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  1. News article in Sputnik: "The Sects of Serbia: Who is More Dangerous, Satanists or Jehovah's Witnesses?" https://sputniknews.com/europe/201609151045345989-serbia-sects-pressure/ If this link has already been posted I apologize.
  2. Me, too. Excited, tearful, emotional all day as I wrote letters and it was on my mind constantly!
  3. Yes, I mailed mine today. They were $1.15 each international--and a really cool round international stamp it was!
  4. I think if acceptable, Dear Minister of Justice would be so much easier.
  5. And what about the other addresses? Should they also be addressed as Esteemed Dmitry.....Medvedev? and Esteemed Yury Chayka? etc. What about the envelopes: Should they be addressed: Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev etc?
  6. Okay, so I also had this in mind and was checking out the grammar mentioned earlier in the thread while you posted. Is Dear Esteemed President Putin acceptable? And also, does anyone know if every You should be capitalized? And what about the word "Your" as in Your country...should it also be in caps?
  7. Dear President Putin, I want to let you know that I appreciate the laws of the Russian government that guarantee freedom of religion to all of your citizens, and I understand that you have a heavy responsibility for the safety and welfare of all those who live in your country. The country I live in is also worried about these same things. There is one group of peaceful people who are currently being denied this freedom of religion in your country. More than 170,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses are facing criminal prosecution simply for meeting for worship, studying the Bible together and talking to others about their faith. Russia’s “Federal Law on Extremist Activity” is being misapplied to Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia. Jehovah’s Witnesses are known worldwide for striving to be good citizens, for encouraging love of God and neighbor, for their love of family and cleanliness, and for their respect for government. We are known for our peaceful activities, and under no circumstances would we ever resort to any activity that could legitimately be construed as “extremist” or criminal in nature. This is a matter of public record, and easily verified. The Bible literature we use encourages obedience to the government. My own parents were Jehovah’s Witnesses. At an early age, I was taught to be peaceful with my sisters, with my friends and my classmates in school. I was taught to be obedient to my teachers, to my parents and to the governmental authorities. Imagine a country full of people who only want to be peaceful with each other, who obey the laws, and who only want the best for their neighbors. This is what Jehovah’s Witnesses all over the world want for their neighbors, friends and the countries in which they live. For this reason, I hope that the Russian authorities will stop the legal action being taken against Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia so that our brothers and sisters can continue to come together peacefully for their Christian meetings without fear. Please, President Putin .....reconsider your planned actions against your peaceful subjects. Thank you. Sincerely, Judy Derby
  8. One of the first things I was worried about (like others here) is that our letters won't reach Russia by the court date. However, if the Russian legal system is anything like ours, who knows what could happen between now and then. Jehovah could easily arrange a continuation or postponement. Hey--you never know! And in the meantime, our global brotherhood steps up and millions of letters come pouring in....................sigh........you gotta love it! (No really--it's all about love!)
  9. okay, only for grammar's sake, dear sister. Please look at the second sentence: More than 170,000 Witnesses...........can you insert wording to make this correct grammatically? I would love to imitate the tone of your letter--it's great!
  10. I found $1.15 and $1.20 but it was outdated info......thanks!!!!!
  11. Does anyone know how much first class postage is from USA to Russia?
  12. Looking forward to writing MORE Than one to each address! Oh my....they don't know what's getting ready to hit their postal system!
  13. So has your congregation made plans to write letters this week?
  14. Oh, my! It's pretty impressive in Mandarin Chinese, too! I didn't realize how many of the brothers don't have the beautiful broadcasting songs translated and sung in their own language. It's so sad. They touch my heart so much--many times to the point of tears--that I can't imagine life without them now.
  15. Thank you so much! That was so lovely in German.
  16. You might want to look into self employment......?
  17. Am I missing a link? How can I find the German equivalent?
  18. It's a great connection, isn't it? I too feel somewhat isolated, with having to work full time in a secular job. But knowing that all I have to do is type in the website and AMAZING! friends are right there, ready to talk, laugh and share their lives. Then there's jw.org, and the broadcasting, and new songs, and videos, and news--and we can be as connected as we desire. Sigh........it's such a comfort in the times we live. Thank you especially to the moderators for taking such good care of the site --and us.
  19. Oh, Shawn! I wish I had a link back to the post where you explained how accurate it really IS to say that it's impossible for God to lie! Loved your clear line of reasoning. Thank you.
  20. Gordon will be 80 next year. He might even see Lake Superior give up her dead in Jehovah's new system of things.
  21. Every day the news is almost surreal......I can really believe that the new president might be the one in power when Jehovah says it's enough.
  22. Carlos, I completely understand about using definitions found in books such as dictionaries and encyclopedias. I think the key to the number 4 definition is "inanimate"-that leaves the door wide open for all kinds of implications. However, if we were to call objects such as stones "beings"--then we would have to apply the same reasoning to plantlife, planets and my purse. They DO exist, and they are all inanimate--well, except for the plants. This has been interesting. It has forced me to look at a subject in a new way. Hmmmm....
  23. Well, I think I have to disagree about the stone defined as a "being". I can accept animals as beings because they have a measure of intelligence, they have life and brains in one form or another. But stones--no, it just doesn't feel right to call them a being. And a lot of the comment you made was really just semantics. I need more proof than just saying you disagree and that my logic is flawed.
  24. Okay, it seems to me that there are 2 ways to look at this: Anything that is, is a being--since "IS", "BE" and "ARE" are just verb tenses. On the other hand, I keep remembering the quote: "I think, therefore, I am"......and this would leave out the animal creation. My 2 cents (if they are worth that, even, with today's inflation)
  25. I first posted this last night to a different category, but it occurred to me that not everyone reads the Comfort, Consolation forum. I'm hoping that she gets a lot of encouragement from all of our friends here. Thank you so much! This sister in our Hall is having severe health issues. She recently had minor surgery so that she can undergo a major surgery in about 4 months. She can't afford any of the medical procedures, but she has made payment arrangements with the doctors and hospitals. She lost her disabled husband shortly after moving to our congregation (we never even got to meet him!) She has worked very hard to support herself, but like so many of us, she lives from paycheck to paycheck. The doctor has told her complete bedrest for the next month! The sisters are organized to stay with her round the clock, and those who can't are providing food and other necessary services. I thought since I've gotten to know so many of you in this online congregation, that it would be encouraging to Diania if you could drop her a line or card. It would be such an incredible boost to our small congregation, as well. If any of you would like to write her, please pm me, as I'm sure the moderators would encourage me to keep her privacy as much as possible. (PS, if it's okay to post her address, I would be glad to do that as well???) Thank you for your thoughts and prayers for her. It means so much! I'm including the link below as it shows a recent picture of this sister while she was in the hospital recovering before being sent home. https://www.gofundme.com/zx-help-with-bills