I'm have my local congregation in mind.
According to others, since i've severed my JW activities, the congregation has been going on a sharp decline in regards to morale. The number of DF/DAings has reached to a total of 11 now within one year, and more have received public reproof. Why is all of this happening? The local JWs say it's because "Jehovah is sifting out the mess....preparing his people to be clean to enter the new system" One sister I ran into a couple weeks ago told me that i'd be included in "the mess" unless I hurry and get back to the meetings. How encouraging.
Active young people in the congregation are virtually non-existent now. Many thought of me as the somewhat "last-hope" for young people actually doing something in the Borg. I was the only one that was "reaching out" while the other young males were doing their own thing. I hear now in recent months that they are starting to resemble me when it comes to Borg activities. Why is this happening? The local JWs say it's because "Jehovah is testing our young people to be future leaders of the congregation". I guess i'm failing.
Also, there hasn't been a new JW recruit in this congregation in YEARS. Ones visit and show a little interest, but after attending meetings for a little while they suddenly stop showing up. Hmm....I wonder why? The only ones that are getting baptized these days in this congo are children of JW parents and adults that have been around the organization their entire life and finally decide to take the plunge. Why no growth in this area? The local JWs say "We're taking part in a gleaning work in this area. We're gathering up the last few before the end of this system."
No matter how gloomy the future looks for JWs in this area, there's always some "higher reason" behind it all. I see it as a way to get the old faithful to STAY faithful no matter how pitiful things get.