Yes, I read the article. Yes, I care about this serious case. Of course I care about the children.
I've been following this case closely, and care very much. In addition, our church is under a spot-light and because of that, accuracy in reporting about that is also pertinent. I am sorry if I came off as uncaring. This church is my family. I've been a member for years. We raised our children here and have grown to love the members and especially the leadership. For those of you who have a close church home, perhaps you'll understand and excuse my passion.
Here's some more pertinent information. Obviously there will be those who disagree, so I will limit my comments to things that can be proven on paper as opposed to mere opinions.
Tom Randall has not been charged with anything. They are looking into possible neglect. People want to point fingers at a time like this.
However, Tom Randall may not be the one to charge with neglect for two reasons: 1) he doesn't run the orphanage; and 2) he immediately took what action he could from Ohio.
People in the Philippines run this orphanage. Randall lives here in Ohio. Tom Randall does indeed have a history with the orphanage. He raised funds and organized it's building back in the 70s. He is respected for that and still offers his services of advice and helps raise funds. He visits the kids at Christmas time every year. For that reason, he was in the orphanage when it was raided.
I've read many allegations in news commentaries about how Randall was informed of these allegations and did nothing. First, why don't the people who know about these allegations not just pick up the phone and report them? Why do they need a middleman from Ohio, who is in no position to check the veracity of the claims, to report them?
Second, even though Randall doesn't run the orphanage and was in Ohio, he did what he could. He called the orphanage and first ensured the safety of the children. He also travelled to the Philippines and advised the directors to involve the authorities, which they did. Perhaps the people making these charges do not realize all Randall did after hearing of the allegations, but he did act. In fact, when Randall was taken into custody, he was at the time still cooperating with the investigation. As I understand, the authorities were not looking for Randall at all that night, but he happened to be there and was taken with the rest.
For those who asked, I am indeed concerned about this case. I've read many reportings of it and have been following it closely. However, when my church is portrayed incorrectly, that too is pertinent. Our church has been in the spotlight, and it's important to get that piece of the story right as well.
My saying that I care about the reputation of the church does not in any way negate my concern for the children. It's presumptuous for anyone to assume that. The best way to help the children at this time would be to return them to a safe secure environment. Right now they are being released from custody, and we do not know where they are going, because the orphanage is closed.
I realize these allegations sound terrible, and it's so easy to want someone to blame for such allegations, but Tom Randall neither lives in the Philippines nor does he runs the orphanage. His current involvement is limited to offering advisement and raising funds. No one has been charged with anything. They are looking into possible neglect charges for Randall, but as of today, he is still waiting to see if he will be charged.
Back in the 70s, Randall raised funds and organized the building of the orphanage, but lives in Ohio now. If people in the Philippines had actual knowledge of the abuse, and were in a position to begin an investigation, why don't they just do that? How is some guy living in Ohio supposed to be able to check this out in a timely manner? Wouldn't it make more sense for the Filipinos to deal with their own problems?
Despite all of the above, once Randall heard of the allegations, he did indeed take what action he could from his home in Ohio. Because of his location, he could not immediately verify the allegations. He called the orphanage to ensure the children were safe and later travel to the Philippines. Once there he immediately suggested an investigation and the authorities were involved. In fact, Randall was in the process of completing this investigation when he was taken into custody. For people to say he did not act on the allegations is misleading at best. I'm going to assume the people saying this may not have realized what he did. Again, those on the ground should not be pointing fingers at someone in Ohio to report suspected abuse. They have their own duties to attend to.
Seriously, Christ Community Chapel is a new-age church!? Where on earth did you get that information?
It's hard to take the rest of your article seriously when your first sentence is so off base.
According to Nevil Drury's book, The New Age: Searching for the Spiritual Self, "the New Age movement is a Western spiritual movement that developed in the second half of the 20th century. Its central precepts have been described as "drawing on both Eastern and Western spiritual and metaphysical traditions and infusing them with influences from self-help and motivational psychology, holistic health, parapsychology, consciousness research and quantum physics".
Christ Community Chapel is a non-denominational Bible based church. If you look at their statement of faith, posted on their website, you will see it reflects sound Biblical doctrine. Our building and some of our newer worship songs sung in our celebration services may seem modern. However, our beliefs are time tested and as old as the hills.
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