The Living Word Fellowship, The Walk, John Robert Stevens
Date: August 04, 2006 10:53AM
I was a member of "the Walk" from 1975-1984, and at Shiloh from 1978 to 1984. I also post on FactNet, which has a myriad of threads on this group. What I see out there is a world of pain, a certain amount of fear--both in former members, and the current members who dare to post--and a lot of sadness.
"shiloh-is-bad" I read your post which mentioned Al Bailey. I remember him and his wife very well from the Aurora church in Illinois, and later at Shiloh, notably when he cleaned a three-year-old barrel of rotten sauerkraut, having to take it out of doors, and even then having to wear a mask! You sign your name "Adam" -- were your parents in the Waukegan church, and later in Lafayette, Indiana?
By the way, I lived in Waco, TX until recently, and the Branch Davidian fiasco really happened 15 miles out of town! That group had been there for a very long time, and, every so often, would appear in the local newspaper regarding some dispute between George Rhoden (of the founding family) and Vernon Howells (aka David Koresh). Please do not tar the city of Waco with the shame of that horrid event. That said, I found the similarities of Howells' reasoning to be all too familiar, and the compound had an eerie resemblance to Shiloh. It is to JRS' credit that nothing like that happened there!
Why do we feel drawn to forums like this? It is this: we all have been wounded in the part of ourselves most precious to God -- our spiritual selves -- and to talk about it in a civil way is a means of healing. I have been very encouraged by what I have read, in private emails, and on that FactNet forum. We need to tell our stories. Bless you all.