My friend Marion, who I've posted about on here, was announced at last nights meeting as being no longer one of jehovahs witnesses. She sent a da letter in recently, and of course the elders tried to get her to change her mind, but she insisted, and threatened to forward a copy to the UK hq, so they made the announcement.
She had a phone call from her jw son just now, and not a pleasant one at that. He asked her how she could be so stupid, and told her that this was the last call of any kind he would be making to her, and she won't be allowed to see her grandchildren again until she comes to her senses. She is pretty upset about that, of course, but we did warn her of the likely reaction of most jws, including her family.
She is coming down here in about an hour, and spending the rest of the day with us, so we will be able to give her some support, which she will obviously need at this time. She's been a jw all her life, and she is 59, 60 in November, so it's a big wrench to leave, even though she is now well aware it isn't the truth. Apart from obviously being upset by her son's call, she is reasonably ok, and is glad it's over as far as the wts is concerned. She hasn't made any particular plans as to what to do with her freedom yet, apart from going to the Apostacurry in October, but I guess she has to get used to actually being free first, after a lifetime in the wts.
Please keep her in your thoughts, the next few weeks are going to be the hardest, I think, as I'm sure other former friends will act like her son has, and being shunned by people who you've known for years does take a little getting used to.