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Into Integrity

By Kelly and Michele O'Donnell
Following Jesus to Confront Corruption: Take a stand-Speak out-Live in integrity. Companion postings are on the Into Integrity weblog: intointegrity.blogspot.com/ The purpose of Into Integrity is to call attention to and confront the lack of disclosures/independent reviews and wrongful dismissals related to the Nordic Capital Investment KB fraud. Dr. Michele and Dr. Kelly O'Donnell are consulting psychologists based in Geneva, focusing on staff wellbeing, global mental health, and integrity. Corruption kills. It does not going away by ignoring it.
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FAST Day 39/40--Fearing the Lord: Corruption, Integrity, and Love

Into Integrity

FAST Day 39/40--Fearing the Lord: Corruption, Integrity, and Love

Into Integrity

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FAST Day 39/40--Fearing the Lord: Corruption, Integrity, and Love
--Thank you for joining with us and many others around world during Part Two of the Into Integrity FAST (6-26 December 2019). Today is day 39 of the 40 day Into Integrity FAST. This is our seventh and closing podcast-blogpost for Part Two of the FAST. --The theme summarizes our seven podcasts-blogposts: Fearing the Lord: Learn from the Ghosts of Corruption Live in the Light of Integrity Love Truth, Peace, and People --We share three powerful exhortations that can inform our efforts to stand in solidarity; to promote good practice and integrity; and  to bring healing to the international Church Mission Community and to the specific organizations, leaders, and people affected by the international NCI fraud. 1. An excerpt from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story, in which Scrooge is solemnly warned by Marley’s ghost. Repent while you have time. You still have a chance to influence human matters for good. 2. The conclusion from Rand Guebert’s Professional Review about the NCI fraud, organizations/networks, and the overlapping wrongful dismissals. It is not too late to act with integrity and to seek redress both publicly and privately. 3. Three of the core Scriptures that have guided us over the past 12 years in confronting corruption and living in integrity, from Jesus and Zechariah. Fear God. Seek truth not popularity.  And love truth, peace, and people. --You can see the companion posting with a transcript and more resources on the Into Integrity weblog. We also encourage you to review the blog entries on Loving Truth and Peace which are you can find on our CORE Member Care weblog. --We plan to do more Into Integrity podcasts-blogposts in 2020, with updates, resources, and prayer.   And also to continue to post updates and resources on the PETRA People Network weblog. Stay tuned! --Thank you for your prayers, encouragement, and support. Take a stand. Speak out. Live in integrity. And spread the word.   Kelly and Michele --The purpose of the Into Integrity FAST is to call attention to--and confront--the lack of disclosures by specific organizations/leaders/people affected by the international Nordic Capital Investment KB fraud (NCI) as well as the related, wrongful dismissals directed at Kelly and Michele. Join with us in FAsting for genuine contrition and STriking for resolute action within the Church Mission Community (CMC).
14:57
December 24, 2019
FAST Day 35/40--Follow Me, My Beloved: "Do not fear. Shine your light."
This is episode 13 of the Into Integrity FAST. We focus on Following Jesus as children of light who courageously shine our light in the world. Today is also the United Nations International Human Solidarity Day (20 December, logo above). It is a day for us all to consider how we might join in solidarity with others to help make the world a better place, locally through globally.  And likewise, it is a day in which we invite you again to join with us and others in solidarity during the Into Integrity FAST (6-26 December 2019). This is a podcast permeated with prayer.  We are praying for courage, purity, and power, as we follow Jesus into dark areas, venturing through the doors that God opens for us, doing good, confronting evil, for His glory. We are praying for specific people and organizations who we believe can join together in solidarity to assist in disclosing about the NCI fraud and to right the wrongful dismissals. Jesus says, in John 12:26: Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. So come with us now in following Jesus and to seek Him together in prayer! --You can see the companion postings with a transcript and more resources on the Into Integrity weblog. --Thank you for your prayers, encouragement, and support. Please spread the word. Kelly and Michele --The purpose of the Into Integrity FAST is to call attention to--and confront--the lack of disclosures by specific organizations/leaders/people affected by the international Nordic Capital Investment KB fraud (NCI) as well as the related, wrongful dismissals directed at Kelly and Michele. Join with us in FAsting for genuine contrition and STriking for resolute action within the Church Mission Community (CMC).
08:24
December 22, 2019
FAST Day 33/40: Awaken the Good--Heal the Body: A personal exhortation for specific leaders
In this podcast, number 12 of the Into Integrity FAST, we call upon people and specific leaders to take note of their responsibility to do good and to help bring healing in the protracted NCI fraud and the related wrongful dismissals. We also share five key messages from PETRA People postings. They provide principles and guidance for good practice in confronting corruption and acting with integrity. 1. Looking Good versus Doing Good 2. Good Principles and Good Practices 3. Tricks for Feigning Good Practice 4. Rationalizing Our Responsibilities 5. Awakening the Good in You Our prayer is that these materials, will help awaken the good in you, and help you bring healing to the Body of Christ and your own organizations. And we pray for courage, conviction, contrition, and change—Spirit-birthed, authentic repentance. --You can see the companion postings with a transcript and more resources on the Into Integrity weblog. --Thank you for your prayers, encouragement, and support. Please spread the word. Kelly and Michele --The purpose of the Into Integrity FAST is to call attention to--and confront--the lack of disclosures by specific organizations/leaders/people affected by the international Nordic Capital Investment KB fraud (NCI) as well as the related, wrongful dismissals directed at Kelly and Michele. Join with us in FAsting for genuine contrition and STriking for resolute action within the Church Mission Community (CMC)
17:53
December 20, 2019
FAST Day 30/40--Listening to the Spirit: "Do What He Tells You."
In this podcast, number 11 of the Into Integrity FAST, we share excerpts from three core materials which provide a good overview of NCI with documentation and good practice principles. --1. The article Loving Truth and Peace, a composite case study on corruption in mission that we did influenced by our experiences in the NCI fraud; --2.  The Summary and Summons, an essential review of NCI to understand what happened and to consider what needs to be done; --3. Suggestions for Going Forward, written in the early days of confronting NCI and asking people for help, and still very relevant today. Our prayer is that you will carefully look over these materials, listening to the Spirit.  And then follow the advice of Mary, the mother of Jesus, in her last recorded words in Scripture: ”Do whatever He tells you.” (John 2:5) --You can see the companion postings with a transcript and more resources on the Into Integrity weblog. --Thank you for your prayers, encouragement, and support. Please spread the word. Kelly and Michele --The purpose of the Into Integrity FAST is to call attention to--and confront--the lack of disclosures by specific organizations/leaders/people affected by the international Nordic Capital Investment KB fraud (NCI) as well as the related, wrongful dismissals directed at Kelly and Michele. Join with us in FAsting for genuine contrition and STriking for resolute action within the Church Mission Community (CMC).
16:08
December 18, 2019
FAST Day 27/40--Confronting Corruption in Our Midst: Principles for Courage, Integrity, and Action
In this podcast, number 10 in the Into Integrity FAST, we begin by exploring some reasons and rationalizations for NOT dealing with corruption in our midst. Sadly, it can be all too easy to excuse the complacency and complicity and indeed the cover ups and cowardice that prop up not just corrupt acts, but a whole culture of corruption.  We then share some principles for fighting corruption based primarily on Rachel Denhollander’s recent interviews with MinistryWatch and Christianity Today as well as our own experiences confronting corruption. Recall that Rachel was one of the principle persons confronting sexual abuse in the USA gymnastics team. She is also actively confronting sexual abuse in the USA church. We note that these principles are also relevant to situations of corruption in churches, mission agencies, and other organizations, where whistleblowers and victims are usually vilified and verifiable accountability via independent reviews is rare. --You can see the companion postings with a transcript and more resources on the Into Integrity weblog. --One of the featured quotes: “What happens when [the abuser] is a trusted person at this church? What happens when it’s a trusted person in these other evangelical organizations? The extent that one is willing to speak out against their own community is the bright line test for how much they care and how much they understand. We have failed abhorrently as Christians when it comes to that test." Interview with Rachel Denhollander Christianity Today (22 January 2018, bold font added) --Thank you for your prayers, encouragement, and support. Please spread the word. Kelly and Michele --The purpose of the Into Integrity FAST is to call attention to--and confront--the lack of disclosures by specific organizations/leaders/people affected by the international Nordic Capital Investment KB fraud (NCI) as well as the related, wrongful dismissals directed at Kelly and Michele. Join with us in FAsting for genuine contrition and STriking for resolute action within the Church Mission Community (CMC).
14:14
December 12, 2019
FAST Day 24/40--International Anti-Corruption Day--Today! Asking YWAM Again for Disclosures
This is the second podcast in Part Two of the Into Integrity FAST (6-26 December 2019). In it Michele shares excerpts from three core materials to overview why it is important for YWAM and its leaders to “assist by transparently and verifiably disclosing how they have been affected by the Nordic Capital Investment KB fraud (NCI),” as requested since 2012 by the Shine-the Light-Together petition and its signatories. --How has YWAM dealt with the NCI fraud so far, in their responses and lack of responses, including the wrongful dismissal against Kelly? --You can see the companion postings with a transcript and more resources on the Into Integrity weblog. --One of the featured quotes: “Corruption such as the NCI KB fraud does not simply go away on its own, over time, by ignoring it, or by keeping silent. All of us can and must act with integrity--the consistent, highest level of moral wholeness. And we can and must hold our organizations and leaders accountable to do the same. This petition is a key tool to help.” Shine-the Light-Together petition --Thank you for your prayers, encouragement, and support. Please spread the word. Kelly and Michele --The purpose of the Into Integrity FAST is to call attention to--and confront--the lack of disclosures by specific organizations/leaders/people affected by the international Nordic Capital Investment KB fraud (NCI) as well as the related, wrongful dismissals directed at Kelly and Michele. Join with us in FAsting for genuine contrition and STriking for resolute action within the Church Mission Community (CMC).
14:28
December 9, 2019
FAST Day 21/40: Unfinished Business--Who has the integrity to help?
This podcast ushers in Part Two of the Into Integrity FAST (6-26 December 2019). In it we a) review the purpose of FAST and b) list specific people and organizations who we believe have an important responsibility to reconsider how they have dealt with the NCI fraud and the related wrongful dismissals. --We plan to do seven podcasts and weblog postings during PART Two. You can see the companion postings on the Into Integrity weblog. --One of the featured quotes: “Corruption begets more corruption and fosters a corrosive culture of impunity.” Every year $1 trillion is paid in bribes while an estimated $2.6 trillion are stolen annually through corruption – a sum equivalent to more than 5 per cent of the global GDP…. “I call on leaders everywhere to listen, to nurture a culture of integrity and to empower citizens to do their part at the grass roots.” (quotes from UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and International Anti-corruption Day) --Thank you for your prayers, encouragement, and support. Please spread the word. Kelly and Michele --The purpose of the Into Integrity FAST is to call attention to--and confront--the lack of disclosures by specific organizations/leaders/people affected by the international Nordic Capital Investment KB fraud (NCI) as well as the related, wrongful dismissals directed at Kelly and Michele. Join with us in FAsting for genuine contrition and STriking for resolute action within the Church Mission Community (CMC).
12:57
December 6, 2019
FAST Day 20/40: Healing the Broken Body--Lessons from the Professional Review
 --In this seventh pod-post, the final one in the first half of the 40 day FAST, I want to bring our attention to Rand Guebert''s Professional Review which is posted on the Loving Truth and Peace weblog.  I share verbatim excerpts from the overview-purpose:   --"This professional review has been organized to draw together the various events that have led to the dismissal of Drs. Kelly and Michele O’Donnell from YWAM [and other organizations/networks] and to the potential loss of millions of dollars by investors in Nordic Capital Investments (NCI) and Stichting Dutch Investments (SDI).  Many of these events are related and overlap, and this review attempts to place them in context." (p.1) --In short: "Review and learn from what happened, support good practice, and restore relationships." (p. 113) --I also strongly encourage you to carefully read and consider the conclusions in the Integrated Summary (two pages) as well as the summaries of  any of the four main sections of interest to you (some excerpts included). -- You can also read the companion posting for this podcast on the Into Integrity weblog. -- Thank you for your prayers, encouragement, and support. My prayers and voice will continue on behalf of specific leaders, people, and organizations in the Church-Mission Community--for genuine contrition and resolute action. I will be sharing periodically over the next few months en route to part two of the Into Integrity FAST (to start around the time of the UN's International Anti-Corruption Day, 9 December). 
14:50
June 26, 2019
FAST Day 18/40: Repent! God's Love Call to Us
-- In this sixth podcast, I share some personal reflections about five of the churches in the Book of Revelation that were both affirmed in some areas yet confronted by Christ in other areas, all in need of serious repentance. I make applications for us all today in the NCI fraud, dismissals, and the Church Mission Community: How can we harken to Jesus' love call-command for repentance? --I also share my recent prayers, intercessions, and the spiritual warfare on behalf of specific people and all of us, calling on the Word of the Lord--the Sword of the Spirit--the Spirit of Light--for mercy, courage, and the grace to repent. This is day 18 of FAST--40 days of a combined food FAst and a hunger STrike (see purpose statement at the end).  --You can also read the companion posting on the Into Integrity weblog. --Thank you for your prayers, encouragement, and support. I will be regularly sharing updates via brief posts and podcasts in the coming days. Please spread the word.  --The purpose of the Into Integrity FAST is to call attention to--and confront--the lack of disclosures by specific organizations/leaders/people affected by the international Nordic Capital Investment KB fraud (NCI) as well as the related, wrongful dismissals directed at Kelly and Michele. Join with us in FAsting for genuine contrition and STriking for resolute action within the Church Mission Community (CMC).
16:44
June 23, 2019
FAST Day 15/40: Go Women! Pray the Devil Back to Hell
 --In this podcast, I share some personal reflections on women who rise up, take risks, and stay the moral course regardless of what others may do or say. I give some brief examples from Scripture and and what women in Liberia did o rise p and confront a bloody civil war and corruption. And I have been praying specifically for women and for specific women the last three days.... --See the companion posting on the Into Integrity weblog.  --Thank you for your prayers, encouragement, and support. I will be regularly sharing updates via brief posts and podcasts in the coming days. Please spread the word.  --The purpose of the Into Integrity FAST is to call attention to--and confront--the lack of disclosures by specific organizations/leaders/people affected by the international Nordic Capital Investment KB fraud (NCI) as well as the related, wrongful dismissals directed at Kelly and Michele. Join with us in FAsting for genuine contrition and STriking for resolute action within the Church Mission Community (CMC).  
09:22
June 19, 2019
FAST Day 12/40--Father's Day: Honoring or Profaning God's Name
--The Into Integrity FAST is fundamentally not only about specific people, a protracted fraud, and dismissals. Rather Into Integrity is fundamentally about honoring God, His holy Name, and seeing Him glorified. And the result? His character is better understood and His name honored among all peoples, nations, tribes, and tongues.  --See the companion posting on the Into Integrity weblog.  --Thank you for your prayers, encouragement, and support. I will be regularly sharing updates via brief posts and podcasts in the coming days. Please spread the word.  --The purpose of the Into Integrity FAST is to call attention to--and confront--the lack of disclosures by specific organizations/leaders/people affected by the international Nordic Capital Investment KB fraud (NCI) as well as the related, wrongful dismissals directed at Kelly and Michele. Join with us in FAsting for genuine contrition and STriking for resolute action within the Church Mission Community (CMC).
07:44
June 17, 2019
FAST Day 9/40--Praying Good for People and Naming Names for Good
--This is a very important episode, as represented in its length and content. We call for prayers of grace and action as we name specific names--organizations and people. In Part One I recount my daily morning prayer walks to the Atlantic culminating with an invigorating plunge into the late-Spring ocean. I also share about Paul the Apostle's examples of naming people with his pen and confronting people in person--for good. --Part Two gives verbatim quotes from important documents and initiatives over the past seven years that name names of organizations and leaders in the NCI fraud that are being requested to assist. --See the companion posting on the Into Integrity weblog.  --Thank you for your prayers, encouragement, and support. I will be regularly sharing updates via brief posts and podcasts in the coming days. Please spread the word.  --The purpose of the Into Integrity FAST is to call attention to--and confront--the lack of disclosures by specific organizations/leaders/people affected by the international Nordic Capital Investment KB fraud (NCI) as well as the related, wrongful dismissals directed at Kelly and Michele. Join with us in FAsting for genuine contrition and STriking for resolute action within the Church Mission Community (CMC).
18:34
June 13, 2019
FAST Day 6/40--Why FAST? Importance, Motives, and Outcomes
--In this podcast I share seven personal reflections on why FAST is important. There is a focus on seeking truth and the good of others. Plus several core links to help inform you and to support integrity and anti-corruption. --See the companion posting on the Into Integrity weblog. --Thank you for your prayers, encouragement, and support. I will be regularly sharing updates via brief posts and podcasts in the coming days. Please spread the word.   ---The purpose of the Into Integrity FAST is to call attention to--and confront--the lack of disclosures by specific organizations/leaders/people affected by the international Nordic Capital Investment KB fraud (NCI) as well as the related, wrongful dismissals directed at Kelly and Michele. Join with us in FAsting for genuine contrition and STriking for resolute action within the Church Mission Community (CMC).
06:58
June 11, 2019
FAST Day 3/40: Overview
--Track with me as I undertake a 40 day FAST--a combined food FAst and hunger STrike--to confront specific corruption in the international  Church-Mission Community (CMC).  --See the companion posting on the Into Integrity webblog.  --Thank you for your prayers, encouragement, and support. I will be regularly sharing updates via brief posts and podcasts in the coming days. Please spread the word.   ---The purpose of the Into Integrity FAST is to call attention to--and confront--the lack of disclosures by specific organizations/leaders/people affected by the international Nordic Capital Investment KB fraud (NCI) as well as the related, wrongful dismissals directed at Kelly and Michele. Join with us in FAsting for genuine contrition and STriking for resolute action within the Church Mission Community (CMC).
02:20
June 9, 2019