I grew up with deep roots in NTM. My grandparents were the very first NTM Bible Institute graduates. I was born into NTM and my parents were ‘die hard’ NTM missionaries. I never thought that NTM was the perfect mission. But I did grow up believing that the leadership of NTM were godly men, worthy of their jobs. At that time, I still believed they were interested in TRUTH, for the sake of godliness.
Immediately after I graduated from high school I enrolled in NTM’s Bible Institute in Waukesha, Wisconsin. I got married during that time and my wife and I eventually completed the NTM training and arrived in Thailand as missionaries in early 2001.
We soon joined the work in the Yellow Leaf tribe, where my parents were serving at that time. Then on June 30, 2003, based on my parents’ resignation from NTM, the NTM (Thailand) leadership felt that my wife and I should move to a different work, or even a different country. They expressed their full support for us in relocating somewhere within the NTM family. Instead, my wife and I decided to resign from NTM and continue to work with the Yellow Leaf tribe independently of NTM.
For reasons that NTM has never explained, on August 23, 2004 – more than one year after my voluntary resignation in good standing from NTM – NTM (Thailand) sent a letter to the Chairman of the Evangelical Fellowship of Thailand accusing me of insulting, looking down on, not obeying and disrespecting the Field Committee. They cited these things specifically as the reason they had to have me leave NTM.
This letter was also sent to the Religious Affairs Department of the Thai Government.
On September 8, 2004 I wrote a letter to NTM (Thailand) asking them to offer some proof of their allegations. I believed the letter they wrote was a misunderstanding of some sort; I had no prior knowledge that they felt that way. They NEVER responded.
On September 16, 2004 I wrote a letter to Asia Coordinator for the Executive Committee of NTM informing him of the situation and asking for his help. He NEVER responded.
After NTM spent two years defending their letter in criminal court, they offered me a cash settlement and a letter retracting the other one. The letter they wrote in settlement of my complaint completely contradicted the letter they had so brazenly defended, not only in court but also to my pastor! And after all that, no one in NTM found it in their heart to say they were sorry for what they had done; there was no apology – not in their letter, and not anywhere else.
The real truth is they are NOT sorry. They just couldn’t keep it under the rug any longer.
I am writing this now in hopes that someone will be able to help me reconcile with them. I have always been willing to reconcile and restore fellowship. But, that requires a similar desire on both sides.