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Heavy rains have caused severe flooding in Northeast Australia. Floods have displaced thousands of residents and have caused serious damage to property and power outages.

The Branch of Australasia reports that, as a result of the floods, 58 publishers of three congregations needed to move to family homes or other witnesses. A total of ten homes of our brothers were flooded, two of which were destroyed.

The Branch has set up a disaster relief committee, and the circuit overseer and local elders are supporting the affected publishers. We pray that our brothers and sisters continue to endure and be comforted under the care of these loving pastors. - 1 Peter 5:2.

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51 minutes ago, The Librarian said:

Heavy rains have caused severe flooding in Northeast Australia. Floods have displaced thousands of residents and have caused serious damage to property and power outages.

The Branch of Australasia reports that, as a result of the floods, 58 publishers of three congregations needed to move to family homes or other witnesses. A total of ten homes of our brothers were flooded, two of which were destroyed.

The Branch has set up a disaster relief committee, and the circuit supervisor and local seniors are supporting the affected publishers. We pray that our brothers and sisters continue to endure and be comforted under the care of these loving pastors. - 1 Peter 5:2.

Conditions around this Earth do seem to have gotten worse, or maybe the method of reporting same has become better / quicker. 

However in your third paragraph I'm slightly confused by your wording.

circuit supervisor,     local seniors,    pastors  ???  Can you explain these positions please ?         

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14 hours ago, Melinda Mills said:

circuit overseer, local elders, shepherds

I knew what they meant but it was the strange wording. Although the shepherds would be the Elders I presume. 

I was just wondering if there was some 'new light' to change the names. Or if it was for any legal reasons. 

But i now notice @The Librarian has changed the original wording, how strange ? 

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