Missionaries do good things. They feed the poor, they help build houses and schools. They give away clothing and money to the needy. This makes them no different from the Red Cross. What makes them different is their horrific indoctrination of the masses. They take advantage of the lack of eduction and poverty of the people they are helping. I believe this at it’s core is very evil. However, I don’t think the people involved in the indoctrinating know what they’re doing (in most cases). They’re blinded by their own faith and self-righteousness to see the destruction they cause.
The Church I came from (which currently I’ve decided to keep private) practices these very methods. They are a pentecostal church with fanatical roots. They believe the only way to heaven is to be born-again. They believe in speaking in tongues, being filled with the holy spirit, and abstinence until marriage. Most of them are middle-class to high-middle class. They drive nice cars, wear the newest clothing, and live in comfortable suburban homes. The members that obey give at least 10 percent of their income to the church. This is precisely how the church sustains it’s multi-million dollar building with state of the art technology. The workers of the church have top of the line equipment and most of them have iPhones, Macbook Pros, and new cars. This information will make sense shortly, as it’s another subject I’ll be touching on along side of the missionary issue.
This Church goes on an annual missions trip to Africa. Their ‘missions’ statement provided on their website is the following:
God has entrusted us with His message – a message of hope for a world that has no hope. John wrote in his gospel, Chapter 3, beginning with verse sixteen, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him.”
So, the primary goal of these Africa Missions trips is not to feed or clothe. The goal isn’t to build new homes or new schools. The primary objective is to use these works in order to indoctrinate the people. Unfortunately these people will not think that is the case. They believe they have a right to fly to other countries and tell people how they should be living. This particular video I find quite frightening:
These are only children, with minds easy to mold, not to mention their education certainly isn’t up to par with even Bible Belt schools. From the beginning they don’t even have the opportunity to learn otherwise.
When I think of missionary trips, I assume these people are helping starving African children:
However, this is quite the opposite case. This particular Church goes to Namibia, where 80% of the population is already Christian. Also, these aren’t poor or starving people. These are NOT the people that need help. I literally had to take a break just now out of infuriation. Namibia is fucking tourist central for Africa. Tourism makes up 14.5% of their GDP and provides 18.2% of their employment. In the UN Food Programme shown below, Namibia isn’t even listed:
All this Church’s missions trips amount to is a glorified vacation for a bunch of suburban kids that want to secure their place in heaven. In fact, after a certain amount of days worked, they go on four-wheeling adventures, safaris, and dune climbing expeditions. Pictures are provided below, faces are blurred to keep privacy.
Now let’s compare the children they’re helping compared to the children that need help:
Utterly disgusting. What bothers me the most is that these people come back to their church and feel good about what they’re doing while the children that really need helped are starving away. The sad part about all of this is I grew up around these people. Some of these people are part of my immediate family. I was and am friends with many of them. But the more and more I think about this, the more I find them extremely selfish and self-righteous.
Let’s take a look at the ways they indoctrinate children. Surprisingly (yes, sarcasm) they are not different at all from the ways I was indoctrinated as a child. (See the Documentary “Jesus Camp.”) They use puppets, human videos (essentially live plays), balloon animals, games, etc. Here are some pictures:
Why must there be strings attached? Why can’t these people just travel to Africa and help the needy out of the goodness of their heart? They’ll tell you it’s out of the goodness of their heart, but that’s not the case. They do it because the scripture tells them to. They do it because if they do, they’ll be rewarded in the afterlife. They do it because they have a burden to. They’re told that if these people aren’t taught about God they’ll burn in hell.
Something that disgusted me yet even more: the Church in this article flew a group of the African children to the US in order to have them sing in front of the congregation. So they spent thousands to fly these kids halfway around the world just to showcase them like zoo animals. What that money could have done to hundreds of needy people I don’t know.
There’s an almost racist sense when it comes to how the Church views itself compared to those they’re helping. While there are millions really starving, they feel content with helping the suburban kids of Africa, and they love posting themselves surrounded by them. Why do these people need more help than those in our country in similar circumstances? Does being a “missionary” mean you just need to help poor black people in one of the best off areas of Africa?
I currently donate to the Red Cross because I know it won’t go towards indoctrinating people. I know it will help the real starving and suffering people of the earth. Keep in mind I’m an atheist, I’m not doing this for reward or some sort of karma. I’m doing it because I value humanity and don’t want people to suffer. If you are reading this and you’re part of the problem I have laid out, please open your eyes and at the very least think about what I’ve said. My purpose here may seem like a vendetta against the Church I’m from. I assure you, my intention is to open eyes, not cause anger. I am certain, however, that people will get angry from this, and those that are probably won’t even read this.
Don’t spend money to send these people on vacation. How much of the money spent on four-wheeling or safaris could help the real starving people of Africa?
For those of you that partake in this indoctrination, you should be ashamed of yourselves. I’m all for you believing what you want, but you’re taking advantage of people in worser circumstances than yourself.
If you want to really help people in need, please go here: Red Cross