Unwavering Determination


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A follow-up on one of our Families

Since September 5, 2013, many things have happened to our families once living in Germany. There has been a virtue to the things they have suffered and the losses they have experienced. They report a depth of trusting our Father and of learning to pray in ways that no lesser experience would have made possible. Here is one more chapter in the story of Abiyah and Rekah Schott, this one involving their second daughter, Chaninah. She has had several posts on this blog. Just search for Schott or for her name. 

Abiyah announced one evening that his daughter Chaninah would make a covenant with our Master on December 31. We have heard how when she was in captivity in Germany that she counted every day until she and her younger sister (Ishâh) were released, holding unwavering determination that she would return to her parents.

She heard that if they would leave the community that she would be released, so she told them that she absolutely did not want them to do that, but that they should remain faithful and she would come back to them when she could. It has been evident from this family’s arrival in our community that she has a heart for our Master and is very loyal. Still, to make a lifelong covenant with our Master and His people calls for embracing the gospel in a genuine surrender. Her parents and she have been in preparation for this essential step.

Before going to the water, we assembled for an unhurried presentation by Abiyah, Rekah, and Chaninah. about her path up to that point, including the difficulties in Germany, and her confession. She mentioned several matters in which she saw clearly that she needed salvation and knew that our Master Yahshua could help her. It was clear that her sensitive conscience had done its necessary careful work. She would be forgiven much and therefore she would love much.

It was especially touching that she presented a poem for her parents that she had written, that she and her friends had set to music.

Verse 1

From the day that I was born

You raised me in His way

Dedicated in the way of Yahweh

Your unity made me secure

Your trust in Him helped me endure

Through the darkest, most painful time.


Even when the struggles seemed impossible to bear,

You stood fast and did not compromise.

You loved our Master with all of your heart—

Because of your faith I am here.

Verse 2

As the waves of life came crashing,

You did not lose heart.

Into His hands you placed our lives.

Never doubting His lovingkindness,

Never doubting His salvation,

You said, “If not today, it will be tomorrow!”


Verse 3

Now I will take on your heart,

Embrace the struggle by your side,

Letting my roots grow deep in the land.

The battle is not over yet

We must endure, press on together.

I give my life to see His will be done.

(Chorus and Interlude)

(Chaninah’s Chorus)

Even when the struggles seem impossible to bear,

I will stand fast, I will not compromise.

Love our Master with all of my heart,

Standing in faith I will endure.


Even when the struggles seem impossible to bear,

We will stand fast, we will not compromise.

Loving our Master with all of our hearts,

Standing in faith we will endure.

Standing in faith we will endure.

She went eagerly into the frigid water with her abba and David, cried out, and has been radiant ever since, honoring her parents, joyfully serving in the work, and sharing worthy insights in the gatherings.

There are still miracles



For all those who wonder what happened to the boy who ran out of his home two months ago because he was threatened with a psychiatric treatment …

Will the little voice be silenced?

He had been moved to another facility in the summer. Therefore a new court was responsible for his family life. The competent judge was very concerned about the well-being of the boy and proved to be extremely conscientious. So he did everything in his power in the short time before the Christmas holidays to help the fugitive boy.

The family was blessed in its misfortune!

The family judge arranged and reached a reasonable agreement with the Jugendamt. Thus, the boy does not have to go into psychiatry but can remain with his family until a final decision is made.

The eleven-year-old is therefore happily reunited with his parents and his youngest sister after three long years of separation.

The happiness of the family is almost complete again.

Only his five-year-old sister still has to remain with state care-givers.

The boy can now visit his grandmother again. He was never allowed to do this during his state custody.

One last visit to his grandfather unfortunately is no longer possible. He died while his grandson was forced to live in state custody.

A Follow up Report on Hermann

The return of one of our sons was a great joy to us, prompting a festival including a wintry sleigh ride!



Will the little voice be silenced?


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Containing important corrections from the original German post:

Once again the Jugendamt (the German Youth Office) informs the press in an incomplete and misleading manner. The background of the boy’s flight is as follows:

For three years the young boy has begged to go back home to his parents and to the Community of the Twelve Tribes he was raised in. He was kept at the “children’s home” (orphanage) only because he held onto the hope that he could go home at the end of the protracted court proceedings.

Above all, he wanted to return to his parents. He believes also that it will work out well. As he has been at the home for a long time. The child offered various reasons why it would be better for him to be with his parents. He misses his parents. There were more festivals in the Community of Faith and better food. He could play outside and climb trees. Perhaps he will even meet his friend […] again.

When asked what would change for him, if he were with his parents again, the boy enumerated exclusively (from his viewpoint) positive changes. He could help again in the garden and drive with his father on the tractor. He could join in with the festivals and fry potatoes in the fire in the Feast of Tabernacles.

(Quotation from the expert.)

But the Bavarian authorities persistently try to break the will of the eleven-year-old child. p13The boy is not heard nor respected by the judges or the youth office workers. For three years he has only been allowed to see his parents under strict supervision once every three weeks for two hours each time, without any privacy. It is said to protect him from the influence of his parents. Once a week he can make phone calls, but never without being listened in on.

As a matter of fact the court appointed psychological evaluator, Dr. Kindler, reports that the boy suffers massively under “only” two years of being separated from his parents at the time of the expert report.:

Once he laid his head on the table and hid his face with his arms, sobbing and telling me how much he misses his parents. Talking of how he was dealing with the pain of separation and his longing to be with his parents, he said he tried to distract himself with computers and television programs.

Moreover, some of the boy’s remarks indicate that he understands his institutionalization as a punishment, and he concludes from its increasing duration that the end of his time in institutional care is drawing near.

(Quotation from the expert.)

Last summer he was transferred to another institution, and the Higher Regional Court (OLG) ruled that the removal of the parents right to care for their child remained. The painful separation from his parents and sisters was increasingly expressed in frustration and anger by the troubled boy, so he was to be placed for psychological treatment in January of 2017 in a closed section of the Josefinum. There his despair will be “treated” with drugs to “calm” him. Shall his small human voice be silenced in this way?

The worried parents have begged the Youth Office leader to return the boy back to them, but the latter rejected the parents’ plea with the banal excuse that he was no longer responsible…

The only way out was for the boy to run away!

Now he has finally managed to flee, just like some of his older friends before him fled, and he has now arrived safely with his family. He never expects to be separated from them again. But will he succeed? According to the Jugendamt a major manhunt has been launched against him. . .twice already he has been torn by force by the police from his family. How much cruelty does he have to endure?

Besides, there is still no court order that would allow the violent separation of him from his family and and placement in psychiatric care.” That means that even if the police could find him, they could not take him against his will from his parents, but merely inform the Jugendamt (Youth Office) of his whereabouts, and that he is well. In order to again separate the boy from his parents, a court must order the use of force against the boy himself.

In the past, the Youth Office has not complied with this.

Turning in a circle, always the same everyday


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Someone recently commented on Sarah Roehr’s post, “Growing up in the Way.” Below are her words.1

Dear Sarah,

Thanks for the loving presentation. I am very very happy that there are people such as you. You are a wonderful young woman. Your parents can really be proud (in a good way) of you. Your parents have done everything right. You are the living proof of that.2

I always think of you. It causes tears in my heart to learn of your destiny. This uncommon injustice has been converted from evil [thoughts] into [evil] actions. It is most definitely the day where the good Lord will dry your tears and hold the people who have done you this to you accountable.

I am aware that it is not enough to write only a few sentences here. I often get angry at myself and the many others who live paralyzed lives and do nothing to help you. If we had something would already have happened.

Instead, turning in a circle. Always the same every day. Get up, go to work, home, cooking, shopping. Like a robot, do the tasks of the day so the bosses, the company, and the people around you are satisfied. No thanks or recognition or anything else. That’s life today.

I fall tired into bed every evening. I feel the the futility of it all extremely. This unhealthy dependence on money. Without money you can not exist in the world today.

I envy you Sarah for your life. You describe how you live and what has made you the person you are today. Your life was filled with meaningful tasks. You’ve been lucky enough to live a full, happy life until the day when evil has sought [to bring] a complete surprise to your home.

Dear Sarah, you and your parents and all other people in the community, you are really great people.3 I wish you God’s blessing and protection. It has done well to read your lines. It is good to know that in this world there are still people who have God with all my heart love and respect His commandments and live the commandments.

I carry you in my heart.


  1. The German original is at the post, “Meine Kindheit in den Zwölf Stämmen” (My Childhood in the Twelve Tribes).
  2. If you understand German, you will enjoy watching this interview of Sarah (whose name in the Community is Tehorah) from the summer of 2013.
  3. Here is a picture of Sarah and her family when she was younger. Yehezekels 015