This, I admit, was about the third time that I’ve attended the Imitate Jehovah assembly. Nonetheless, it’s a unique experience each time to hear the experiences of the different brothers and sisters, the personal touches they put in the outlines of their talk, to hear how its tailored to the needs of the Circuit, and of course, the association.
All of those things were magnified yesterday when we attended the Imitate Jehovah Assembly in Ticuantepe, Nicaragua. The talks were beautifully delivered in a variety of accents. Southern from the United States, English, Caribbean, and more. The varieties of cultures and accents added much spice to the spiritual food we enjoyed.
Brothers and sisters were interviewed from all over, sharing their experiences about how Jehovah has helped sustained them through various trials.
One interview that was especially touching was Patricia’s (say it with an Italian accent)
She spoke about how Jehovah gave her strength to endure her father passing away, and additional trials. Jehovah sustained her through weekly shepherding calls in that time. She was in tears, and had the audience wiping their eyes too. The encouragement? If Jehovah has seen others through difficult trials, he will see me through as well.
I was also encouraged by Xiomara’s interview. Jehovah gave her the strength to raise two children (Norlan and Hayling) who love and serve Jehovah whole heartedly, despite persecution within her own household. Most beautiful were her simple and heartfelt words: “I love Jehovah so much, and I know he loves me too.” It is nice to hear the heartfelt expressions of Abigail-like women, who step up to the plate to serve Jehovah faithfully without the presence of a spiritual husband.
But these are not the only two who had a part. It seems as if the whole congregation did. Brother Perry and Brother Bechek did a great job on their demos.
Managua Ingles also had the Watchtower study. Jeff did a great job conducting, and of course all of the comments were so well delivered.
And now more photos:
Two buses there, and a motito, bus, and cab on the way back, and we were home from a day filled with encouragement, association with our worldwide brotherhood, and spiritual instruction at our first assembly in Nicaragua 🙂