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Jehovah’s Witnesses to sell Heights jewel

The ornate lobby of the former Hotel Bossert in Brooklyn Heights, which was returned to its glory by its current owners, the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

The Hotel Bossert at the corner of Montague and Hicks streets in Brooklyn Heights.

The Hotel Bossert, the swanky Brooklyn Heights building that was the site of the Dodgers’ knock-down, drag-out World Series victory party in 1955 and, more recently, has served as a dormitory for the Jehovah’s Witnesses, is on the block.

The “For sale” sign is the latest one to be slapped on Witnesses buildings in Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights, where the century-old faith is based.

Last year, the sect put up for sale six of its 18 Brooklyn Heights properties, including the Standish Arms Hotel on Columbia Heights, which sold for $50 million in December.

The Bossert could go for twice as much, said Arlene Awaye, whose Awaye Realty helped broker the Standish Arms deal.

“The Bossert is double the size and it’s a beautiful property, so it could easily go for twice the money as the Standish,” Awaye said.

The ongoing selloff by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society — the business arm of the Jehovah’s Witnesses — comes as the Witnesses have moved most of their publishing and printing operations upstate.

Real-estate developers are salivating over the properties that have come on the market, but locals say they will miss the Witnesses.

“At the Bossert, and at all of their buildings, the Witnesses have set a very high standard in terms of taking good care of their properties,” said Brooklyn Heights Association Executive Director Judy Stanton. “Brooklyn Heights has benefited from the care and attention that they have put in to their buildings and I hope that the new owners will keep up that tradition.”

There certainly is plenty of tradition to keep up. The Bossert, a 14-story Italian Renaissance Revival building at 98 Montague St., was constructed by Brooklyn lumber tycoon Louis Bossert in 1909.

After the Witnesses bought it in 1988, it underwent a complete rehab that included restoration of the crystal chandelier and stone columns in the hotel’s lobby and the renovation of the famous Marine Roof restaurant on the building’s top floor.

“When we bought the building, the Marine Roof was in complete ruin,” said Richard Devine, the Watchtower Society’s building manager. “But we rebuilt the space as a banquet hall for our events and, of course, that will be available to the new owners. It’s a gorgeous space with stunning views of Manhattan.”

http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/31/5/31_05bossert_on_the_blo.html

Malawi Slideshow – Our Christian Brotherhood

This is a slide presentation and talk by Cyril Goldstone, a bethel brother from Malawi, Africa. It addresses how our brothers and sisters serve Jehovah in the local area, how the preaching work is often carried out, how the locals live their daily life in praise of Jehovah God. It is about 1 hour 10 minutes in length if the entire presentation is viewed. Even though cultures may differ, one common factor is that we are united in love, doctrine, and brotherhood.

Cantemos a Jehová

My symphonic arrangement of several of the Kingdom melodies in the “Sing Praises To Jehovah” songbook. They are used to accompany some beautiful illustrations from Watchtower publications.

The instrumentation used in this arrangement:

2 flutes
2 oboes/English horn
2 clarinets
2 bassoons

4 French horns
2 trumpets/piccolo trumpet
2 trombones
bass trombone
tuba

timpani
chimes
gong
snare drum
crash cymbal
suspended cymbal
tambourine

harp

celesta

18 violins
10 violas
10 cellos
9 double basses

Kingdom songs used in this arrangement:

NO. 195: “THIS IS JEHOVAH’S DAY”

As a fanfare, with brass, percussion and harp.

NO. 14: ‘BE GLAD, YOU NATIONS!”

March tempo with full orchestra, ending with a big plagal cadence.

NO. 50: “RESPONDING TO GOD’S LOVE”

Strings

NO. 87: “THE LORD’S EVENING MEAL”

Woodwind solos with harp and strings.

NO. 114: “GOD’S LOYAL LOVE”

Horns, chimes, harp and strings with oboe and clarinet solos.

NO. 29: “FORWARD, YOU WITNESSES!”

Full orchestra, featuring a piccolo trumpet solo and Baroque style counterpoint.

NO. 194: “ENTER JEHOVAH’S TEMPLE COURTYARDS!”

Brass, percussion and strings.

NO. 55: “DAILY WALKING WITH JEHOVAH”

Solo clarinet with brass and string accompaniment.

NO. 129: “NOW’S THE TIME!”

Full orchestra.

Asamblea en Badajoz

Los Testigos de Jehová celebran un congreso provincial este fin de semana en Villanueva de la Serena (Badajoz)

   VILLANUEVA DE LA SERENA (BADAJOZ), 28 Ene. (EUROPA PRESS) -

   La localidad pacense de Villanueva de la Serena espera reunir este fin de semana a unas 900 personas que está previsto acudan a la celebración del primer congreso provincial que los Testigos de Jehová van a celebrar en el presente año. La cita será los días 2 y 3 de febrero en el teatro “Las Vegas”.

   En España se van a celebrarán durante este año más de 120 congresos como este, en los que se reunirán unas 130.000 personas. Estas asambleas, que se celebran por todo el país y forman parte de un programa mundial de educación en los valores cristianos, en los que se aportan “sugerencias prácticas a fin de ayudar a jóvenes y mayores a enfrentarse con éxito a las presiones y dificultades cotidianas que afectan a nuestra sociedad”.

   La organización Testigos de Jehová indica en una nota de prensa que este congreso girará en torno a un símil de la Biblia por el que se compara a Dios con un alfarero que da forma al barro hasta convertirlo en una vasija de gran valor (Isaías 64:8), lo que “no significa que Dios manipule el destino de cada ser humano”, si no “más bien, significa que los que voluntariamente deciden dejar moldear su vida por las normas de Dios y permiten que estas les ayuden a mejorar son como el barro en el torno de un alfarero, que se moldea y perfecciona hasta convertirse en una vasija útil y valiosa”.

   Tanto el sábado como el domingo el programa dará comienzo a las 11.50 horas, y concluirá a las 18.05 horas. Uno de los momentos más esperados tendrá lugar a las 13.45 del mediodía, cuando se realice el bautismo de nuevos discípulos: personas que después de estudiar detenidamente las enseñanzas y doctrinas bíblicas, deciden integrarse en la confesión como Testigos Cristianos de Jehová, lo que implica “escoger de manera libre y personal vivir de acuerdo con los principios morales de Dios”. “La entrada es libre y gratuita”, apostilla.

   Los Testigos de Jehová, conocidos por su vocación evangélica y por la importancia que dan a los principios morales del cristianismo, están presentes en Extremadura desde los años sesenta del siglo pasado, y en España, desde 1915.

   Hoy cuentan en Extremadura con unos 1.800 miembros. En la provincia de Badajoz hay más de 900 Testigos, que tienen centros de reunión en las localidades de Almendralejo, Azuaga, Cabeza del Buey, Castuera, Don Benito, Fuente de Cantos, Jerez de los Caballeros, Montijo, Olivenza, San Vicente de Alcántara y Zafra, además de Badajoz y Mérida.

http://www.europapress.es/00285/20080128104640/testigos-jehova-celebran-congreso-provincial-fin-semana-villanueva-serena-badajoz.html

Kenyan Brothers

Dear Brothers and friends,

You are so many that have shown concern for the latest events that are striking Kenya and you are demonstrating a lot of love when you remember us and our Kenyan Brothers in your prayers.

We love you so much and we appreciate very much your good spirit.

We want to remind you that in this moment we are well and we don’t have any danger inside the Missionary Home.

The fact that we are neutral to the politic affairs of the world has been once again a real blessing for the Brothers.

The actual situation is that the Kenyans are angry and frustrated because today they wanted to attend a big manifestation, but the police suffocate every attempt to have it.

Each of the two political leaders blames the other part as the cause of the many deaths that have been until now. As a result, riots started again today in several areas, also in Mombasa, just few hundreds meters from our Missionary Home, so the emergency continues.  

The opposition party decided that they’ll try again to have the big manifestation on Tuesday January 8 th at 10 AM. This means that at least until then there is some danger and we might not be able to leave the Missionary Home, unless the tension chill down and could allow us to se personally the Brothers so that we can provide them economical and spiritual support.  

Until Monday afternoon we were four in the Missionary Home, but we have been in contact with a young English couple (Ben and Victoria) that lived in our Bamburi Territory and are relatives of another couple of Missionaries who live in our same home.

The youth were quite scared and they did not sleep on Sunday night because of the shootings and the screaming in the streets.

A English Brother who live about 3 Km. from our Missionary Home succeeded in getting them out of Bamburi using a secondary road. Although the young couple lived only 4 Km. from our Missionary Home, the Brother had to drive about 20 Km. to get them out using secondary roads cause the normal road was impassable. He succeeded and now Ben and Victoria stay with us in the Missionary Home.  

The Missionary couple related to Ben and Victoria is in the travelling work and until that moment was visiting a congregation in the country side.  

On the Tuesday morning they tried to visit the congregation in Ukunda (Diani) but when they saw the situation on the streets they decided it was safer to come back home.

They found some road blocks in Likoni areas, fire and chaos everywhere with a mob of 150 angry men ahead.  

They prayed and with the heart beating fast they where able to overtake the group. They arrived safely in the Missionary Home, Tuesday at around 10 AM.  

In the evening we received the phone call from another travelling overseer who is a Kenyan and both he and his wife are Kikuyus (the tribe most in danger). Groups of mobs sent messages in the villages saying that Tuesday night they would have gone door to door in the village where the Brother was with his wife, and that they would have killed all the Kikuyus.

We invited them to run as fast as possible and take refuge in the Missionary Home and so they are with us, since they arrived on Tuesday night.

At arrival the Kikuyu sister was visibly shake because while they were coming to our place they saw the fires, the mobs and heard the gun shots, but once she arrived here, the sisters have surrounded her with affection and she is fine now.  

Wednesday came the famous “calm after the storm”. 

Until then we had been in contact with the Brothers and we encouraged them day and night by telephone but unable to see them face to face. We had to call on some of them several times even in the middle of the night while the mobs were destroying the homes of their neighbours, shootings with guns and screaming.

In those situations we tried to encourage the Brothers reminding them how Jehovah is able to protect his loyal ones.  

In many areas the Brothers have been without electricity, food and other supply for some days, so yesterday we wanted to see if the situation in the streets were calmer hoping to be able to go out and see the Brothers face to face.  

With our surprise in the morning they started to sell again petrol (I filled up the tank right away). After that I saw that the road was safe, but still first I phoned several Brothers in our congregation to check if it was safe to go in Bamburi and all confirmed that, so I decided to go and see how things were in our territory.  

Every 20 to 50 meters in the streets there were the remaining of burned tires and the signs of the violence of these last days.

In a place there were literally hundreds of kilos of broken glasses, most probably smashed from cars that had tried to pass by the night before.  

But it seemed also that the Kenyans are willing to get back to live like before and the majority is tired of the nights of terror, so in some places people were already cleaning the streets.  

At that point I needed to see the Brothers face to face. Already we talked much by telephone and we agreed to have the meetings in the mornings, so I knew that they could be in a meeting place.  

I knew that today would have been a difficult day and that if things would have gone wrong, I could have lost a good window of opportunity to see the Brothers for some time, so having good chances I went to check on our book study and many of the Brothers were there.

They were studying the Revelation Book.

The study on the book of Revelation of this week has been really “food at a proper time” because has encouraged the Brothers not to compromise and has enforced their determination to remain loyal to Jehovah, no matter what political turmoil may happen.  

Several of them did not eat fro some days, but on the way there I noticed that in some “half destroyed” kiosks they started to sell again some food (at double or triple the normal price of course).  

I left some money to one of the Brothers so that as book study group they could all have some food to eat at least for few days.  

After this I went to see the other areas to understand the level of the damaged of the riots.

Of course, in the night, with hundreds of fires, gun shots, the screaming, some women raped, the houses looted one by one and then destroyed with people left outside with nothing, all of this creates big panic and terror.  

However, under sun light, the things didn’t seem so bad at least in Bamburi. With the fires that were set off, without the screaming, without mobs and with the streets getting cleaned, I had almost the feeling that the damage is not that big as it seems. Only in certain areas maybe where the things have been worst.  

Just at that point, I got a message from one of the missionary at home, telling me that Nakumatt (a big shop close to our home) was reopened and that they let in people in groups under armed police surveillance.  

I run home and together with him we went to buy over 300 Euros of food for the 10 of us living in the Missionary Home. This food will sustain us for at least three good weeks.

It took over three hours to get out of there because there were interminable cues, but now we can be OK with the food in case the situation gets worst.  

In the first two years we lived in Kenya, we have served in the congregation of Mishomoroni (about 6 Km. from our home) and we were very much concerned about our dear Brothers there.

We could communicate with them only by phone and we knew that Monday, because of the mobs in Mishomoroni there were at least three deaths and hundreds of injured.

Getting inside Mishomoroni has been different then going to Bamburi…

Theocratic Emergency Numbers

When you’re in pain, DIAL Revelation 21:3-4
When you’re let down, DIAL Psalms 27
If you want to be fruitful, DIAL John 15
If sinned, DIAL Psalms 51
When anxious, DIAL Matthew 6:19-24
When you’re in danger, DIAL Psalms 91
When God seems far away, DIAL Acts 17:27
To know the secret of how you were formed Dial Psalms 139:14-16
When you need to boost your faith, DIAL Hebrews 11
When you’re alone and afraid, DIAL Psalms 23
When you’re bitter and critical, DIAL 1 Corinthians 13
To know the secret of Paul’s happiness, DIAL Colossians 3:12-17
When you feel you’re discouraged, DIAL Romans 8:31-39
When you want peace and rest, DIAL Matthew 11:25-30
When the world seems bigger than God, DIAL Psalms 90
When you prayers are rare and egocentrically, DIAL Psalms 67
When you need courage for a task, DIAL Joshua 1
How to get along with a neighbor, DIAL Romans 12
When you think about investments, DIAL Mark 10
When you’re depressed, DIAL Psalms 27
When in economic hardships DIAL Psalms 37:25
If you no longer trust people, DIAL 1 Corinthians 13
If you’re discourage by your work, DIAL Psalms 126
If you think the world is nothing and you’re great, DIAL Psalms 19
If it is about impatience simply Dial Habakkuk 2:3
If you are in the middle of disagreement quickly Dial Romans 12:17-21
When the tent of worries envelopes you simply Dial Proverbs 24:10
When your heart is soured, don’t forget to Dial Psalms 73:21, 26, 28
If you want to remain in Jehovah’s tent Dial Psalms 15
When the spirit of melancholy grips you quickly Dial Romans 12:12
When fear grips just Dial Isaiah 41:10
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Armenia: Jehovah’s Witnesses abused and discriminated against for their beliefs

abused and discriminated against for their beliefs

Jehovah’s Witnesses face increasing levels of discrimination and abuse in Armenia, and are being beaten and imprisoned for their beliefs, according to Amnesty International.

In a report published today entitled Armenia: Fear of the freedom of conscience and religion: violations of the rights of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Amnesty International highlights its concern about the increasing levels of discrimination and physical assault which members of the religious organisation have faced in the country.

Central to these concerns are the issues of conscientious objection and the failure to successfully prosecute those who carry out the attacks on members of this religious group.

As of 26 September 2007 there were 82 Jehovah’s Witnesses imprisoned as conscientious objectors in Armenia.

This is in direct violation of their rights to freedom of expression, conscience and liberty,

Amnesty International’s Armenia Researcher, Laurence Broers, said:
“Young male Jehovah’s Witnesses continue to be imprisoned in ever larger numbers and for longer periods because their beliefs prohibit them from performing military service.

‘Since there is no genuinely civilian alternative service in Armenia at present, Amnesty International considers them prisoners of conscience and calls for their immediate and unconditional release.’

Armenia has undertaken the obligation to provide a genuinely civilian alternative to compulsory military service for those whose beliefs do not allow them to take up arms. However, Armenia’s alternative service is still under the control of the military, making it incompatible with the conscientiously-held beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses and others.

Laurence Broers said.
“All those wrongly imprisoned must be released immediately and receive adequate compensation. The Armenian authorities must also ensure that they are not denied documents necessary for them to enjoy full rights as civilians – including the right to freedom of movement, for which passports are required, and the rights to entry into public sector employment or marriage.”

Both verbal and physical attacks against Jehovah’s Witnesses – of which there are estimated to be 9,000 in Armenia – have seemingly been on the rise since 2004 when the religious group expanded its activities after registration as a religious organisation.

Amnesty International is also concerned that the failure of police to investigate fully and impartially and, where appropriate, prosecute such human rights violations, sends the signal that assaults and wider discrimination are permissible.

Laurence Broers said:
“The Armenian authorities are ignoring the fact that Jehovah’s Witnesses are specifically targeted for attacks, including allegedly by representatives of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Acknowledging the discriminatory aspect to these attacks is a necessary step toward countering discrimination and impunity.”

Amnesty International urges the Armenian authorities to:
Introduce a genuinely civilian and non-punitive alternative to compulsory military service;
Ensure prompt, thorough and impartial investigation and prosecution of physical attacks as a step to end impunity with regard to physical assaults against Jehovah’s Witnesses;
Ensure that the Jehovah’s Witnesses and other registered religious groups can exercise their rights without discrimination or hindrance.

Background
Jehovah’s Witnesses have been active in Armenia since 1975. They first requested legal registration as a religious organisation in 1995 and after being rejected about 15 times, they were finally registered in 2004.

Aspects of the organisation’s activities in Armenia have become a source of friction with the Armenian Apostolic Church, the leading religious denomination in the country. Approximately 90 per cent of the population are members, at least formally, of the Armenian Apostolic Church.

The Constitution as amended by referendum in 2005 recognises ‘the exclusive historical mission of the Armenian Apostolic Holy Church as a national church’, while the 1991 Law on Freedom of Conscience and Religious Organisations grants the Armenian Apostolic Church official status as the national church.

http://www.amnesty.org.uk/news_details.asp?NewsID=17606