I snapped this photo of Steve Isitt in October 1987 (facing camera center no glasses). Coming to Taiwan from different parts of the US to experience first-hand the special things that God seemed to be doing through our world-wide church group known as "The Lord's Recovery", it never occurred to us that 20 years later we would become close friends. In the years that followed that exciting trip, our church group rapidly shifted it's focus away from simply "being more like Jesus" to being more like a "Crusading Army" to "Take The Earth". As em-paths, with an ear to hear the Lord's voice and obey it, Steve and I were unsettled about this new emphasis. But beyond that we also sensed considerable suffering going on in other members - those unable to keep up with this new "direction" that the group was taking. Our valid concerns expressed to leaders were falling upon deaf ears. And it became clear that the increasingly high control nature of our group left no room for honest dialogue to take place. And by the time we stopped meeting with the group, our capacity to relate to "outsiders" had been disabled to such an extent that we were incapable of embracing any other kind of faith community. We were on our own. But we could write about our experiences, and we did have the internet - which also helped us to connect with other former members - and with each other once again. Over the last 20 years Steve Isitt has proved himself to be a prolific, truthful and balanced writer about both the good and the bad aspects of this religious group. Many former members have been helped by his online writings - including myself. But, as a result of his relentless commitment to shine the light of truth on a number of hidden, sinful & un-dealt with matters, Steve has gained a horrendous reputation among the group's current leaders. Needless to say, the prayers of these leaders concerning the work of Steve Isitt are not filled with words of blessing and love. Just Google his name and see what pops up! Steve is currently homeless in Seattle, which greatly hinders his ability to move forward with certain crucial writings that are needed at this time. Please consider even a small contribution to help meet this loving brother's practical needs. Thank You!
- Suanne Hill
Organizer and beneficiary