Did you ever get a green handshake?

by Awakened at Gilead 21 Replies latest watchtower scandals

  • SnakesInTheTower

    a at g..

    I never got the literal green handshake but I did have people give me money, etc. over the years when I pioneered. Once, my transmission went out on my car. Congregation helped pay for that (at the urging of the PO who helped my find that lemon...it got totaled later..lol)

    One time I was going to Bethel for 3 weeks as a temp, but didnt have the money for the plane ticket. I was at morning book study (the old people group) and toward the end of the study, the overseer asked me to leave for a few minutes. When I came back, they had an envelope that had apparently been circulating around the book study groups to collect. Out of 100 publishers, that envelope contained $190....about $10 short of a plane ticket..which someone else later put it. (That is a no-no now)

    I got a small amount of money...very small actually.... when I graduated MTS...and there was no going away party for me when I was leaving for my assignment...and in actuality I never physcially moved away... so I was glad no one made a big deal of it... I think many were glad I was leaving... lol..trust me, I still live in this town and dont hear much from them...must be marked or something...

    Each time, I was embarrassed that I was being given anything....

    I once had a CO ask me to solicit funds quietly among the brothers (also "officially" a no-no now, but still widely practiced and never turned down) to get GB member Dan Sydlik a new suit..his was threadbare at the DC. We got the money together and got him the suit, a couple of shirts and ties... had them tailored at the local outlet of the chain where we bought the clothes... got a nice note back. ...Well...his pre printed letter he sent to everyone with a handwritten note to us at the bottom....... :( We had friends that wanted to donate the entire amount....and they well could have afforded it... I limited donations to $20 per single person or family so that no one person could take credit for the gift..it was to be a gift from the congo...

    I had (he is still there, no longer talks to me) a friend at Bethel... he would send yearbooks every year to me.. he later said that he had to cut his allotment so he quit sending them to those who "did not express appreciation." One year all I sent was a card..no money. After that, the yearbooks stopped coming.

    glad that period of my life is over.

    Snakes ()

  • bereanbiblestudent

    I think that those that got them where very glad that people supported them because when you do not have much you are glad to have a little more. I always was very grateful for the money and other stuff I got, because the money the society gives is not so much and even when you where a regular pioneer secular part time work did not bring much. Ye I know that was a choice people make but a little more is always handy. But I was always scarred that I would look different at people because I did not want to treat people that did not give something different or be expecting money from people just because they gave me money at one time or another. Many of the bethelworkers send prepublications like dvd's etc to those that supported them if they know that they like that, but that is just a way to say thank you for most and with only bethelallowence you can not send everyone a copy, because then you cannot pay for youre toothpaste.

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