Could you imagine, as Christmas (or whatever winter holiday you practice) approaches living in a tent? This is the case for one such family, a thirty-year-old son, and his seventy-year-old parents. He sits now, unemployed, his job lost because of the actions of the Church of God International, Pineville West Virginia location. Never heard of this church, you should have, in their mind they are more powerful than the Vatican itself, boosting that they are the largest church in the United States, with over ten thousand preachers, and nearly as many churches. Driving through West Virginia, you will find one in every community. By now, I am sure you are all asking yourselves, what happened?
About four years ago, this family decided it was time to purchase their final home, the sons first. They found what appeared to be a nice home in Pineville. The local Church of God owned it, and it needed work, like so many homes that have sat vacant. After they agreed to purchase the home, they moved in, paying rent until the time that the property closed, and that is when they started finding problems with the house. The roof leaked, the wiring was a mess, and it was infested with rodents, spiders, and snakes. They contacted the Reverend who was selling the home, and explained the situation to him. He and his trustees came to the home and informed the parents, while the son was at work, that they were not able to fix the problems, and enticed them to make said repairs so the home would meet the appraisal, be insurable, and pass a home inspection. His claim at that time was the church did not have the money for repairs, and he would work with the family.
The father, against his wife’s and son’s better judgment took the Reverend at his word, and started making the necessary repairs to the home. The father became very ill, at one point, his pacemaker worked itself out of his body due to infection from brown recluse spider bites, and while he was at the hospital in ICU, the mother and son were served an eviction notices for “breach of contract.” At this point, most of the repairs had been made. It was at this time they were told that the father is suffering from rapid onset Alzheimer’s disease. As many people would, they attempted to fight the eviction, as they had a stake in the property. In May of the previous year, they were evicted from the property, ordered to pay back rent (over seven thousand dollars), and were out almost sixty thousand dollars in materials and labor. According to West Virginia law, rent is not due after eviction proceedings start, and these proceedings start at the time of service of eviction. Their counter-claim was dismissed without a hearing, and it later was brought to my attention the judge and members of his family are members of this church.