Renee Bach was raised in a quiet American church on the modern virtues of missions and church-plantings instead of the traditional virtues of motherhood and keeping home. Her hideous fate illustrates the consequences of Churchianity.
She’s not a doctor… but she reportedly killed dozens of children while pretending to be.
At an age when many young women are seeking admission to a university or working in their first jobs, a remarkable Moneta teen embarked on a mission that would soon become her calling, that of breaking the cycle of malnutrition, one life, one family and one village at a time.
Motherhood? Bah, humbug.
Not in the verdant hills of Appalachia, nor on a dusty reservation in the Dakotas, nor in modern, culturally diverse Europe, but in Uganda, an eastern African nation embracing the shores of Lake Victoria, once torn by strife and disparate tribal allegiances, once ruled by a cruel and rapacious dictator, Idi Amin, but now a growing source of strength and hope for its people.
Renee Bach, whose family attends Radford Baptist Church in Moneta, founded Serving His Children in 2009, setting out for Uganda to follow what she said was God’s call for her life. Bach, the executive director of the organization, lives in Masese, a village just outside Jinja, the nation’s second most populous town, with her adopted daughter, Selah Grace.
That’s the first red flag, when a Christian cares more about foreigners on the far side of the planet than his next-door neighbor. And Renee was 18 years old when she first went to Africa in God’s Name.
Radford Baptist is loosely affiliated with the SBC. Per the leadership page,
…the only church leader not posing with his wife is the childrens’ director. Things that make you go ‘hmm’, but the physiognomies aren’t noteworthy. I’m surprised none of them are black; one wonders where Renee got the idea to
bang serve Uganda. Per the related missions page, they farm most of their missions work out to the SBC, which is standard practice for a small church, but they also have Renee’s organization (we’ll get to that) and a partnership with something more local, the Agape Center.
Per their June 2019 newsletter, Agape is a fairly typical Churchian charity, focused mainly on providing food and supplies for the needy in partnership with the government. Overrun with middle-aged women, natch.
I don’t mind the Churchians providing thrift stores and related assistance. I do mind that they conflate the Gospel with such efforts. We do good in order to honor Christ, not the other way around. An implication of this philosophy is that Christian charities should never partner with State charity. We have one master, not two.
You can’t take the king’s shilling without becoming the king’s soldier.
Something that caught my eye on Radford Baptist Church’s missions page is a link to the books of John Piper. Wondering if he wrote something about Uganda, I checked up on his writings. Suffice for now, that the reason Renee moved to Uganda to underwrite their Prosperity Gospel is most likely because she was raised on John Piper.
During her initial stay in Uganda in 2007, Bach helped start a temporary feeding program in the slum community of Masese, [GQ: the outskirts of the largest town on Lake Victoria] where she was struck by the extreme poverty and hopelessness of the people, particularly, the children. When she returned to Uganda, Bach knew exactly where she would start, renting a house and started a feeding program at her home for 900 to 1,000 kids two days a week. Word quickly spread that there was help for those in need and the first malnourished child was brought to her door in August, 2009. She established a malnutrition treatment center after she started getting a continuous flow of referrals for treatment.
This is what happens when young women aren’t encouraged to get married and raise their own kids. Their care-based morality goes haywire. I suspect the abovementioned Agape Center underwrote her initial efforts.
The second oldest of five children growing up on the southside of Bedford County, Bach and her siblings were homeschooled, she noted through emails from Uganda. She graduated from high school in 2007, and shortly afterward, set out on her first mission trip to the east African nation at 18.
That was stupid. Her first “missionary service” of adulthood was unstable East Africa? At a minimum, one should work up to long-term, overseas, foreign-culture work.
Incidentally, this is why I don’t try to found a new, Red Pill church. I spent Father’s Day weekend camping at a gorgeous lake with everything from zip lines to waterslides… alone. I couldn’t get any friends or family to go with me even with six months’ notice. Neither are they taking any vacations of their own this year. If I can’t even evangelize friends on selfish hedonism then I’m not going to try evangelizing strangers on voluntary suffering.
When Renee went back in 2009, she did so as founder & operator of the charity Serving His Children.
Our mission is to break the cycle of malnutrition by restoring the life and health of the child by partnering with government health centers, empowering families with education and resources and helping communities develop sustainable solutions to malnutrition.
There is no Christ in that. As missionary work, it was a total waste of effort. Now to Heavy, which provided the framework for this post’s material:
A Christian missionary is being sued in Ugandan court after two mothers accused her of pretending to be a doctor and accidentally killing their children. Renee Bach, 35, is the founder of Serving His Children (SHC), a nonprofit organization created to combat malnutrition in Uganda. The lawsuit alleges Bach killed hundreds of children by attempting to treat them without any medical training.
“I can’t rule out the fact that children died like they do die in any health facility. But still, it’s not true to say that I killed them,” Bach said in a comment read by Al Jazeera.
The lawsuit, brought about by two mothers whose children died while in the care of SHC, says that families were led to believe Bach was a medical doctor and that her house was a medical facility. The Women’s Probono Initiative, an organization that is representing the two mothers, issued a press release claiming Bach typically wore a white lab coat and stethoscope and was often seen providing medicine and medical treatment to children.
“It is unacceptable, narcissistic behaviour, for anyone, black or white, rich or poor, missionary or angel to pass off as a ‘medical practitioner’ when they are not,” the Women’s Probono Initiative statement read.
The organization No White Saviors, has accused Bach providing children with medical treatment she learned by watching YouTube videos. The group claims that Bach took children from legitimate hospitals and medical centers for treatment at SHC and was very open about how much she enjoyed providing “hands-on medical care.”
I think not a few American doctors do that too. But here, I can make a good guess what happened. Renee Bach went in to distribute freebies via her charity organization, was asked to provide medical help along with the supplies and her savior complex wouldn’t let her say no. Evidence:
Bach has adopted a Ugandan daughter, Selah Grace.
She ruined herself for marriage by becoming a single mother… and the child isn’t even hers! Tell me that’s not pathological altruism.
I don’t care about the lawsuit itself because it’s seeking damages. If she allegedly killed over 100 children by gross medical malpractice then it should be a death-sentence criminal trial, not a shakedown for more gimmiedat from a now-defunct charity.
Don’t feed the animals.
It’s the Ugandan Church’s job to feel the children of Uganda. If they need help then they can ask other churches. But this: an 18yo girl raised on “abandon your home to serve the World” departing for the heart of Africa to throw resources at social problems, this is not the work of God.
It’s the work of John Piper. Him specifically, and a rogue’s gallery of the usual Churchian suspects. Their Marxist heresies have twisted Christianity into not just Prosperity Gospel but a globalism that scorns the West. I knew Piper had gone bad but not this bad. Coming up is a excerpt of his most recent book linked to by the tiny Radford Baptist Church’s Missions webpage. (Available as a free download at the link.)
CROSS: Unrivaled Christ, Unstoppable Gospel, Unreached Peoples, Unending Joy
By John Piper and David Mathis [GQ: a Piper disciple], general editors
Excerpted from section “Be A World Christian”.
There comes a moment in every movement of God when continuing to saturate one’s native people with the gospel is simply no longer enough. This is true of many in our day, who have enjoyed renewal in the fresh wave of gospel-centeredness and new depth in the soil of Reformed theology.
It’s one thing to claim it’s “not enough to care about your own people”. It’s another to throw your pearls to the swine, or in this specific case, a marriageable young woman to one of the worst places on Earth. The only surprise is she was the one doing the murdering this time.
But as the movement has grown and deepened and matured, we’ve increasingly felt the power of God’s words through Isaiah,
“It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” (Isa. 49:6)
It’s not enough just to make more young, restless Reformed types among our already reached people.
What a sick joke. America is such a Christian place that abortion has metastasized into child genital mutilation in the name of LGBT.
It is “too light a thing,” as Isaiah would say, to see biblical substance and depth make a resurgence among conservative evangelicals. This vision of God is too big for a tribal deity. The God of the Scriptures is a God of the nations. The very message of such a big, gracious God is called into question if we are not soon turning to the nations.
Isaiah was prophesying that Christ’s salvation would eventually be open to non-Jews, not that John Piper would be awesome or America’s young women should abandon America’s sexually frustrated young men to be flung unprepared into the Dark Continent. Incidentally, Uganda reports as 85% Christian according to the Joshua Project, an organization cited elsewhere by Piper. They don’t need missionaries.
Of course, that’s 85% Prosperity Gospel Christianity… because the missionaries told the locals they’d get free stuff if they claimed Christ. We’ve done Africa more harm than good and should leave evangelizing Africa to African Christians. Not to self-righteous, globalist “Christian leaders” selling books to the gullible about how much God will love them for throwing their existing lives away.
“…perhaps the most moving turn to the nations came in Acts 13. There Paul and his companions came to Antioch in Pisidia, and as was his practice, Paul began by evangelizing the “reached” people of the day, his fellow Jews in the synagogue. After his first message, they wanted to hear more—“the people begged that these things might be told them the next Sabbath” (Acts 13:42). But the mood changed the next week when “the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord” (Acts 13:44).
See if you can put yourself in the setting as a Gentile. Jew and Gentile have gathered to hear this remarkable news brought to the Jewish people. These are “things into which angels long to look” (1 Pet. 1:12), and the Gentiles stand with the angels, looking in from the outside. What an amazing thing God has done for the Jews.
Nice cherrypicking, Piper. Paul showed up and everybody was thrilled to hear him! Everybody got saved just because Paul showed up! Yay! It was one of the few major evangelisms of “Pinata” Paul that didn’t end in a riot, stoning, arrest or murder conspiracy. He merely got kicked out of the city by jeering crowds… and shook the dust of the city off his sandals in disgust at their treatment of him.
It’s a headsick father who volunteers his barely-legal daughter for such a life and a headsick priest who thinks ‘Murica is so Christian that God’s Work now consists of planting African cargo cults with Western wealth.
In the chapters that follow, you will be summoned, again and again, to consider the missionary call to the unreached and unengaged. We expect that many of you reading this book already embrace this call, or have begun to sense it. But what follows in these
pages is not only for current and future missionaries, but for the whole church, because this Great Commission is a venture we share in together. Yes, there are two distinct callings, but there is one team, one Lord, one Great Commission. So we pray that God would use this book to solidify your current season in life, or to open new vistas on your next, and we invite you to “world Christianity”—which is really the only Christianity.
A gentle reminder that per 1 Thess. 4, God’s general command for believers is to live quietly, earn your food and work an honest job. Overseas missionary work is entirely optional… certainly, not a fast track to divine approval.
Becoming a world Christian means that, wherever you live, you “consider all other citizenship a secondary matter” and “reorder your life around God’s global cause.”
Perhaps he meant “world Citizen” instead of world Christian.
It means that even as you give yourself to making disciples on the tract of land to which you’ve been sent, you connect your efforts with the Global Cause, among peoples reached and unreached, and you pray and dream and give toward completing the task.
But becoming a world Christian not only leads to the resourcing and flourishing of ministries abroad; it also leads to vibrancy and fruit at home.
Yes, we have many vibrants and fruits at home. Thanks, Piper, and go to Hell.
“Becoming a world Christian cannot be an end in itself,” writes Don Carson. “The aim is not to become so international and culturally flexible that one does not fit in anywhere; the Beautiful Feet aim, rather, is to become so understanding and flexible that one can
soon fit in and further the gospel anywhere.”
Linguistic barriers alone make that impossible. But it’s what Renee was raised to believe, and it’s what Renee did, and both Renee and Uganda would have been better off if her plane had crashed at sea.