I'm saving that picture. Yeah probably more like 10 k to build one
Wtia! There's More! I have another why you can't reason with a JW ...
I would say with free labour more like $500 these people are desperately poor and THEY are the ones who have to come up with the money to build it, remember. I mean, has anyone actually known Watchtower to PAY for a KH itself? ANYWHERE? Now what
I guess whatever the Elder has to tell himself to cope with the loss of his hall, but, yeah, as the OP pointed out to him and us, his explanation doesn't explain anything.