Hutterites coming to Prince Albert for book signing
The Nine, a group of ex Hutterites from both Canadian and the United States, is doing a book signing at the Coles store in the Prince Albert Gateway Mall on Friday.
The group consisting of Sheryl Waldner, Karen Waldner, Rodney Waldner. Titus Waldner, Glenda Maendel, Cindy Waldner, Darlene Waldner, Junia Waldner and Jason Waldner wrote Ben Gardner Youth Jersey the book Hutterites: Our Story to Freedom about their experiences leaving their Hutterite colonies and learning to live on the outside.
"The reason we wrote the book is that we all left, all nine of us left, because of our faith in Jesus Christ," Glenda said. "Growing up in the Hutterite colony, once we decided we wanted to follow the Lord and accepted him into our hearts, that is when all the struggles began."
The group dealt with a number of insecurities, including shame, fear, condemnation, not knowing how to fit in or how to follow their faith.
"We knew once we left, there were friends, family that we left behind that are struggling with some of the things that we talk about in the book," Glenda said. "We want Hutterites and non Hutterites to know there is freedom in Jesus Christ."
It took the group seven years of being free of the Hutterite colony to feel comfortable enough to share their stories with the world. Although it took them that long to share, they feel it is their responsibility to speak up.
"I think it is sad that how many people leave for a reason to serve the Lord or not, just wanting to be out and do their own thing, and they see that the system is wrong and they can't live in it, but they would never speak up and think it is wrong to speak up against it," Junia said. "We do not agree with that. That is why we are speaking up."
At book signings in the past, the Nine have been approached by ex Hutterites who have encouraged them and praised what they are doing.
"They saw it takes a lot of courage to stand up and speak out because some of them had left the colony for years but they were still under that connotation and the pressure of what the people in the colony will think," Karen said. "They still will not dare to speak up, even though they have been gone for years."
Although it is not the case for all of them, some of the Nine or their family members were excommunicated for being open about their faith www.officialbuccaneersnflauthentic.com/authentic-mike-evans-jersey.html in Jesus.
"People see them as a Christian community and our family had to leave because we were open about our faith in Jesus Christ that (he) is our lord and savior, not a system or way of life," Cindy said. "As soon as you stand up for that, they start excommunicating people."
They also feel others who have left colonies need to know there are others out there who have taken the plunge and are willing to help.
"I got help and I know there is a lot of people struggling with the things we are struggling with," Rodney said. "People need to hear the message of hope and as Karen said, we feel responsible to share out story."
Rodney said his father, who was a Sunday School teacher, was excommunicated after sharing his faith in Jesus at Sunday School
"He received a lot of friction to the point where 30 to 40 ministers came together and had meetings with him and my cousin for believing in Jesus Christ and being open about it," Rodney said. "He (and my cousin) got excommunicated for saying that they can call someone on the outside a brother or sister in the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no difference where you were born, what colour you are, it doesn't matter because the Bible says whoever does the will of my father in heaven is my brother, my sister and my mother."
Leaving the colony, there were a number of challenges the Nine faced through their journey.
"When you leave the Hutterite colony, you don't get any money, you don't www.cowboysnflofficialauthentic.com/authentic-ben-gardner-jersey.html get anything," Rodney said.
Those who have been baptized as Hutterites give up all their rights to possessions, energy and possessions. When they leave, they do not have the rights to anything, not even the clothes on their backs.
Another challenge was the language barrier they faced. Although Hutterites have to learn English as part of the public school curriculum, on the colony they speak "Hutterisch," a German dialect only Hutterites speak.
"I avoided any English conversation with anybody on the outside," Rodney said. "Even if I went to town, I would try to have someone else speak it for me because I was embarrassed because I never used it. Communication was a big thing when we left."
Another hurdle was the clothing they wore, Junia said.
"When you think about it, all of us girls left with our dresses and head coverings and we thought that was what we would wear the rest of our lives," Glenda added. "I thought that was the only way I could be modest is to wear it. That is not your salvation, that is not will take you to (heaven) but that is what we thought."
Other challenges were getting driver's licenses, since most Hutterite women are not allowed to Mike Evans Youth Jersey drive, and starting up a business, since they didn't know much about money or banks.
They hope to be role models and inspiration for other Hutterites who would like to leave their colonies.
"In a way, the hardest thing at first was coming to the decision that 'Now I'm leaving,'" Sandy said. "You have to decide what to do."
Luckily, the nine had some help from people on the outside, which helped them make the transition. They said the help and support was indescribable.
At first, some of them said they didn't realize how much oppression and control the Hutterite system had on them until they left.
"At the start, one of the hardest things was knowing that we were going into a totally different type of life," Junia said. "I knew I wasn't going back but having to step out into the totally new (world)."
Through their faith and help from other ex Hutterites and concerned citizens, the Nine successfully transitioned to the outside world.
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The bells Marquis Flowers Womens Jersey of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., tolled Monday in remembrance of the four girls who were killed when a bomb exploded at the church on this day 40 years ago.
The church is still grappling with its place in history, Melanie Peeples reports. Just last year, the last living man believed responsible for the attack, Bobby Frank Cherry, was convicted of the crime.
The bomb exploded mid morning, during Sunday services. Carolyn McKinstry, who was 14 years old at the time, was secretary of her Sunday school class. She was taking attendance records into the sanctuary when the bomb went off.
"I heard something that sounded, at first, a little like thunder and then just this terrific noise and the windows came crashing in," McKinstry told NPR in 2001. "And then a lot of screaming, just a lot of screaming and I heard someone say, Hit the floor.' And I remember being on the floor . and it was real quiet."
The bomber had hidden under a set of cinder block steps on the side of the church, tunneled under the basement and placed a bundle of dynamite under what turned out to be the girls' rest room. The blast killed four girls: Cynthia Wesler, Carole Robertson and Addie Mae Collins all 14 and 11 year old Denise McNair. More than 20 others were injured, including Addie Mae's sister Sarah, who lost an eye in the attack.
McKinstry says it was no accident that the Ku Klux Klan targeted the 16th Street Baptist Church.
"It was the largest black church in Birmingham, but because of its central location it bengalsnflofficialauthentic.com/authentic-marquis-flowers-jersey.html was used for a lot of other things, all kinds of meetings, national, local and so forth," she recalls.
The Byzantine style structure, with two domed towers and a roomy basement auditorium, served as the hub for the mass meetings of the civil rights movement, drawing leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. Marchers would assemble at the church and then cross the street to demonstrate at Kelly Ingram Park, the site of violent clashes between Birmingham police and civil rights activists.
The brutal attack and the death of four girls rocked the nation and drew international attention to the violent struggle for civil rights in Birmingham.
But despite the outrage and an intense FBI investigation, no one was charged in the crime. That was the real horror of it, according McKinstry.
"These are friends of mine," she said. "And we come Russell Bodine Womens Jersey to Sunday school one day and they're gone. They're dead. Then Attorney General Bill Baxley charged Klan leader Robert "Dynamite Bob" Chambliss with murder. In 1977, he was convicted.
Chambliss died in jail, never publicly admitting to the bombing. Baxley left office before he could pursue charges against Chambliss' suspected accomplices. One of them has since died.
Thirty eight years after the bombing, Thomas Blanton Jr. was finally convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. A year later, in May 2002, Bobby Frank Cherry was also found guilty for the deaths of the four girls, and given a mandatory sentence of life in prison.