Joy-Anna Forsyth is living in a 35-foot camper in Arkansas with her husband Austin and son Gideon; The camper appears to be located on the property of Fort Rock Family Camp owned by her husband Austin’s parents Terry and Roxanne Forsyth.
In an Instagram video, Joy-Anna shared an update related to her family’s new home. The young Duggar daughter told fans that she and Austin built a house last year but flipped the property for a profit. Additionally, she noted that they recently began building a second home for the same purpose.
As a result, the couple does not have a permanent residence of their own. Therefore, the couple decided to live in a 35-foot trailer on the property of the Forsyth family camp. Throughout the summer, Joy-Anna has shared photos of her family working at the camp.
After the video, Joy-Anna uploaded numerous photos of the interior of the camper. The tiny home on wheels is outfitted with cute accent furniture and appears spotless.
Fort Rock Family Camp is located in Northwest Arkansas in the Ozarks. Terry Forsyth says he created the camp as a way for families to spend quality time together without electronics. The camp requests that families unplug their electronics during their stay at the property.
Campers can do a variety of activities like ziplining, horseback riding, tomahawk throwing, rifle shooting, paddle boarding, and fishing. While the camp is nestled in a beautiful location, fundamental Christianity is on full display.
For instance, last year, the camp hosted speaker Michael Pearl. Pearl is the author of the infamous book “To Train Up a Child.” The book instructs parents to switch their children to train them into obedience. Pearl teaches parents to use willow sticks, rulers, wooden spoons, or plastic tubes to hit their children for any undesirable behavior. The abuse taught by Michael Pearl has resulted in the deaths of multiple children in the past decade.
According to Pearl, “God Spanks his Children.” Michael Pearl insists there is no age too young to begin switching or hitting a child. He recommends that breastfeeding mothers pull their baby’s hair if they bite while nursing. Additionally, he encourages parents to tempt their children to desirable items like toys, food, or appliances and then hit the child with a switch.
When news broke last year that Fort Rock Family Camp planned to host the Pearls, outrage erupted online. Individuals began sending letters, emails, and messages to the camp about the abusive practices taught by Michael Pearl.
Rather than listening to the public, Fort Rock Family Camp responded by telling people that the Bible instructs people to use corporal punishment on children. Given that the Forsyth’s believe in the training of Michael Pearl, many fans fear that Joy-Anna and Austin are using these techniques on their young son Gideon.In one response found on Facebook, Austin Forsyth seems to pen the email. He tells the concerned individual that both he and his wife were disciplined with the Pearl method and turned out fine. Additionally, he noted that “God would want us to obey all scripture which means loving our children so dearly, but also lovingly correcting them at times.”
Of all the adult Duggar daughters, Joy-Anna’s husband Austin is by far the most conservative. He does not allow his wife to wear pants nor work outside of the home. Joy-Anna’s older sister’s Jinger, Jill, and Jessa all wear pants.
In the Quiverfull movement, women and men must dress modestly at all times. Women wear skirts that fall below the knees and cannot wear pants. Terry Forsyth believes that women that wear immodest clothing cause men to defraud themselves. Therefore, women at the camp must dress modestly and wear skirts.
Fans and viewers of “Counting On,” have long feared that Joy-Anna’s husband Austin was abusive. Due to his family’s strict belief system, many feared he was controlling his young bride. Austin and Joy-Anna began courting when she was only 19-years-old. At the time of their courtship, Austin was 25-years-old.
The Duggar family has been a mainstay at Fort Rock Family Camp for years. On the camp’s website, they prominently display photos of the Duggar family and promote events hosted by Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar.
With Joy-Anna seemingly isolated deep in the Ozarks of Arkansas, there is a high likelihood that she will remain deeply entrenched in the Quiverfull movement. Despite the glaring warning signs that Austin’s family is controlling and supportive of child abuse, she consistently appears happy on Instagram.
Women in the cult do not have the freedom to work outside the home nor divorce their spouses. Additionally, the cult teaches women to remain obedient and subservient to their spouses.
While her older sister’s take steps to free themselves from the harmful cult, Joy-Anna could be stuck for the rest of her life.
Take a peak at the camp in this video:
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