Members Escaping Twelve Tribes fund

$970 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 18 people in 21 months
My name is David T Pike. I am an ex-member of the Twelve Tribes destructive high control fundamentalist messianic group. I was in for 7 years and left in 2004. I have since been volunteering for the largest and most respected anti-cult website on the net. http://factnet.org/  I am now currently the Assistant Executive director and News Blog Editor. I have also been educating the public about 100s of different groups and there is not a month that goes by that I don't get a call from concerned family members or Twelve Tribe curious folks that want answers to questions about the Twelve Tribes. Fortunately there are several great informative websites on the the Twelve Tribes and I also answer most of their questions. I know "cult" is a strong word and people are taken aback just by just it's utterance but there is truly no better word to describe this group as you will read that this is truly what they are.

A handful of ex-members and I have created a site and we are going to try and help those members inside the cult to be able to leave. Twelve Tribes is what is called a "common purse" community where they share "all things in common" which means you don't own anything, you don't get a salary but all your basic needs are met. Barely. If that. Also that means when you leave you have nothing. You might get $100 and a bus ticket but by that time you have already alienated all of your friends and family because you have told them that they are going to hell because they haven't joined the Twelve Tribes and the Twelve Tribes are the Holy and the only ones going to heaven! Members are worked 12 to 16 hours a day, 6 days a week sometimes 7. Modern medicine is shunned. Dentistry is frivolous. Children are switched with rods on their bare buttocks all day till they are blue.

They lose many of their young men because they get out into the "world" when they are working on construction crews. Most of these boys can build a house from the dirt up by the time they are 18. I mean all of it. Cement, framing, plumbing, electric, widows, roofing, everything! They have dreams of tools and trucks! So they have marketable skills and can get a job anywhere if they leave. The girls are sheltered from the world and all they can do are domestics. So they try to get these kids married and pregnant by 19. Harder to escape. We know for a fact that there are many there that want to leave but can't because they have no where to go and no way to get there...

All this can be learned at our site.  http://question12tribes.com/
   There are other sites too. http://twelvetribes-ex.org/
and http://yattt.blogspot.com/ . A friend of mine in Ithaca knew of them and didn't want them moving into his town... http://iottc.blogspot.com/. The professionals call them a cult. http://www.neirr.org/mcconclu.html http://www.apologeticsindex.org/2702-twelve-tribes
If you read this checklist you could check evey box off for the Twelve Tribes. They could be the poster child for cults. http://csj.org/infoserv_cult101/checklis.htm

If you listen to the Twelve Tribes elders they will say we are all just bitter, disgruntled ex members but we are past that phase. We are just wanting to help our friends leave and to educate others so that they can make an educated decision if they are considering in giving up everything and joining them. now you may have heard of the FLDS Lost Boys and other "cults" that have left their respective groups that had ALL KINDS OF HELP! Even organizations created and houses built for them! We are only trying to raise enough to get these folks transportation, trip food money, a few days in motels while we try and find ex-members to put them up. Now remember when we ex-members come out, we have NO work history, No credit, nothing! So it takes a long time for us to get back on our feet and assimilate back into the "real world". Yes I am beseeching ex-members and I know they will give what they can but I truly hope I reach you folks that can afford to help. I know it's tight everywhere but just a few dollars from a lot of folks would do the trick!

The funny thing is that I was going to do this a few weeks ago and another friend of mine who actually built the website http://question12tribes.com/  suggested we start an emergency fund just in case but now we HAVE that emergency! The Go Fund me site gives you hints on how to write a good spiel and tells you to say how soon you need the funds. Actually as of today, we need them now. WE have a couple that has been kicked out of the cult. They call it "sent away". Yes they do that. If you question any of their teachings and don't repent for not accepting their way, your gone. You must have "total capitulation". I hate to have to have come here this was with such urgency but there it is.

So please if you can find it in your heart, to help us help others escape a life of slavery. Mental, physical and spiritual.

God Bless and we all thank you so much! From those of us who are out and from those of who will be able to leave with your help... :)

PS please share this with your Facebook friends and email this link  https://www.gofundme.com/TwelveTribesEscapeFund
to anyone you think may be interested in helping us...
    
                                              Thank you!!!  :)
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Apology! To all of you who have received these up dates. This is the first time I have ever used Go Fund Me or used a site like this before. I did not know that when I emailed all of you that the site kept your emails on my dashboard and every time I posted an update you ALL RECEIVED THEM! I am soooo sorry! I thought they just went to the fund site! When I sent the emails to you I was in yahoo mail but forgot I was still connected through Go Fund Me. I apologize for any disturbance or inconvenience I may have caused. I am deleting all the emails addresses on my dashboard except for those who have donated. Thank you all for your understanding and forgiveness. Sincerely, David :)
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Woo Hoo! Great news! Through this site we got a volunteer to host our couple who just left and they have now moved into their new home! Thank you Go-Fund-Me and God Bless all those who helped and the wonderful folks who took this wonderful couple in! :)
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Please remember this is not for me and not done by me. It is actually done by the http://question12tribes.com/ site and all the ex-members there. We have gotten plenty of Facebook likes but only one donation. Please we are not asking for huge donations. Just 5 bucks would help tremendously!
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Juan Perez
12 months ago
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This whole website is just ridicule, "If that. Also that means when you leave you have nothing. You might get $100 and a bus ticket but by that time you have already alienated all of your friends and family because you have told them that they are going to hell because they haven't joined the Twelve Tribes and the Twelve Tribes are the Holy and the only ones going to heaven! Members are worked 12 to 16 hours a day, 6 days a week sometimes 7. Modern medicine is shunned. Dentistry is frivolous. Children are switched with rods on their bare buttocks all day till they are blue." This is just not true, possible that the owner of this account is very offended because he did not understand the gospel. None of this is true.

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Todd Wagner
12 months ago

OK Juan what is the gospel? Why don't you respond and tell us?By the way what about the teaching that Martin Luther King Jr. that is was good he was assassinated?!Why because blacks wanted equal rights and did not want to be treated like second class citizens?Obviously you are not black.And what about Abraham Lincoln being an evil man?That's ridiculous!He is considered to be one of our country's greatest presidents.Was he perfect no but who is?I want to see if you will have the guts to respond or are you afraid of Spriggs and his blind followers?No Christian church of today not perfect but the One we serve is perfect.Twelve Tribes certainly not perfect far from it but they like to think so.

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David T Pike
12 months ago

Juan Perez it is very apparent that you were never a member because if you had been you would have experienced all of those things. Todd your spot on. The TT feels like there are "works" left to be done and that Jesus was a liar when he said "It is finished".

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Todd Wagner
12 months ago

What is the gospel?Scripture says nothing about joining the Twelve Tribes or your not following the gospel.The gospel is believing in the death,burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.No that is not the name of a demon which is what they say.That's ridiculous!When I asked God to save me I did not pray to a demon.

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Melissa Belt
21 months ago

This is great that you are doing this! This is the only way for them to feel strong enough to leave.

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$100
Jonathan Lebreuvaud
10 months ago

It's a good thing. I visited them 2 years ago because I was looking for a volunteering place in Argentina and well I fell a bit into it and stayed a month and then visited them again in Brasil for 2 months and a half. The first time I felt so relieve to have a find a place like this, I cried when I first assisted the friday celebration seeing these people dancing and singing together. Everyone one was so kind and generous I'd sometimes forgot the cries of children getting whipped... But I couldn't believe in this, I stayed because it was a safe place to be, to work and learned a lot of manual works which was why I went there initially. Is it possible to have your email just in case I could help otherwise someday. For now I'm 22 and still looking for something useful to do with my life but I don't want to forget these people, especially the youngsters whom I worked with and that I might be able to "help", or at least to be their friend.

$30
Anonymous
18 months ago
NL
$25
Nunya Lasmothey
20 months ago

Thanks! Amee

$10
Anonymous
20 months ago
$100
Naomi Fletcher
21 months ago

I hope this helps...the people who leave need so much to get reestablished in the world.

$50
Anonymous
21 months ago
Juan Perez
12 months ago
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This whole website is just ridicule, "If that. Also that means when you leave you have nothing. You might get $100 and a bus ticket but by that time you have already alienated all of your friends and family because you have told them that they are going to hell because they haven't joined the Twelve Tribes and the Twelve Tribes are the Holy and the only ones going to heaven! Members are worked 12 to 16 hours a day, 6 days a week sometimes 7. Modern medicine is shunned. Dentistry is frivolous. Children are switched with rods on their bare buttocks all day till they are blue." This is just not true, possible that the owner of this account is very offended because he did not understand the gospel. None of this is true.

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Todd Wagner
12 months ago

OK Juan what is the gospel? Why don't you respond and tell us?By the way what about the teaching that Martin Luther King Jr. that is was good he was assassinated?!Why because blacks wanted equal rights and did not want to be treated like second class citizens?Obviously you are not black.And what about Abraham Lincoln being an evil man?That's ridiculous!He is considered to be one of our country's greatest presidents.Was he perfect no but who is?I want to see if you will have the guts to respond or are you afraid of Spriggs and his blind followers?No Christian church of today not perfect but the One we serve is perfect.Twelve Tribes certainly not perfect far from it but they like to think so.

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David T Pike
12 months ago

Juan Perez it is very apparent that you were never a member because if you had been you would have experienced all of those things. Todd your spot on. The TT feels like there are "works" left to be done and that Jesus was a liar when he said "It is finished".

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Todd Wagner
12 months ago

What is the gospel?Scripture says nothing about joining the Twelve Tribes or your not following the gospel.The gospel is believing in the death,burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.No that is not the name of a demon which is what they say.That's ridiculous!When I asked God to save me I did not pray to a demon.

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Melissa Belt
21 months ago

This is great that you are doing this! This is the only way for them to feel strong enough to leave.

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