Circuit Overseers Are On a Pledge Drive

by Severus 54 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • Severus

    Jehovah's Witnesses will be experiencing a special treat during their CO (Circuit Overseer) visit this season: a bona-fide pledge drive.

    During the Thursday night meeting the normal CO talk will instead be a video entitled:

    Building Kingdom Halls Advances True Worship

    This 30-minute Advances video is well produced and explains the Watchtower Society's program to build simplified Kingdom Halls in third-world and poor countries were materials and funds are scarce.

    Interviews and footage focus on South America, Africa and Eastern Europe. Interesting tidbits include:

    • African JW's singing Kingdom Melodies while they work
    • Time-lapse video of construction
    • Visiting Society building coordinators sharing time in the ministry as well
    • African JW's breaking rocks to make brick mortar
    • Before and after pictures
    • Interviews with local government officials
    • East European interview describing freezing conditions in their old hall
    • A classic scene where chickens come running out of an old open-air hall

    Interspersed through the video is references to financial contributions. A scene is dedicated to the process of Society approval, showing how the congregation must pass a resolution to contribute a fixed sum to the project every month. While Advances viewers shrink in shame, the camera focuses on black hands stuffing a rustic contribution box.

    Advances continues to tout the incredible progress the Society program has made. A computer graphic of the rotating planet highlights the countries involved with thousands of points indicating completed kingdom halls. Of course this was made possible only by the donations from wealthier JWs, as Advances continually reminds the viewer.

    All pretense is lost when the video stops to display 2 Corinthians 8:14:

    But that by means of an equalizing YOUR surplus just now might offset their deficiency, in order that their surplus might also come to offset YOUR deficiency, that an equalizing might take place.

    The rest of Advances is a montage of thank-yous from around the world. While educational and moving at times, Advances is a transparent wallet-miner that will undoubtebly send millions of dollars into Societies coffers. UNICEF and Sally Struthers take notice: there's a new begging bowl on the block.

    No word yet on a general release of this video.

  • Scully
  • AudeSapere

    Oy vey!

    They need to find a way to dredge up money from somewhere. Since there doesn't seem to be a need for Kingdom Halls in most developed nations in the foreseeable future, let's bring in those monies to build where the need is greater. I wonder how much money is actually needed to build in those countries???


  • jstalin

    We need to get a copy of this video.... anyone?

  • Spectre

    I'm guessing that the time-lapse video looks like an old Benny Hill skit?

  • johnny cip
    johnny cip

    its more of the same old wt bulshit. i'm 100% sure the wt will only lend these poor jw's money , then charge , them interest. on a morgage for them to pay back . for the building of the hall. can anyone say!!!!!!!REAL ESTATE SCAM...................................

  • daniel-p

    Nothing better to make us Westerners feel guilty over our lifestyle than to show poor African's when you want to raise money for something. How about highlighting their poverty in order to raise money for food? or shelter? And how about showing how much WT funds actually wind up supporting these Kingdom Halls? There is no information of that sort published or available anywhere.
    I'm glad they have this new video - just goes to show all the dubbs how Jah speeds it up in his own time - chariots on fire!!

  • Severus

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  • Honesty

    I'm getting sick.

    I suppose donations for Kingdom Halls will make up for letting those people go hungry.

    Then He will also say to those on the left, ‘Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his angels!

    For I was hungry

    and you gave Me nothing to eat;

    I was thirsty

    and you gave Me nothing to drink;

    I was a stranger

    and you didn’t take Me in;

    I was naked

    and you didn’t clothe Me,

    sick and in prison

    and you didn’t take care of Me.’

    “Then they too will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or without clothes, or sick, or in prison, and not help You?’

    “Then He will answer them, ‘I assure you: Whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me either.’

    “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

    Matt 25:41-46

  • Elsewhere

    The money is drying up!

    Not even the Almighty Jehover can function without the Almighty Dollar!

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