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17 July 2019

Letter addressing events related to a former OMF UK member

An Open Letter

A former OMF member’s alleged misconduct in the 1990s and the early 2000s

To whom it may concern:

OMF International has recently received letters of complaints that, in the late 1990s and early 2000s, three women were inappropriately and forcefully touched by an OMF missionary who had worked extensively in Indonesia.

OMF International deplores both, the behaviour alleged and that a missionary may have misused his ministry platform and the established trust with these women. This missionary’s alleged behaviour contravenes the standards and values expected of all our members.

When the complaints were recently received by OMF International, the missionary had already stopped working with OMF for a number of years. OMF International UK has reported the allegations to the UK police, the UK Charity Commission, as well as the relevant Safeguarding Officer in the Church of England. It is not possible for OMF International UK to report to the local police, where the alleged incidents happened, as any report must be made by the victim directly in that jurisdiction. OMF is currently reaching out to the three women who came forward, to render any assistance needed.

OMF is deeply sorry for any pain suffered by those affected by these allegations.

OMF would like to convey our gratitude to those who have stepped forward and courageously raised their experiences with us. Our hope is that OMF’s acknowledgement of these allegations and the taking of appropriate action in relation to them will engender trust, and thereby encourage others who may have also been affected by this missionary’s behaviour to come forward. Persons affected are asked to write in to: Sam.Wunderli@omfmail.com.

Such conduct is absolutely unacceptable to OMF. OMF International is committed to holding those who cause harm or behave inappropriately to account for their actions, while supporting those affected.

Yours sincerely in Christ,

For OMF International,

 

Sam Wunderli

Assistant General Director