Tuesday: What An Amazing Day!
Trip Start May 25, 2014
27Trip End Jul 09, 2014
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Brooklyn Bethel & Stanley Theatre
If I don't get writing pronto I will get behind! There is so much happening!
A few Aussies here at our hotel, some who have been to Tassie or know folk from there.
TUESDAY: We were asked to be ready at 6 am for our tour of Brooklyn Bethel. A Welcome Desk had been set up in the foyer here at thehotel staffed by brothers and sisters to give us ID and travel details, and to get us on the bus, each of which had a captain and two assistants to see that we got on and off at the right spots and didnt get left behind.
I can only give you a dot point summary of what happened, there was so much to take in
Our destination for the morning was 25 Columbia Heights, a massive complex housing many depts still. Some WT buildings have been sold, but a few remain at present. We were assigned a guide Brother Adrian Brett who works in construction. He is an electrical engineer. A multitude of young brothers of various language backgrounds were on hand as attendants and some were assigned to sections of the displays to give a brief description of that section. What a delight to see these young folk offering themselves willingly to assist the international convention delegates. So you young guys (and girls), think about what you could do in the future in full time service in various ways! These looked pretty happy in what they were doing!
1. The Bible display, highlighting Jehovahs name and many old Bibles. We saw a video of this during the annual meeting last year.
2. Historical display - this one was a bit longer tracing the history of Jehovahs modern day people.
3. Tour of (parts) of 25 Columbia Heights, including an unplanned trip to the roof and fantastic views of New York.
Off then by bus to the Stanley Theatre assembly hall in Jersey City. What a place! A show place in the 1920s but fell into disrepair. JWs bought it while in that state, and renovated it at a minimal cost with volunteer assistance. It was an eye opener! We have seen photos, but the real thing was fantastic. It is used most weeks for assemblies and special occasions. Oh! and the surprise was afternoon tea (cakes coffee etc) and three young brothers African Americans providing some cool instrumental music - guitar, keyboard etc. That got a lot moving, man!!
So that was Tuesday. Tomorrow is field service with a loccal cong, lunch with them and an evening program. So keep in touch!
John and Helen (getting used to early mornings!)