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We wrote these figures as quickly as possible, but could not keep up 100%). You get to check these figures out when you get your 2014 yearbook.
Peak Pub = 7,965,954 = 2.4%^ (^stands for increase over 2012 service year)
Bapt = 277, 344 = 3.2%^
Hrs = 1,841,180,235 = 5.3%^
Reg Pio = 997,123 = 8.2%^
Av. B. Stud = 9,254,963
Nov. 2012: 2 initiatives were launched. 1. Special Metrop. Witnessing program organized by Branch Office 2. public witnessing project org by local congregations.
Colombia: permission was given to set up a booth at Bogota Int. Book Fair from April 12 - May (date?) More than 500,000 attended. Some called our stand "the best in the whole fair". A special display was set up to help blind/deaf as well translation in many languages. A woman and her daughter approached and listened as a brother explained Braille display. She said, "I have a confession to make. I never liked
Jehovah's Witnesses. Although I found your topics interesting, I did not listen. As of today I have changed my stand on you. I congratulate you, now I understand." She & her daughter accepted Bib. studies. At the fair, 23,793 publications were distributed in 18 languages with more than 400 follow up forms (averaged 20 a day)
Mexico: It has been approved by the Service Committee to set up enter the International Book fair to be held 11/28 - 12/8 in Guadalajara. 90,000 are expected to attend. A mobile truck with Jw.org on the
outside will be set up.
Bulgaria: July 26-Aug 4. 4,000 including athletes from 9 countries attended the 2nd International Deaf Olympics. Displays were set up at sporting events featuring 33 publications in 9 languages. 5 hotels displayed posters and some had DVD's for the deaf. A deaf woman is a coach from India. She watched intently as a DVD in Indian Sign Language played, even grabbing it from the publisher. She signed that
there is a great need for this type of information. At the end of 10 days, 203 individuals gave their contact information.
April, 2013: US Branch expanded the Metropolitan Witnessing to Atlanta, Boston, San Juan-Puerto Rico, San Francisco & Washington, DC (Metrop. Witnessing was est. in LA & NYC in 11/12). 90,896 mages and 66,263 books, 5,173 Bi. Studies started. We were shown a photo of the first brother baptized in NYC as a direct result from Metrop. Witnessing. A special Field Service Campaign: Branches invited publishers from other lands to share in Unassigned territory.. 1. Romania - 2003 came from Britain, France, Italy, Spain, US, Ukraine, Portugal. 4,500,000 live here in small towns & villages. Many comments "God must have sent you" "You are God's answer" "I have been waiting a long time for you". Most are humble and poor. Delighted esp. for the Good News from God brochure. Priests were not happy. One grabbed it from a Householder's hand. The householder grabbed it back! 1,050,000 were reached = 41% of unassigned territory. 89,666 mags, 6,127 bks, 116,716 brochures, 31,379 b. studies started!