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Reaching out to others

It was a rough Saturday night with my mom formally stating she is disowning/shunning me. I had a good cry and went to bed. After a night of praying to God for his help, I woke up Sunday morning, my brain filled with thoughts of what needed to be said next to my sister. I sent her a personal email letter before we headed to church. 

Since this all started on Thursday January 19th, I have not had contact with her.  I am sure she is only getting one side of the story from my calls with my mother.  She has received three email letters from me now.  She won't call me back.  I am not sure what I am to do next, but what I do know is I have provided them with every bit of compelling information possible, thanks to the guidance from God.

Last evening, it was time for me to call an old school friend (also a JW, but an inactive baptized publisher).  I lovingly told her that I was no longer a Jehovah's Witness and that I will never be a Jehovah's Witness. I told her that I would understand if she had to cut me off.  I started to tell her everything I could, offering her proof.  She did not take me up on me offering to prove these things to her, but she did say that she would not disown me.   She believes in the JW religion.  She stated that we all have the right to make our own choice.  We talked as friends for well over an hour, and at times I had opportunity to witness to her more.  I have an open door with her for now.

I had lunch with a friend today.  She was telling me about another friend of hers who is a former JW.  Her family has shunned her and her husband. But, unfortunately they have abandoned religion, God and the Bible.  I sat there listening to my friend tell me about this other friend who must be so sad and tormented.  I offered my friend to tell her friend about me and that I would welcome a call if she ever wanted to talk.

I have found and/or heard of so many former JW's who just want nothing to do with the Bible after what they have been through.  It makes me sad, as I have found real comfort in the scriptures and finally am not scared or fearing that I will be doomed to eternal destruction.  I also know that I am blessed with an amazing support system to get me through this.  Unfortunately, not all struggling JW's have a support system in place.  If you are struggling or know someone who is struggling, I would love to hear from you.  You can post a comment or email.

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