Yes, there was about $10K in the Fairbanks building fund when I left; it was never used and the org closed the work about a year or less after we left. A few years later, Doug came up here again, and I asked RW in the presence of the board whether that money would be restored to the church there and he said "when the time is right" it would be. But Doug never even heard of this money, and he was here for 7 or 8 years, I think.
I also continued to pay on a monthly pledge I made to Panama; lo and behold, my wife ran into Linda and Jesus Rodrigues, who had been missionaries down there, in the grocery store and learned that the work had be shut down about six months prior. I wrote a letter to RW and he called me with a smoke and mirrors explanation that the money was being "escrowed" (must be their favorite term over there) until such time as it would be reopened. Even if that were true (which I doubt), it is unethical to continue to take money on a closed work without even notifying the donors of its status. And we've also learned from missionaries that they received a starvation stipend, even though hundreds of people made monthly pledges.
An ethical group would voluntarily post financial data for all to see; why doesn't NTCC? Every church I've been involved with post-org gave issued periodic financial statements to all the membership without even being asked. They weren't trying to hide anything.
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