My former roommate at Bill Gothard's training center has written false information on the Internet about Bill Gothard and the Institute in Basic Life Principles. Here is the letter I wrote to my former roommate, who has placed this false information about Bill Gothard on her own web page (Bill Gothard Exposed).
My dear friend,
It might surprise you that I call you "friend," for I was one who roomed with you virtually the entire five months you stayed at the Indianapolis Training Center (or ITC, one of Bill Gothard's centers for young people). We didn't see the world from identical angles, but we had several things in common (e.g., a love of music, sense of humor, geographical roots, and professed love for God and His Word), and I appreciated many qualities about you. I've just skimmed my journals of those months to make sure what I say now is accurate. Truth is vital, isn't it?
It was, perhaps, ironic that I was assigned to be your mentor. You had practically grown up in Bill Gothard's home education program, the Advanced Training Institute (ATI). Your parents raised you on the lingo, and you wanted nothing to do with it. I attended public and private schools through junior high and didn't start ATI until high school. My family appreciated the program because it presented principles we had been practicing for years because we had seen them in the Bible. After high school, I graduated from Bible institute and attended a secular college. I became actively involved in ATI again after one year at college, and I spent seven months earning money to move to Indianapolis to work with young people.
There I met you. And what memories I have! Do you remember roasting marshmallows over candles, cavorting around our suite in dunce caps because we were feeling goofy, and playing many games? We did lots of Bible studies, too, read from Hinds' Feet on High Places, and worked on a Kay Arthur study. We didn't do any ATI curriculum at first because you already knew so much, and the Bible communicated the same things.
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