Respectful Observer: My contact indicated to me that the construction freeze applied to "assembly halls and bigger", so it would not affect Kingdom Hall construction.
This makes a lot of sense as it would be hard to imagine such a massive miss projection financially. But it is still very interesting; someone must have messed up, perhaps they over-estimated the donations from kingdom halls due to the new loan forgiveness procedure?
I can't imagine it is cheap to suddenly halt so many construction projects.
All of a sudden the thread that was pulled for privacy reasons a few months back where it was indicated the JW org has been financially downgraded makes a lot more sense...