not on the board that controls all of his investments in this institution.  The only accountability over the administration is the foreign funder himself who visits the country once a year.

A year or so ago one of my church members was asked to be principal of the Christian school that operates on the same compound as the children’s institution. This past year she recruited one of our young people, a newly certified teacher, to join the faculty.  She was assigned living space in the dorm of the girls.  Some of the girls confided in her of the abuse they were experiencing by the administrator. She told my daughter Miriam Bongolan who is trained in detecting child abuse by the head start program in the US and has worked in missions involving anti-abuse and child trafficking.  She brought the news to me.  I asked if there was anything I could send to the foreign funder to verify this.  Two girls from the institution, at great personal risk, smuggled out letters to the teacher who gave them to Miriam who gave them to me.  I immediately scanned them and emailed them to the foreign funder.  His response was that he knew about one of the girls, that she was emotionally disturbed and told stories and that he had probably received a dozen such letters from her.  He said he didn’t know about the other girl but would handle it himself as he was due to visit in 6 weeks.

As a service to the institution, I had been providing security guards from the agency that provides security for our conference center.  In anticipation of the foreign funder’s visit to handle things, upon legal advice, I moved to increase security there.  This attempt was met with furious opposition by the administrator and the funder.  Within a week my increased security was replaced with a new agency who hired the old guards.  Realizing there was nothing more I could do to help and realizing the responsibility to report to authorities reports received of abuse, I turned all information I had over to my legal counsel and to a pastoral crisis intervention team to report the matter to authorities. 

And, it might have stayed there but.. I have five daughters.  They are all fierce warriors for what they believe is right.  This makes for interesting family dynamics but was also useful in this case.  They would not let my youngest daughter Miriam get discouraged or give up.  She and her teacher friend persisted against great odds until they were able to reach the highest levels of Philippine law enforcement.  Hence the action we reported in our posts.”

Mauk is not being held up as a hero in some circles, but as a villain.

A pastor friend of Tom Randall’s named Joe Coffey wrote this blog article and has started a Facebook page in Randall’s defense that already has 22,000 “likes”.

Despite reports that the children were the ones to make the accusations, Mauk is being painted as an “accuser’ and “single man with a vendetta”.

As is too often the case, very little mention of the alleged victims is made by those defending Randall.

While there is little more damnable than false accusations of child abuse, ignoring such charges is.

We cannot assume guilt or innocence in this case, but we can and should allow the investigations and trials to proceed before we try to vindicate the accused without the victims getting their day in court.

More from Mauk;

“We are now being accused by supporters of the institution of terrible things but that’s okay, the kids are safe. This is the reason abuse in Christian institutions over the years has not come to light until years later. The refusal to accept reports is common. The resistance to any action is fierce and success in actual having charges filed is extremely difficult. Some of have been asking “How could Joe do this?” Simple answer: kids were being raped, what did you want me to do?”

We’ll be following this…

  70 Responses to “Whistleblower Under Fire in Philippines Child Abuse Case”

  1. A little more from Joe Mauk,

    ” Although I was the first to present information to authorites through a pastoral crisis intervention team, the original whistleblowers were the two girls inside who confided in their teacher and smuggled out letters to her. She gave them to my daughter who then gave them to me. After these were reported by me to the funder and then submitted to authorities, the teacher was “interviewed” by the funder when he arrived to do his own “investigation”. My daughter accompanied her but he insisted on interviewing the teacher alone. The interview consisted of 90 minutes of lecturing the teacher of all that she had done wrong and all the things that were wrong with me and my family. When my daughter joined at the end of the interview she was told “Stay out of this or your family will be deported from the Philippines. Do you want that?” After this the two girls, knowing no true investigation was going to take place, persevered and by a miraculous contact was put in touch with the national Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking. This is the group who did preliminary investigation and determined the need to rescue the young people. It has all been in their hands ever since but the children have been turned over to Social Services for counseling and assessment.”

  2. Aren’t there any blogs or FB pages defending the arrests?

  3. These things are so horrible I can barely stand to read about them. They make my heart sick and fill me with pain.

  4. MLD, there are a lot of people who are friends with Joe Mauk, as well as Tom Randall, that are defending what Joe did, in turning evidence over to the authorities and those people are concerned about justice being done. However, I believe that the same people are trusting that the justice system will do what needs to be done. Those same people are not on any kind of witch hunt (as in starting FB pages and blogs to indict anyone) and don’t want innocent people tried or convicted….they just want the children to be protected and the guilty brought to justice. I know that is what I want.

  5. Thank God for Joe Mauk, his daughter, and the teacher who were willing to speak out for the children!

  6. Nonnie,
    I am sure that the stinkers are guilty. I guess it is just a matter of how well they have covered their tracks.

  7. My question after reading this is, who are the bad guys? I would never fault Joe Mauk. He turned in evidence. That’s his part, he did the right thing. Any anger towards him is severely misplaced.

    But in reading through, is anyone accusing Randall of actual wrong doing? I know the Philippine officials are, but is Joe even accusing Randall of anything? From first glance, it would seem easy to believe that he is not involved with the trafficking, just trying to do good and was used as a front by the bad guys. IS that the story?

  8. Josh, if I understand the story correctly, Tom Randall is ” the funder” in the story.

  9. Tom should sue the “accusers”, at least that’s what Calvary Chapel does and supports.

  10. Thanks, Nonnie, That’s where I was getting confused. “Funder, administrator, etc”

  11. I’m having trouble following this story and ascertaining the facts from the rhetoric. The links that I have examined don’t bring alot of clarity. Or maybe its me. 🙁

    This makes me want to hear the two sides of this situation.

  12. Sorry, I had to step out for a while.
    There are a lot of stories here to consider.
    The primary one to me (outside of the abuse itself) is the vitriol unleashed against the whistleblower.
    You would think that it would be prudent to wait for the finding of the courts.
    The second is the rush to defend the accused…while seeing very little concern for the victims.
    The third is the real difficulty one encounters in coming to grips with our reactions to this.
    Randall appears to be a very decent Christian man who if he is guilty of a crime, would be guilty of the crime of omission, not commission.
    How do these things happen and why…and what would be the most productive and proactive actions we can take to protect both kids and those who care for them?

  13. Papias,

    You hit a sweet spot.
    It is very difficult to get clarity on the matter…we are all going to react from our experiences, which may or may not be applicable in this matter.

  14. Reposted with permission:

    “Whenever news breaks that a beloved pastor, missionary or family member is accused of a sexual impropriety or crime, the impulse of many within the Christian community is to discredit the report. This is also true when the accusation is one of negligence and/or complicity of not reporting sexual assault. It has been particularly difficult for Christians to accept that missionaries they have been supporting, both financially and through prayer, are capable of sexual crimes. It is also very, very difficult for missionaries to make a report to police and other civil authorities that there is credible evidence a colleague is either engaged in sexual abuse or is complicit in not reporting known sexual abuse.

    The following are links to some documented cases of sexual abuse by evangelical missionaries.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rLkXrk8TM Les Emory, missionary to the Philippines confesses to molesting girls
    http://www.mksafetynet.net/reports/Amended-GRACE-Report-on-NTM-Fanda-Amended-edition.pdf Independent report in abuse at school in Senegal
    http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/local-missionary-admitted-molestation-making-child/nYBxz/ 2013 conviction of Scott Kennell, missionary to Brazil
    http://www.justice.gov/usao/flm/press/2013/sep/20130904_Kennell

    Beverly Shellrude Thompson
    Past President, MKSafetyNet
    http://www.mksafetynet.net

  15. I wish you all would quit being so judgmental. You are gossiping. You need to leave it to the lord and let god deal with it. I sense you are bitter. I will pray for you.

  16. Welcome Beverly, and thank you for posting!

  17. Sorry that should have been welcom & thank you, Raz.

  18. Nonnie,

    We’re going to rely on you a lot as we cover this.
    I’ve been in contact with some other missionaries as well, so we should be able to follow the progress of the story.

  19. Right now you know as much as I do about this case. I know that both men are well respected and loved in the mission community. My concern is for these children and young adults, and it amazes me how many people who are commenting on the “Free TR” page seem to have forgotten about the the victims.

  20. God bless the fierce warriors, and may their tribe increase.

  21. The huge difference in this case is that there are far more people willing to speak out and actually let the facts speak than in previous stories we’ve covered.
    Perhaps we are making some progress…

  22. Michael – could you change the photo? I would really like to follow this story but the image at the top triggers & makes me so ill everytime I see it, I cannot link on this post anymore. There are some lurking in internet ville who would have the opposite reaction as well. Perhaps someone blowing a whistle or something. Your consideration of the change is deeply appreciated. As is your faithfulness in reporting that which needs to be brought out of darkness and into the light. Thank you.

  23. Agreed on the photo.

  24. Photo changed…

  25. This is a heart breaking story. The wickedness of actual abuse stands alone. The wickedness of a false, accusation of abuse, in a third world county complicates the issue, and blackens many who claim to represent the Savior.
    As a trained investigator into these type of claims I we must be aware there are many issues that lend themselves to the credibility of the reporting party. We don’t have access to the actual victim interviews. Timing in the release of this story might suggest one brother in Christ and may have mixed motives. We need to cover this with much prayer. Here in the States investigators are carefully trained in interviewing techniques that are helpful in extracting the true story. I am not filled with confidence the authorities there are vetted in these techniques.
    The horrendous scale of this type of abuse requires careful scrutiny! I must admit I know Tom Randall and find it impossible to comprehend his culpability in these acts, much less his ignoring behavior from his staff that could lead to these acts. On the other hand justice requires a response and we eagerly wait for one. While the children are protected now, Tom Randall sits in a jail.
    In any case, I pray truth will win the day.

  26. Purihin ang Panginoon sa katulad mo Kap,Joe Mauk

  27. this is awful!!! heart breaking!!!!

    but it does not surprise me that these men are put up in ‘good standing’. snakes are good at deception and lulling people to look the other way. Some of the snake protectors may have been enjoying the set up as well.

  28. Larry,

    Thank you for your comment.
    I’m reviewing some primary documents in this case…and I hope the investigation is thorough.

  29. Dusty,

    This may be the tip of the iceberg…we’ll keep digging.

  30. Michael, I think you are right….praying on my end…

  31. Thank you for changing the pic at the top, Michael.

  32. Michael said, ‘The huge difference in this case is that there are far more people willing to speak out and actually let the facts speak than in previous stories we’ve covered’

    I am glad people are willing to speak out in this case….

    Your quote above…..That speaks volumes….don’t you think? When your hand is in or reaching for the cookie jar you don’t want to tell about the other hands that are there….

  33. Anne ((((hugs)))

  34. I think I remember something about someone in the Philippines being abused years ago that got swept under the rug…is this connected?

  35. If one studies the issues of mission kids and MK who are left while the parents are being missinaries, trust me Michael it is not even the tip of the tip of the ice berg.

  36. I have been a missionary in the Philippines for 26 years. It is so easy to understand how this could take place. It is very possible that Tom Randall has not abused children, but has turned a blind eye to the abuse by people he loves and to whom he has entrusted his ministry. He chooses whom he will believe, and it is easier to believe your friends than children… damaged children, especially when they are saying the unthinkable.

    Orphanages need to be run by godly, God fearing people, not just good managers. Money and goods from abroad are corrupting, temptation to evil is always there… Children who are ‘favorites’ get the most goodies… it is a recipe for disaster and it happens a lot. I know of at least one other orphanage, and possibly two, where children were abused, in one case, by both men and women. But no one could or would speak up and bring proof. Kids were paid off, wrong-doing indignantly denied, end of story. We know about this because one of the young ladies who grew up in this orphanage turned out to be a predator in one of our ministries.

  37. Respectfully and lovingly submitted…

    As someone who has “Liked” the FreeTomRandall page I would like to bring some clarity. I have not forgotten about the precious children who have been wrenched from their home and have possibly been harmed by persons yet to be determined. I do not believe that the body of believers that have “liked” the FreeTomRandall page are uncaring about these children and their situation. To suggest otherwise is unconscionable. What decent human being would ever be uncaring about children being harmed? Those children are being prayed for, trust me! I am waiting to hear what has really happened and pray that the truth will come out and that true justice will prevail.

    About the Facebook page – my perspective is that this page is about Tom. He is not getting the medical care he needs. He is quite ill and in need of our prayers and support. In fact, I am sure that he is deeply concerned about the welfare of those kids. I believe that most on the page want justice .To broadly brush everyone on the FTR page for “not caring about the children” is divisive. Supporting Tom and FTR is NOT ignoring the children. They are dIfferent issues. Also, I believe that accusations toward Mr. Mauk also have no place in our conversations. Let us as a body of believers, committed to Christ, not be guilty of accusations. I beg you for unity – we are all one in Christ.

    I have lived overseas as a missionary kid and later in business and have seen and heard of things handled very poorly over the years with due process not being observed and innocent people held unjustly. I pray that the Philippine government is up to the task of discerning what is true and what is false. More though, I pray that the Christian community will handle lovingly ALL the people involved in this situation and not use it as fodder for gossip, slander, anger and personal agendas. How hurtful to the community of Christians around the world. It grieves me that those who do not believe might think that God has not changed our hearts enough to be different, to show Jesus.

    This is breaking my heart and, I believe, the heart of God to see the body of Christ coming against one another. All the stories flying around about this should be evidence to all that this is a difficult, emotional and devisive situation. Satan must be loving every minute of it. Let us not give him the victory. That belongs to God.

  38. Larry Miller – I agree with you.

  39. Thank you, Milei Yardley, for bringing a voice of Christian charity to this conversation. Anyone who knows Tom Randall knows that he is not capable of hurting these children, who are his life, or of allowing anyone else to do so. There is no one who loves these kids more than he does. He legally adopted 21 of them to keep them safe from being “claimed” by relatives and pressed back into the sex slave trade. They were all terribly damaged before they came to the orphanage, and you don’t have to be an expert in detecting child abuse to discover that. Tom’s orphanage rescued them from all of that to keep them safe. Larry Miller is right, finding justice within a corrupt government is not a sure thing. Tom could pay with his life for nothing other than stubbornly commiting himself to the welfare of these children and the Philippines. And sadly – the accusor knows that. I encourage everyone on this page to LIKE the Free Tom Randall facebook page, and add your prayers to the chorus, that justice will prevail.

  40. I had witnessed several coverups in missions works and in churches among evangelical groups. However, I believe that these are rare cases in contrast to the massive coverups in Catholic churches. Many hundreds of atrocities are being committed by Catholic priests in Australia, USA and in Europe which are now properly handled by experienced and committed investigators. They can be trusted with the way they handle their investigations but which is a contrast to how authorities in Philippines could have integrity and dedication to truth and straight moral values.

    On the other hand, I also had witnessed pastors/ministers, their wives church members and missionaries get carried away and led to believe unfounded accusations. No proper investigations are done before they spread gossips. Poor person/victim of such lousy dirty gossiping. One example was a young woman who went to sleep at the house of her boyfriend because she wanted to avoid the man (who was with his father) who were ready to make agreement with her parents for their parental pre-arranged marriage. Because she is a Christian who valued chastity before marriage, she never ever allowed the advances of her boyfriend who also respected her strong stand/refusal to submit to him. However, his friends (a couple) saw her there in his bedroom and so presumed that they were into sexual relationship. She returned to their house the following day but not realising that the two had spread the gossip already about them. The false accusation was compounded by the boyfriend’s retaliation to destroy her after she broke relationship with him. In addition to this. the boyfriend was later caught by one of the seminary students in a sexual act with an American homosexual missionary. This missionary was simply dismissed from his position and was sent back to USA.

  41. Has Joe M responded to the claim that the two girls recanted, admitting to making up the original charges? And that the initial charges were investigated and dropped? I didn’t see that addressed in this post.

  42. Honestly, I don’t believe that anyone wants an innocent man/men punished. God forbid. I continue to pray for TR and the other 2 men, JM, the young people and children and for the truth to come out.

    But JM was obligated to report.

  43. Walt,

    He has responded to that claim with the proper authorities.
    There are more than two girls making accusations…

  44. First of all, welcome to those who are new to the blog and are commenting here for the first time or may just be reading. For those who have commented, your thoughts and opinions are valued. Truly. Don’t be surprised if you get some push back as is the nature of this blog. But there are many participants here who will be appreciative of your input.

    The history of this blog is one where many corruptions in the church have been covered and documented, some with more time and detail than others. There is a heart here for justice, healing, and reconciliation, even if the circumstances don’t always play out so nicely. At this point, nobody certainly knows all the facts of this case and what the complete truth is, with the exception of maybe some of those actually involved, both the accused and the accusers.

    When Michael decided to post this story on his blog, he certainly did not make any proclamations of guilt or innocence. What he did express was concern for a situation where some children have potentially suffered some terrible things and where the person who initially reported the accusations to the authorities appears to be being made out as the bad guy. Just keep in mind, at least here in the U.S., by law, clergy are required to report to law authorities when they find out about suspected child sexual abuse/assault. And it is good righteous law. I don’t know what the laws may be in the Philippines, but this is good moral practice. And maybe there could be some bad blood between the reporter and the accused. Maybe the reporter has some additional ulterior motives. I have no idea as I don’t know anything about these two men beyond what I have read over the past day. Regardless, the reporter did what was right in reporting a possible terrible crime.

    Again, a little history of this blog. We have seen many cases where the victims and/or those reporting on the wrongs being done have had the tables turned on them and they are made out to be evil ones. This has often times been done by those in powerful Christian positions with glistening reputations to protect. And so there is a sensitivity to that type of thing happening.

    And for some of you who may know Tom Randall personally, I can certainly understand your pain and angst. I can understand your feeling that you couldn’t possibly believe that Tom could be complicit in such matters. Just keep in mind however, no matter how good we think we know a person to be, we do live in a fallen world and anybody (truly anybody) is capable of falling. It’s not a comfortable thing to think about, especially in regards to those we love or really look up to. But if we are honest with ourselves, we must admit to the truth of the possibility. If Tom ends up being guilty of anything, maybe the worst of it is choosing to trust people he knows and loves over those he does not know as well. But even if that is the case, it is a misjudgment that continued to place innocent children in harm’s way and is a terrible thing.

    And maybe Tom is truly innocent and the accusations are really all false. Then it is terrible for those who originated the accusations. We must pray that the truth be determined and justice be meted out, in whatever form that may take. I have no idea as to the capabilities and/or possible corruption level (and what government is not corrupt in some fashion) of the Philippino authorities who are investigating this and ultimately judge on it. We must just hope and pray that justice and ultimately healing may come about.

  45. KevinH,

    That was so well said and so necessary…thank you very much!

  46. “Again, a little history of this blog. We have seen many cases where the victims and/or those reporting on the wrongs being done have had the tables turned on them and they are made out to be evil ones. This has often times been done by those in powerful Christian positions with glistening reputations to protect. And so there is a sensitivity to that type of thing happening.”

    About as true as gravity. Solid truth.

  47. Bobby, you’re bitter and judgmental.

    In this case, clearly the evil accusers have turned the tables on Tom. Where is the evidence? Where are the facts? Just gossip and lies and trashing the name of Christ in public.

  48. There’s nothing that you can do. Just leave it to the Lord. You can’t expect the people who are associated with Tom in ministry to do anything. All you can do is teach people how to make their own decisions. It’s not the responsibility of others in ministry with Tom to do anything.

    It’s not Tom’s responsibility to do anything. Tom has no responsibility if something was happening. It’s the individuals who did the crimes, if crimes were done.

  49. “…We have seen many cases where the victims and/or those reporting on the wrongs being done have had the tables turned on them and they are made out to be evil ones. …”

    It is also true that there have been cases where innocent people have been falsely accused and the purported victims have turned out to be liars. I have no idea where the truth lies in this particular case and neither does anyone else commenting one way or the other here. Which is why it saddens me to see people jumping to judgement. Please, rather pray that truth is indeed revealed and that justice is done.

  50. I don’t know anything about any of this, just what I have read, but I am surprised that so many people are supporting one side or the other. No one has 20,000 personal friends who can vouch for their integrity, people are just jumping on a bandwagon. I can perfectly understand and appreciate friends and family being loyal to a loved one but no one has 20,000 friends and family members. All to say, hold judgement until all the facts are known and avoid bandwagons.

  51. Walt,

    The only rush to judgment I’ve seen is to accuse the whistleblowers and frame the story in such a way as to mock the accusers.
    I have no dog in this hunt….I’m gathering documents and talking to people who are deeply concerned about this situation and have been for some time.
    No one I’ve spoken to has anything but respect for Tom Randall and no one is accusing him of abuse, but of not acting on abuse accusations when he should have.
    It is a tragic situation in any case and lives will be changed because of it…we need to allow all the information to be gathered and examined.

  52. Michael, I understand. I was referring not to the blog post but to several of the comments that seem to have already passed Judgement against TR.

  53. Walt,

    You quoted me at, “…We have seen many cases where the victims and/or those reporting on the wrongs being done have had the tables turned on them and they are made out to be evil ones. …”

    Note that two paragraphs later, I stated, “And maybe Tom is truly innocent and the accusations are really all false. Then it is terrible for those who originated the accusations.”

    I think there are very few here who have jumped to judgment in regards to the accusations. Re-read the comments and I think you will find very few that are judging guilt upon the accused, directly or even indirectly. Most are expressing that it’s a terrible situation (which it is, no matter what angle you are looking at it). The closest thing to judgment that appears to be made in both the original article and in the comments is that there appears that the whistleblower(s) are being wronged for having done what is right.

  54. Walt, I hope you have not misunderstood any of my comments. My only “judgement” was that Joe Mauk did the correct thing in taking it to authorities. I personally know and respect both Tom and Joe and know they both have wonderful ministries. They have stellar reputations and they are loved by so many. I have judged no one as guilty, but I believe Joe Mauk was very correct in what he did. In many states in the USA, a pastor or teacher would be charged with a crime for NOT reporting these types of allegations.

  55. I have been praying for those involved in the Sankey Orphanage child abuse case. Praying that the truth will be made evident. Praying that God will be glorified, even in the midst of crap. Praying a shield of protection around the children.
    Due to my own abuse at the hands of missionaries, I do not have blind trust in men of God. My trust is in God. I know from experience that men professing Christ in public may be committing the most heinous crimes in private.
    When I first heard about this case my initial response was to pray for the victims….whether the victims are the children or anyone being falsely accused, I know that the Holy Spirit will pray on my behalf for whomever the victims are.
    One point I do want to make is this: When someone is made aware abuse is taking place and they take no action…..they are then an accessory to that abuse. In my book, they become an abuser. If that is the case in this situation, then I hope justice is served to all of the abusers.

  56. Thank you Kath, for your post and for your perspective on this.

    “When I first heard about this case my initial response was to pray for the victims….whether the victims are the children or anyone being falsely accused, I know that the Holy Spirit will pray on my behalf for whomever the victims are.”

    “When someone is made aware abuse is taking place and they take no action…..they are then an accessory to that abuse. In my book, they become an abuser. If that is the case in this situation, then I hope justice is served to all of the abusers.”

    Amen

  57. Outside of the details of this case, is anyone here able to point me to Mr. Randall’s Mission’s board of directors. I understand him to be the “funder” but have been unable to find out more about his organization. Is he independently wealthy or just trusted by generous donors?

  58. rebecca,

    I don’t have my notes in front of me , but I think the board are family members and another pastor.
    Don’t quote me on that until I check.

  59. Thank you. (I’m not asking about the orphanage’s board, but the World Harvest Mission through which – I assume – money is channeled since they have a donation tab with a P.O. Box, Manchester, MI address.)

  60. Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Psalm 82:3
    Father to the fatherless, defender of widows—this is God, whose dwelling is holy.
    Psalm 68:5
    But you do see! You take note of trouble and grief in order to take the matter into your own hand. The helpless one commits himself to you; you have been the orphan’s helper.
    Psalm 10:14
    Though the LORD is highly exalted, yet he pays attention to those who are lowly regarded, but he is aware of the arrogant from afar. Psalm 138:6
    He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. Deuteronomy 10:18
    The LORD preserves the strangers; he relieves the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turns upside down. Psalm 146:9
    Do not take advantage of the widow or the fatherless. If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry. My anger will be aroused, and I will… Exodus 22:22-24
    “You shall not pervert the justice due to the sojourner or to the fatherless, or take a widow’s garment in pledge, Deuteronomy 24:17
    The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Psalm 9:9
    “If anyone causes one of these little ones–those who believe in me–to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea.” Mark 9:42, Matthew 18:6, Luke 17:2
    One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him. When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry with his disciples. He said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them. Mark 10 : 13-16
    Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ Matthew 25:45
    Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
    James 1:27
    “He pled the cause of the afflicted and needy; Then it was well. Is not that what it means to know Me?” Declares the LORD. Jeremiah 22:16
    Speak up for those who have no voice, for the justice of all who are dispossessed. Proverbs 31:8
    Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice. Proverbs 31:9
    “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
    Luke 4:18,19

  61. I’m so confused about the security guards.

    Was Joe Mauk in charge of the security at Sankey?
    Are the guards his “employees”?
    Did Joe Mauk first get approval for this “changing of the guards” from Sankey?
    If not, did the police accompany these guards?

    Why was increased security needed in anticipation of Randall’s visit?
    Why did this increased security necessitate firing the old guards?
    Who fired the old guards and what did they do to get fired?

  62. How many letters did the girls’ smuggle out?

    We’re hearing that there were anywhere from 2 to 31 letters.

    What exactly did the letters say?

  63. The letters were just the beginning.
    Extensive interviews have been conducted with many children.

  64. So after the extensive interviews occurred, Tom Randall was released? Is that correct?

  65. Randall was released…the two accused of actual physical abuse were not.
    If you read the new article from today I speak to this more.

  66. Hi. Because of the obvious sensitivity of the situation I choose to refrain from giving my real name. I was an orphan in a Christian orphanage in Mindanao (southern island of the Philippines) run by an American missionary…. American funded, at the time, by a large American church (so, outside funding). But I have been there. I have been there as the sexually abused child by Filipino men who were working at the orphanage. I was abused alone. I was abused along with others. Just like me I am sure there are countless victims that came out of that orphanage….and never said a word to anybody while under the care of the villains.

    If…..if Tom Randall was truly part of the party that chose to turn a blind eye to the situation and threatened deportation to all the foreign whistle blowers, including the entire Mauk family, that is a truly an act of injustice. But…..It’s hard to believe that a handful of kids (and maybe more) would be making up stories of abuse. I wasn’t old enough to even think of telling anybody because I wasn’t old enough to think maybe….just maybe there’s something wrong with the situation. After all, the abusers were adults. They were authority. I will never forget when my orphan friend told me one of the men wanted to see me. an adult. an authority. I knew what it might be for and I dreaded it. She had just come from there herself, apparently. (In my now adult eyes it was apparent he hadn’t had enough). I obeyed. I can’t remember how many times I obeyed.

    So, I ache for all the kids. I ache for the disturbed girl that may have been dismissed because they are often the first target….because the villain assume no one will believe the seemingly disturbed child if they say anything. Not saying she was the first target….but maybe she was. None the less, she was likely one of them.

    There are many lessons to be learned from the situation. There are lessons to be learned because it’s not an isolated situation involving local workers and orphans. 1) No matter who you trust and how much you trust them, no red light should go ignored when it comes to children and orphans. If you take seriously God’s call to help and protect orphans…..really. Consistency is priority all the way around.

    I am neither bitter or angry. I am, however, fully aware from my own experience as an orphan child. I know the face of a liar confronted for abuse. I pray for the day that God says it’s time for me to open a home for orphans…..here in the Philippines. I know the plight of orphans. I know the plight of abused children…..and goodness, I know the plight of the whistle blowers.

    We spectators don’t know the whole story. We’re just witnesses in a social court. Yet, we are all responsible with our reACTIONS.

    sincerely……..

  67. theFilipinAsian ,

    Thank you for stopping by and thank you for sharing.
    We’re not done with this story…we are gathering information and documentation and that’s one of the reasons we’re still here.
    Nothing in this story sounds right…and I want to get to the bottom of it.

  68. theFilipinAsian

    I’m praying.

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