The HoS reports:
A Destiny Church pastor working for a child-fostering organisation that gets $10 million a year of taxpayer money is placing vulnerable children with Destiny members of the congregation.
New Plymouth Destiny pastor Robyn Edmonds oversees foster placements as the Taranaki branch manager of the Open Home Foundation, which helps “disadvantaged and hurt” children.
The foster kids are expected to attend Destiny’s controversial services each Sunday. …
He said it was part of the group’s ethos to have foster children attend church on a Sunday unless their natural parents specifically objected.
Former Destiny members from Taranaki said the congregation was encouraged to open its homes to foster children.
“They were encouraging people to go into social work,” said one.
The object was to have members make their homes suitable as potential foster homes, from which children could be taken to church services.
Another member said the extra children meant a greater income and higher tithes. However, he said the appeal was fresh membership.
In a statement, Child, Youth and Family national operations manager John Henderson said the foundation received $8.9m in funding last year, mainly for foster-family work. The group’s own records put total taxpayer funding at $10.7m.
“There have been no concerns raised with the Ministry of Social Development or Child, Youth and Family in relation to Open Home Foundation or Destiny Church,” he said.
My views on Tamaki are well known, and I suspect the motivation for the fostering is about more membership.
However if CYF has no issues with the quality of care given by Destiny members, then good on them for offering foster homes. NZ has a shortage of good quality foster parents, and kids do better in an actual family home than they do in an institution.
Some of the work done by Destiny Church is laudable, and this is an example.
However that does not make Arch Bishop Brian the physical manifestation of God, and does not excuse the extortion tithing racket which nets him a million dollars a year.Tags: CYF, Destiny