I have also received a hand-written letter from a JW.
Like Jhine, I am in the UK, have never been a JW or studied, never been in a Kingdom Hall and have no family involved.
The letter came by 2nd class post and the handwriting was very slap-dash, the way it would be if someone was mind-numbingly copying out the same boring sentences over and over again. Its on lined paper with a butterfly design and a QR scan code to link to JW.org,
The writer gives his name, personal email and mobile phone
number, but gives the postal address of the nearest KH a few miles away in the
next town. He says he would love to hear from me, so I will reply, taking
advice from what has been said in this thread and from an ex JW friend. I will be polite and respectful but I think the writer might regret asking
for my thoughts!
See below for a verbatim copy of the letter (with personal
details redacted) and a copy of the words from the tract that was enclosed, in case
anyone has any additional suggestions based on that.
About a week before lockdown, two JWs called at my door and
although I was out at the time, my son (who knows I enjoy a good debate) told
them his mum would like to chat to them and they happily agreed to come back soon.
They left an Awake magazine, (no 1. 2019) with a cover
picture of people wearing face masks and the slogan “Will we ever feel safe and
secure?” Unfortunately due to the lockdown, that visit never happened. But fortunately I still have the magazine and
so I can also bring up topics from it. It
is, as usual, full of logical fallacies, assumptions, unevidenced claims and pure
Here is the letter I received:
We are sorry that we have not
been able to call of late but obviously, because of the pandemic, it was not
safe to do so.
We sincerely hope that you are
keeping safe and well and are not suffering too much due to the lockdown?
We did call some time ago and
left you a tract to read and were hoping to get your thoughts on it? If you
would like to contact us, please feel free to write to the above address.
Alternatively, you could email me on ([email protected])
or if you prefer, call or text (xxx). We would love to hear from you!
One thing that we have found that
this Global Pandemic has given us, is the time to reflect on the deeper meaning
of life. And to re-evaluate just what is
important to us. We have realized just
how important our relationships with friends and family are.
We have also realized that Covid 19 is affecting us in ways that we perhaps hadn’t expected.!! Our
sleeping and eating patterns have changed, we tend to stress a little more and
can quickly get irritated.! If you are feeling the same way, it may be that you
are experiencing what has been described as “Pandemic Fatigue”.
There is a lovely article on www.jw.org that deals with it and we invite you to
take a look. It is free of charge!
I will enclose another tract
for you and please stay safe!
This is the text of the bi-fold tract that was enclosed:
WHAT IS THE KEY TO HAPPY FAMILY
Do you think it is…
WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS
“Happy are those hearing the word of God and keeping it!” –
New World Translation
WHAT THAT CAN MEAN FOR YOU
real love. Ephesians 5:28, 29
genuine respect. Ephesians 5:33
true security. – Mark 10:6-9
CAN WE REALLY BELIEVE WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS?
Yes, for at least two reasons:
God is the originator of family life. The bible says that “every family…owes it's name” to
Jehovah God. (Ephesians 3:14, 15) In other words, the family unit exists
because Jehovah created it. Why is that significant?
you were enjoying a tasty meal and wanted to learn it's ingredients, whom would
you ask? Logically the person who prepared it.
discover the ingredients for a happy family life, we do well to look to
Jehovah, the Originator of the family arrangement. – Genesis 2:18-24
God cares about you. Families are wise to seek Jehovah’s advice, which he provides
through his Word. Why? “Because he cares for you” (1Peter 5:6,7) Jehovah has your best interests at heart - and his counsel always works! – Proverbs 3
5, 6) Isiah 48: 17,18)
TO THINK ABOUT
HOW CAN YOU BE A GOOD HUSBAND, WIFE OR PARENT?
The bible answers that question at EPHESIANS 5:1, 2 and COLOSSIANS
3: 18 – 21
TO LEARN MORE WITHOUT COST
Read lesson 9 of this brochure (Picture of booklet “Good News from God!”)
I love the way they imply it's a virtue that they are not charging for their brainwashing!
Fortunately, I am coping fine with the lockdown and have a very happy family life so would not have been persuaded by the emotional manipulation of the letter or tract even if I knew nothing about the JWs.
If anyone has any suggestions of what to write based on the above, I'd be interested to hear your thoughts.