March 26, 2018 by missionsandmysticism
“Spiritual abuse thrives when there is no checks and balances set up to counteract the sinful actions. Abusers are shrewd.
They live within a system that only they can manage. No one else can disrupt what they have built.” Rick Thomas on Spiritual Abuse
We share this testimony with a heavy heart. The testimonies we continue to receive prove over and over that AIM is NOT a Christian organization. To attach the name of our dear Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ to Adventures in Missions is to defame His Holy name.
“I have been searching for any type of community to voice my concerns and experiences with AIM.
I have many very disturbing stories about what happened to me and friends on the race. Now that I have been back in the states and seen counselors, I feel like I can finally process my experience for what it is, a scam and a nightmare.
Don’t get me wrong, the intentions of AIM may not be as dark as the outcome of the race was for me, but I do question those as well.
I was told that if I share with my parents certain details about what was going on, I would be “hurting AIM as a missionary organization and going against God’s will.”
I love the Lord and I want to serve him with my whole life, but I do not believe that serving Him requires deceit and manipulation.
At one point on the trip, my team was asked to accompany a “pastor” on an evangelistic mission in a slum and spend the night there. I awoke in the middle of the night to a man forcing himself into my tent and grabbing at me, I screamed. The other 2 girls in my tent screamed.
The “pastor” we were accompanying was only feet away in a hut, but didn’t come to help me as we later found out he was sexually abusing a street boy. I was told to keep quiet about that.
My female leader was only a few feet away, in a tent, with 2 male teammates. She came to help us, the man ran off, and we were expected to go back to sleep. I spent the rest of the night terrified in my tent, in a slum. The man returned twice more and I was told that if I screamed I would only awaken more men that could possibly be a threat. So I tied the zippers to our tent together and cried as the man (who appeared to be drunk) pressed his hands against the side of the tent laughing and trying to touch me.
I tried to talk about the experience the next day but no leaders would entertain the conversation. This is the first time I’ve mentioned it since it happened.
I held a baby covered in bruises struggling to breathe. I saw a murdered man’s body. That is not AIMs fault. Their fault is in the lack of counseling, follow up, honesty, and resources. I have dozens upon dozens of other experiences to share but I just thought I’d start with those… I was specifically told not to share these things by AIM leadership.”
This is tragic. Please share this. They are being told to keep abuse a secret. This is not to be tolerated.
RickThomas.net is a wonderful Gospel-centered, Biblical resource to help understand how to respond to any type of abusive situation.
He writes, “My most profound and most intense desire is to serve Him by creating biblical resources for those who are hurting, struggling, confused, and wanting a stronger walk with Jesus. Our ministry mission statement is to help people by providing practical tools and ongoing training for effective living. My passion to share the life-changing message of the gospel was born out of a broken heart, restored by God and redeemed for His fame.”