I'm hoping someone who has at least a little inside knowledge can help educate me here. What sort of things does the WBTS pay for, on a worldwide basis?
- I understand that KHs are owned and funded locally, at least where the locals can afford them, but what about in poor areas?
- I know that the WTBS pays for the materials to construct assembly halls, but of course the labor is free.
- They have to pay to run Bethel -- in fact, all the branches worldwide, right?
- And of course, to print the literature.
I ask because I see references to how much the Society owns in real estate, and it makes them seem very comfortable, but then we see all sorts of cutbacks that make it seem as if they are seeing their funds drop. Does the literature really cost that much to print? Have printing costs really gone up? I recently suggested in another thread that it was the building of Halls in poorer lands that was the problem, only to be told that they're not really paying for that. Help a confused ex-JW out? I don't have the HQ connections I used to, that I could ask this stuff.