Field Service & Evening Program
Trip Start May 25, 2014
27Trip End Jul 09, 2014
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Staten Island, Stanley Theatre
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
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
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