Jim Green’s sentencing

Jim Green’s hearing was yesterday. According to Sarah, his daughter, he received 10 years of incarceration followed by 3 1/2 years of probation and 2 years of parole. Not sure what the parole part means. Maybe he’ll be eligible for early release? Sarah said he cried during the hearing as he apologized to M.G. for the horrible treatment she suffered.

Jim is the one with the heart. Yeah, he was Deborah’s accomplice, he’s culpable for the abuse done, and he lied to cover up their dirty deeds. But my thoughts toward Jim have always been that he was duped just like the rest of us. He honestly believed that his wife received visions and prophesies from God, and per stories of more recently defected members, he was often conflicted by Deborah’s demands.

plea deal

No second trial for Deborah Green. They did a plea bargain. Deborah pled no contest to first degree child abuse in the case of the 12-year-old boy Enoch who died of the flu on ACMTC’s compound. Enoch had no birth certificate, received no medical care, and had no death certificate. It was his death that finally prompted a deeper investigation into the Greens.

Law enforcement had long been on the alert re the Greens, receiving multiple complaints from concerned families who hadn’t seen nor heard from their loved ones in years. Cut off by command of “General” Deborah Green. Finally Enoch’s unreported death gave authorities reason to dig.

Enoch's grave             Enoch’s grave site after authorities retrieved his remains for autopsy.

Deborah received an additional 18 years to her already 72 year sentence. She will die in prison. Alone. Justice served.

But Enoch’s life was far too short-lived.

 

all pending matters hearing

All pending matters hearing is tomorrow at the Valencia County Courthouse, so I think by tomorrow night it should be known if Deborah Green faces a second trial. Or not. It could go either way.

Sarah

Thirty-five years ago in my mind Sarah and Joshua Green were the lucky ones. I mean, what applied to my and other’s children didn’t always apply to them. They had hamsters, dogs, Josh had model cars, model airplanes, and Sarah collected antiques. Steve made our kids throw their interests into the garbage: Nathan his legos, Ruth her doll, Simon his guitar. Plus Sarah and Josh got away with doing things the other kids couldn’t.

But today I look back, and I realize I was wrong. They suffered immensely. Joshua because he could never break free of his mom and dad’s will, their grip, their claim on his life for their “army.” It was all he knew. If he left, where would he go, what would he do? Sarah because she had her own mind, her own dreams apart from what her mom and dad planned for her. I remember the first time she ran away as Jim and Lila prepared to leave for the Philippines. They had to cancel their flight, and after finding her the next day, they rebooked their flights, and they took her with them, and when they returned they left her there for five long months. They were going to teach her a lesson.

I can only speculate why Jim and Lila arranged for her to marry Mike Brandon, AKA Peter Green, when she was 17 years old. Mike was a favorite of the Green’s, a diehard believer that Deborah received daily “words of the spirit” from God. Also Peter’s father, Keith Brandon, was a wealthy business man from LA who supported his son’s choice “to serve god,” and he financially gave to the “ministry.” So it was a win-win to arrange for Sarah to Mary Peter, plus it would keep Sarah put, at lest for awhile.

This was actually Peter’s second marriage within ACMTC. His first wife (Mary) asked too many questions, so they drove her a ways away and dropped her off on the side of the road. She was several months pregnant.

Sarah gave birth to and loved two boys, and she loved and cared for M.G. as her own, too. When I asked her how many children she had to leave behind in there, she said “three.” I can only imagine the conflict she endured as she watched the very fabric of her life being torn. She loved those babies, but because of her parent’s psychotic claim on her life, and now on the lives of her children, she knew that if she left, she couldn’t take her babies with. Peter and her mom and dad would not have it. They would stand in her way, block her from taking them. So on the most difficult day of her life, she ran away, leaving her children behind, hitchhiking from New Mexico to Washington where a former ACMTC member lives, staying in homeless shelters along the way. She would later return to N.M. to try to get her kids, but to no avail.

Last month I thought a lot about seeing Sarah again. I’ve tried in vain over the years to find her. She was 12 years old last I saw her, and now she’s going on 46. Was she angry with me for exposing her mom and dad and the trouble it caused everyone‹? Was she really going to testify AGAINST her mother?

Getting into the car to go to the courthouse she says, “Okay, let’s do this. I love my mombut she’s crazy.” After giving testimony she says, “I felt absolutely no emotion seeing her. She’s like an empty shell.” 

On our last night in the hotel in Grant’s New Mexico I gave her a card with a painting of a cactus on the front, with the inscription, “I’m sorry I’m such a prick.” Inside I told her I’m sorry for all the pain and heartache she’s suffered over the years, and sorry if I added to it by my lawsuit and all that occurred after.

Tears flooded her mournful face as she flung her arms around me, holding me tight. “My mother’s a monster,” she said,  “All the shame, leaving my babies, I had to escape, I just had to, and there’s no way I could have taken my babies with me.”

I know,” I said. “And those memories will always be there, but the shame, the blame, the guilt—they belong to Deborah, they don’t belong to you.

And then she gave me something I will always cherish. Holding me tight she says, “thank you for paving the way.” 

Screen Shot 2018-10-09 at 9.03.18 AMBack row: Deborah, Jim, Joshua, Peter (behind Filipino man), and Sarah. (Circa 1983)

IMG_2715                                                              Sarah and Nate, my son 

IMG_2717                                                                Julie and Sarah.

So Sarah left ACMTC running, and she hasn’t stopped. Today at age 45 she’s a triathlete. She says it’s how she copes.

Is the Trump presidency a religious cult?

Off subject, but not. This whole Trump phenomena has me stumped. The narcissism and gaslighting makes me feel it all over again. Wicked deception. Lying. Self-aggrandizing.

—>Source: Is the Trump presidency a religious cult?

a narcissist

“A narcissist uses their religious belief to manipulate, control and dominate you through fear. They systematically take the life out of your faith and replace themselves in the center.

It doesn’t matter the religion. Major organizations such as Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, and Jewish or even minor sects such as Mormon, Taoism, Confucianism, New Age, or Rastafari can be used. Even those who do not profess a belief in God such as Atheistic, Agnostic, or Satanism can be included.

It is not the type of belief but rather how the faith is used that makes it abusive.

Christine Hammond MS, LMHC

https://pro.psychcentral.com/exhausted-woman/author/christineh/

‘Army of God’ Cult Leader Sentenced for Sex Crimes Against Kids | PEOPLE.com

—>Source: ‘Army of God’ Cult Leader Sentenced for Sex Crimes Against Kids | PEOPLE.com

Deborah Green of the Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps’ sentenced for child abuse – CBS News

—>Source: Deborah Green of the Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps sentenced for child abuse – CBS News

‘Aggressive Christianity’ cult leader sentenced

Screen Shot 2018-09-27 at 2.41.36 PMDeborah Green told M.G she was cursed because she came from Africa, and she used her as a child slave. During mealtimes M.G. sat alone on the floor in the corner of the communal dining area, and Deborah would give her a bowl of leftover, sometimes rotting food, and she’d make her eat it within 5 minutes, and after 5 minutes she’d take the food away. If. M.G. vomited while eating, Deborah made her eat that too.

Sexually Deborah abused her, putting her finger and objects up her vagina. M.G. asked her, “why are you doing this to me,” and Deborah’s reply was, “It’s not me doing it, it’s god!”

A weaker person would not have survived,” Judge James Sanchez told M.G.. “That means you can continue on being strong.

Screen Shot 2018-09-28 at 8.40.04 AMDeborah Green after sentencing. Where’s her god now? Not the mighty woman of God after all.

—>Source: ‘Aggressive Christianity’ cult leader sentenced

Deborah Green found guilty on 7 out of 8 counts!

News from the victum-witness assistant at the DA’s office tonight: Deborah Green found guilty on 7 of 8 counts! This was trial #1 for Deborah regarding kidnapping, abusing, sexually penetrating, and causing great bodily harm to a child, M.G. (The second trial will be regarding the death of the old boy Enoch.)

I had the pleasure of meeting M.G., now 20 years old, and her adoptive mother. They rushed from the courthouse in Grants to the airport in Albuquerque to meet us before our flights. We were so excited, finally we can put a face to her name. Then a beautiful young African-American woman steps off the escalator, strong and tender. Sarah throws her arms around her, tears flooding her eyes. Then it’s Julie’s turn, then mine.

M.G has come a long way since Child Protective Services took her away from the Greens 12 years ago, and she is now strong and  determined to chase her own dreams. I think the saying “if it doesn’t break you it’ll make you” is mostly true. For her it took a loving, supportive, pro-active family, plus multiple painful surgeries and years of psychological therapy. Monsters may lurk outside her bedroom window for years yet to come, but M.G. chooses to live, to be strong, and to create a life that is meaningful to her. Her goal: to become a pediatrician. She’s been accepted into and is studying pre-med! I can’t tell you how happy that makes us feel!

“A weaker person would not have survived,” Judge James Sanchez told the victim. “That means you can continue on being strong.”