I am that daughter, and I dedicate this story to parents everywhere who love their children as my parents loved me.
And labor we did, which takes this account back to the years between 19.During this period of time a lifestyle was initiated by Mr.Gothard had clearly stated I must come immediately.Our respect and reverence for this man was so deep we never thought to question either his motives or his judgment.Ruth was never able to finish writing her story; it was too difficult emotionally.
In the end, she was fighting for her life, raising two young children, and living for each day and for what the Lord had in store for tomorrow.
This task is both difficult and painful for it requires exposing the actions of a man so many hold in great esteem.
There is no other way, however, to tell the true story or to provide the facts which may help you guard yourself and your family from the devastation which has left its mark on many lives, including my own. The memories were too painful, and she never had the opportunity to finish writing it. Her journey was long and difficult, filled with physical, emotional and spiritual pain.
As the jet taxied away from the terminal that winter day in 1970, the parents tearfully waving off their teenage daughter never imagined how many years would pass before she truly returned.
She was embarking on a journey that would last nearly a decade, and when it was over no one would ever be able to turn back the arms of time and recapture what was lost along the way.
I began linking achievement with the approval of God and worked the harder to be all that I thought He would desire.