In Your Corner: Fort Wayne Church Scammed During Mission Work

By Ryan Elijah

June 18, 2010 Updated Jun 4, 2010 at 6:17 PM EDT

"it's an experience you never want to go through" Silas Daugi is the pastor at Fairhaven Mennonite Church. In September his church was preparing to ship this 40-foot trailer to Nigeria. Inside of that trailer was about 100-thousand dollars worth of items, including vehicles that would allow small villages near Lagos to have something they've never had; clean and safe drinking water.
Silas " we raised funds for about six months to go over and put in wells for the villages"
The church looked for a local shipping company to handle the work, but settled on Global Shipping Inc near Chicago. After a face to face meeting they paid 58-hundred dollars in October to ship the container hoping it would arrive in 6 weeks in Nigeria, two months later it hadn't moved. Church member Joe Crabill spent days placing countless phone calls to shipping companies and to this man, Ted Amadi, the owner of Global Shipping, when he asked for a bill of lading on the shipment, he knew there was trouble.
"it was a bad bill of lading, nothing on it showed that it was paid, and port officials wouldn't accept it"
Global Shipping never paid the shipping company and when the container did arrive in Nigeria, port officials not only wouldn't release it, but wanted to charge 200 dollars a day in storage fees.
By this time, Global wasn't returning calls or e-mails. While Ted Amadi earlier led them to believe the dispute was only a few hundred dollars, they had to pay the entire 58-hundred dollars, again, for the port to release their shipment.
"I was devastated, very difficult"
When we tried to contact Global Shipping Inc we found the phones were disconnected and the website was down. We then got in touch with the Attorney General's office in both Indiana and Illinois, neither had any reports on file about the company, but Global Shipping does have a record with the Better Business Bureau
The company has an "F" rating with the BBB after not responding to complaints. While no one knows were Ted Amadi is ,we've been told he's involved in serious issues with officials in Nigeria. The good news, Pastor Daugi's work crew finally installed 10 new wells in small villages after spending 8 months away from his family.. He's says it's hard to figure the entire damage that Global Shipping's actions have caused
"you can't quantify what it cost, not with the lost hours and what it cost the villages in waiting", said Pastor Daugi.




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