Both the June and July broadcasts featured sections about serving where the need is greater. As I recall, my wife watches them as I hover in the background, India and Thailand have both been heavily featured. Next, I hear some friends talking about how they are thinking of moving to India. Both India and Thailand, however, are extremely difficult countries to get to grips with in terms of visas, healthcare, housing, language etc., the list goes on.
My experience is that those who do go, are generally genuine, really caring people but are these being pushed into difficult, if not sometimes dangerous, circumstances? Often too, the folks who go, sell their homes and cars, thus burning a lot of bridges should they have to return in the future. They get no assistance from the Society and so it is all done at their own risk.
I am sure that if you were to challenge the powers that be about this they would brush it of with 'well Jehovah will care for these brothers and sisters and besides they have to sit down and as Jesus said "count the cost"'.
Another thought, has' serving where the need is greater' become the new 'Bethel Service', given there are no or at most limited opportunities nowadays?