Friday, February 5, 2010

Misguided Missionaries – Part 2

Below is some additional information that has come out regarding the leader of the missionary group who tried to transport Haitian children across the border into the Dominican Republic (from

PORT-AU-PRINCE - The leader of a group of American missionaries charged Thursday with kidnapping for trying to take 33 children out of earthquake-ravaged Haiti faces legal troubles in her home state of Idaho as well.

Laura Silsby, 40, is the subject of several lawsuits accusing her and her Boise-based company,, of failing to pay her employees. She also has a history of failing to pay debts, and the $358,000 house at which she founded her nonprofit religious group, New Life Children's Refuge, was foreclosed upon in December, according to a report in her hometown newspaper, the Idaho Statesman.

The Boise newspaper said Silsby has been named in at least eight civil lawsuits and 14 unpaid wage claims. (© 2010 MSNBC Interactive)

It appears this is a very misguided woman and is certainly not following biblical principles in her dealings. If you are going to “do good” you should do it properly, honestly, and legally, so as to bring glory to God, not shame. Since people tend to paint with a very broad brush, some will assume all Christian workers and missionaries are suspect. This woman has done damage to the cause of Christ and should be ashamed.

Of course I can’t judge why she has such a bad track record. It may be total incompetence, it may be mental illness, or it may be a sense that the end justifies the means no matter who gets hurt. I don’t know, but please pray for and support those who are laboring tirelessly to help the impoverished, the disadvantaged, and the oppressed around the world.

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