A US missionary was teaching girls from an indigenous tribe in the Amazon what a friend they had in Jesus by sexually abusing them and putting pictures of him doing it on the internet.
Warren Kennell admitted to befriending and abusing the girls over several years while he was establishing a church for the New Tribes mission.
According to the Orlando Sentinel he may have gotten away with it had he not decided to put film of the crimes on a child pornography website.
This tipped off Homeland Security which searched Kennell in May after stopping him upon arrival in Orlando from Brazil, and investigators said they found several digital storage devices containing sexually explicit images involving children.
Authorities said Kennell admitted he was the man shown abusing a girl in one of the images and had photographed a second girl. Investigators eventually found 940 images of kiddie porn on Kennell’s computer. A judge has sentenced him to 56 years in prison.
This has put a slight damper on the New Tribes mission in South America. This missionary project was supposed to save people from hell and damnation that they did not know they had to experience until Kennell showed up.
The New Tribes site said on its website that “mankind’s greatest need is Jesus”.
“Because of Christ’s love, NTM missionaries develop caring relationships with tribal people, and help meet physical needs,” the site said. Of course it did not say whose physical needs they were talking about. We think it is probably a good idea to rethink that site.
A spokeswoman for the ministry said that the mission was “heartsick” by the news. “Children are to be protected, not hurt. We are grateful to the authorities for the prosecution of this individual despite international legal obstacles.”