I was both perplexed and unsettled tonight at the hall.
The second last part of the service meeting, the brother started reading a report from HQ regarding the Tsunami and JW deaths.
Indo, there were no JW's living there so no deaths ( other than possible holiday makers )
Phuket, there were no JW's living there so no deaths. ( " " )
So and So a place, same as above...
Some other place ( sorry for forgetting i was almost asleep ), 1 JW death as well as a few inactive JW deaths.
LUCKILY it was then mentioned, all JW's ( except the 1 above plus inactive ) were at the meeting which was on high ground so they didnt die ( implying that being at the meeting saved them ), But their huts were completely distroyed. ( bugger ! start getting quotes in darl )
He then had the audacity to ask for donations, send cheques direct to HQ, payable to the watchtower for the JW Tsunami victims, please this is a huge disaster and money is needed !!!
Now this begs the discerning though, this i assume is a worldwide JW ask ( please others confim ). How much money is required urgently to cater to possibly about 20 - 40 witnesses in some little town somewhere affected by this disaster ? And how dare you so called christians specify explicitly that this money is needed and will be used only for JW's ( of which there is a handfull of needy ones ).
Is this a cheap attempt to raise capital at the expense of good taste ?
I got the impression after scanning the congregation that they looked interested in helping out, which may well translate into big bucks being made out of this unfortunate "act of god".
How can they with a straight face claim to be spirit directed ( dodgie spirit id say, prob 12 y/o johnny ). Where is their humanitarian conscience ?
i would be interested in the forums thoughts and info regarding local requests.