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Peter Krusemark speaks out

from Wolf - Saturday, January 29, 2005
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I sent this overwhelmingly positive testimony to a week ago, and for some reason they still haven’t posted it. Maybe they are being flooded with positive responses and just don’t have time to post them all! So I thought maybe the sweet folks at movingon might help me out by posting this until they catch up over there.

My testimony:

My leadership told me that some bitter ex-members are saying awful things about the life of service I have chosen, and I feel personally offended. I don’t understand why people have to take it upon themselves to criticize my choices.

Let me tell you a bit about myself and the life I’ve chosen, in what some people think is a weird and abusive cult, called “the Family International”. My name is Peter Krusemark, and I’m 29 years old. My earliest memories are traveling with my parents to countries all over Europe and Asia to give people a message of God’s love. How many children do you know that have been to 14 countries by the time they were 3 years old? That’s just one of the many examples of how blessed I’ve been. I also had the privilege of helping my parents to make money for their living expenses since I was 2 years old, by selling literature like “You Gotta be a Baby”, “Be So Happy” and “Quaddhafi’s Magic Lamp”. So many people don’t learn to make money until they’re adults, and I’m so happy I was able to get a grasp on this invaluable skill when I was still young. By the time I was 12 we even had great cassette tapes to sell, and a couple of years later the Family came out with two great children’s video series, one called “Kiddie Viddie” and the other one called “Treasure Attic”. These are by far the best children’s videos I’ve ever seen, and when I was 15 I got the privilege of selling those as well. One time, in Austria, a woman who didn’t realize the value of these videos complained to the police, and they took me and my adult partner into custody. Unfortunately I forgot the Family’s counsel in “Deceivers Yet True” and didn’t pretend I couldn’t speak German. This got us into lots of trouble; the police also didn’t like the photos in my adult partner’s album, which showed him sitting on a chair in one photo and lots of hungry Indian children on the opposite page. For some reason the police thought his whole story about helping people in India was fake. People can be so cynical!

I’m kind of getting off the track, though. To backtrack a few years, when I was 10 years old, and so most other kids my age were going to school, I was learning valuable trades like carpentry, handyman work and gardening. For awhile I had a problem with a desire to read history books, encyclopedias and dictionaries, and I’m ashamed to admit that I even read them on the toilet sometimes to conceal my problem. But eventually I realized that the material published by the Family contains so much more valuable insight. So many people go through years of college and university and come out without any practical skills, but here I was, learning all kinds of useful things at just 10 years old. I even managed to learn basic programming while I was doing laundry, though I did have to hide the book in dirty sheets to keep anybody from finding out what I was doing.

It’s also been wonderful to see how God always supplies for his children. At times it seemed like there would be nothing to eat the next day, but the Lord always came through miraculously for us. One time somebody even gave us four tons of liver paté! It was great to be able to eat such healthy food for lunch every day for the next year. Somebody else gave us two tons of mutton that was supposedly out of date. In fact it tasted really yummy, when cooked right. The first time I ate it my stomach felt kind of funny, but somebody told me that I would soon get used to it, and they were right! It’s amazing how resilient our bodies are.

Anyway, this is getting kind of long and I don’t want to bore you; the main thing I’m trying to say is: the Family is a wonderful environment, and I can say without a doubt that this is the place I want to spend the rest of my life and raise my children. The bitter ex-members who are attacking us are just losers who need to get a life! We are doing what really counts, winning souls for Jesus, while they’re just working for mammon!

God bless you!

Peter Krusemark

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from Joppa
Thursday, February 03, 2005 - 22:43


It is unfortunate your heartfelt opinion was not published @ myconclusion.

Perhaps some still haven't arrived to the strength and faith to entertain other points of view.....HOWEVER if they are going to avoid your opinion because they don't have the time to bother with us lesser mortals (they themselves being so in touch with God) there is one detail to account for:

An entire book was written, published with hard earned missionary money, revealing the promising future of the great End-time leader....Davidito!

What is a False Prophet?
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From Wolf
Friday, February 04, 2005, 01:46

My “testimony” is certainly not “heartfelt” and I’m not surprised that it wasn’t published on I wrote it for entertainment purposes (though all the events described did actually happen). I avoided writing about the more serious abuse that I suffered, since that would not be very entertaining.

As for David Berg, I can only think of two "prophecies" out of hundreds that came true. A person of average inteligence could have made better guesses.(reply to this comment
from Guccigirl
Tuesday, February 01, 2005 - 12:34

Peter, Peter, Peter.......... What can I say I LMFAO, however you failed to mention your snitching skills - which you executed so efficiently when we were in Paris. I think you were solely responsible for all of us (with the exception of yourself) getting busted with contraband.
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From Wolf
Wednesday, February 02, 2005, 00:59

Yes, I was a bit of a weasel and a prick. If we ever meet I’ll make it up to you by buying you a drink or something…
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From Guccigirl
Wednesday, February 02, 2005, 11:03

It's going to take more than drink mate........ I'd like my contraband back for starters, but at least you can admit to being a prick which is a good start I suppose. I should however thank you - It was bad enough having adults treat me like shit, but when my peers jumped on then band wagon it made the decision to leave so much easier. So Thanks!!(reply to this comment
From Wolf
Wednesday, February 02, 2005, 20:55

If I remember correctly your “contraband” was poor quality recordings of 80’s pop music on old audio cassette tapes. If you provide me with a list of songs and your address I will gladly send you equivalent CD(s).(reply to this comment
From Guccigirl
Thursday, February 03, 2005, 05:47


Your memory doesn't serve you well, my contraband didn't consist of 80's pop music (I'm not a bubblegum pop sort of girl) It was recordings of TF original albums .The Bible, The french music revolution & the albums from Brazil (70's). While I can't stand Family music - their original albums were awesome. Let me know when you have them and I'll let you know where to send them. Thanks(reply to this comment

From Wolf
Thursday, February 03, 2005, 22:04

I have the Bible album in mp3 format, so I can send you a CD in mp3 or ordinary format, as you prefer. I also lost my copies of the other albums that I "confiscated" from you, but I will try to get ahold of them and mail them to you as well, if you give me your address (BTW, I didn't keep anything I confiscated from you).(reply to this comment
From Haunted
Thursday, February 03, 2005, 06:45


The god-damn teen home in France was responsible for the loss of half of my hard-earned early family music tapes! Suitcase/fleebag "raids"! If it hadn't been for my lovely suitcase liner, I wouldn't have the ones I do today.

So ok, it was still family music, but it was the best we had back then!(reply to this comment

from Marc
Saturday, January 29, 2005 - 22:17

Average visitor agreement is 5 out of 5Average visitor agreement is 5 out of 5Average visitor agreement is 5 out of 5Average visitor agreement is 5 out of 5Average visitor agreement is 5 out of 5(Agree/Disagree?)
No offence to those of you who are still young . . . however, I couldn't help but notice that most of the posts on were made by those around 18-22. This ever-so-brilliant and quick-to-catch-on Leocon is only 21 (according to his profile). They are all so quick to claim that TF has never abused anyone or done anything remotely bad (i.e. Victor Programs, et cetera ad infinitum!). The irony of it all is that they were _BABIES_ (or not even born yet) while we, who are now 25-35+, were reading books like the Dito Book and our names were "appearing" on sharing schedules. I would dare say the likes of Leocon have never seen an uncensored version of the Dito book (or "I Dream of Grandma" for that matter). The poor creatures do not know their true history . . . for it has been erased (see "BAR pubs")! It would be funny if they weren't our little brothers and sisters . . . literally!!
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from thepersoniamnow
Saturday, January 29, 2005 - 18:13

that was hilarious. I thot it was real the whole time
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from Anthony
Saturday, January 29, 2005 - 13:28

Peter, Peter, Satan desired to have thee… great writing sir. I remember the first time I got put on silence restriction and stuck in isolation at the age of 14, in Paris, you were the bellwether who cleared my stuff out of the Teen Boys room, (an attic actually), and brought it to Uncle Joseph’s room for inspection – you bastard – LOL! I remember thinking how smart and intelligent you were/are and I was impressed with you great command of the English language and hoped one day I’d be smart as Peter. And I’m still trying – all these years later, LOL!

Hope all is well with your family, take good care.

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From Wolf
Sunday, January 30, 2005, 00:52

And I always envied your guitar skills … though I remember you best for “Joanna, I remember you…”(reply to this comment
From Tom I.
Saturday, January 29, 2005, 21:49

Weren't you put in isolation for racking up the home's Minitel phone bill calling hookers(and then claiming that you were actually witnessing to them)?(reply to this comment
From Anthony
Tuesday, February 01, 2005, 11:16

Yes and no, I racked up the home's phone bill on Minitel, but I certainly didn't call any hookers!(reply to this comment
From Shaka
Tuesday, February 01, 2005, 12:04

Why not?(reply to this comment
From Wolf
Sunday, January 30, 2005, 00:51

You were in that home too? Yeah, that was some funny shit. Way to go Anthony! Did any of them “receive Jesus”, by the way?(reply to this comment
from BedyBugs
Saturday, January 29, 2005 - 13:03

ILMAO! This is excellent! Once in a home I was in they mistakenly put detergent in the lemonade instead of sugar but they made everyone eat it and gave everyone the squits big time! the Leaders said with eyes popping out of their skull big huge out of fashion glasses and hair parted down the middle "you need to be grateful and stop murmuring honey" this stereotype self righteous person is known amongst my family and friends as a "Hi God bless you" calling the adults "HI God bless you's" caught on really quickly amongst the teens in Mexico so they banned it:D it was fun while it lasted though. I also remember when we lived in India we ate Ragi (chicken feed) and they used to mix it with chocolate to make it taste better but it was like eating sand Ugh! and also we used to eat liver blended and made into patties that were called "Snaufi Burgers" they smelt exactly the same way coming out of your back side as they did when you ate them! UGH! that was pretty jacked up dude!
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From Mir
Sunday, January 30, 2005, 12:56


HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!(reply to this comment

from FGA with sis still in group
Saturday, January 29, 2005 - 11:03

Would be funny if wasn't so true! Well-written without using anything that could offend...just the truth spoken simply and clearly...who can testify against that??
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from katrim4
Saturday, January 29, 2005 - 10:58


LOL. That was great. You even wrote it in simple english so that everyone could understand. If only we could all post our personal testimonies on, then maybe everyone would see how wonderful the family really is.
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from Regi
Saturday, January 29, 2005 - 10:40

I think it’s great that is a forum for all opinions and viewpoints. Unlike which strictly censors all postings allowing only one point of view to be expressed, the MovingOn admin allow everyone to “speak out.” is eerily similar to the press in a totalitarian regime.
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From Leocon
Saturday, January 29, 2005, 11:41


Complain, complain, complain! was a site opened for the purpose of allowing the people with POSITIVE views to express them to a great cyber audience, including the media! It was not for people who are full of nothing but grudge, hate and negativity.

Wolf, you sound a bit sarcastic in your "positive testimony". (reply to this comment

From Silence_Restriction_Kid
Tuesday, February 01, 2005, 12:37

No shit Sherlock, get a fucking clue!(reply to this comment
From Jedran
Saturday, January 29, 2005, 23:19

That's funny because the header says nothing about it being positive (maybe we missed the internal memo to all). It does say:

opinions, responses and views by current and former members of the Family International (formerly known as the Children of God) (reply to this comment

From Lance
Saturday, January 29, 2005, 18:57


Have you found anything "POSITIVE" about a murder/suicide?

That site is a clear example of censorship and any nonfamily person who reads it can plainly see that.

Congratulations for so clearly defining TF's supression of free thought in such a blantantly obvious way!(reply to this comment
From Shaka
Saturday, January 29, 2005, 18:31

"You sound a bit sarcastic"??? I know I shouldn't keep being surprised by how dumb you Family drones are, but somehow you still manage to sink to new levels of stupidity I never knew existed. Congrats!(reply to this comment
From Jerseygirl
Saturday, January 29, 2005, 13:44


The Lord just showed me that you should stop getting involved in the devils devices. He feels you should go back and fellowship with your own kind and leave the workers of iniquity to themselves. He also said to remind you that there is no need to get worked up over us apostates, because we are "happily fighting against him".

Just thought I'd pass that along.

Have a good one.(reply to this comment

From jpmagero
Saturday, January 29, 2005, 12:09


Well, aren't you the brightest little thing. Of course it was sarcastic, and rightly so. In the end, we have experienced many of the same things, some more and worse than others, but essentially had the same upbringing. We are looking at them through very different coloured glasses. If you are taught that it is ok to do something to a kid from the time you are a kid, you grow up thinking its ok. It's only when you realise that its not ok, and just because it happens to many other people in the world, it still doesn't make it ok.

First of all, there are always two sides to everything and the fact that your post was allowed to go up and stay up shows the tolerance that should be afforded all opinions. If you'll notice, ALL the groups responses to our comments, articles and such (whether to us directly, about us, or otherwise) are published in whole here if someone so chooses, but I'll bet the you can't tell me when the last time any ex-members views were published in their entirety by any family publication (official or otherwise). This should not include taking the one or two line rant from one person, but rather a whole valid thought process or out article.

The very fact that all views are expressed whether the conform to the sites admins opinions or not shows the tolerance, open mindedness and freedom we practice.

If members can come here and respond to our opinions, then we should be able to go to and responding to yours, not that I personally would want to or really give a shit what the rest of the world thinks, especially someone seemingly feeble minded as yourself.(reply to this comment

From Regi
Saturday, January 29, 2005, 12:06


I'm not complaining, Leocon. I just happen to be a proponent of free speech. The Family does not allow its members to read and explore other opinions, how do you suppose people can draw fair conclusions if they only have access to one side of the story?(reply to this comment

From Jaded
Saturday, January 29, 2005, 13:09

well said, and something that our poor "brother and sisters" in the fam will never understand. How can you possibly make an objective decision when you will only consider one side?? I dont know how many times I've had this conversation with old friends still in... "there are none so blind as those who will not see"(reply to this comment
Saturday, January 29, 2005, 11:44

DUH!! (reply to this comment

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