9 episodes

A young missionary named Renee Bach left her comfortable life in America to start a malnutrition program in rural Uganda. Folks back home and in Uganda praised her as a model missionary -- an example of the healing power of God’s message. But a decade later she’s accused of masquerading as a doctor and rumored to have killed hundreds of children in her unlicensed clinic. How did Renee Bach end up here? Is she a case of good intentions gone wrong...or a predator posing as a saint? Hosted and reported by journalists Rajiv Golla, Halima Gikandi and Malcolm Burnley. 

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    • 4.1 • 789 Ratings

A young missionary named Renee Bach left her comfortable life in America to start a malnutrition program in rural Uganda. Folks back home and in Uganda praised her as a model missionary -- an example of the healing power of God’s message. But a decade later she’s accused of masquerading as a doctor and rumored to have killed hundreds of children in her unlicensed clinic. How did Renee Bach end up here? Is she a case of good intentions gone wrong...or a predator posing as a saint? Hosted and reported by journalists Rajiv Golla, Halima Gikandi and Malcolm Burnley. 

    Episode 8 - What's Left

    Episode 8 - What's Left

    After becoming an international controversy, Renee reconsiders her entire life’s work. But the mothers suing her are still nowhere closer to finding answers.
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    • 43 min
    Episode 7 - Matthew 18

    Episode 7 - Matthew 18

    After a string of complaints and a leaked report, Serving His Children is forced to shut its doors. But Jinja’s problems are only beginning.
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    • 40 min
    Episode 6 - 105 Children

    Episode 6 - 105 Children

    When Renee’s story hit the airwaves, a Ugandan official decides to look into her alleged crimes. He’s shocked by what he finds: nothing.
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    • 46 min
    Episode 5 - Barbie Savior

    Episode 5 - Barbie Savior

    The role that Christian missionaries play in the world has changed a lot over the years. In this episode, we examine the missionary industrial complex — from Barbie Savior to missionary influencers — and discover that Renee Bach isn't an anomaly.

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    • 40 min
    Episode 4 - The Video

    Episode 4 - The Video

    For years, a baby named Patricia was a Serving His Children success story. But a video sent to our team throws everything into question.
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    • 44 min
    Good Samaritan

    Good Samaritan

    After months of silence, Renee Bach appears on Fox News to defend herself. A few days later, we receive an invitation to meet her in Virginia, face-to-face. 
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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
789 Ratings

789 Ratings

Mesmerized in Music ,

Great story and coverage-female narrator’s voice not suitable for this type of reporting

Great reporting, and a multi-faceted look into how the white savior complex is enabled.

I thought the female narrator’s voice was not appropriate for covering a subject like this...this subject requires a bit more gravity. Instead it sounded like a valley girl reading a gossip column.

ANF1031 ,

“Caught between arrogant ignorance and authority we can trust”

I was interested to see where this podcast was going as I have not heard of this story. In the beginning, a question was posed why God would lead this girl down this particular path. I was hoping throughout listening to the story that the podcaster would realize that God did not lead her down this path, that was entirely a selfish act. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it five minutes into the story. As a journalist, unbiased reporting is particularly welcomed by your readers/listeners. It is important to remain unbiased or bipartisan as you’re telling a story. Especially these days as our country has been placed in a media hellhole. Over the years, I have voted for presidents who have won and presidents who have lost, however when the campaign is over, it is over. In order to remain a collective United States of America, we place our feelings about a person aside and we unite within our country.This is something that we have been unable to do over the course of the last four years.As I am being inundated by countless outlets reminding me that orange man bad, senile man good, and the media constantly is screaming at me that a pandemic is hovering after 10 pm and before 6 am,sitting at a restaurant is good, standing at a restaurant is bad, wearing a mask in March was ridiculous but in June it was brilliant, etc. I have tended to only listen to podcast and get my news from other resources. Thank you for reminding me that we are caught between ignorant arrogance and authority we can trust. Somehow, your journalistic license has to have been violated by bringing nonsense into a story that should have been extremely entertaining. I would suggest that you take this opportunity to fact check the media and our politicians as to the actual timeline of when things were said and done. Both sides of the aisle have made mistakes during this “pandemic“ and yes, 200,000 plus people have horrifically past away from a terrible virus, we should stop and rejoice that the estimated 2 million dead was in fact not realized. Podcasts are ways that normal people escape from the going ons of today. Thank you for bringing it all back full circle and showcasing your ignorance for free thinking and rationalize thought.

AtlSue4365 ,

Started well

I was so interested in the premise and there was so much possibility in the story. After the first episode I recommended it to friends. But somewhere along the line it just fizzled out. They didn’t come to any great conclusions or seem to know where they were going after getting mired in this one woman’s drama. I wish instead they had delved into other stories that I’m sure exist. I hope someone picks up this topic in another podcast because it deserves exposure.

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