Help me stay home
I am reaching out to you in hopes that you can help me. Not a lot of you know what happened these last few months but here is the backstory - http://thatswhatceciliasaid.tumblr.com/post/111327524859/thebackstory
But an incredibly long story short – My entire family is involved in a cult called Grace Road Church and they have all immigrated to Fiji. I lost all of my personal belongings and my inheritance from my father through this ordeal and was left with no home and no family to turn to. With the help of some amazing people in my life, I was able to find a place to sleep, warm clothes, and food when I returned to Korea. I still felt like my life was in danger because I was very well aware there were members of the cult all over Seoul looking for me and there was even a missing persons report filed to the police. With the help of my loving boyfriend, I got my passport reissued and left for Montreal, Canada with the little savings I had left. I have moved in with him and he has been incredibly supportive of me and helped me find a job. Starting my life over has cost me most of my savings that I have acquired over the past year. For this past month I had been working everyday, waking up at 5am, and picked up another job. Even though I was getting paid below the minimum wage of $10, I powered through because I had nothing else to lose and I still haven’t given up my dreams of finishing college. I found a new job at a small cafe where I was to be paid at minimum wage in cash and I eagerly took the job and was set to be trained the next day. I quit one of my jobs but found them a replacement so there were no hard feelings. However, due to an unfortunate turn of events, the manger decided to go another way before I even had the chance to get trained so now I am left with one job where I only work 12 hours a week. I have been desperately trying to find a job but because of my incredibly poor french speaking abilities, my options are very limited. I am trying to make ends meet but I am making barely enough to cover my rent and I only have four months left until my temporary visitor visa is up and I will have to return to Korea. If you have a dollar to spare or any words of advice or know someone who can set me up with a job, I would really appreciate your help. My main goal is to find a job or jobs where I can save just about enough money to put me through at least a professional school that would cost me approximately $20000 so I can get a student visa and stay in Montreal a little while longer and finally immigrate. I could always go back to Korea but I do not feel safe and to rent a studio in Korea would require me to put down an incredibly large security deposit that can range from $5,000 to $20,000 and not to mention the plane ticket. I hope that it will not have to lead to me leaving Canada and the fastest way for me to immigrate would be to either enroll into a school or find a job where my employer is willing to sponsor me for my visa. I can’t imagine leaving Canada and living alone in Korea because I have already made myself a home here where I feel safe and secure from the members of the cult.
If you have made it this far in reading my story, thank you so much and please help me spread the word.
Also, if you know or heard of anyone attending a Korean church called Grace Road Church, please warn them. The pastor is a dangerous woman, I am not the first victim and there are several branches of this church worldwide – one of which is in Flushing, New York. From what I have gathered, there are a handful of churches in countries in Asia and Europe as well. I have considered taking legal action but due to the complete lack of evidence and willing witnesses, I am left to watch my family get sucked into this horrible group.
I apologize for the lack of updates as I have been a little busy trying to get things in order and have gotten an extra shift at work. Things have been slowly but surely improving. I was unsuccessful in trying to find a lawfirm/lawyer to help me file for some sort of asylum for pro bono in my area however, I am currently trying to get documents ready to continue my college education and complete my degree. I have only started taking the first few steps of the process and there are no guarantees yet and then there’s the financial aspect but I am keeping my fingers crossed. I will not disclose where I plan on finishing my college degree on this page as to protect myself from the members of aforementioned religious group but rest assured, things are looking a lot brighter. I have also received plenty of harassing messages and threats from the group members and even from my relatives, to which I responded by exiting my internet browser. Your words of support truly outweigh everything that has been thrown at me and has kept me afloat. Thank you so much for your continued support and I in turn will continue to rebuild my life day by day.
I very well knew I was taking a huge risk of getting found out by the cult when I publicly shared my story to the world but I had nothing else to lose. I was originally going to post a thank you video and an update but over the past few days I have been getting emails from people – people who share a similar story to mine or have a relative or a friend in the same church and have reached out to me about their concerns for them and that my story has confirmed their suspicions about the cult. I have also gotten emails from several church members, demanding me to take down my posts about what I have written about the church. I refuse to back down and I refuse to take down my story and I refuse to be silenced. Come what may, I have made my decision. You can harass me online or hunt me down, it cost me everything to escape and I will stop at nothing in rebuilding my life back.
With every email/post directed towards me from these members, I will respond by posting a screenshot of the message and will reveal their name and contact. I have also compiled a list of known active cult members who are on facebook and will post the list online if I recieve another message or demand to take down my post -
If you have been contacted by any one of the members, please let me know and I would like to take this time to apologize if anyone has felt threatened or targeted because of your connection with me. And lastly, thank you again for all the love and support.
I am so overwhelmed by all the love and support and I want to reach out to each and every one of you who helped me. I have spent the past day in tears by all of your responses and words of support and comfort. It was more than I had asked for and I had never thought this would get this far. Before I left Fiji, my mother said many harsh things to me, I am not sure whether it was from a place of desperation but she told me I would be completely alone - that I was not deserving of love from friends and family because I was adopted and that not even my biological parents wanted me from the day I was born. But reading all of your words of kindness and support, it brought me to tears because I know for sure that I have love, friends, and a family I can turn to. Words cannot express what your support means to me and I will give my all in building my life back. And lastly, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for everything.