Monday, April 11, 2005

Every Knock is a Boost

One of the mottos we all learned in JFJ was "Every Knock is a Boost."

That being the slogan of today, let me examine this slogan and see if the saying really lives up to its name.

Here's a example:

You are on Campaign Training and you are exhausted. You had a tract bag grabbed from you somewhere in Chicago and spent the evening at the police station and because you were at the police station, you were unable to study for the quiz that is going to be given first thing in the morning.

So, you go to the Campaign Trainer and ask if there is a chance you may be excused. Well, you not only find out that asking such a question should have not been asked, but you get fined extra postcards for asking. You also are in major trouble because you missed the evening's lecture.

The next morning you show up at the quiz without having any sleep the night before. Well, you don't pass the quiz since you can't remember what you tried to study all night.

Because of your horrible performance on the quiz you are made to stand before the entire Campaign Training Class and you are publicly humiliated for doing so bad on the quiz. You are also humiliated in front of the group because you allowed your tract bag to get grabbed in the first place.

Your punishment will be an all night eight-hour sortie in Grand Central Station the first night of Campaign. You will be allowed soda during the punishment sortie, but you will not be allowed to take bathroom breaks.

Yes, every knock is a boost, you know.


Anonymous said...

Tell me you're making this up. Please.

Anonymous said...

No, this is not made up.

People in JFJ have stayed up all night because of something that was related to the work of JFJ and made to work the next day without excuse.

Punishments have included extra postcards and all-night 8-hour sorties alone in dangerous areas.

Humiliation in front a group happened all the time.

Going without sleep for the cause was considered part of the sacrifices one made while working with JFJ.

A person who went with a police officer and left a sortie site was in big doo-doo.

Anonymous said...

More than one person was not allowed to go to the restroom during JFJ Campaign and was forced to pee in his pants instead.

Anonymous said...

True stuff. I experienced it all.

When I finally had control of my own team of people I was leading on "sorties" I let them go to the bathroom! Even if it meant they were gone for 2 hours I let them go! People need to rest and we weren't allowed real rest and real downtime.

I made sure my people got it! Even if it meant taking a nap on a park bench!

Anonymous said...

It is amazing that anyone stays throughout a "campaign." My understanding is that everyone is a volunteer who has had to raise his/her own support to participate. I am a Gentile Christian and I have never participated in street evangelism, but if I did, even at a young age, the first time any fellow "Christian" dealt out any of these stupid, arbitrary, and sadistic punishments to me, I'd be on the first plane home. And if Mr. Rosen ever got in my face with one of his tirades (I guess he is unfamiliar with the fruit of the Spirit known as self-control, among others), the first time would be the last.

The abuse you describe is shameful, and worse for Jewish Christians because they have a greater tendency to get cut off from family and friends when they become believers.

Anonymous said...

whine, whine, whine. you got to eat good food, and spend time in expensive homes owned by your leaders.
so what if you got humiliated in public. if you felt humiliation, you had a spiritual problem because humility is something your supposed to have.
so what if you were humiliated in front of your co workers. you did them a favor. imagine how good your co workers felt after rosen or brickner was done with one of their tirades and it was directed at you and not them!
as far as "every knock is a boost" goes: maybe the real meaning was every time rosen or brickner knocked you down, they felt better about themselves and got a personal boost.

Anonymous said...

To leave Campaign early was equal to facing humiliation worse than any humiliation faced on Campaign. Leaving early meant you were a disgrace to God and a failure to God.