MANILA, Philippines – American Methodist missionary Adam Thomas Shaw is back home after the Philippine government ordered him to leave for allegedly overstaying and engaging in leftist activities.
The National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP), a huge 55-year-old group of Christian churches, confirmed this on Thursday morning, July 5.
Shaw is one of 3 foreign missionaries of the United Methodist Church (UMC) ordered by the Philippine government to leave for supposedly overstaying and joining political activities.
“We consider Adam Shaw and his fellow missionaries as a living example that our Christian mission knows no borders,” the NCCP said.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Adam Shaw, one of the three UMC missionaries held by the PH government, is finally home! <br><br>We consider Adam Shaw and his fellow missionaries as a living example that our Christian mission knows no borders. <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/LetThemLeave?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#LetThemLeave</a> <a href=”https://t.co/LwjpRYCbmt”>https://t.co/LwjpRYCbmt</a></p>— NCCPhilippines (@NCCPhils) <a href=”https://twitter.com/NCCPhils/status/1014691878925623297?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>July 5, 2018</a></blockquote>
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In a press conference on Monday, July 2, Shaw thanked Filipinos, especially those from Mindanao, “for welcoming me and for giving me a home.” He said, “A part of me will forever be here left behind.”
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) ordered Shaw and two other Methodist missionaries – Tawanda Chandiwana of Mutare, Zimbabwe, and Miracle Osman of Blantyre, Malawi – to leave the Philippines. (READ: United Methodists: Release 3 missionaries in Philippines)
Chandiwana is still detained at the BI warden facility in Bicutan, Taguig City, and will be deported once he submits his National Bureau of Investigation clearance.
Osman was also required to submit certain requirements before she can leave the Philippines.
The BI has included Shaw, Chandiwana, and Osman in its black list.
Like them, Australian Catholic nun Sister Patricia Fox was accused by the BI of joining political activities.