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“I recently left the Jehovah’s Witnesses and I miss the fellowship I had with my friends in the Watchtower organization. How can I meet other Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses in my area who understand what I am going through?”
You must feel so lonely. It is hard to leave Jehovah’s Witnesses, not only because you lose your friends and family to the organization, but because you face many fears, doubts, and confusing thoughts as you work to reevaluate everything you had been taught as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. The loss of this spiritual identity can be one of the hardest aspects of leaving to overcome.
Without a good support group, many ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses have been tempted to go back in spite of the problems that led them to leave in the first place. So, we highly recommend that you continue in your pursuit to find others who have been where you are and who understand what you are going through. Here are a few suggestions:
The best place to go to find Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses in your area is the Ex-Jehovah’s Witness Meetup website. There you will be able to enter your zipcode to see a list of Ex-Jehovah’s Witness Meetup groups in your area. If there is not an Ex-Jehovah’s Witness Meetup group in your area, the website will give you a list of people who have signed-up to be notified when a Meetup group is started.
Once you create a personal account on the Meetup.com website, you have the option to join any of the groups listed or to put your name on the list to be notified when an Ex-Jehovah’s Witness group starts in your area. You can also start a Meetup group yourself if you want to be responsible to maintain it as the group “Organizer” who schedules the monthly meetings. To start a Meetup group, all you need to do is click the link at the top of the meetup.com website page that says, “Start a Meetup.” Then, follow the instructions from there. It is simple to setup and maintain. The only draw back to starting a group is the cost that Meetup charges the Organizer for its service. Currently, it runs $72.00 for 6 months of service.
You can also meet Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses by emailing our Ex-Jehovah's Witness Ministry Team volunteers and/or joining our Ex-Jehovah’s Witness Colorado Springs and Worldwide Internet Support Group. Most of our support group meetings are online over the Internet, so you can participate anywhere at anytime and meet Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses from around the world!
They are all there for me!
“I had Jehovah’s Witnesses visiting for six years. … The sad thing is now I have their beliefs in my head. So I put myself into God’s hands and asked for direction. …Well, the feeling of freedom is amazing. I am like a child, learning again for the first time. The reason I had to write to you was the Karen and Cindy conversations. Instead of me asking for help, one question at a time, they are all there for me!! It seems as if ‘Karen’ could read my mind.It’s so lovely for things to fall into place, mainly that ‘What happens when we die?’ This was a very big issue for me. I was scared while I did not understand even the tiny bit I do now. It’s such a joy. Instead of feeling unworthy(were all sinners I know) and feeling I would never be saved or go to Heaven. So, please thank God and Jesus with me for such help.”
I have to tell you how your website saved my life.
“I have been a baptized Witness since 1995, and I have to tell you how you have saved my life. Every couple of years I get this gnawing sense that this is not quite right, that I am not 100% vested in what the Watchtower Society says. …Lately, I have stopped attending meetings and my daughter, 13, has begged me not to make her go back. So I have been praying and chatting with friends outside the organization……I can’t tell you my sense of relief when I stumbled upon your site and started to read the articles. I want to cry, but I’m at work. I can’t wait to get home because I am so excited I can barely stand it! Please, please, how can I meet others who feel this way? I sure could use the fellowship. Again, thanks for the work you do.”
God bless you for the difference you are making.
“My brother and I were raised by a Jehovah's Witness mother. I am 52 years old now and still haven't been able to shake the stigma of the experience. My brother wasn't as lucky as me and ended up taking his own life at 17. I have been through everything ... I can't express how much I appreciate what you are doing... God bless for the difference you are making.”
I do not feel so alone!
“Thank you for creating this website. After reading stories of former Jehovah's Witnesses, I do not feel so alone. My resolve to stay out of that religion has also strengthened. I have also come to realize that my depression, anxiety, and many other emotional scars inflicted by the organization and those in the ‘truth’ will take time to heal. But your website has also come to help me ... Thank you.”
Just as I was about to enter the Jehovah’s Witnesses again, God led me to your website.
“Hi…I am an Ex-Jehovah’s Witness from South Africa. ...I left the Jehovah’s Witnesses not because I did not agree with their beliefs, but because my wife could not handle it with me being a Jehovah’s Witness and she not. I became an anti-religious person. Then, just as I was about to enter the Jehovah’s Witnesses again, God led me to your website… Today, I prayed to Jesus for salvation after I read your article on your website…”
I’m so glad that I have run across this site.
“After reading the article that David Reed wrote on your site, I’ve looked at things in ‘a new light’ so-to-speak. ...I’m so glad that I have run across this site. I’m sure that it was the Holy Spirit that directed me to all of you!”
Your website is a great source for truth
“Your website is a great source for those seriously seeking the truth.… The Jehovah’s Witness elders shun me. I’ve known these guys for 30 years... Well, when I walk into the Hall they turn their backs to me. I have not seen my Jehovah’s Witness ex-wife, or daughter for two years. ...They hide my family from me. When I go to their homes, they smile with arms folded and say nothing.
The stories I read at your website were loud and clear - conditional love by the ‘brothers’! I have learned more in the Christian Church about unconditional love than 30 years as a Witness. When I accepted Christ, who He really is, the Holy Spirit opened my eyes to see both sides clearly. ...Without the Holy Spirit it is impossible to know the real TRUTH! Keep up your good work.”