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    Jack Ryan reacted to Queen Esther in Daily text, for Friday, April 1. 2016   
    He was raised up.—Matt. 28:6.
    Not many days after Jesus died, the apostle Peter faced a formidable and hostile group of men. They were powerful Jewish religious leaders—the very ones who had orchestrated Jesus’ death. The men demanded an explanation. Peter had healed a man who had been lame from birth, and they wanted to know by what power or in whose name Peter had done this. The apostle courageously answered: “In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you executed on a stake but whom God raised up from the dead, by means of him this man stands here healthy in front of you.” (Acts 4:5-10) Earlier, Peter had fearfully denied Jesus three times. (Mark 14:66-72) What accounted for his courage now that he was before the religious leaders? Holy spirit played a vital role, but so did Peter’s certainty that Jesus had been resurrected. w14 11/15 1:1, 2
     
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    Jack Ryan reacted to Kurt in Nephilim: Children of the Fallen Angels   
    The Best Scripts Available For Future Televison Series and Movies
     
    Outstanding Ideas for a New Television Series and Films
    It is vital that my twin sister Paulette and I attempt to protect our writings due to previous experiences of theft, greed and #bullying. Our book,Nephilim: Children of the Fallen Angels, received copyrights July 5, 1994. Numerous top rated films appeared after our manuscript was released. These movies with major actors had similar themes and characters from our book. During the year of April 1999 our script Kenya's Girl, received copyrights. After this script was sent out numerous top rated movies were also made with similar themes and characters as well. We felt bullied by the industry and were positive the focus was pure #greed and selfishness. We decided as writers, rather than continue to depend on agents and government officials to protect or introduce our writings to others, for a certain fee; we would just present our loglines and themes ourselves. We refuse to be bullied to the point where we have to remain silent because we fear those who steal and are greedy bullies.
    The recent events of #bombings in Brussels, is a clear example of bullies being used by Satan. Presidential Candidate #Ted Cruz explained, "Direct your resources to where the terror is coming from." How appropriate this comment is. This continues to be a spiritual battle that Jesus spoke about while on earth, "For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, . . ." Chapter 24 of the book of Matthew, goes on to describe, many will be stumbled and will betray one another and will hate one another. Many false prophets will arise and mislead many." (Matthew 24:7-11) Not one person can deny, we are living in these times that Jesus foretold. We must rely upon our Heavenly Father Jehovah's answer which Jesus taught us to pray for which is God's Kingdom at Matthew 6:9-15. These scripts are realistic for the times we are living in and teach individuals how to realistically deal with bullies.
    Steve Harvey, along with Dr. Drew Pinsky, featured a recent television segment on #BullyingEndsHere. Steve Harvey explained, "The moment you turn around and faces the bully, he shrinks. A bully is only big as long as he keeps you in a cowering position." This information applies not only to young people but every human that exist. Each of us experience some source of bullying when another person takes advantage of you without your permission. We must avoid being overly concerned about two things stated nineteen year old Ryan, who was one of #Steve Harvey's guest, "I had a fear of rejection and a desire of acceptance." Young Ryan, also went on to express, " . . .it's so important to be that one person that rises up. When one rises up and stand for what they believe in, that is huge and that's when a true change happens." All of our scripts feature major characters that focus on standing up against those who try to take advantage of us. Our characters also focus on the unity of all races and how that can and will be accomplished. Join me as you read the loglines of these compelling scripts. Each one is based on true, heart warming stories. These scripts are available for purchase. If you have a genuine interest contact me by email claudettecarter83@yahoo.com
    Seeds of Determination, is a compelling script based on a true story
    #Seeds of Determination, is an awe-inspiring script where John, a black man fled the south after his wife and children were killed. Upon his arrival in the north, he marries and has children. John's oldest son Alexander, was mentally challenged and made national news when he was falsely accused of murdering a white woman. Alexander, was later put to death by execution in the electric chair at the age of 16. He was the youngest to be executed in the state of Pennsylvania. Through faith and determination, John, the father of Alexander worked diligently and purchased major real estate surrounded by tremendous historical value which became a family inheritance even today. John's family continue to reside and prosper in the same area that Alexander was falsely convicted and put to death. They are determined to stand up against bullies and individuals who attempt to take advantage of others. This family and families like them with remarkable faith in God and determination to succeed regardless of the odds against them, is the type of #television and films needed to inspire others to do their very best and become the best persons they can be.
    Origin and End of Bullying, Can Be An Outstanding Television Series
    A fourteen year old girl named Christine is bullied at school and she must now reveal this terrifying experience to her mother for the first time. The discovery and origin of bullying, is explained Christine, by her mother. This could change the young woman's life forever. Together they stood up for themselves and became victorious against all bullies.
    FADE IN
    EXT: SPRINGTON MIDDLE SCHOOL YARD - DAY
    Five feet, fourteen year old Christine, is being chased by five other girls. She runs into a fence as Valerie, a taller girl starts to pull Christine's hair and punch her in the face. The four other girls start to gather around screaming and cheering Valerie on. She throws Christine to the ground and starts to kick her. Suddenly, a stranger approaches as Valerie and her friends turn and run away. With tears in her eyes Christine, gets up slowly. Her thoughts were focused not only on the pain but how she would talk to her mother about this experience.
    My Mentor the Virtuous Queen Esther - An Ingenious Concept for Television or Film - Based On a true story.
    A twelve year old girl is thrown into a German concentration camp, after her family is caught with literature that was banned by Hitler and his regime. Death was inevitable for her and others who worshipped Jehovah God. The young girl decides to take a stand after remembering the virtuous acts of Queen Esther and what she did to save her life and the life of her people. Will twelve year old survive prison and be used as a tool for the salvation of her people?
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    RENATA, serves as the narrator and main character. She does a voice over by stating: In 1933, at twelve years of age, my life changed forever. I lived in Germany with my parents, who were Jehovah's Witnesses. #Adolf Hitler declared, "Those so-called Earnest Bible Students are troublemakers." He then explained how, "I do not tolerate that the German Catholics shall be besmirched in such a manner by this American Judge Rutherford; I dissolve [Jehovah's Witnesses] in Germany." These words affected the lives of millions, who endured barbaric torture and murder, along with their Jewish brothers and sisters, simply because of the God they served. Yet, their stories remain untold in the #television and movie industry.These individuals must be remembered for their bravery, determination and choice of religious freedom.
    Today, millions of Christians all over the world are concerned about the religious persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses because their mothers, fathers, sisters or brothers belong to this organization. Persecution is being illegally carried out in such countries as Russia, South Korea, Palestinian Territory and Eritrea, Africa. "There are currently 54 of Jehovah's Witnesses imprisoned in Eritrea, 3 of whom have been detained for over 21 years. None have been charged or brought to trial," explained a newsroom official on jw.org. They are treated as less than human through violence and torture in some of these lands because of their love for others and their desire to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. One Jehovah's Witness stated, "Thus, we obey the law, pay our taxes, and cooperate with the government's efforts to provide for the public welfare." It is their desire, "They would thus form an international brotherhood in which no member would ever wage war against his brother or sister." 1John3:10-12
    Kenya's Girl, is an original screenplay based on the terrorist bombing in Nairobi, Kenya and Tanzania, August 7th, 1998. This script is based on a true story as well which was told by a young Kenyan girl.
    FADE IN
    AFRICAN MUSIC PLAYS. . .a cheetah moves slowly toward her next victim in order to feed her young. Herds of cape buffalo, elephants and zebras remain alert as they graze. Majestically in the distance Mount Kilimanjaro looms, with its snowcapped peaks. A few miles away downtown Tanzania, a truck dives directly into the American Embassy. Horror and death surrounds what was once a source of refuge. A few miles away in Nairobi, Kenya a terrorist drives a truck with explosives into the American embassy. The telephone conversation of a husband and wife is suddenly cut off. He calls out to his wife but there is no answer. More than two hundred and fifty were killed and thousands injured between these two terrorists attacks. A teenager named Jennifer, also referred to as Kenya's Girl, loses her mother in the Nairobi attack. Jennifer, lives with her father in the United States. Now she must go to Kenya, to bury her mother. Jennifer's determination and faith inspires her as well as their family and friends to unite against terroristic bullies. How will they accomplish this?
    This variety of scripts are an inspiration for television and film. How do individuals consistently face trials of #bullying and unjust hatred. We are in desperate need of real life experiences in television and film that represent reality and teach us how to survive during these critical times. 
    The lack of diversity on television and the movie industry is quite apparent. The Atlantic in an online article entitled, The Missing Piece of the Oscars' Diversity Conversation stated, "No Asian or Latina actress has won as Oscar in over 50 years." The article also went on to explain, "Meanwhile, the financial incentives for movies to cast more women and people of color are more pressing than ever-a new report from #UCLA found that Hollywood's diversity issues could be costing the industry billions of dollars." #OscarsSoWhite is regretfully, only part of the problem. True love and respect for people of all races will and can eliminate this problem of racism within the television and film industry.
    We must be determined to only view movies or television programs that expand beyond the limitations of race, violence, sex and bullying. It is vital that we learn to be a united people through the true love we are taught based on God's word the Bible. Imagine, if we stopped the criticism of each other and just applied the principle of #love. Such things as racism, bullying and hatred would be completely eliminated. "#Love, covers a multitude of sins," is what Jesus taught while on earth. If we practice love and not just preached it, all of our lives could change for the better. Even the type of television and films we watch would improve tremendously because television and film are an imitation of our lives.
    To find out more information regarding how love can be applied and not just preached, go to the website below.
    http://www.jw.org
    Source: Angelladywriter
     
    Scripts that Focus on Racism, Bullying and how Individuals Defeated these Issues.
    Susie Carter, is the sister of Alexander Williams, the youngest person to be executed in Pennsylvania's history for a murder many believe he did not commit. She is joined by her daughter Osceola Williams, both are working to have Alexander exonerated The Script, "Seeds of Determination" is based on this powerful true story of Susie's brother Alexander, who was executed at the age of 16, based on corruption and deceit. Susie's family, fought this struggle of racism and bullying and in the end won. On the front page of "Sunday Times" An 85-Year Hunt For Justice where Alexander Williams was wrongly executed. Delaware County author Sam Lemons, discussed how a 16 year old boy was executed although innocent. A compelling script entitled, "Seeds of Determination" focuses on how a father of Alexander Williams flees from the south and later becomes successful after the wrongful execution of his son Alexander, due to racism and bullying. A copy of the death certificate was featured in the article by Patti Mengers, concerning the wrongful execution of Alexander Williams, on the front page of the "Sunday Times" Logline: A fourteen year old girl is being bullied at school and she must now reveal this terrifying experience to her mother for the first time. Her discovery of the origin of bullying, changed this young woman's life forever. Logline: Renata, a twelve year old girl is thrown into a German concentration camp, after her family is caught with literature that was banned by Hitler and his regime. Even in the face of death Renata, remembers the biblical acts of Queen Esther. A true story based on the continuation of the television or movie series entitled, "The Origin and End of Bullying" where outstanding examples are featured about real people who defeated bullying and racism. | Source The publication stated, "The KGB knew those who were Witnesses, and they asked Stalin for permission to exile 8,576 people from six republics of the Soviet Union to Siberia. The permission was granted." What happened after this was miraculous. |Source A time line is featured on pages 228-229 of this 2008 publication which proved the years of cruelty Jehovah's Witnesses experienced from 1890-1990 due to racism and bullying. Portions of this true story is Included in the script. | Source Witnesses, were sought out by the Nazi regime so they could be persecuted due to their religious beliefs. This is a story that must be told due to the deaths and sufferings of so many people, Today, they are one of the largest religious groups. |Source An Outstanding Script that Unites All Races Regardless of Their Religious Beliefs
    "Kenya's Girl," is a powerful screenplay based on the true story of terrorist bombing in Nairobi, Kenya and Tanzania, August 7th, 1998. Jennifer's, mother is killed during this horrific event and yet she defeats and unites people of all races. Photos from Wikipedia, based on this deadly terrorist event where hundreds of people were killed. | Source A map of the locations featured in the script "Kenya's Girl" where the main character Jennifer united people from all races on Mount Kilimanjaro. | Source Photo of one of the victims that experienced injuries during this terrorist attack. | Source Hundreds were killed, including 11 U.S. citizens. The main character Jennifer, gives a personal experience about how she dealt with this loss in her country. | Source A memorial was established for the victims of this catastrophe. | Source
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    Jack Ryan got a reaction from lentaylor71 in Worship or Obeisance? Translating the Greek word "proskuneo"   
    In the NWT, every time the Greek word "proskuneo" is used in reference to God, it is translated as "worship" (Rev 5:14, 7:11, 11:16, 19:4, Jn 4:20, etc.). Every time "proskuneo" is used in reference to Jesus, it is translated as "obeisance" (Mt 14:33, 28:9, 28:17, Lk 24:52, Heb 1:6, etc.), even though it is the same word in the Greek (see Gr-Engl Interlinear).
    Especially compare the Greek word "prosekunhsan" used with reference to God in Rev 5:14, 7:11, 11:16, and 19:4 and used with reference to Christ in Mt 14:33, 28:9, and 28:17. What is the reason for this inconsistency? If the NWT was consistent in translating "proskuneo" as "worship", how would the verses above referring to Christ read?
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    Jack Ryan got a reaction from Noble Berean in Faithful and Discreet Slave   
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    Jack Ryan got a reaction from lentaylor71 in Circuit Overseer Guidelines (tg-E)   
    Circuit Overseer Guidelines (tg-E) October 2015.pdf
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    Jack Ryan got a reaction from lentaylor71 in NOTICE OF UPCOMING CIRCUIT ASSEMBLIES (S-317-E)   
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    Jack Ryan got a reaction from lentaylor71 in What's the difference between 'works' and 'fruits'?   
    Jesus's quote "You know a tree by it's fruit"
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    Jack Ryan got a reaction from lentaylor71 in What was Jesus doing for the first 30 years of his life?   
    30 years is a long time in the life of a human yet little is written about this time frame,l wonder why?
     
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    Jack Ryan got a reaction from Giannis Diamantis in 'Pay Attention to Yourselves and to All the Flock' - ks-91E   
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    Jack Ryan got a reaction from 4Jah2me in 2010 - 'Shepherd the Flock of God'   
    "Shepherd the Flock of God" is intended for elders and is also used as a textbook during the Kingdom Ministry School
     
    Shepherd The Flock of God.pdf

     
     
    Book Analysis
    Chapter 1: Shepherd the Flock of God
    Chapter 2: How Elders Work Together as a Body
    Chapter 3: Appointment and Deletion of Elders and Ministerial Servants
    Chapter 4: Assisting Those Who Are Weak
    Chapter 5: Determining Whether a Judicial Committee Should Be Formed
    Chapter 6: Preparing for the Judicial Hearing
    Chapter 7: Judicial Hearing Procedure
    Chapter 8: Appeal Hearing Procedure
    Chapter 9: Implications of Disassociation
    Chapter 10: Matters Related to Disfellowshipped and Disassociated Ones
    Chapter 11: Reinstatement Committee Procedure
    Chapter 12: Clarifications and Guidelines on Handling Certain Matters
    List of Annotations
    chapter 2, paragraph 11, after the first sentence, each elder should insert “He must be less than 80 years of age.”

     
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    Jack Ryan got a reaction from Giannis Diamantis in 'Make Sure of All Things Hold Fast to What is Fine' - 1965   
    1965_Make_Sure_of_All_Things.pdf

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    Jack Ryan got a reaction from John Houston in TO APPLICANTS FOR THE SCHOOL FOR KINGDOM EVANGELIZERS   
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    Jack Ryan got a reaction from Giannis Diamantis in Why was Matthew 17:21 removed from the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures?   
    This came up on another thread:
     
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    Jack Ryan got a reaction from Γιαννης Διαμαντιδης in Geoffrey Jackson   
    According to local newspaper Geoffrey Jackson was 57 when he married his second wife Loraini aged 30 in Jan 2013.
    Geoffrey William Jackson, 57, Loraini Rokoloma Michell Sikivou, 30, Brooklyn, N.Y.
    (http://www.knoxnews.com/news/l...
    According to JW.ORG (https://www.jw.org/en/publicat...
    Fact 1: Jehovah has blessed me with another beautiful wife, Loraini Sikivou. Loraini and Jenny had worked together at Bethel in Fiji, and Loraini too was a translator.
    Fact 2: Sadly, my dear wife Jenny was not there with me. She had died in 2009, after fighting cancer for ten years. We were married for 35 years.
    Fact 3: In 2003, Jenny and I were transferred from the Translation Department in Fiji to Translation Services in Patterson, New York.
    Fact 4: Then, in 1996, we were assigned to the Fiji branch, where we helped with the translation work being done in the Fijian, Kiribati, Nauruan, Rotuman, and Tuvaluan languages.
    The facts gathered from the article in JW.ORG, Jenny and Loraini would have worked together sometime in 1996 to 2003 before moving to NY. In that case, Geoffrey Jackson would have been introduced to Loraini between the age of 13 to 20 when working with Jenny as a translator.
    Hmmmm.....
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    Jack Ryan reacted to aurorita22 in Predicando..   
    Una mañana dando a conocer el nombre de Jehová como hace 45 años...

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    Jack Ryan got a reaction from Edvan Guerra Magalhaes Magalhaes in Leo K. Greenlees   
    Governing Body member Leo K. Greenlees was forced to resign and leave Bethel in late 1984. He entered the Toronto, Canada Bethel in 1936, eventually becoming treasurer of the Canadian branch and of the IBSA of Canada. In 1964 he went to Brooklyn Bethel, and in 1965 was elected as a director of the Society's New York corporation. As a director Greenlees automatically became a "governing body" member when that body was formally instituted in 1971. He often spoke at Gilead graduations, and was the concluding speaker for the day at the Watchtower Centennial business meeting at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on October 6, 1984. A 1982 Watchtower mentions him as being on the Teaching Committee of the Governing Body. Greenlees' last mention in Watchtower publications is in the December 1, 1984 Watchtower where he is said to have passed out diplomas at the September Gilead graduation.
    In late 1984, Greenlees was allegedly convicted by the rest of the Governing Body of molesting a ten year old boy. My information is that the boy's parents had complained to the Society and it took action. Greenlees was a friend of the family and often visited them. After leaving Bethel Greenlees served as a Special Pioneer and eventually an elder in the "Downtown" congregation in New Orleans, Louisiana. He died in the late 1980s.
    Interestingly, the boy who Greenlees molested applied for Bethel service a few years later, around 1991, and was rejected. Watchtower leaders apparently feared that other Bethelites would tell him the 'rumors' about Greenlees, not knowing that he was Greenlees' victim, and cause the young man to know that justice had not been done. He might then have confirmed the rumors.
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    Jack Ryan got a reaction from AllenSmith in I hope the disfellowshipped ones do not attend the Memorial   
    It makes me feel odd to invite tons of worldly people who are obviously fornicators and idolaters and then not be able to even show a little love such as a "hello" to a disfellowshipped brother or sister.
    Does not compute mentally. Just sayin'
    We should make the Memorial for baptized, active, approved members of JW.org in secret locations only. Less stress for me.
     
    Jesus did not die for thier sins since they unrepentant and subsequently disfellowshipped.
     
    How do you handle the disfellowshipped at the Memorial?
     
     
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    Jack Ryan got a reaction from Srecko Sostar in Why do we subsidize Higher Education for the Elite JW's while discouraging most JW's from University Educations?   
    Legal Seminar: South African Bethel
     

     
    The Legal Seminar
    The seminar was a full day event held at the “residence hall.” I had come with my wheelchair bound friend, from the same congregation. We were a few minutes late, so as we rolled in into the foyer, we got handed our seminar pack, our bottled water, and lapel badges by two pretty ladies (hell yeah, I still remember that). This was the same residence hall that I had shook Anthony Morris’[3] hand a few weeks ago prior to his official Branch Visit talk in South Africa on Sunday, January 11, 2015, with his “sidekick” Anthony Griffin.
    The seminar was split between matters that were strictly legal, and those that were more tax related; of course, there was an obvious overlap between the two as can be expected. The key speakers were select members of the Branch Committee, in-house legal counsel, and those from the accounts department. A lot was said about Europe, Africa, the U.S., Hayden Covington,[4] child custody, divorces, Advance Medical Directives (“blood cards”), alternative service, Road Accident Fund, legal battles here, legal battles there, tax etc. The bottom-line was this: There’s a lot going down, and we’d appreciate your assistance in these affairs.
    It should be noted, however, that “these affairs” require tertiary qualifications… higher education.

    South Africa Bethel - Tax and Legal Seminar Group Photo (Feb 28, 2015)
    South Africa Bethel – Legal and Tax Seminar Group Photo (Feb 28, 2015). I’m on the bottom left, sporting a pair of shades on my head.
    the Australian branch sent out a letter, dated November 18, 2015, to all Service Committees throughout the congregations of Australian. The letter was “confidentially” seeking for baptised members of the congregation who were “qualified as solicitors, barristers, certified practising accountants or chartered accountants.” But all of this exploration was to be done discreetly “without consulting the publisher” (I suppose this is how they canvass for potential seminar candidates). Now, let’s juxtapose these two events, the South African seminar and the Australian request letter, and contextualise them.

    The Point
    The organisation tells folks not to pursue higher education, in fact, if you are an appointed person – Elder, Ministerial Servant, pioneer – and you attend university, your (spiritual) qualifications automatically come under review. What does that tell you? That the organisation has a default disdain for higher education. But now, at the same time, they secretly sponsor select bethelites to obtain these very “worldly” qualifications, using funds donated by some of the simplest Witnesses, many of who have complied with this “mandamus” from the “Faithful and Discreet Slave.” But, then, per chance that you didn’t comply with this mandamus, and remain a Witness, they implore you to use your “worldly gifts” in service to God, namely, in furtherance of the organisation – to a large extent, free of charge.
    What’s wrong with this picture?
    And if you take the global downsizing that the organisation has been conducting lately, where veteran bethelites are sent home and special pioneers being sent up the creek without a paddle. Why? Because it’s now becoming too expensive to accommodate them. A burden. And, yet, many of these bethelites forfeited higher education in order to at the full time service, now you’re telling them to hamba kahle (“go well”)? C’mon, man, c’mon.
    What is wrong with this picture, people
    If the organisation was cool and was like, you know, “Go to university, don’t go to university, that your decision to make, as long as you are aware of the challenges.” That would be one thing. But what we’re seeing here is the constant badgering badgering badgering. There has to be some kind of accountability here. You can’t enjoy the assets of other people’s labour without taking ownership of the liabilities peculiar with that asset, as well. It’s immoral. This whole thing is just patently duplicitous. Scandalous. Why all these backdoor “transactions?” You say one thing on stage, but, then, em’va kwethu you do something else. Hai wethu.
    Conclusion
    Brimstone and humour aside, I personally don’t have a problem with the organisation seeking professional assistance from willing qualified Witnesses per se. It is the duplicity that irks me. It is the selfishness of their approach that vexes me. It is the ruination of people’s lives that ticks me off. It is the unconscionableness of their methods that pisses me off, treating genuine people as expendables and collateral damage for their own selfish gains, gains which they clothe as “divine service,” service to Jehovah.
    If it were up to me, I’d have Governing Body pipe down on their take of higher education and to resist this laughable attempt at gaining some kind of moral high ground in this matter.
    #LegalSeminarBethel
    #ThinkingWitnesses
    http://thinkingwitnesses.org/legal-seminar-south-africa-bethel/
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    Jack Ryan got a reaction from James Thomas Rook Jr. in Why do we subsidize Higher Education for the Elite JW's while discouraging most JW's from University Educations?   
    Legal Seminar: South African Bethel
     

     
    The Legal Seminar
    The seminar was a full day event held at the “residence hall.” I had come with my wheelchair bound friend, from the same congregation. We were a few minutes late, so as we rolled in into the foyer, we got handed our seminar pack, our bottled water, and lapel badges by two pretty ladies (hell yeah, I still remember that). This was the same residence hall that I had shook Anthony Morris’[3] hand a few weeks ago prior to his official Branch Visit talk in South Africa on Sunday, January 11, 2015, with his “sidekick” Anthony Griffin.
    The seminar was split between matters that were strictly legal, and those that were more tax related; of course, there was an obvious overlap between the two as can be expected. The key speakers were select members of the Branch Committee, in-house legal counsel, and those from the accounts department. A lot was said about Europe, Africa, the U.S., Hayden Covington,[4] child custody, divorces, Advance Medical Directives (“blood cards”), alternative service, Road Accident Fund, legal battles here, legal battles there, tax etc. The bottom-line was this: There’s a lot going down, and we’d appreciate your assistance in these affairs.
    It should be noted, however, that “these affairs” require tertiary qualifications… higher education.

    South Africa Bethel - Tax and Legal Seminar Group Photo (Feb 28, 2015)
    South Africa Bethel – Legal and Tax Seminar Group Photo (Feb 28, 2015). I’m on the bottom left, sporting a pair of shades on my head.
    the Australian branch sent out a letter, dated November 18, 2015, to all Service Committees throughout the congregations of Australian. The letter was “confidentially” seeking for baptised members of the congregation who were “qualified as solicitors, barristers, certified practising accountants or chartered accountants.” But all of this exploration was to be done discreetly “without consulting the publisher” (I suppose this is how they canvass for potential seminar candidates). Now, let’s juxtapose these two events, the South African seminar and the Australian request letter, and contextualise them.

    The Point
    The organisation tells folks not to pursue higher education, in fact, if you are an appointed person – Elder, Ministerial Servant, pioneer – and you attend university, your (spiritual) qualifications automatically come under review. What does that tell you? That the organisation has a default disdain for higher education. But now, at the same time, they secretly sponsor select bethelites to obtain these very “worldly” qualifications, using funds donated by some of the simplest Witnesses, many of who have complied with this “mandamus” from the “Faithful and Discreet Slave.” But, then, per chance that you didn’t comply with this mandamus, and remain a Witness, they implore you to use your “worldly gifts” in service to God, namely, in furtherance of the organisation – to a large extent, free of charge.
    What’s wrong with this picture?
    And if you take the global downsizing that the organisation has been conducting lately, where veteran bethelites are sent home and special pioneers being sent up the creek without a paddle. Why? Because it’s now becoming too expensive to accommodate them. A burden. And, yet, many of these bethelites forfeited higher education in order to at the full time service, now you’re telling them to hamba kahle (“go well”)? C’mon, man, c’mon.
    What is wrong with this picture, people
    If the organisation was cool and was like, you know, “Go to university, don’t go to university, that your decision to make, as long as you are aware of the challenges.” That would be one thing. But what we’re seeing here is the constant badgering badgering badgering. There has to be some kind of accountability here. You can’t enjoy the assets of other people’s labour without taking ownership of the liabilities peculiar with that asset, as well. It’s immoral. This whole thing is just patently duplicitous. Scandalous. Why all these backdoor “transactions?” You say one thing on stage, but, then, em’va kwethu you do something else. Hai wethu.
    Conclusion
    Brimstone and humour aside, I personally don’t have a problem with the organisation seeking professional assistance from willing qualified Witnesses per se. It is the duplicity that irks me. It is the selfishness of their approach that vexes me. It is the ruination of people’s lives that ticks me off. It is the unconscionableness of their methods that pisses me off, treating genuine people as expendables and collateral damage for their own selfish gains, gains which they clothe as “divine service,” service to Jehovah.
    If it were up to me, I’d have Governing Body pipe down on their take of higher education and to resist this laughable attempt at gaining some kind of moral high ground in this matter.
    #LegalSeminarBethel
    #ThinkingWitnesses
    http://thinkingwitnesses.org/legal-seminar-south-africa-bethel/
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    Jack Ryan got a reaction from vandenbusschevanoostjosett in Fijian Brothers and Cyclone Winston   
    This is Koro Island here in Fiji

    The last white building on the right is the new simplified Kingdom Hall that is still standing even though it was hit by the cyclone!
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    Jack Ryan got a reaction from Alison rosser in Fijian Brothers and Cyclone Winston   
    This is Koro Island here in Fiji

    The last white building on the right is the new simplified Kingdom Hall that is still standing even though it was hit by the cyclone!

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