On the other hand, amongst larger non-Christian populations such as those in Buddhist countries, the Catholic Church uses inculturation (appropriating local religious customs and dress) to infiltrate into the local cultures to hopefully have more chance of converting the people. Certain non-Catholic Christian denominations also use these methods.
For both Protestant and Catholic denominations in today's missionary world, the most important means of conversion is to use "Native missionaries". See Native Missions - Gospel For Asia:
native missions is the new revolution in world missions.Use of the expansionist term "native" in the manner of the foregone Christian eras of the conquistadors and imperialists is nothing new. However, there is nothing natively Christian about such countries as Thailand, Sri Lanka, China, Tibet, India, Korea, Japan, Vietnam and Cambodia. To convert such largely pre-Christian countries and cultures to Christianity requires that the Church continues using its preferred methods of serious violence as well as many underhand means. And whilst using them, they have to ensure that the media doesn't give coverage to what's really going on, but is instead deflected towards the usual Christian cries of victimisation.
During the late Pope's visit to Greece in 2001, he and the Archbishop of Greece's Orthodox Church both expressed
the conviction that globalisation should become an earnest and effective "globalisation of brotherhood" in ChristAnd it is not only these two older Christian institutions, but all Christian denominations that are backing the same in their own way and for their own missionary reasons.
Evangelisation through globalisation is indeed another avenue that has opened up for missionaries. Besides the usual means, today's missions in the developing world have also started setting up business or working through multinational companies to evangelise.
While genocide and coercive methods are used in remote locations, evangelization masked under globalisation is a method used in cities.
Their Mission: Spreading the Word Through Business - New York Times, November 14, 2005:
Christian-run companies are multiplying in just about every corner of the globe, reshaping overseas mission work. These businesses form a movement known variously as business as mission, kingdom business and great commission companies, after the biblical charge to "make disciples of all the nations."Having spent centuries stealing resources and wealth from the Americas, Africa and Asia, the missionaries now plan to return to share some of this wealth. But only in exchange for heathen souls.
Some supporters of business as mission set up microlending banks or fair-trade coffee companies. In countries where there is more hunger for economic development than for missionaries, some of these supporters think that a profit-oriented company centered around Christian values can be a powerful tool for building a Christian society. A job-creating, taxpaying enterprise, they say, will be more legitimate in the eyes of locals, harder for a government to expel and better for the resident economy than one propped up by handouts from back home.
"There's no restraint in the capacity of this system, because you avert the donor and plug into globalization."
Business as mission grew from a 1980's mission movement to reach people in the "resistant belt" across North Africa, the Middle East and Asia where Muslim, Buddhist or antitheistic governments made it hard or impossible for religious workers to get visas. Missionaries with no business experience opened travel agencies, Internet cafes and other small companies, sometimes accused of being little more than fronts for proselytizing.
"That model was about getting missionaries into these countries by whatever means you could, whether it's teaching or business or whatever," said Steven L. Rundle, an associate professor of economics at Biola University in La Mirada, Calif., and an author of a 2003 book, "Great Commission Companies: The Emerging Role of Business in Missions."Now, Professor Rundle said, evangelical groups are recognizing that mission-minded businesspeople can do things that traditional missionaries cannot. "The future generation of missionary will be the rank-and-file businessman," he said.
Use of such underhanded and non-transparent methods is not restricted to these continents. They are also turned on the unwary Orthodox Christian and atheist Romanians and other Eastern-Europeans.
witnesses have now stepped forward who claim that the American Baptist Missionary Paul Lewis sterilized more than 20,000 Akha Hill Tribe women in Burmaís Eastern Shan State alone.
increased evidence that US missions in Thailand are involved in sex abuse and human trafficking.Link
Asa and her friends from Emmanuel Gospel Fellowship in Huai Krai of Chiangrai Province are also involved in splitting many villages and paying for conversions of vulnerable villages in order to create community tension and break up.
The goal of this organization is to remove as many children as possible, build up a large mission compound to generate more and more backers and more and more wealth. Oversite of the children to prevent sexual abuse is non existent. Sexual abuse of Akha children in these compounds is rife. There is no tracking of where these children go afterwards or what happens to them. The current location of the compound, in a sandy spot in a low area, is also a complete forced change for these children used to mountain views and time with their families.
Her husband being a westerner makes the exploitation and fundraising management all that much easier to feed on this whole child removal thing that western missions have been doing for the last four hundred years! Please protest this situation.
We reiterate, in our interview with NCA staff in Vientiane, they told us that "sex is free with the Akha". We find NCA posturing at this time offensive and offensive to the women in Muang Long and the Akha villages in Muang Long who suffered under the brutal hand of NCA during opium eradication procedures and the rapes and the pregnancies forced on Akha women by NCA staff.
Cultural genocide and demonising of indigenous Akha culture
Due to those who exaggerated our culture in a mocking way, when they converted an Akha village to Christianity, they burnt our gates, ancestors shrines, swing [representing godís creation of humans] etc. They also stopped us from doing traditional burying and naming. Now a newborn child will be named in the Christian way by a pastor, eliminating our ancient system by which we count our generations back. Now the children cannot do that. No more recitations, no dancing allowed. In fact all these things enabled Akha people to preserve their culture and language over 1500 years already.Link
Mountain peoples traditional cultures, called "animistic", are, together with Buddhism, seen as inventions of the devil, besides primitive and barbarian. Becoming Christian means that one has to abandon oneís ancestors, ceremonies, moral and legal laws, traditional knowledge and related ceremonies completely. Becoming a Christian by baptising in some of these groups even requests the ceremonial destruction of ancestor paraphnelia.From: Hani and Akha
Ironically several missionary groups entered the mountain villages in Northern Thailand, after being expelled from China and later from Burma, where they were seen as western colonial infiltration. Oversea Missionary Fellowship (OMF), American Baptists, Korean Fundamentalists, Churches of Christ, New Tribe Missions, Taiwan/Hong Kong based syncretists and conservative Italian Catholics, all behaving like multinational corporations seem to be fighting for client-souls offering promises of study, drug de-addiction, prosperity and so on.Several mountain peoples leaders see Christian proselytism as a major danger, as with respect for the ancestors it destroys customary law, morality and a wealth of traditional knowledge "from the inside". Research has also proven that unfortunately, basic rules of morality, interpersonal relations and universally accepted human/communal laws or commandments, as can be found in quite austere traditional customary law systems, have suffered after mountain peoples enter Christianity. In most cases efforts of drug de-addiction after a "New Life" has started, generally failed and certainly the number of Highlander girls from Christian villages going into prostitution in the lowlands, is much higher than those from traditionalists and the younger generation from villages which have become Christian seem to be more uprooted morally than the "Traditionalists" (Ueda 2002).
"The US Missionary "Joshua Project" and Campus Crusade Vow To Destroy All of Akha Culture"From: American missionary elite continue campaign of lies against the Akha, see also the main Joshua Project site for global evangelisation.
Akha Village Split By Taiwan Missionaries
The mission operators of these missions are Chinese, Taiwanese Chinese and American Citizens. All these missions, as with most missions in Thailand, are supported by donations from American Evangelical missions organizations and church members.
In village after village in Northern Thailand's Chiangrai Province the Chinese Baptist Church and other Churches are removing large numbers of girls from Akha villages in the name of protecting them from the possibility of going into prostitution.This is a case of brainwashed Thai and Chinese people trying to brainwash others into Christianity. It is similar to how Rome, after it became Christian, started to brainwash (that is, violently convert) the rest of Europe.
According to the Geneva Convention on Genocide it is illegal to remove a people from their group and make them a part of another group.Throughout northern Thailand, telling families that their daughters will be educated, the Chinese Baptists, and numerous other protestant and catholic groups are stripping all the girls of marriageable age from Akha villages by using the ploy that they will be educated in town at churches where the population usually is not dominantly Akha, but rather Thai or Chinese or another hill tribe group. Foreigners are being told that the girls are at high risk for going into prostitution but the net result is that there are no girls in the villages for Akha boys to marry and the villages are being torn apart in this fashion.
Denmark students groups blocked from building non religious school in akha village by chinese baptist church of maesai, chiangrai, Thailand!Link
A group of teachers and students who came from Denmark to help assist in an Akha village were confronted by aggressive men from the Chinese Baptist mission that was located more than 100 kilometers away and were told that "this was to be a Christian village" and no school for learning to read and write Akha would be allowed to go on. These men were Lisaw, did not live in the village but threatened the villagers that they had to stop the construction and that the regional Lisaw headman would be contacted threatening their already delicate ability to hold onto that village land on that much coveted mountain in Hua Mae Khom.
The Denmark students group from a project in Denmark called "The Small Schools" had already received permission from the Akha Headman to build a school in traditional Akha style
This village had been pushed into conversion to Christianity only a couple of months before and already radical changes were being imposed on the village.
Numerous girls had been gotten from families for "education" at the mission in Maesai even though there are Thai schools that other students go to, but these are not boarding schools.
Christianity hasn't changed one bit. As with ancient Greece, the existing ways of the Akha people are declared demonic by the intolerant missionaries who are doing everything to stop them from being who they are. Those who are unwilling to fall in line are persecuted. These people don't deserve being terrorised by missionaries and converted to Christianity.See also:
- Missionaries: Their part in Genocide of Tribal Peoples - at Eco Action
- Akha Heritage Foundation - the main page is up, but the rest of the site is currently being rebuilt.
- Akha Blog
Missionaries are actually in essence terrorists. Why? They come to us and say, "If you don't do as we say, you are going to hell! You will die! You will be judged! You are not part of us! You are children of the Satan!" etc.etc. Aren't these sentences terrorising?From the pages on Christian Missionaries in West Papua: Life Histories of the Papuans
Anyway, missionary work is more dangerous to indigenous and tribal peoples than any other work on earth that you know. Remember this!
Mosques and Churches dominate modern architecture in Papua: "Religion is a tool used by those in power to control the human beings of this earth."From: Just Leave us Alone - A letter from a Papuan Tribesman a pdf file.
There are four enemies of the Tribal Community on this earth. They are; 1) Religious organisations 2) Governments 3) Non-Governmental Organisations(NGOs) and particularly the Aid Organisations (AOs) and 4) Multinational Corporations (MNCs).
In most cases it is such that the Religious organisations mentioned first are also the ones that operate the Non-Governmental (Aid) Organisations listed third. They also often work closely with Multinational companies (4) to accomplish their own objectives. See for instance the close connection between missionaries and corporations New Tribes Mission.
All Batak are forced to be concentrated in camps, to go to church and to send their children to religious or state schools. There they are taught that the traditional life in the forest, as their parents and all their ancestors lived, has to be seen as bad, uncivilized and underdeveloped. Only a core group of traditional Batak still resists this terror.From: Batak: Murder and Forced Re-location on Palawan
Since last year, all the Batak have been under heavy terror from several aggressive missionaries. The adult male Batak and Tabauas (who live in association with the Batak) received a tattoo on their upper arms to show that they belong to a certain Christian sect. The tattoo bearers do not even know the meaning of these registrations on their skin.
Only nine Batak extended family-groups are left. They resist and continue to live independantly. Hartmut Heller of FPCN (see contacts) witnessed and testified to the indigenous people's caucus that these people are threatened almost daily by "officials" and intruding outsiders.The Batak are on the edge of extinction. They are completely dominated by aggressive Christian missionaries. The NGOs who should be assisting them in their struggle are either doing nothing or assisting the genocide.
This reaffirms that it is no less than terrorism and that this concerted genocide has led to their near-extinction.
As an example of how missionary activities could lead to a dwindling native population is that of the Bihs, a subtribe of the Mois [of Vietnam]. In the 1940's one of the eleven evangelists who came with the returned French troops after the defeat of the Japanese, went to Boun Choah, the main village of the Bihs. Other missionaries had unsuccessfully tried to covert the Bihs before. One Catholic missionary managed a total of only ten conversions in five years. However the new missionary, a Mr. Jones, was not to be detered. Upon studying the Bihs, he found that one of the principle acts of their beliefs was the custom of burial. Their dead was not buried at first, but left in open coffins on trees. After a couple of years, the bones were thoroughly cleaned, and after some ceremonial offerings, they were finally buried.Citing The Missionaries: God against the Indians by the journalist Norman Lewis, 1988
Mr. Jones used his political influence to force the French acting resident to suppress this custom. When the police arrived to protect him , Mr. Jones went personally to the trees, pulled down all the coffins on the trees and threw the contents, be they bones or decomposing corpses, into a common grave. The Bihs were then converted. Convinced that their ancestors have deserted them due to the desecration of their burial customs, the Bihs stopped producing offsprings. One local Bih explained that his people had resigned themselves to extinction.