When Donald's friends noticed his absence at the next church gathering, several of them called, wondering why he wasn't there. But since March, Donald hasn't been bothered by DCOC members. He has no hard feelings; in fact, he says the experience strengthened his faith. "I am closer to God now than when this all started," says Donald, who has since joined the youth group at his parents' new church, nearby Lochwood Baptist.
And it taught the Salleys some lessons. "I'm more aware that you really need to keep an eye on your kids," says Debra. "If I could have gotten information about this group up front, I wouldn't have had to wait a couple of months to realize who they were. They figure that by the time parents find out who they are, they'll have already gotten their clutches in the child."
Steve says he feels naive, because it never occurred to him to distrust a Christian group. "Can you imagine twenty years ago telling your kid, 'No, you can't talk to that person--he goes to church'?