Dear Folks, I feel I need to inform you of an incident that took place in Regina on Friday, February 16th.
Dale Shultz asked me to visit with himself, Merlin Affleck, Jim Atcheson, and Mary Roper. During the visit, I was questioned as to who I had seen in Alberta during my travels to BC in December and my travels back from BC in January. I gave a few names of people I had visited with that workers no longer visit. Dale made it clear to me that the Alberta staff as well as the Sask staff are uncomfortable that I had made those visits. He asked me to promise that I would not visit those folks again. I told him I could not promise that. He asked at some point for the others present to express how they felt. Merlin was the first to express his viewpoint that my visiting in Alberta was “clearly out of order”. Jim and Mary were in agreement with him.
Dale then stated that as far as future meetings were concerned that I was no longer in the work. We all shook hands and I left with Mary. At the end of the day, I left my field of Yorkton for Saskatoon where I will be until it becomes clear to me what I need to do next.
The bottom line of the visit was this: As a worker, I must not maintain contact with anyone the workers in Alberta no longer visit. My position was this: I am committed to maintaining contact with these people.
This is neither immoral nor ungodly. To be put out of the work and to have people encouraged not to trust me anymore is unjust. To be asked to do the very opposite of what I committed to in this work, to reach out in care to all who desire Christ, is unthinkable. “God is no respecter of persons.”
What I am asking you to do is to please consider this behaviour and ask yourself if this is a reasonable thing.
You will want to get the perspective of the others attending the meeting and consider both together.
Please feel free to contact me for any further clarification, comments or discussion on this matter or any other matter pertaining to our service to God.
Saskatoon, SK Canada
February 22, 2001
Click Here to read Summary of Correspondence with workers beginning with the expulsion of Marg Magowan from the work in Saskatchewan, Canada in 2001, along with some of the subsequent fallout, including the excommunication of Edgar Massey and his family.. (Edgar is Marg’s cousin.)