To some strangers, Word of Faith Fellowship in Spindale, North Carolina, may appear like any other missionary school. But according to ex-congregates, it continues frightening abuse.
Founded in 1979 by Jane Whaley and her husband, Sam, different groups rapidly flourished from just a few people to 750 members living in or near a 35 -acre complex, with 2,000 more in divisions in Brazil, Ghana, Scotland, Sweden and other countries. In the beginning, onetime representatives recollect involving Whaley as a affectionate figure who helped them through their various personal publications. But over the years, she payed the reputation of a dominant and abusive captain who not only permitted, but promoted and inflicted brutality upon her congregates.
Earlier this year, the Associated Press( AP) reported the inner workings of the church after interviewing 43 onetime representatives. These people revealed that members of the church, including young children, were regularly called at, punched, suggested, choked, hurled to the storey and even shed through walls in “blasting” discussions, which aimed to “beat out devils” and “purify” members.
The church could be more aptly described as a cult, with 77 -year-old Whaley as its totalitarian manager. Members can do almost nothing without her approbation, including attending college or even aiming out medical care for their gashes. They are also are prohibited from activities such as celebrating birthdays and anniversaries, reading newspapers and watching movies and television.
Multiple lineages have even lost their children to the church, reporting that members have abused their dominion, ability and influence to take girls involved in custody and encouraging care cases and pretend to temporarily care for them, then keep them from their parents. Some children swerved against their own mothers and parents after extended persuasion and were adopted by religion families.