The steps that we take and the goals that we set always stem from this basic desire: to give Jehovah our very best.
But every time we make the effort, Jehovah gives much, much more. I can only express my gratitude in return. What a privilege we all have in being just one if millions inJehovah’s organization. The sense of purpose, the companionship we have in our worldwide brotherhood, the way that we are molded to be beautiful individuals inside and out, all of it is a huge privilege.
I began to meditate on that when this past Monday, we had the opportunity to work at the Watchtower Educational Center. Formerly a branch office, it now hosts School for Kingdom Evangelizers. Lush green landscape, coconut trees stand against a beautiful backdrop of rolling mountains. It’s a beautiful place, truly.
Camera lenses rarely capture scenery the way the lenses of our eyes do. That’s just Jehovah’s design. But the pictures convey the idea, I hope. Anyway, just getting to view it was nice. Initially, I think the group said very little. Everyone just took it in. Everything was so green.
Nonetheless we weren’t there just to sightsee (though I paused my work on the ladder several times just to do so), so we got right to work.
Here we are cheesin’ just before it all started:
And here we are working/ taking pictures of ourselves working so that you get an idea of what we looked like while working:
Eventually when it was time to eeat, so we walked up to a comedor (little restaurant on a porch of someone’s home) and ate. Then we took motito back to Bethel and hid under a big tree to sleep until we could again muster the strength to work. Yes, someone actually slept on the ground. The others on benches. Maybe I needed a little more practice before going to Bethel officially? Haha. This really is hard work!
Ariana and I returned for work on Tuesday, but had seperate assignments most of the day.
First, was window cleaning in the residential rooms where the SKE students sleep. I loved seeing their neat desks stacked with study materials. I want to be there someday! The sister I was partnered with also had a goal to go to SKE. We were encouraged even just being in their rooms cleaning and seeing them as they walked around the property. Later, it was time to clean more windows on the outside of the building. And more windows. And more windows. I’m putting that on my resume. Time began to fly once I learned to do it, and later we got to help in the kitchen! I don’t have any pictures from Tuesday, but Jehovah willing there will be more opportunities for the three of us to work there again,as we plan.
In other news, Managua Ingles had its first talk in CREOLE! It was so special to be sitting in the audience when the meeting shifted suddenly from English, to Creole. The CO gave the second talk of Sunday in Creole. It is truly a beautiful language, and I am ecstatic to start learning it, but even more so to see how Jehovah reaches the hearts of the Caribbean people residing in Managua.
If you’re curious what this language looks and sounds like, look for literature and videos on JW.ORG in “Belize Kriol”.
Here’s a photo of this historical meeting:
Until next time,