Field Service & Evening Program

Trip Start May 25, 2014
Trip End Jul 09, 2014

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hello Again!  Wednesday.

All the Witnesses staying here in this hotel at East Rutherford were divided into manageable groups (in our instance one bus load - say 50/60? people), to be looked after by assigned congregations for a morning of field service.  We went to Mariners Harbour Congregation on Staten Island. You would have heard of this because this is where the Society's radio station WBBR operated from in the early 20th century.  The population of Staten Island is about the same as Tasmania 500000+, but Tassie is 422 times the land area.  

Anyway a sister from the congregation came with us as a guide, and we arrived at the Kingdom Hall about 8.30 or so.  The friends were lined up to greet us African Americans, Spanish, Italian . They were excited in having these international visitors come to their locality. After shaking millions of hands of all sizes (the kids lined up too) we were ushered in and invited to sit down where the arrangements for the morning were outlined. Each of the visitors had been assigned to work in the field with a local.  Helen and I were with Juan and Ester Rivas - he Spanish she has Korean parents in South America. We were sharing in the invitation work for the New Jersey convention on the weekend.  

Houses are mainly two storeyed (as are most American houses we have seen in the suburbs). The area we worked in they were co-joined.  People were similar in reaction to those at home.  It was fairly warm and humid, but the (sea) breeze made it more comfortable.

Around 11.30 we headed back to the Kingdom Hall where lunch was provided - the biggest roll I have ever seen!  They call it a "Hero", and cut into portions.  Lots of desserts - a Banana Pudding was really yummy - banana, custard, vanilla, whipped cream! You need to restore your strength after a morning of exertion, you see.

After lunch a brief program.  An interview of a brother from Singapore where the work is restricted.  The issue here is national service and young bros spend three years in jail for taking a stand of conscience, although they can meet and preach freely.  After that the little kids sang some kingdom songs - that was sweet.

We finished up around 2.30.  The hospitality  and Christian love shown by these folks was out of this world.  But after all, it is what we have come to expect among Jehovahs people

Next on the agenda was an evening gathering and dinner.  But where?  No one knew.  What a surprise!

See you there.

John and Helen
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Krista on

Wow! Sounds like u havn so much fun! I'm tots jelly!

Tina on

What a group of little cuties those kids are :-)

james mcgivern on

Very worried about you u seem to be eating all the time

Mike, Yvonne & Kay on

John, this whole trip has been wonderful but this week, we can sense a subtle difference. It's really special! Thanks for all the effort you're going to to share it with those of us who can't be there in person!

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