So i was coming to the kingdom hall from field service yesterday during the Spanish Congregation's Meeting. I was amazed because our congregation averages about 85 people for meeting attendance weekly and about 8 (when its supposed to be 25) for the book study. But the Spanish congregation had over 170 and to add to that, they just split about 4 years ago! So this started to make me wonder about a few things that i've noticed happening within the pass 3 or 4 years.
DISCLAIMER: I am NOT downing immigrants, people who live in rural areas, and those who are uneducated (I.e Not having a degree ) i'm just relating things on what i've observed. IF you have a suggestion, you are more than welcomed to give me constructive criticism, but please go easy on me
- A focus On The Foreign Language Fields -- Since 2000 or so, I've noticed more and more articles encouraging witnesses to learn foreign languages and encouraging younger witnesses to go into the foreign congregation. I have several friends who are leaving their congregations to go to Brazil, Columbia, The Domincan Republic or just a local congregation with Spanish as the language.
- But why are there so many interested ones? Are they naturally more receptive to "Bible truths"?
- Despite the obvious fact that the foreign language field is a gold mine for bible studies. I think that the WTBS knows the situation of these potential witnesses. Most hispanics are Roman Catholic so they already have a sense of spirituality, all that is needing now is a channeling of that spirituality to the WTBS's Goals.
- As a first generation American, i've noticed the detrimental effects of naivety on many of my immigrant Family members. Because of this, many Immigrants fear for their futures during the first few years in the US. I think that in some ways, the organization provides sort of a sense of belonging and security for those that have newly immigrated. I have no doubt that initial "Love-Bombing" by my fellow witnesses in the Spanish Congregations has played a huge part in this.
- A Focus On Seldom-Worked Territory - If you've been going to meetings during the past few years you've noticed that the society is pushing evangelizing in seldom worked territory. I'm constantly hearing about how much "nicer those up in the country are" and how hospitable they are. I remember someone telling me how they were served a meal while going over the daily text with a family they've never met before.
- Again, are those in Rural Areas Naturally more receptive to the "Kingdom message"?
- I think the first thing to be noted is that those in rural areas tend to be close-knit and have more of an affinity towards conservative idealisms. (Stereotype alert) Anyone thats worked in SWT knows that you to cater to their "inherit" religious nature and use their kindness as leverage to get a bible study.
- The general consensus is (at least in my congregation) that those who have a college education are less likely to listen to the message because all college grads "think they know everything". I often wonder if its because of this logic, that many from these rural areas are becoming baptized because of a lack of an ability to really question the doctrine of the WTBS.
So what do you guys think? :-d