Shine the Light--Together!

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209 Signatures Goal: 200

Shine the light on corruption.
Your voice counts!

Update: July 2017
This petition is an international call for the organizations (current and past staff, leaders, board members, etc.) and people affected by the NCI fraud to help uncover the truth—to transparently and verifiably disclose. Zero tolerance for corruption's protracted cover ups, complicity, and cowardice. Doing nothing--utterly shameful.

Read it, sign it, share it.

"The NCI case exposes a harmful trend growing within the worldwide church..."
Christianity Today, Special Report, 8 June 2011

"There is a story here that EVERYONE should know. Everyone should have the opportunity to evaluate whether the ends justify the means." Rand Guebert (16 December 2016, comment on this site), author of an extensive investigative report on NCI and the church-mission community.

The Integrity Petition
This petition is a call to many organizations and people, especially in the church and mission community (CMC), to assist by transparently and verifiably disclosing how they have been affected by Nordic Capital Investment KB fraud (NCI). In addition, members of these organizations (including past and present staff, leaders, Boards), donors, partners and the public are asked to help by respectfully and resolutely calling for the assistance of those affected by NCI.

NCI was set up in 1992 and began to be publically confronted in 2007.
An important part of it was successfully prosecuted in Sweden (2010-2011) and declared to be a longstanding fraud. Only one person was prosecuted and imprisoned, however--a Swedish man. There are thousands of pages of court documents (available to the public in 2010-2011) that shed light on the far broader aspects of this international fraud. Millions of euros and dollars are still missing. See the core materials/links on this site for more information.

Corruption such as the NCI KB fraud does not simply go away on its own, over time, by ignoring it, or by keeping silent. All of us can and must act with integrity--the consistent, highest level of moral wholeness. And we can and must hold our organizations and leaders accountable to do the same. This petition is a key tool to help.
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Sign and Share
--On the right side of this page you will find a place to sign. We encourage you to include your name. Adding a short comment and your organizational affiliation is also encouraged although optional.

--Click HERE for the full list of signatories. PETRA People is committed to circulating this petition and encouraging others to do the same--for as long as it takes--until the people and organizations affected by NCI take action resulting in verifiable disclosures and independent reviews. We believe this is the only way for real change, justice, and healing to occur.

--Please share this Integrity Petition with your friends, colleagues, and networks.
(Facebook, Twitter, email, etc.). For example, after signing the petition, you will receive a "thank you" email which includes social media links to share the petition. The new goal is for 200+ signatures.

Thank you for promoting integrity
and shining the light on corruption and the NCI fraud!
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Going Further--Core Materials
1. 2017 Update
--It has been over nine years since the Nordic Capital Investment KB (NCI) fraud began to be publically confronted (2007). And it has been over two years since four of the organizations included in the petition and several of their leaders were formally presented with the Shine the Light-Together petition (STL). This ongoing effort to gather signatures on the STL petition thus continues the resolute, public call for assistance from all those affected by the NCI fraud and for verifiable disclosures/independent reviews (transparency and accountability) by the organisations listed in the petition.

--There is a paper trail of exchanges with four organizations (August 2014--current) on the PETRA People weblog. We believe there is an important opportunity for every organization included in the STL petition to authorize an independent review, as recognized in good practice standards across sectors. None to date have been forthcoming. We encourage everyone to act beyond reproach not just for their own or organization's sake but also for the sake of the CMC and the general public.

2. Updates and analyses about corruption-integrity and NCI are on the PETRA People weblog.

3. See the materials/links on the PETRA People website.

4. PETRA Statement 2012: An International Call for Integrity and Action
The PETRA Statement 2012 overviews the NCI fraud and the previous calls for assistance. It also provides you with core inks to important documents and lists the organizations that are being asked for assistance via verifiable disclosures and independent reviews (e.g., Mercy Ministries International, Youth With A Mission, Mercy Ships International, Youth For Christ, Crossroads Church in Ferney France). The Statement is an important tool for understanding and confronting NCI.

"In light of the Swedish court documents, we are publicly calling for the following organizations to provide assistance by reviewing and disclosing how NCI has affected them. We are also asking them to review how they have responded to the NCI matter thus far. Authorizing independent and internal reviews is strongly encouraged. It is not helpful to simply try to "move on" and leaders and members are urged now to hold their organizations accountable. There is much to learn and many ways to help. We urge organizations affected by NCI to emulate the organizations in the "United Response" to the New Era Scandal: be transparent, accountable, and cooperate to return money…" Click HERE to access the entire Statement and the list of signatories.
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Quotes from Helpful Materials
“A Swedish Christian businessman swindled friends, family, and missionaries of millions of dollars….The NCI case exposes a harmful trend growing within the worldwide church 16 years after the collapse of the New Era fraud….‘No one is immune. We have to keep these cases in front of believers. They’re lulled into a false sense of security [quoting Dr. Todd Johnson].’ If defrauded investors have their way, Sweden’s verdict won’t be the last one involving NCI…” Fleecing the Faithful--Again: Former YWAM Leader Defrauds Many (Christianity Today, Special Report, 8 June 2011)

“...restoring our witness will take more than a repentant pastor. Visible, public accountability is vital..." Pastors and Ponzi Fraud (Christianity Today, 13 April 2012)

"...the time has come to make [the fight against corruption] a truly global effort among evangelicals....if the church becomes more vociferous in its opposition to corruption...then we must beware of the risk of hypocrisy if our own house is not put in order first....We must not turn a blind eye to or condone corruption....Christians must take care that they are not unwittingly complicit in someone else's corruption, no matter how innocent the motive or scheme may at first appear." Salt and Light: Christians' Role in Confronting Corruption (Lausanne Global Conversation, 31 October 2011)

“But legislation alone cannot make organizations open and healthy. Only the character and will of those who run them and participate in them can do that….If a culture of collusion exists instead of a culture of candor, participants will find ways around the rules, new or old, however stringent." (p. 8)…But at any time an organization makes a seriously wrong decision, its leaders should call for an intensive postmortem. Such learning opportunities are too often overlooked. The tendency is simply to call on the public relations department to spin the mater, to make another inadequately thought-out decision, and perhaps to scapegoat, even fire, a few staff members. Because most companies cover up their mistakes instead of learning from them, systemic flaws in information flow tend to remain to do their damage another day." (pp. 22-23) Transparency: How Leaders Create a Culture of Candor (2008). Warren Bennis, Daniel Goleman, James O'Toole, and Patricia Ward Biederman

Click this link for more quotes on Corruption and Courage
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from Transparency and The Message)
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PETRA People Network
PETRA People Network was set up in 2010. We are committed to promoting peace, transparency, and accountability in all sectors of society and especially in the international Christian community. Our general focus is on preventing and confronting corruption and on promoting personal and organizational integrity. Our specific focus is on the Nordic Capital Investments KB fraud (NCI). (c) Petra People Network 2012-2017

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Highlights

December 19
The petition just reached the initial signature goal for phase two--200 total. Thank you for signing, adding supportive comments, and sharing the petition with others. The next goal: continuing with 200+ signatures.
November 28
December 2016 is "Pro-Integrity Month" for the PETRA People Network. The next phase of the STL petition (launched in March 2012) begins December 2016. It empahsizes both promoting integrity and stopping corruption. This renewed "Integrity Petion" is also an example of a strategic activity in support of International Anti-Corruption Day (9 December) and beyond: http://www.anticorruptionday.org/
October 1
The ongoing entries on the PETRA People weblog give updates on the lack of responses to the petition. They also help to put the petition and the NCI KB fraud in perspective by featuring resources and developments around the world related to the fight against corruption and the call for integrity. The latest entry (October 2015) features important excerpts on corruption and integrity in two landmark documents: the Lausanne Commitment (Christian, global) and the United Nations Agenda (sustainable development goals, adopted last week). The weblog can be accessed here: www.petranetwork.blogspot.com
January 30
The petition and the comments of the 100+ signatories have been shared with four organizations and several of their leaders: Youth With A Mission, Youth for Christ, Mercy Ships International, and Crossroads Church (Ferney-Voltaire, France). This was done via an initial email-letter in August 2014. The exchanges are available on the PETRA People weblog (petranetwork.blogspot.com). The latest entry (29 January 2015) highlights the lack of responses to the request for assistance: verifiable reviews and disclosures about how these organizations or any other people/organizations may have been affected by the long-standing NCI KB fraud. It ends with this question: "What would Jesus--and what would Judas--do?"
January 20
Important updates, perspectives, and resources are on the PETRA People weblog: http://petranetwork.blogspot.com/ The public call for transparency and accountability for all those affected by the international NCI et al. fraud continues. This includes the request for assistance from past and present staff, donors, board members, partners, and leaders of the organisations affected as well as victims, net positives, and all those with information.
  • Kathryn Ray
    Kathryn Ray United States, Evanston
    Mar 31, 2017
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  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Mar 05, 2017
    Mar 05, 2017
    Some sort of investigation definitely seems necessary.
  • Alex Palacios
    Alex Palacios United States, Arlington
    Dec 22, 2016
    Dec 22, 2016
    Transparency and accountability are fundamental!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Dec 21, 2016
    Dec 21, 2016
    For the love of money is a root of all kinds evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (I Tim 6:10)
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    Rand Guebert France
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