Former member of Gloriavale talks about a desperate quest to free his wife and children from the cult
A former Gloriavale member spoke out against the religious cult while continuing his desperate quest to free his wife and children from the community.
John Ready, 40, was kicked out of the Gloriavale Christian community in Haupiri, New Zealand in 2017 after being caught reading material that went against the views of the church.
The isolated community of about 550 people follows a literal interpretation of the New Testament of the Bible and spends their days in unpaid labor.
John Ready (right) 40, was kicked out of the Gloriavale Christian community in Haupiri, New Zealand in 2017 after being caught reading material that went against the views of the church. He is now desperate to bring his wife Purity (left) and ten children outside
Since his departure Ready has desperately tried to get his wife Purity and their children to follow, but the mother says she will go to hell when she leaves.
& # 39; She is true to what she was brought up with, so I cannot blame her for her higher moral ground. It's just like Stockholm syndrome, & he told the New Zealand Herald.
Despite his exit, Ready said it feels like Gloriavale has not completely escaped because his family still lives there.
He lives a 30-minute drive from the community and only sees his children when their mother takes them to his four-bedroom home in Rotomanu on the west coast of the South Island.
There the children get a relatively normal life, eat together and go to the swimming pool of the city on family visits.
During the children's last visit, the father said that his youngest daughter, Harmony, six, asked why they could not stay with him permanently.
Members of Gloriavale wear standardized clothing – women in long blue dresses and often cover their hair with scarves, while men wear ties, dark blue pants and a shirt with light blue sleeves
Community leader Neville Cooper founded the Springbank Christian Community in 1965, but after the group grew in size, he bought a new property in 1991 and renamed it Gloriavale
His divorce from his wife even caused him to miss the birth of his youngest son Andrew, who was conceived during a visit from Purity.
& # 39; I want him to be free. I don't want my children to grow up in a tyrannical society, "he said.
& # 39; I want them to have free choice, make decisions, and learn from mistakes instead of someone else dictating them. That's what I'm praying for. & # 39;
Klaar was born and raised in Gloriavale after his parents, Clem and Sharon, moved to the compound when they were teenagers.
He met Purity, in 1998 when he was 20 and she was 18. He said their relationship was based on their true love for each other, rather than being regulated by the church group.
The couple had ten children, six girls and four boys: a 19-year-old girl who doesn't want to be recognized, charity, 17, patience, 15, Judas, 13, Beth, 11, Uriah, eight, Harmony, six, Dawn, four , Nicky, two and three month old Andrew.
Ready is not the only member of his family who rebels against the church and reveals that his oldest daughter also left after questioning the treatment of a girl by one of the leaders.
Hopeful Christian (left), formerly known as Neville Cooper, was the founder of the Gloriavale Christian Community. He died in 2018
Old footage from a documentary shows a couple embracing while being taken to a consumption room where they are expected to lose their virginity
His daughter, who was then 15, was called to sessions with the & # 39; servants and shepherds & # 39; (SS) and was isolated for several months.
In the end, Ready was instructed to break ties with her and drop her off at a bus stop, but instead took the time to stay with an aunt.
Gloriavale's treatment of his daughter eventually led him to anger at the community and he started planning his escape.
Former members, the so-called & # 39; night raiders & # 39; sneaked into the Gloriavale, leaving smuggled goods behind, such as a copy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and cell phones.
The book was later discovered and Ready was fired and excommunicated, he told the publication.
In his first months of freedom, he celebrated Christmas for the first time and learned basic skills such as budgeting and shopping.
And although he was told not to return until he repented, Ready kept in touch with his family by sneaking into their hostel.
He began his search to remove them from Gloriavale and almost achieved his goal when a friend offered to help by giving them a free trip to Great Barrier Island.
Fully dressed children are depicted in the Gloriavale swimming pool
But days before purity and the children were to leave, SS sent them to Nelson Creek and Ready could not find his family.
The friends of Ready, Kathryn and Marcus Tuck, who have been helped by those who want to leave Gloriavale, have also tried their luck with Purity.
The couple visited the mother hoping to convince her to leave by explaining that God would not want her to abandon her husband.
The Tucks, on the other hand, were banned from the community.
The couple told the publication that the situation of Purity was as & # 39; mistreated spouse syndrome & # 39 ;.
Gloriavale refuses to comment when the New Zealand Herald contacts him, who reports that her website says that it does not respond to the media.
LIFE WITHIN THE GLORIAVAL CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY
Gloriavale, nestled on the shores of picturesque Lake Haipuri on the rugged west coast of New Zealand, is a Christian community of about 500 people following a literal interpretation of the New Testament.
The community, which isolates itself from the outside world, was founded by Neville Cooper, an Australian evangelist. Cooper crossed the Tasman with his wife, Gloria, and their ten children in 1969 to found a Christian community.
When the number of members increased, they bought land in 1991 to live on the picturesque lake. Cooper – a controversial figure who spent nearly a year in prison in 1995 for indictments for sexual abuse – would later change his name to & # 39; Hopeful Christian & # 39 ;.
Fleur Beale, the author of the Gloriavale book Sins of the Father, said that the most striking thing about Gloriavale is the & # 39; control over those in power & # 39; – a group of elderly people – was & # 39; about the common people & # 39 ;. & # 39;
& # 39; The women, especially – it would be a shame to be a woman in Gloriavale, & # 39; Mrs. Beale told Daily Mail Australia. Birth control is not present.
& # 39; God wants you to get married and have as many children as possible. That's why they have large families. & # 39; Residents must wear a uniform.
Women usually wear long, blue dresses – & # 39; every day & # 39 ;, a former resident named Miracle told Daily Mail Australia.
Meanwhile, men wear ties, dark blue pants and a light blue shirt with sleeves. And although personal use of technologies such as television and mobile phones is rare with & # 39; ordinary people & # 39 ;, Ms. Beale said that the community & # 39; very innovative & # 39; with extensive commercial activities.
Residents do not pay, but work hard for the dairy and deer farms of the community. According to the Gloriavale official website, the community consists of more than 80 families and live together in large, communal hostels.
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