The Missionary

The Missionary

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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May 14, 2020 2 min

In 2009, a young American missionary named Renee Bach built a nonprofit to fight child malnutrition in Uganda. Ten years later, allegations surface that hundreds of children died at her facility. How could this happen? Hosted and reported by Rajiv Golla, Halima Gikandi and Malcolm Burnley. 

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Renee Bach was 19 when she decided to follow God's calling to Uganda. Ten years later, she's accused of impersonating a doctor and she's blamed for the deaths of more than 100 children. We look into the allegations and talk to Renee's accusers.

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May 15, 2020 37 min

The first death at Serving His Children wasn't a child, but a 27-year-old woman. Now, no one can agree on how she died, or if she needed rescuing at all.

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May 15, 2020 39 min

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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May 22, 2020 41 min

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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June 5, 2020 37 min

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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June 12, 2020 43 min

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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June 19, 2020 37 min

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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June 26, 2020 40 min

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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March 24, 2022 3 min

Hi, Missionary fans! iHeartPodcasts and host Catherine Townsend are excited to announce Hell and Gone Season 4! The Little Rock Police Department searched an abandoned car in a small residential park. The keys were in the ignition and the car was out of gas as if it had been left running. The car belonged to 18-year-old Ebby Steppach, and she had vanished without a trace. A thrilling true crime that continues to unravel with every ...

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