I am thankful to the Father and my Lord Jesus Christ for delivering me not only from the Jehovah’s Witnesses but also from a troubled home life. I could never square the family life I wanted with the life that I was living with my parents. My family life was anything but typical. My father was diagnosed with bipolar depression and battled substance abuse while my mother struggled with alcoholism.Their marriage was dysfunctional and this affected me and my siblings greatly. We endured physical and emotional abuse from both parents -there was a lot of yelling, cursing and fighting in my home and often it would result in the local police being called to our home many times.
My father was excommunicated over 20 years ago. It breaks my heart to watch him battle with himself over whether God still loves him. He believes, as some ex- JW’s believe, that once he returns to the organization that his relationship with God will be restored. My mother began drinking heavily after the death of her brother. He was excommunicated from the organization of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. I remember visiting a non-Jehovah’s Witness aunt one day and my Uncle unbeknownst to my mother was there. My mother quickly shuffled me and my siblings out the door so hurried that I can remember feeling panic. He pleaded with my mom as we walked out the door trying to get her to talk to him or even say a greeting. He was abandoned by our JW family in order to comply with the rules of the organization regarding excommunication. My mother eventually found a way to compartmentalize his death after many years. She later returned to the witnesses after 10 years and strongly believes that her brother got the treatment he deserved because of breaking the rules/laws of “God” which for her is interchangeable with the rules/laws of the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ leadership.
My parents though flawed tried to help me into a relationship with God at an early age.(Proverbs 22:6) Nothing can compare to the brothers and sisters in Christ I have gained after “losing” my family and childhood friends, as a result, of the shunning policy of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.(Matthew 19:29)
It is my deepest hope and desire that I can be a vessel to “deliver” another Jehovah’s Witness from the heavy yoke laid upon them by the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses. I am moved by the overflowing of gratitude I have toward my God for delivering me out of the darkness into the wonderful illumination of Christ! ( 2 Corinthians 4:6)