On September 5, 2013, 160 armed German police and social workers raided our homes in Klosterzimmern and Wornitz, Germany. With a judge's order to take all children into protective custody, they refused to let the press or our lawyers nearby. Our only option was to trust our Father in heaven and let them go peacefully. 34 children ages 6 months to 17 years old, from 13 families were taken into protective custody. The charges: child abuse. Not violent screaming, not belt whipping, no drunken rages, but spanking. Parents spanking their own children -- these are the charges.
The children have fared remarkably well in the institutions and orphanages that they were dropped into. They have done well in school, and befriended many of the other children. Some places were not so nice, and our children experienced mistreatment and violence for the first time in their lives. Their own words in the letters and cards they have written tell the true story of a people who have found a way to heal the Generation Gap.
Many of the youth of tried to run away and run back to their parents. They had to avoid getting their parents in trouble. Some of them fled to other states, even other countries, but were hunted down by the German Youth Agency, the Jugendamt, and returned to Germany. Often, they were split up from their family members.
Please read the cards and letters and stories of the children. Please read the latest news for the current progress. We also invite you to read some of our writings and teachings, so that you could more accurately know what we believe. If you have any questions, please write us.