Todd, thanks for the insights into the CRC and the para church ministries involved. You wrote: "In summary, my point here is that para-church organizations can and do do good things for both the church and those outside of it. I would urge caution in supporting any para-church organization. If they can't explain the true purpose of their mission then look for another if you feel led to be a part of a particular activity"
Sounds like good advise to me. If we went by all the negative press over abuses we would never support any charity our outreach to the community. In the end we ask for discernment and trust God to use our efforts for His glory.