Taken by Force
On September 5, 2013, 160 armed German police and social workers raided our homes in Klosterzimmern and Wörnitz, Germany. With a judge’s order to take all children into protective custody, they refused to let the press or our lawyers onto the property. The mayor was not notified or allowed on the property when he learned what was happening.
Our only option
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.
Mistreatment and violence they have never known…
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.
They have tried desperately to come Home
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.
This news blog tells you of the current progress they and we, their parents, are making. On it you can get to know the families a little of this little group so evilly spoken of. (Their names are along the top of the page.) We are still trusting our Father.
We invite you…
We also invite you to read some of our writings and teachings, so that you could more accurately know what we believe. See our main Twelve Tribes web page.
If you have any questions, please write us.
Seven children have so far been set free, and one has returned when he turned eighteen. We wait, trusting that all things work together for the good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)