"Someone from GC sent this e-mail to me. It is a very nice and encouraging experience.
We were very happy to hear the news this morning that elders have been assigned to bring comfort to people in different areas of Manhattan such as Jacob Javits Center, hospitals and Ground Zero. This was an experience shared from a sister I work with in Graphics. Seven elders selected from
her circuit in Brooklyn are assigned to Ground Zero. An elder from her congregation gave a report of their experiences. He and another elder paired up to work together and were a little apprehensive, not knowing what to expect. As soon as they started talking though, all apprehension went away, the brother said; "it just seemed natural to truly get to comfort these men." Just shows how Jehovah's spirit can help us at the
right time. They started on the perimeters and went up to two policemen and showed them scriptures of comfort and talked about the new system. They mentioned that they would like to get in closer to Ground Zero. The
policemen hugged them, thanked them for coming by and said how much the men closer in would need to hear this. They kept going closer in and were able to talk to different policemen and firemen they met. At the next
perimeter was the National Guard who said they needed special permission to go any further. They directed them to the Marines office to get permission. When they went in the office, the brother said it was the
biggest Marine you have ever seen, very intimidating. They didn't ask for permission, just started witnessing to him; tears came in his eyes. He was unbelievably kind and happy to hear the good news. He said the men really need to hear this and said "Go back to the National Guard and tell
them you have permission to enter". The brothers went back but the National Guard said they needed something in writing. At the same time a group of clergymen arrived (they had previous authorization to go in). So the brothers returned to the Marine who wrote a letter stating they could go anywhere they wanted to, then stamped it to make it official. The brothers returned to the National Guard. At that time the clergymen were already back; they had not brought any comfort to anyone, they were only there to take a TOUR! The clergy asked the brothers what scriptures they planned on using, etc. The brothers asked them what they were sharing and they said "BOTTLED WATER". Then the National Guard told the brothers even though they had authorization, no one else could go in that day. So the next morning, bright and early, the brothers arrive. The National Guard told them that
they were not letting any clergy in that day. The brothers showed them their letter and they said, "oh, you can go anywhere you want." The brothers said it is 100 times worse than anything you see on TV! The
destruction, etc. worse than a war zone. Rescue workers looking like zombies working. They talked with a group of steelworkers (all big men that would usually intimidate you) The men had tears in their eyes as
they shared the scriptures and told the brothers that there was a place where they really needed to go. It was a boat set up at the Marina for rescue workers that were just burned out. The Red Cross was providing
meals there. They found it and said it would just make you cry to see the people. Men looking so lost, with their heads down, just not able to cope with all that they are seeing. They just sat down with them and talked, sharing scriptures. They said there was not a dry eye in the place. The men thanked them so much for coming, saying they REALLY needed this. The brothers spent a few hours with them. They also met a man who drives a little cart that is taking bodies and body parts to the morgue. He was just leaned over his steering wheel. They asked if he was ok and he just started crying, they hugged him and he cried unbelievably for about 10 minutes. After he pulled himself together, they shared some scriptures with him. He told them how much he appreciated it and how much people need to hear this.
So sure there will be even more good experiences with all the efforts of our brothers. Just wanted to share this with you..."
My, the tales that be told....