Over the last year or so I have had a number of visitors to the site ask me how they can help. Specifically most have asked if they can contribute funds to keep the site going. I have always thanked them and declined the offers because in financial matters I had been doing okay and was able to cover the website expenses myself. Also I feared the perception some could have that JWStruggle had turned into something commercial and I was operating it “just for the money.”
Unfortunately for the first time in years I find myself in a place where I barely have enough to cover my own needs. I received the quarterly bill from my hosting package and web domains recently, which was charged onto my nearly-maxed out credit card. I cringed when I saw the emailed bill. The cost to maintain the site is modest compared to many websites, but never in my life have I worried about bills like this until just now. Also I had mentioned in my previous article “Thank God JWStruggle is finally fixed!”, my web host recommended that I upgrade my hosting package with them as the traffic and size of the database are at the limit.
In addition, there have been a lot of great ideas generated regarding ways to promote the Struggle, and to help more awakening Jehovah’s Witnesses escape Watchtower control. I’ve wanted to implement some of these for a long time, as I feel they would be very worthwhile to pursue, but funds would be required to make them happen. I don’t mind putting in the time, and as much money as I am able to contribute personally. I have been doing that for the last two+ years now happily. The following is a list of things that could be potentially very beneficial if we all chipped in together. Some are in the brainstorming stage and need to be refined. Nevertheless, here are the things we could do:
• Design and print a large number of full color postcards that can be handed out or mailed to loved ones. Printing costs for these are fairly high when ordering 50 or 100. But when you order 5,000 the price drops enormously. What if this large quantity were ordered and then anyone that needs a packet of 50 or 100 of them could simply make a small payment to defray the costs, and then the postcards would be sent to them, ready to be used? Or what if a fading Witness emails me the addresses of their loved ones and I personally send these ones the postcards so that they are untraceable, and protect the awakened Witness from any hint of suspicion?
• Placing advertisements in small local newspapers directing people to the JWS phone number and website. Some JWs will never go online due to fear, but they could easily and anonymously call the phone number, hear a brief message about the truth about the truth, and ask a question, or request a phone call back. This may be the only way they would ever get a chance to hear TTATT. The only way they could muster up the courage to learn more.
• Burn and send out DVDs containing a large collection of materials and information gathered thus far on TTATT to anyone that needs it.
• Create signs and bumper stickers that can be placed in strategic places and used to advertise TTATT, and help combat the mind control of the Watchtower. If tastefully done this can be a powerful tool.
• Print T-Shirts with things like “Do you know TTATT?” and other appropriate messages. This can be very empowering to the wearer also- I speak from experience on that!
I ask that all of us prayerfully consider what we can do to contribute to this project and the rest of this vital ministry to help our brothers and sisters that are trapped inside the Watchtower and its Kingdom Halls. I will be taking any and all feedback on this subject, and ask that you can pray about it and ask for God’s guidance as JWStruggle and the Dissident Movement of Jehovah’s Witnesses gains steam and more ground in the days, weeks, months, and years to come.
Below are the options available thus far. More to come soon!
(Please note that your credit card will NOT list a charge from “JWStruggle” but my business name which is quite innocuous, High Quality Productions)
Recurring monthly payment to support JWStruggle
Onetime payment to support JWStruggle:
Apostasy Trial on DVD:
TTATT Research Disc: