05/13/00 see additional info at bottom.
Reports are coming in
that newly appointed TWI vice president Harve Platig and former Region
coordinator Roman Steciw have arrived in Washington State
to attempt to stem a rising tide of people who are deciding to no longer
affiliate themselves with The Way.
Reportedly, when news of
Martindale's conduct was made known, many Way followers in the Washington State
(along with their region coordinators and Way Corps leadership) compiled
questions for the trustees which they wanted answers to. These questions were
then sent Way HQ in New Knoxville, but answers were not forthcoming, instead,
in the words of one Way Corps leader in Washington....
have been asked, yet in the place of answers has come misguided reproof and
Platig and Steciw are
hosting a meeting tonight 05/11/00 where they will try to keep the Way
following intact and in tow with TWI HQ.
(Disclaimer: We are not
100 percent certain of this news, but as best as we have been able to determine,
we believe it to be accurate. Please feel free to e-mail WayDale with any
additional news that you may have on this meeting, or any corrections.)
A meeting took place last
night 05/11/00 for the Lake Washington
fellowship coordinators. TWI sent in Harve Platig and Roman Steciw to help stem
the tide of those leaving The Way in the area.
The "Word" was
taught for two hours amidst several interruptions/questions from the audience
(fellowship coordinators). Harve Platig told those who were
"interrupting" that the meeting was still a Way meeting, and that all
questions would be handled at the end of the meeting.
Many of the questions
asked were said to be regarding the negatives that Harve was saying about the
Mosquedas subsequent to their departure.
At the end of the
teaching, Harve and Roman left WITHOUT answering any questions, but instead
told people to ask their own area Way Corps for the answers.
One Corps Alumnus man
(fellowship coordinator) stood up and pushed his Way Corps Alumnus nametag into
Harve's hand and announced that he was out, finished.
As best as we can
determine, it was a "hot meeting" with much unrest, angry questions
and no adequate answers from the damage control team.
Most of the local
fellowship coordinators are said to have now resigned their responsibilities
and have left TWI.
This following is a
correction to an incident previously recounted concerning this meeting:
"The person who
turned in his name tag at the end of the Washington
meeting was an assistant fellowship coordinator. He gave his name tag to
Harve Platig and thanked him for the Word of God he has learned over the
years, but said that he could no longer stand the deception that was coming
from HQ, that he was leaving the Way Ministry. I am his wife. I
actually missed seeing this because I had already stood up and requested that
could they please make me mark and avoid also? and left."