On Sept. 5, 2013, a Twelve Tribes community in Germany was raided: http://twelvetribes.org/articles/police-raid-klosterzimmern-all-children-seized. This occurred due to suspicion of child abuse. Forty kids, aged 1 1/2 to 17, and five infants between 7 months and 2 years of age, were taken by authorities and placed into foster homes.
Shortly after this incident, Abigail shared that the kids placed into homes refused to watch television even though the foster parents allowed for that option. I wasn’t able to find articles to support this, but I don’t doubt it. There were several times I took out my phone during my stay there, and none of the younger members even asked to play with it. The most they did was look at it.
It’s amazing how the training of the kids so effective, that they won’t use technology even if they have the opportunity right in front of them. Abigail said the foster parents said they were honored to have had these children.
I skimmed through some articles about the incident (some links below):
One aspect that stood out to me is that these news organizations refer to the Twelve Tribes as “Christian” sects.
They’re not. They worship “Yahshua” – not Jesus Christ – and they celebrate Yom Kippur. The community’s website also makes this fundamental fact clear, so I wonder why reputable news outlets all refer to them as such.
Reports on this incident have made me question, even more, the accuracy of news about the world we live in. I would not have known about these details had I not lived with the Winnipeg community for just over a week. In that time, I did not once see any sign of child abuse. Maybe that’s not enough time to determine this for certain, but all the younger members looked happy and healthy and acted happy and healthy. All of them were also obedient to their parents, so I’m more convinced by my experience in their home that the news reports are inaccurate.