Forgot to mention this as a "highlight" of the DC I recently attended.
The speaker was giving details of how many JWs served as auxiliary pioneers in April (when the hour requirement was temporarily reduced to 30).
Something like 2.5 or 2.7 million of the worldwide population of JWs AP'ed that month.
The really surprising thing was, 83% of the US Bethel "family" pioneered that month! 57% of the worldwide Bethel "family' AP'ed in April.
Can you imagine? 40+, maybe 50+ hours of work per week, "family" WT study, the congregation you attend probably 45-60 minutes away...and 83% "volunteered" their services to get 30+ hours of field serve-us in?
I have to imagine that the pressure on Bethelites to pioneer in April was extraordinary. Especially in this era of layoffs, when the size of the Bethel "family" was reduced by 1/3 within the past 5 years.
So, when the next round of layoffs comes, who's going to get the axe? "Well, Brother Slacker, I see you only had 15 hours of service last April instead of 30...perhaps you aren't zealous enough for Bethel after all...buh-bye!"
I imagine the only "legitimate" excused ones were the geriatrics, the paper-clip sorters and chair straighteners, or the ones in the infirmary.
Does anyone have any Bethel contacts who can verify that there was such heavy pressure on them?
Does anyone kjnow if any GB members, or other Bethel "heavies" AP'ed in April?