@NotFormer...Thank you🙂...Yes, I know these guys can be vindictive. The former COBE has been a wargamer for years, even though he grew up in the JWborg (he is second generation) he has for years been writing for tactics magazines, all the while giving talks at assemblies and conventions about peace. He has used similar underhanded tactics in the congregation...
When I first started studying, he and another CO recommended that I get "adopted" so I could live with the COBE and his wife, even though I was 24 years old. Since I was new and foolish and I thought the CO and the COBE (it was called PO then) represented Jehovah's will, I obeyed. My biological mom was still alive but disfellowshipped - she had been a JW when I was a little kid. The COBE said "you need a dad". He and his wife paid $70 to get me legally adopted as an adult. Once I moved in with them, some more sketchy stuff happened that I won't mention right now. Years later when I got married, the COBE and his wife said I needed to get a Will & Testament made up so they could get custody of my kids if anything ever happened to me and my husband. Eventually when I told the other elders the sketchy stuff that happened, that's when my husband got mad and got arrested. When my husband was per government order out of the house, he went to the COBE and his wife and they called DHHS three times to try to get custody of my kids (even though legally my husband wasn't supposed to be near them). The DHHS people kept coming over our home and saying the children were fine, and they didn't understand why the COBE and his wife were calling. I told the elders what was happening, and they didn't care - they kept defending the COBE. I wrote to Bethel legal department and service department and the GB for help because they always said in the videos "We Love You Very Much", but later I found out that they were the ones giving the direction to the local brothers on how to handle things. (Incidentally, I got the "adoption" reversed by getting "readopted" by my biological mom and had the Will & Testament changed during that time, so the COBE and his wife stopped callling DHHS because now they know there is no way they will get custody.) But he keeps sending my children gifts even though I told him to stop. My husband is still "friends" with them.🤢🤮
@Vanderhoven...Thank you!💖 Praise Jehovah and Praise Jesus - all that time I was completely crushed and afraid but they made me strong. Your words also helped me have strength during that time.🙂As regards the kids, I will attach a photo of the letter we recently sent announcing our disassociation from the WTBT$. They were baptized as Jehovah's Witnesses at ages 9 and 11. (Even though I was already disfellowshipped last June, I also signed a copy of the recent disassociation letter.) The kids and I signed and dated it and sent copies to 37 different people in several circuits/congregations/departments at Bethel. The elders refused to announce the kids' disassociation at the local KH. (My husband and the former COBE both attend there.)
once upon a time these blokes had a reasonable expectation of being able to hide behind a cloak of secrecy, but now their actions and words are being shouted from the housetops!