It is with great regret that I find ourselves needing to write this letter. For the past two-years we have done everything we can to correct unchristian behavior by the leadership of The Taylor Machine. Using your organization, you have caused such harm to me and my family that we are now at a place where we are homeless and struggling to maintain the lowest level of living. We are not able to minister as we have in the past. We are unable to raise the money necessary to fulfill our critical ministry in
While we would rather move on to our ministry, we cannot until we resolve the issues with the leadership of The Taylor Machine. It is our intention here to tell everyone involved in the homeschool movement the truth about what the leadership of The Taylor Machine has done to us. As we have talked with some friends who used to work with The Taylor Machine we have been surprised to learn that we are not the first family to be treated in such an unchristian manner by the leaders of The Taylor Machine.
My wife and children have lived now for too long under the burden of stress that you have caused our family. Let us state at the beginning what we have suffered. All of these facts are known to the leadership of The Taylor Machine. Three months after this slander was made known to Jefferson Smith, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He has been so distracted by the loss of his reputation and the loss of his livelihood that he has not been able to concentrate on treatment.
Our family home in
My children have been placed in harms way and my oldest son has been slandered. My children have been emotionally harmed. They are devastated. The leadership of The Taylor Machine has stayed in our home in
do not have the funds to even rent a home.
In 2003, we reached an arrangement between our Yugoslavian organization, The Slavic Company and The Taylor Machine to provide funding for our work in
At some point in 2004, The Taylor Machine decided they could no longer make the grant to The Slavic Company that was raised to support
Unable to find sufficient independent funding to remain in
Unfortunately for us, we trusted the leadership of The Taylor Machine and notified them of the new position in
You can imagine that we were stunned to learn that the leadership of The Taylor Machine, claiming to be Christian, claiming to represent the best interests of homeschooling families around the world, would so blatantly lie. Without cause or warning, and for no reason we understand to this point, The Taylor Machine decided to destroy our family and its ministry.
At the same time these lies were being told the leadership of The Taylor Machine began talking to others within the The Taylor Machine family defaming our name. They surgically cut us off from those we have served with for many years. This move by the leadership of The Taylor Machine effectively cut us off from many people who had supported our ministry for years.
One of the reasons this was an effective plan is that The Taylor Machine told others that "Mr. Jefferson Smith had used funds for private living expenses that The Taylor Machine had raised to be used exclusively for attorney fees associated with defending Yugoslavian homeschool families." Thus "Mr. Smith is not trustworthy and unstable of character". The Taylor Machine said to others that if
Why would The Taylor Machine do this? We do not know for sure. We suspect that they broke the tax law and have covered up by destroying our family. Perhaps they broke their governing charter because they allocated monies in ways that they should not have. We thought we had a good relationship with the leadership of The Taylor Machine. The Yugoslavian homeschool movement we worked so hard to see succeed is on the verge of a complete collapse.
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We do not know if The Taylor Machine has violated any tax laws in the
For the past two plus years we have begged the leadership of That Taylor Machine to work with us and restore our name and ministry, which they had destroyed. We have asked them to help fund our return to
Their response has been covered in legalese with no consideration for the well-being of me or my family. We did not believe that men who claim to be Christian could behave in such unchristian ways. They have, however!
While we had the right to sue The Taylor Machine for defamation and tortuous interference with the right to work we tried to resolve this matter privately without litigation. We continue to hold to the decision not to sue the ministry. Nonetheless we can no longer remain silent.
What the leadership of The Taylor Machine has done to us, we believe they have done to others. From time to time they devastate families for their own gain. They do not permit leaders within their state structures to disagree with them.
We would like to see the leadership of The Taylor Machine repent of their behavior. We have given up hope that they will treat us with Christian charity.
We hereby request that The Taylor Machine live up to true Christian standards rather than merely mouthing Christian slogans while destroying your brothers and sisters for your own selfish gain or power.
We have proof of the claims we have made in this letter should anyone like to see it. We have letters and emails from the leadership of The Taylor Machine refusing to take responsibility for your own behavior. We have letters from key leaders in
There is a credibility gap in Christian ministry in
When we informed the state leaders that we were having a dispute with The Taylor Machine, Hubert “Happy” Hopper responded that "The Taylor Machine must act to protect their corporation, their members, and their co-laborers." Protect them from what? From acting against the law by making slanderous remarks to save themselves that brought my family to ruin?
It is time for Christian men to be Christian men! (Honorable?) Judge Horace Miller, sir, you especially should be ashamed to have been a partner in the actions taken to see our good family destroyed.