Letter from Andrew
I have been on your web site several times. I find it of great value to ex Jehovah’s Witnesses as the information on your site can help free people who are trapped in the Jehovah’s Witness religion.
I was a auxiliary pioneer. I never missed a meeting and I would read at the book study group. Then I had several problems. My mother was ill and I had to look after her, then I had several health problems myself one of them being curvature of the spine. Because of this I could no longer attend meetings. After years of auxiliary pioneering and attending meetings I felt like I was left out of the organization by my spiritual brothers and sisters. My brother and my sister wrote or spoke to Jehovah’s witnesses to try to get me help but they didn’t answer. I am the only person in my familiy that was a witness and my family couldn’t believe how the witnesses treated me.
By the time the elders came out to see me about a year or so later, instead of helping me they treated me like a disfellowshiped person. I had done nothing wrong. They did at last arrange for someone to take me to the meetings. This only lasted twice. I at last managed to attend meetings. When I got there I was treated as a leper. No one would talk to me and I had done nothing wrong, yet at the same time certain people – elders and ministerial servant’s sons – would break all the rules of kingdom hall when not at the meetings yet people would talk to them.
One night I couldn’t get home from one of the meetings due to my health problems. No one would take me home. After this I never attended another meeting. I wrote many letters, so did my brother who isn’t a witness, yet I got no help from the elders.
Because I was studying greek I noticed the errors of the 144,000 ruling on not over the earth. I also read Hebrews chapter one and I could see for myself that Jesus is not Michael the archangel.
Because of what I went through and because I did a lot of work helping people disabled, elderly and children, I would now like to use my experience and put it to good use and help free people who are trapped in cults. I am trying to start up my own web site to help others to turn my negative experiences with the Watchtower to good use and help people in a positive way.
I would be very greatful if you could please mention my experiences on your web site as I believe it could be helpful to other people who have gone through what I have.
Thanks for your letter! What a nasty response from the JWs – I am sorry that you were treated so badly, especially at a time when you needed support from brothers and sisters in faith. In your new website, it would be great if you had even one page where you explain what would be the loving response to someone with health issues – what you needed, what you expected from your faith group, what would have been the right thing for people to do – then contrast that with what actually happened.
I’m afraid the truth may simply be that the moment you were no longer a productive part of the publishing machine you were expendable.
I am glad that you have gone on to do your own research. Ultimately, one’s spiritual path is between one’s self and God.
I wish you blessings, with your web site, and in your life. – Heidi