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Sunday, January 31, 2010

New Life Children's Refuge Haiti

New Life Children's Refuge are based in Idaho and are associated with the Central Valley Baptist Church. Currently the Cenral Valley Babtist Church is displaying this message on it's web site.
"A ten member church team traveled to Haiti to help rescue children from one or more orphanages that had been devastated in the earthquake on January 12. The children were being taken to an orphanage in the Dominican Republic where they could be cared for and have their medical and emotional needs attended to. Our team was falsely arrested today and we are doing everything we can from this end to clear up the misunderstanding that has occurred in Port au Prince."
http://www.centralvalleybaptist.net

Whatever New Life Children's Refuge may think, and regardless of the circumstances, moving children from one state to another without consulting the local authorities is at best naive in the extreme. Not sure how New Life Children's Refuge can claim that their team was falsely arrested when it is clear that they had not gained permission for their activities.

Perhaps it could be said that these people were acting out of the best of intentions however Central Valley Baptist Church have some curious views regarding their fellow Idaho citizens so you might wonder exactly what their view may be of these orphans existing religious beliefs.

According to Clint Henry, the senior pastor at Central Valley Baptist Church, one of the main challenges of his ministry in Idaho is that he is in an 


"area that is heavily influenced by a non-Christian religion"
Quite what this non Christian religion is he does not specify but is seems an odd thing to say when clearly the majority of those in Idaho are Christians of one denomination or another.
Protestant – 29.3%


LDS (Mormon) – 22.8%

Catholic – 14.3%

Non-Denominational Christian – 13.6%
Source 15th annual Idaho Public Policy Study.

10 comments:

  1. It looks like it was purely naive. Or stupid if you want. But apparently they have posted a message on their Facebook group on January 19th saying that they were sending a team to do exactly that: moving children from Haiti to Dominican Republic.
    Really bad judgement that should prevent any fellow Christian from relying in this Church.

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  2. The answer is that Baptists do not consider Mormons to be Christian.

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  3. The Dominican Republic is a different nation from Haiti. It would be like removing children from the U.S. to Mexico without asking permission from anyone.

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  4. the whole activity seems odd and very misguided but you can be sure that the anti-Christians will use this as an example to generally bash all Christians.

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  5. Only religious zealots would come up with such a crackpot idea: taking children (orphans or not) from an allready devastated country does show very little respect for same childrens' human rights. Suspicion is that this church did this for their own selfish purposes and NOT to help the Haitians to re-build there country. Instead of traveling there, they should have donated the money to all Haitians, independent of their religion. Indeed: shame on this baptist church! The Haitian DA should stay firm and convict swiftly!

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  6. I completely agree with Jeffrey Holthorpe

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  7. Illegal is illegal.

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  8. The final mision was to give in adoption this kids. My God! Think about it! One child giving in adoption while his parents are looking for him. See this: http://www.esbctwinfalls.com/clientimages/24453/pdffiles/haiti/nlcrhaitianorphanrescuemission.pdf

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  9. I completely agree with Jeffrey Holthorpe and others here. As a missionary myself...the mission statement is to address & remedy all suffering, uplift those who need comfort, and to provide services to all who need relief. The individuals caught in Haiti did not have a missionary heart but a self-serving agenda. They revealed their true mitives by taking the children (without repecting policy) and leaving their parents & other adults to suffer from lack of food, adequate emergency health provisions, and sub-standard tents & living conditions. They made promises to the parents (in an effort to take the children from them)and played on the self-less acts of these parents; that were willing to give up their babies, to provide them with a better life. How tragically sad this is on many levels. These Idaho vultures swarmed in, seeking whom they could devour, attempting to profit from the hardships of those that needed comforting, supplies, medicine, etc. Their lawyer is alleged to be wanted by El Salvadore for human trafficking, the spokesperson for the group is financially bankrupted and has had police involvement, and they are using God, their supposed church, and the guise of some sort of "missionary relief", to conceal & conver their real intent: to financial profit from the brokering of children and families in distress. They should receive the maximum allowed (15 years) imprisonment in Haiti, for this horrific crime against humanity. Despite the condition, the impoverish state...the rights of all humanity, still applies. This crime was a human rights violation...of the highest magnitude because it goes against what is decent, moral, humane, and compassionate...no matter what your religious affiliation is. Even an agnostic or atheist has a sense of decency, fairness, and justice. If they were so interested in helping, doing the right thing, and responding to those in need (as a missionary), why were their efforts only pointed toward the children, and not ALL of the people in Haiti, that needed help. Why??? Because these people were not their to help, or even help facilitate adoptions (claiming to not know of & not follow procedures & international policies..REALLY?!): they were there to facilitate abductions for a profit. That is the plain and simple truth & it cannot be covered up...no matter what their country or church affiliation. THEY ARE NOT MISSIONARIES OF GOD...THEY ARE KIDNAPPERS OF CHILDREN & CRIMINALS WITH EVIL & MONETARY INTENT.

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  10. David in Cebu, PhilippinesFebruary 18, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    Christians and non Christians, can and will make some small or very large mistakes from time to time. Hopefully each and everyone of us will learn and grow from our mistakes to become better people, better Christians, better neighbors, and better citizens.

    I believe the Haitian judge was in the best position to make judgment on the eight missionaries and He did so by first carefully reviewing all of the evidence, then interviewing the parents of the children, and finally interviewing the missionaries to search out their motives, and their hearts for any criminal intent. After three long weeks He reached his decision that the eight missionaries acted unwisely and very foolishly, but without any criminal intent.

    The Haitian judge searched for and found the truth in this case. He then made a wise, and fair decision to set the eight missionaries free.

    I agree with the findings and decision of the Haitian judge. He did a wonderful job of finding the truth and serving justice.

    I am reminded by this case, that we all need to show love, compassion and forgiveness to others when they occasionally fall short, as each one of us will do from time to time. I know I have made many mistakes during my lifetime and I have surely sinned sometimes, however, I chose the greatest of all advocates to represent me, His name is Jesus and He has shown compassion, love and forgiveness to me just like the Haitian judge did for the eight missionaries.

    In the end, we will all face judgment for everything we have done or did not do. The bible teaches us that all people will stand judgment, however, we can all find forgiveness if we choose to accept God's amazing grace and eternal gift.

    For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 NIV

    God Bless All!

    David in Cebu, Philippines

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