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      Don't worry Billy.... just send in your money to the Governing Body via JW.org and God will bless you.
      Just ask any Jehovah's Witness near you in rich California and they will explain how they dedicate so much money to charities and helping people in need.
      "Keep warm and well fed"!!
       
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      4440 Braeburn Road, residence complete January 13, 1930. Two months later, the public was introduced to Beth-Sarim in a front-page article in the San Diego Sun titled, “San Diego Mansion — With All Modern Improvements — Awaits Earthly Return of Prophets.” It opened by reporting: “In one of the strangest deeds ever filed in the nation, Rutherford, president of the International Bible Students Association and of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, has put the huge tile-roofed home in fashionable Kensington Heights in perpetual trust for the ancient kings and prophets of Palestine” (emphasis added). The article went on to observe that “Judge Rutherford is intensely proud of the house he has planned and built for David, king of Israel; Samson…Joseph…and others equally as famous in the Bible.” .

      The following January, the San Diego Sun carried another article on Beth-Sarim, “David’s House Waits for Owner.” When the reporter asked Rutherford how he thought the returned princes would look, Rutherford responded: “‘As perfect men. I interpret that to mean…that David, Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jepthae, Joseph and Samuel will be sent here to wrench the world from Satan’s grasp, clothed in modern garb as we are, and able, with little effort to speak our tongue.’ Rutherford pictured the arrival of the biblical delegation perhaps in frock coats, high hats, canes and spats.” Rutherford’s booklet, What You Need(1932), depicted the seven “Ancient Worthies,” identified as “Earth’s new rulers,” in more traditional biblical garb. . San Diego, 1930's, is a pivotal time for the JW's. The following year the JW'S got the official name ot "Jehovah's Witnesses",Watchtower bible tract Society. Then began the growth of the vast Jehovah's Witness population in San Diego County.
       
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    • By El Bibliotecario
      La policía en el Condado de Orange, California, está investigando un crimen violento que ocurrió dentro de un McDonalds durante el fin de semana. Un anciano fue apuñalado varias veces en el baño.
      El sospechoso captado en cámara se escapa de la escena del crimen. La policía quiere que le eches un buen vistazo a este hombre. Dicen que golpeó, luego apuñaló a un extraño de 92 años varias veces en el baño de hombres dentro de este McDonalds de Garden Grove sin ninguna razón aparente.
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      La policía dice que la víctima era un anciano testigo de Jehová que estaba desayunando con su grupo de la iglesia, como hacía todos los sábados por la mañana a las 10:30. La víctima dijo a la policía que vio al hombre parado en el baño contra la pared y dijo hola. El sospechoso lo ignoró, luego lo apuñaló casi hasta la muerte. Dice que el sospechoso nunca intentó robarle.
      La última víctima fue reportada en condición estable, pero crítica. El sospechoso fue descrito como un hombre hispano de entre 20 y 30 años de edad y 6 pies de altura y constitución media. Cualquier persona con información sobre su paradero debe ponerse en contacto con la policía.
       
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      (Orignally posted in 2014 in the jw-archive.org)   Introduction This alert involves a particular form of fraud known as affinity fraud that has been perpetrated upon multiple congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Northern California (USA), specifically Circuit 13*, by persons professing to be servants of Jehovah God.

      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  is defined as a scam that preys upon the trust and friendship that exist in associations, such as religious groups. Those who utilize affinity scams typically are - or pretend to be - members of the group and often use respected religious leaders within the group to promote the scheme by convincing the members that a fraudulent investment is legitimate and worthwhile (See  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  under the heading Theft in the Name of God; also g97 9/22 pp. 9-10). Sadly, an affinity fraud scam manifested during my congregation’s engagement with 
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  #7 (2009 – 2011). Having observed this firsthand as a participant in the RBC engagement and as an officer for the congregation’s non-profit religious corporation, I am shedding light on this situation since the wrongdoers, including some overseers within the 
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. , Regional Building Committee No. 7 and Circuit 13*, continue to cover up their misconduct. They have done so to avoid scrutiny from persons in the organization with greater responsibility, unsuspecting congregation members as well as the secular authorities. Understandably, the following information may be difficult for some to believe. As a lifelong servant of Jehovah, I find this situation hard to believe myself. Nevertheless, it has occurred.
      In Matthew 
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. , Jesus warned of false Christians when providing the illustration of the Wheat and the Weeds. At  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. , Paul speaks of vessels “for an honorable purpose” and other vessels “for a purpose lacking honor” within the same house. At  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  Paul spoke of “oppressive wolves” entering in among true Christians that would not treat the flock with tenderness. This alert is intended to provide a general overview of the 
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. . In the spirit of 
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. , the goal is to overcome the current cover-up of this situation so that brothers in positions of organizational oversight can become aware of this problem and take the appropriate action. The scam involves theft by false pretense (
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ,  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ),  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ,  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. and  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  - in short: white collar crime ( Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ,  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ). It appears that the participants in this scam occupy strategic positions of responsibility at varying levels of the organization. All requests to the Service Department for a special committee to be formed to investigate and resolve this situation have gone unanswered.
      Jehovah’s organization itself is not perpetrating this scam, rather a group of deviant, self-willed individuals therein are doing so. Such persons insidiously exploit the arrangements, procedures and infrastructure of the organization to execute their schemes - to their own benefit.
      The Scam: Phase 1
      The scam often targets Kingdom Hall properties that are fully paid for. A “trigger man” is required to set the plan in motion. This may be the circuit overseer, an RBC representative and/or members of a local body of elders. The trigger man may be complicit in the scam or may simply be directed by complicit persons above him to unknowingly set the stage for the scheme.
      The trigger man then initiates a discussion of maintenance needs invariably steering the flow of the conversation toward completely remodeling the Kingdom Hall and/or selling it to purchase new land and build a new one.
      If the existing body of elders agree, all is well. If they do not then non-conformists may be arbitrarily deleted as elders and/or diluted by new elders  predisposed to proceed with the desired building project that are directed to move into the congregation. This dilution can also occur under the premise of merging congregations.
      The newer elders typically become the officers in the congregation’s non-profit religious corporation. In doing so, they amend the articles of incorporation changing the name of the corporation and the by-laws ensuring that the local branch office is named as the recipient of all assets, including the Kingdom Hall property and proceeds from the sale of such, upon dissolution of the corporation. This enables the schemers to acquire operational control of the corporation and thereby assume effective ownership of the Kingdom Hall property.
      The Scam: Phase 2a
      Next, complicit RBC representatives provide a proposal for a complete remodel of the Hall when, in reality, a more modest project would suffice in-line with organizational directives (Policy letters dated 4/2/2009, 4/6/2009 & 12/11/2009). This proposal is approved by the body of elders as a matter of course regardless of the undue financial burden that is placed on congregation members.
      The costs of the building project are inflated with specific intent to exceed the congregation’s available funds thus manufacturing the need for the congregation to obtain an interest free loan from the Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Inc.
      For example, the actual costs of a modest remodeling project for Kingdom Hall “A” is $35,000. However, complicit RBC members unnecessarily recommend a complete remodel that, in actuality, should cost no more than $100,000. Yet, the RBC representatives specify a project cost of $250,000. This amount exceeds the congregation’s available funds and so they are then directed to obtain an interest free loan from the local branch.
      The project proceeds and the work is done for the actual cost of $100,000 – or less. However, the congregation is now responsible for a loan of $250,000 due to the misrepresented project costs.
      By inflating construction costs for a project that the congregation doesn’t actually need and then finalizing a loan that will be paid monthly for the next 10 – 25 years, the scam fraudulently creates a 
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  that constitutes a  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  form of  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. , something that Jehovah God and his organization do not approve of. Based on what occurred during the 
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ’s RBC engagement, sham building projects have also been used as a means to  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  specifically to obscure their source and/or final destination. Such transactions can enable tax evasion especially when performed under the guise of religious non-profit activity, something else that Jehovah God and his organization do not approve of. (See  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) The Scam: Phase 2b
      Alternatively, once the perpetrators of the scam acquire operational control of a congregation’s corporation, thus assuming effective ownership of the Kingdom Hall property, the congregation is directed to finance upgrades to the Kingdom Hall and then sell the property for a substantial profit, anywhere from 200 – 300%. With the original congregation and corporation dissolved at the direction of complicit branch personnel, the publishers are then merged with a neighboring congregation and the perpetrators move on to the next “building” project.
      Conclusion
      Thus far, all efforts to report this problem through standard organizational channels have been met with stiff opposition in the form of retaliation. In my case, my family has been insidiously undermined and attacked by the perpetrators of this scam. These attacks have included false accusations intended to destroy my reputation and credibility (See g90 5/22 p. 12 - Fallacy Number 1). Nevertheless, the import of 
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  remains. While others in Circuit 13 have the basis to do so, at present, a total of seven persons can and will bear witness to the authenticity of this problem. (
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) All that is required now is someone in a position of responsibility within Jehovah’s organization, whose fear of God exceeds his fear of men, who will listen and take the appropriate action to investigate matters. ( Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ;  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) If such corruption can manifest in this one cited area, there may be cause for concern in other regards. A special committee under the direction of the Governing Body, would be able to investigate these matters and determine the actual extent of the problem to the end of fully resolving this situation. (
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) The old saying “Sunshine is the best disinfectant” emphasizes that a good way to impede underhanded activity is to shed light on it.
      In being created in Jehovah God’s image, each person has the fundamental basis and inherent potential to be a force for good.
      If anyone has knowledge of this situation, or others, please notify your congregation elders, circuit overseer, district overseer, local branch, and anyone else who may be positioned to help. If you have the basis to communicate directly with any member of the Governing Body, PLEASE do so as their involvement will be needed to solve this problem. (
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) Jehovah God sees what is taking place and he will soon act for the sake of his own name. (
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) - C.J. 
      * Circuit 13 is located on the 
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  and consists of English congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Redwood City, San Mateo and Burlingame. -----------------------------------------------------------------
      If everything you say is true, I am sure a member of the Governing Body at the United States Branch Office, would be more than willing to listen to you.
      Best Regards,
      The Librarian
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