Transcript for Church of Wells: Tracking Down Controversial Religious Group
So when you drive around here. What is it that you look -- unlike -- for Catherine. Andy and -- -- were searching the streets of this tiny town. For their 27 year old daughter Katherine. There she is not is that Katherine again. -- -- -- As. Last year she left home in Arkansas and joined a group called the church and -- well. She didn't tell -- she was -- -- we don't know why she left. And we've seen members going in and out of the -- right here you know after midnight carrying boxes. Here's -- on a video from the church wet paintings. Yeah. That's it. Now her parents say that passive -- you see here. Is a far cry from the -- and they remember. Did we think they Catherine place. Everything you -- a -- Today they just won't answer when when -- yell -- you. And before one time. -- -- For months literally months we've been trying every possible way phone calls FaceBook your name in. To reach these so called elders of the church of wells three very young man. To see if they will come on camera and answer some of the criticisms about their church. Zero responds yeah. -- -- -- He first decided still looking into the church of wells when police the kinds of videos they were posting of themselves. The members of the church of wells are mostly affluent young and tend to be from devout Christian family. As is true of the -- There's elder. -- So be comfortable. Ryan -- former fraternity brother at Baylor university in Texas. Fools that -- that there is no god. And elder Shawn Morris who won many consider to -- -- truly. He is twenty cents. So now we are driving directly into wells and see if we can find them and talk to them -- unscheduled. Way. I -- unless it's okay. -- -- The lumber yard. Followed by members. Karen. -- station which really -- the only business -- -- very small. Can be had with the -- Yes. There's -- approved club or from ABC news are just looking at talked to some of those people from the church. -- done for -- with the church. -- -- did wrong. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Feel like you're getting ready to -- some dinner. And not a word they may be -- local street evangelists but they don't wanna talk to us. Is there somebody from the church who will -- And one of the others. -- -- -- They asked us to put the cameras down and for the next hour we wait inside their convenience store. John and Jake eventually show up but they don't want us to fountain. We we spoke to them for little bit and eventually two of the quote unquote elders the church came and respectfully asked us to leave. We made our case to simulate speech them at -- and they said -- -- -- think about it and pray on it. But then they told us they would like us. They seem to have lowered their profile in the months since the families of their members do not have started asking questions. Didn't -- didn't take any of his belongings. -- he basically had a little. Handbags left -- his wife and daughter in the middle of the night. Fred whose son Brad is a member has been trying to reconnect with him for years. There was no communication. It was almost like a death in the family. And for one family it was a -- We pray for all the -- caught up in this group. That would put you pray for the parents and grandparents that are being cut off -- we have. They were once close -- their grandchildren but their daughter left to join the church three years ago. Not long afterwards she texted her parents with a big announcement it was beautiful picture. And it said delivered into the loving hands of my has spend. Eight pound six ounces. I love her already. It was Sunday evening we were sitting out by the fire and my phone -- and it came up with Daniels the cellphone number. And I can't. And -- news. Within days there was a problem the baby wasn't eating her hands were turning blue -- I don't want he had -- -- and they don't need and you well mine Monday and well maybe it's time. I need to sheriff's department always did she gotten. 101 o'clock today. This is the 911 called Daniel made to police. Fourteen hours after baby faith died. And it why -- now calling about it. We're Christians and we were praying. Police say church members had been driving around town. With the babies lifeless body stopping at various places to pray over it. On this audiotape of the memorial service posted on the church website the elders say they were praying for the baby to be resurrecting. Today child died. We believe -- this doesn't do. -- child and -- days. In their report the Texas department of family and protective services stated that there was reason to believe that the death of baby -- was due to medical neglect. On the part of her parents. That was -- two years ago but last month grand jury chose not to indict anyone. Felt betrayed by and I -- legal system because what. I've felt like there was no justice. So I just -- John Morris one of the elders of the church -- we met last night. Text that says good morning just checking to see if you've had a chance to consider my proposal would be happy to discuss further any time wherever is convenient for you. So we'll see if he gets back to us. As we wait we drive around town we see members of the church to women wearing prairie dresses walking the streets. Driver and and we need non members who are eager to share their opinions -- the locals feel about that the church of wealth he expanded. We visit with a local pastor. Who tried to welcome Ciurciu wells members when they first got to town. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- About forty hours worth of meetings pointing out -- You learn anything useful -- on time. -- -- -- a lot of real disappointing things about -- they believe that they can actually judge whether somebody's been saved yes. I guess to put them out there and not show. Affected -- trying to do man's job. You know the scriptures talk about where they desire to be teachers but they have made for so -- to teach them. Guys are just a quick question neighbors have similar -- -- you live right next door letting yes yes -- of their life. Off their weird. Do you worry about how this all ends up yeah -- -- you know we -- about what their motivations are I -- what is there. With their ultimate goal what are they doing here. You know. -- -- people around here refer to the group. -- -- -- Publicly the elders have contended that they are not a cult and that the members are with them of their own free will. But the family's desperate to maintain contact with -- children. Disagree -- that.
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