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the raw unvarnished audacity of of the (missionary) adoption mindset

Has this whole spectacle of the New Lifer’s arrests in Haiti and the ensuing international incident taught the people involved any kind of lesson, led to any form of remorse (other than their remorse at being caught red-handed), or dissuaded them from their current intended course of actions?

Apparently not.

By way of keeping this post short and to the point, I’m going to focus tightly down to five quotes from two articles:

Baptist Pastor: We’d Do It Again in Haiti from February 2nd


Detained US missionary: I’d come back to Haiti which as I write this is less than 24 hours old.

You would think that sitting in a Haitian jail for a few weeks might help Laura Silsby and Charisa Coulter pull their heads out of their collective asses as far as not becoming re-entangled in the complexities of child custody and the so called “orphan” trade and adoptions in relation to Haitian children, but no.

Not having the benefit of access to media in their cell, they apparently blithely want nothing more than to continue on with their adoption centered so called “Haitian Orphan Rescue Mission” upon their release.

Laura Silsby (from here):

…she wants to go ahead with setting up that orphanage…

Laura Silsby and Charisa Coulter (from here):

…both of us would come back to Haiti…


We would definitely come back to help them once this misunderstanding or whatever you want to call it is sorted out.

In light of such personal delusion and failure to comprehend that they have done anything wrong, if the Judge releases them, I suppose we can expect to see these New Lifers headed right back into Haiti for “orphans round 2” the sequel, instead of experiencing new lives behind bars.

Then you have we haven’t learned a damn thing comments such as the below from the assistant pastor of the church that used its tax status to collect money to send their members Silsby, Coulter, Carla Thompson (the church’s “missions director”) and others to Haiti.

(Again, I remain convinced “New Life Children’s Refuge” is best described as Central Valley Baptist Church’s Haitian “orphans” mission, it being an almost wholy owned subsidiary of CVBC and CVBC’s members. )

Central Valley Baptist Church’s assistant pastor Drew Ham (from here):

Based on the information we have, I’m not sure that we would do anything different. I think they did handle it in the best manner possible.

Which again, comes back to that “we’d do it again” aspect of  the article, but goes further implying they wouldn’t do anything differently if given the chance (other than of course, the getting caught part.)

So, the question becomes, just how serious is Central Valley Baptist Church about doing it again?

That’s not a question I can answer, but it is a question the Judge should weigh heavily as he contemplates releasing these child traffickers.

Finally, you have the adoption industry’s reaction and response to the New Lifers, and how much their actions threw a wrench into the industry’s ongoing demands that Haiti ‘open up and make adoptions easier,’ that were commonly heard long before the earthquake.

National Council for Adoption’s (NCFA’s) chief operating officer, Chuck Johnson (from here):

…calls the Baptist group’s actions a “critical mistake” that could undercut efforts to expand adoptions.

Yeah, you heard that right, Johnson and NCFA can’t condemn Silsby and the New Lifer’s actions, all they can do is bemoan how these rank amateurs got in the industry’s way, essentially getting underfoot and tripping up the industry’s best laid plans at export expansion.

They drew too much attention to the issue at exactly the point Haitian adoptions are currently going through the roof, making it a bit more difficult for the industry on the public relations front, even as the child exports continue.

So, lessons learned?

Hell no.

If anything, all four want to come back for more Haitian kids (each in their own way, of course.)

It takes sheer unmitigated gall to get caught with your hand in the cookie jar only to proudly announce and promise that the minute watchful eyes are taken off you, you’ll be getting right back in there, all over again.

Return to the Table of Contents of my Haiti series.

2 Responses to “the raw unvarnished audacity of of the (missionary) adoption mindset”

  1. Marley Greiner Says:

    Very good. I wish I could articulate this as well as you did. These people (and a lot more than them) are clearly in some kind of a mind bubble (or are bubble-brained?)

    This kind of talk from Silsby is even more “disturbing” since she’s facing 3 court hearings this month in Idaho. (I just wrote about them) She’s bankrupt, has lost her home and car, her business is dead, she’s stiffed her employees, she’s in a custody battle with her ex-husband on top of the Haiti mess. Haiti alone would make normal people step back and re-evaluate their actions. But I said “normal.” This is a person with serious denial syndrome.

    Clearly Silsby has no sense of personal responsibility from her bad business practices to Haiti/DR kid lifting and trafficking there are no consequences for her. I guess for her “shit happens” and she leaves the wreckage behind for other people to clean up.

    I don’t mean to let anyone else off the hook here, it’s just that Silsby’s mentality is so much more public than the rest. Renee Lankford says they did nothing wrong. The detainees who have returned and made pubic statements have nearly all said they did nothing wrong or were duped. It’s “Stupid’s fault.” Yeah, and your name is Stupid.

    Clearly they knew what was going down. Silsby may have had more details, but they knew. They went to Haiti with her pipe dream, totally unprepared and untrained without a clue as to what constitutes child welfare, trauma care, law and ethics–much less disaster relief. The great white hope led by a slick talker on a mission to harvest souls. for the SBC. You”d think out of all those people somebody would have noticed something was wrong. Maybe they did, but the voices in their head told them to plow through with God work. Funny how God and the people with the voices in their heads always agree.

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