If you’re in Master’s Commission, and you need to leave, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I have various contacts across the United States that would be glad to provide transportation for you and a temporary place to stay.
I also have contact information for someone who lives in Louisiana who would be happy to get out of any of the OSC Churches in Broussard or Lafayette, including picking you up and providing temporary housing, if needed.
During my time in Master’s Commission, one student I knew packed up her car and left in the middle of the night. She was successful in her escape.
Another girl I knew attempted to pack up her car and leave, and our director’s wife and some staff members convinced her to stay. I remember being outside with her and the staff members when they coerced her to stay.
When I decided to leave, it wasn’t easy. The pastor tried to talk me into staying and coming back.
I have one friend who was called many times after she left to be invited back to work on staff.
It’s not easy to leave. Even when you do find the strength to leave, you may be contacted by staff members or your director to ask you to return. Part of you might feel so alone after you leave that you might consider going back. If you can help it, don’t return.
Life is much better outside the cult.
Parents & Friends
If you have a good relationship with your parents, or friends who are unaffiliated with Master’s Commission, they may be your greatest ally when you choose to leave. Ask your parents for their help in returning home, or for them to come get you. Having the strength of someone else (a friend or family member) may help you leave.
My parents were the ones I turned to for help when I left. They had told me a few months before I actually left that I should consider leaving–they could tell that the church I was in was really destructive. While I was in Master’s Commission, my car had been run down to the point that it wouldn’t make the drive from Louisiana to California. Some girl had actually driven it without my permission while I was gone and had ruined the air conditioning and other stuff on the car. My parents had to send me money in order to fix my car so I could drive it home. They helped me pay for the gas and hotels along the way. Most importantly, when I was getting harassed by one of the pastors on the phone to come back, I let my dad talk to him and set him straight. He eventually stopped harassing me, thanks to my dad.