Several letters have been delivered to homes in Sutton Coldfield, just outside Birmingham, blaming the coronavirus pandemic on natural disasters and the devil.
The letters have caused surprise and sometimes concern on the part of residents who have received them.
Justin Tooes, 50, of Jockey Street, Sutton Coldfield, said he was confused by the “strange letter” he had received.
She said that the letter was written by a local woman who was a Jehovah’s Witness. While he said that the note “did not cause any damage”, Birmingham Live Said that he was concerned about the effect the tone of the letter might have on a vulnerable person.
The letter begins: “Dear neighbor my name is [redacted] And I live in the neighborhood. I am writing to my neighbors to share positive hope for the future.
“In the past 18 months, incidents have increased around the world, from pandemics to wildfires, flash floods and humanitarian challenges. This has made many people wonder that if there is a God then why does he cause so much suffering?
“From my study of the Bible I have learned that God is not responsible for bad things that happen to us.”
The author then explained, citing a verse in the book of John of the Bible: “The whole world lies in the power of the wicked one”.
She continues: “He is the evil Devil, the invisible spirit who rebelled against God.
“However, the good news is that God has promised exciting changes for the foreseeable future. He is the end of suffering and making life on earth joyful for us.
“One of the reasons we believe in this promise is because in numbers 23 versus 19 it tells us that ‘God is not just a man who tells us lies’.”
Finally, the letter encourages Mr. Tooes to contact the author if he would like to learn more “about God’s promises to this earth”, or to visit the website of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Mr Tooze, who is currently recovering from a brain aneurysm at home, told Birmingham Live: “I found it a little weird. It’s a little weird. A random letter from a random person I’ve never met.
“At first I thought it was from someone I knew. Are they writing to help me?” he said.
“Personally, I don’t mind preaching to people. It depends on them, but when it’s more of a random letter than mentioning the devil, pestilence, and wildfire, I totally understand I didn’t know what it was.
“If someone is going through the same issues I’m going through, or vulnerable, it can affect them.
“It’s preaching Bible verses and things like that and when I was trying to read it, I found it hard to understand and think what was going on?
“If someone is suffering from mental health issues and receives these letters, how will they react? It could be someone who has received one of these letters and is a little scared of it.” He said he had spoken to his girlfriend about the letter, who told him to ignore it, but added: “Those who are weak may take it the wrong way”.
Mr Toos initially posted about the letter on the community site Nextdoor, which received more than 70 responses from neighbors and community members. In the comments following his post, there were about 50 more reports of such letters, which had been received in the past year or so.
While many said they simply read and recycle the letters, others said they appreciated the effort displayed by the handwritten notes.
One user said: “I had one (letter) earlier this year. Hand written and felt so personal that I kept it for a couple of weeks. I didn’t go any further with it, it felt so comforting in a weird way”.
Responding to the number of people receiving the letter, Mr Tuze told Birmingham Live: “It will cost the people who are sending them a fortune in tickets”.
A spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses in the UK said the letters may have been sent as part of some Jehovah’s Witnesses’ “personal ministry” to offer words of encouragement to their neighbors and encourage them to join the church. could be invited to be, because the public preaching work was suspended. Due to the pandemic.
“As of March 2020, Jehovah’s Witnesses in the UK have suspended their door-to-door and public preaching work,” the spokesperson said.
“In addition, all congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses are holding their meetings via videoconferencing. These steps have been taken to support efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.
“Despite restrictions imposed by the pandemic, Jehovah’s Witnesses remain active in trying to reach as many people as possible with the Bible’s message of hope.
“Some may choose to send letters of encouragement to their neighbors as part of their personal ministry by mail and invite them to visit the official website of Jehovah’s Witnesses.”
The spokesperson added: “Jehovah’s Witnesses are moved by love of neighbor when they reach out to people for comfort from the Bible.”
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