New Kingdom Hall rises in less than 100 hours
By LEWIS DELAVAN News editor
A new Kingdom Hall rose in less than 100 hours recently on Highway 7 south of Hot Springs Village.
Framers kicked off action on a Thursday, and worshipers enjoyed the completed building on Sunday. Hundreds of other carpenters, plumbers, electricians, sheetrock hangers and finishers, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning specialists, wallpaper installers, insulators, cooks, landscapers and other volunteers kept the site abuzz.
“Nobody gets in each other’s way,” said building committee member Fred Emanuel. “We just work around each other.”
Quality wasn’t sacrificed for speed.
“Every stage is constantly inspected by professional inspectors,” Emanuel said. “It’s a wellbuilt structure, and exceeds building codes.”
Each area has an overseer who finds members for his workgroup. Dividing the work allows the project to be manageable, he said.
The 3,800-square-foot building at Fox Pass Cut-off is the third Kingdom Hall in the Hot Springs area.
“On any given weekend throughout the world, we’re doing 15 of these,” Emanuel said. “We complete all in three-and-ahalf days. We used to do them in two days.”
“The people who are the most amazed are builders and contractors,” said Virgil Martin of Arkadelphia, quality-control overseer. “They can’t believe this can be done.”
Buildings are completed rapidly to allow members to concentrate on Bible study, held three times each week, said David Bowen of Hot Springs Village.
All volunteers enjoyed three meals a day and snacks prepared by a support team.
The slab was poured a month ago, and volunteers readied the site for the busy weekend.
Since 1983, the building crew has built more than 100 Kingdom Halls in Arkansas, Bowen said.
Open house will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 27-28. “The public is more than welcome to attend,” he said.
Bible education programs are at 10 a.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 7:30 p.m. Thursdays.
Many of the congregation’s 60 members live in Hot Springs Village, Bowen said.
“Jehovah’s Witnesses are known for preaching the Good News about God’s kingdom,” Emanuel said. “It’s not that the planet’s going to blow up, but it’s going to change. The Bible shows only a little group (144,000) will go on to Heaven,” he said. “There will always be people on earth.” The wicked will be destroyed, and the saved will enjoy a new earth, he said.
Jehovah’s Witnesses’ congregations have no paid staff members, and no collection plates are ever passed. Members make pledges, and a donation box is available in the hall.