I have been lurking on and off for about 2 years now and before I did post a couple threads under my old alias but it wont accept it for some reason so I had to re-join.
Anyway there was a singles site called JWsingles.net by a nice fellow who wanted to help other lonely JW single folks meet but he is about to shut it down despite some SUCCESS stories which I guess makes the elders UPSET.
I had joined two years ago and was on the mailing list(I,ve been inactive for about 5 years now)Thats the SHORT version,anyway,I got this e-mail from him the other day and it really infuriated me because he did nothing wrong but again the Organization wants to CONTROL every aspect of their lives,including NOT letting JW,s put up harmless websites for singles to meet.After all in many many congregations there is a severe SHORTAGE of available singles right?And,If they dont even want you to look for a mate in their OWN organization (on the net) then they will look OUTSIDE of the organization but I guess they are too dense to understand that.
His letter wreaks of GUILT and he hangs his head in shame at congregations.I fail to see HOW he has stumbled others here.Its none of others business what ADULT JW,s want to meet someone.
I understand the heartache of being all alone for many many years with no one and no suitable mates there as they were too stuffy and I felt like I could never match up no matter how hard I tried.I shed too many tears to count as Im sure many here have as well.
Anyway here is the e-mail.
This will most likely be the last message you recieve from JW Singles.net.
The site has been running for several years now with its main goal to help those of like faith find and if they wish contact each other.We,ve met that goal with several success stories.Im very glad to say that an old friend of mine from a congregation in Maryland met a wonderful sister from California.After months of phone calls and trips and bible studies over the phone,they were married.Both are extremely happy with their new mates.
There are other stories the friends have shared when asking to have their profiles removed.
However I cannot continue to justify the site against the councel of the WBT society.I am tired of sinking in my seat at assemblies and conventions when they mention websites to avoid.It is also not my place to second guess the faithful and discreet salve and the connection they have with Jehovahs spirit in guiding the organization in these last days.While I believe that with proper theocratic guidelines this site can be used ,like many have demonstrated to a good cause,I will not possibly stumble my brothers and sisters.
I have thought of selling the site to help recoup the expenses I incurred while developing and running the site ,but again I dont want the responsibility of passing it off to someone else,possibly a wordly company or person.
After the last paying members subscription has run out,I will open the full site with access to every member .This will be the last chance to try and contact some of the 2000 members we have.Right now Im targeting September as the final month the site will run.Our information on the site will be deleted as the database of users is erased.If you care to make a donation of any size while the site is still open to everyone our paypal address is _________ or contact me for a mailing address.
Thanks to all those who have tried to help and build the idea I had into a functioning and useful program.I wish you all well and continued strenght in this time of the end.All of the friends are tired and are struggling just to make it to meetings instead of staying home with a headache or working a little late.Be upbuilding to each other ,help to show love amongst ourselves and continue to walk with God until the end.
So there you have it,dont even THINK of trying to find a partner on the big bad evil Internet.The org will force you to shut down.