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“This is the Horrible place [where] I spent 15 months as a teenager. It is a cult and my parents did not know….HE ABUSED US TEENAGE GIRLS, and screwed up our minds, and broke our spirits…There was no love. We are all still healing 20-30 yrs later.”
The Lambs of Hephzibah House
We are continuing our focus on girls’ homes affiliated with Independent Fundamental Baptist Churches in the United States. In this post we will be taking a look at a girls’ home that continues to operate – Hephzibah House – located in Warsaw, Indiana. It was established around 44 years ago (in 1971). The screen shot below includes information currently provided on the website.
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Hephzibah House may sound like a wholesome environment for teenage girls based on the information provided; however, individuals have come forward claiming it was anything but that. A number of years ago, a group of Hephzibah House ‘survivors’ began speaking out about their horrific experiences while living there. One very concerned woman who brought attention to these alleged abuses was Jeri Massi, who wrote Schizophrenic Christianity. This book, which was published in 2008, denounced corruption within Christian Fundamentalism that has brought great harm, particularly to children. Dee has mentioned Schizophrenic Christianity it in several of her posts, and I am in the process of reading it. You can find Massi’s book, along with a summary, over at Amazon. NOTE: This is an unsolicited, unpaid endorsement. wink
One of the blessings of blogging is that we get to know so many wonderful people, and not just through exchanges on the internet. Several years ago we had a wonderful lunch with Jeri Massi, who happens to be a HUGE Dr. Who fan. She is a such a blessing to the downtrodden in the Independent Fundamental Baptist movement.
In the aftermath of publishing her book, Jeri Massi interviewed former residents of the girls’ home and put together The Lambs of Hephzibah House — an audio documentary that alleges severe abuse of residents at Hephzibah House. The husband of one of the former residents had this to say regarding Massi’s efforts:
This is stunningly well done. Everyone…should listen. How can you judge without HEARING the witnesses? – Husband of a Hephzibah House Surviror, Minnesota
Two years after Massi made The Lambs of Hephzibah House audio documentary available, CNN aired the following report.