Re: Is Adventures in Missions/World Race/Seth Barnes a Cult?
Date: April 12, 2017 10:37PM
Today, I came across your website today for this topic above. I founded Wipe Every Tear, an NGO/ministry that brings hope, freedom, and a future to precious girls trapped in the sex trade in the Islands of the Philippines.
The subject title above really caught my attention, to say the least! I have followed the World Race, Adventures In Missions, Seth Barnes, and many racers over the past few years. I have read many blogs of both Seth Barnes and racers as they are on their 9 or 11 month missionary journey.
I am deeply in love with our Lord Jesus, the great commission, and the Kingdom of God. Not that the following means much, but I also graduated from Western Seminary, located in Portland, Oregon, and have continually been involved in Christian ministry since becoming a christian in 1976 during my first year of college. I have pastored a church, planted a church, and have been involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and currently oversee the affairs of Wipe Every Tear (www.WipeEveryTear.org).
I have spoken in depth with many racers and their parents, and Seth Barnes himself, and follow and subscribe to his blog. I have read one of his books, and have personally seen his commitment to God, the scriptures, local church, and the body of Christ throughout the world. Never has a red flag of aberancy waived, as I have only seen a good heart for the Good News of salvation through the atoning blood of Jesus, and God's great love for all mankind.
Wipe Every Tear has hosted world racers and their parents in the missionary field of the Philippines on numerous occasions, and I have worked directly with Seth, AIM staff, and their employees. I have only seen Seth's commitment to the God of the Bible, never once hearing anything in person from him that would cause me to question his commitment to Jesus and his saving and atoning blood through Christ alone.
I have read a little online of some concerns that people have about the World Race and AIM missions, but after sending over 100,000 people out in both long and short term missions, as AIM has, there will always be something that someone(s) doesn't agree with. Shoot, I just Googled and found that there are posts stating that World Vision and Compassion International have cultish practices!
I am personally thankful for Seth's heart for all nations, including the USA, and their need for Jesus to set them/us free.
I appreciate the space here to convey my thoughts on Seth Barnes, AIM, and the World Race, and their continual pursuing God's heart for all nations and all peoples to come into relationship with him through his son Jesus Christ.
Thank you for your ministry and service.
Founder and Lead Director, Wipe Every Tear