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In February 2018, we were contacted by a 20-year-old Jehovah’s Witness that had been on the Internet doing research about the religion. He had been questioning the beliefs for several months and already began fading. During Super Bowl weekend, he finally got the courage to go online, and as he states, “I typed Jehovah’s Witness in the YouTube search box and landed on ExJW Critical Thinkers YouTube channel”.
He was overwhelmed about what he was watching on our YouTube videos and wanted answers. He emailed us several times asking if he could speak with us. We touched base with him and he told us his story. But, we told him to be careful about talking to his family because they will ask him to leave. Therefore, we told him to make sure he has a place to stay before he starts talking about what he has been learning online information.
In this podcast, Lonnie tells his story about becoming homeless because as he put it, he could not hold back and he just had to say something. And like clockwork, it moved the situation to critical mass. His mom and dad called the elders and after several visits with them, Lonnie’s refused to change his stance about what he was learning.
In fact, when Lonnie tried to show the elders the information he had been reading, they refused to look at it. But, they asked him to write a disassociation letter since he was not willing to turn back and continue living as a dedicated Jehovah’s Witness.
Fortunately, Lonnie is not afraid of survival and was able to secure a place to stay by finding a place using the popular AirBNB service. This video is a good source of information for anyone seeking shelter because they have no place to go. Of course, since he is working a job, he has money to pay for his stay.
We do not recommend that anyone go cold turkey like Lonnie because it may not be as easy to bounce back. As I state in the opening comments, Lonnie is like a One in a Million kind of guy.
Be sure to check out Lonnie on YouTube and be inspired by his thoughts.
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