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    I was raised in the Truth. Sorry, not a very interesting story here. :-)

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  1. St Helena gets an airport!

    I noticed that news too. Until now the only way to get there was a ship from Cape Town, but it took five days to arrive and was not cheap.
  2. We were spending some days in Romania, went to the meeting and the voice of the brother who conducted the Watchtower study sounded very familiar, until my wife realized it was Satan's voice in all the audiodramas. After the meeting we had a chance to chat with that brother and my wife told him: "Brother, when I hear you speaking it's like I'm hearing Satan himself!" We all had a good laugh.
  3. This happens in Spanish too. All of the videos are dubbed in a very clear Latin American voice that is perfectly understandable in Spain but that is unavoidably associated with soap operas, shopping channel ads or televangelists. Many Spaniards refuse to watch the video when they hear that accent. So recently the videos we use the most in field service have been made available in Spanish from Spain. We are not prejudiced but we have to take into account the prejudices of people in our territory.
  4. My spoken English is not very good (not that the written one is great, but anyway). I often have trouble understanding movies or people speaking. Yet my wife and me watch the JWB videos in English and understand them almost perfectly. I think all the brothers make a big effort to pronounce clearly. From time to time I come across tourists in my workplace who are from Australia and honestly I can't understand a word of what they say. An Australian brother came to visit once and we just let him speak, but hardly understood anything of what he said. I'm sure I wouldn't be able to have a spoken conversation with @Stormswift. Yet when brother Jackson has a talk I understand him quite well. So, again, I think the brothers make an effort to polish their accents and be understood by everyone.
  5. Of course, yelling at your wife or much less hitting her is absolutely inadmissible for any Christian no matter where he lives.
  6. The 'like' button. ..

    I think it's possible to add more reactions. Bob was studying it. But negative reactions are dangerous. If we added "Dislike" or "Disagree" someone can be easily offended. And if you really need to express it you can always say it. It doesn't take so long to type "I didn't like that post much" or "That's not how I see things".
  7. Probably that brother met a family or two that did things that way and thought everybody does. I don't live in the US but I have visited friends there several times. I can say for certain that there is no bride price in the US or in Europe. Also, although it's legally possible to meet someone and get married the next day if you wish, that is by no means the norm among people in general and much less among Christians. Most couples I know had a courtship of between one and two years. A wedding can be as cheap or as expensive as you make it. You can get married by an elder at the hall and it won't cost you a dollar. It's common to have a wedding reception with a limited number of guests. Of course there are couples who give huge banquets with many hundreds of guests and expensive food and clothes and fireworks and get to the banquet hall in a carriage drawn by horses... But that is not common nor recommended.
  8. Thanks! It was the "unscheduled" aspect that confused me.
  9. I'm not sure what this topic is about. I am abroad and had to miss this week's midweek meeting. Is this a video that was shown in that meeting?
  10. China getting tough with NK

    China has traditionally backed North Korea to keep a buffer zone between the US-friendly South Korea and its border. But China is currently the least interested in a war between US and NK since the US is its best market. Actually no one would benefit from such a war. Both Koreas would be reduced to ashes, Japan would be affected as many other islands in the Pacific, and China would have to stop shipping their unnumerable containers of goods to America and waste money instead in the war effort. Not to mention that Chinese and American economies are closely intertwined since China owns a lot of American debt. I very much doubt that China will allow the Beloved Leader to start such a war. If these measures don't dissuade him, I think he will simply be murdered by Chinese agents and replaced by a puppet leader.
  11. No, it's an Evangelical church.
  12. How ironic! This reminded me of this scripture: (Philippians 1:15-18) 15 True, some are preaching the Christ through envy and rivalry, but others also through goodwill. 16 The latter are publicizing the Christ out of love, for they know I am set here for the defense of the good news; 17 but the former do it out of contentiousness, not with a pure motive, for they are supposing to stir up tribulation [for me] in my [prison] bonds. 18 What then? [Nothing,] except that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is being publicized, and in this I rejoice. . . .
  13. Just as a side note, the same is true of JWTalk. Some of our dear friends here suffer of mental issues that sometimes affect their perception of reality. We love and appreciate them the same but sometimes we need to be careful not to believe blindly everything we read.
  14. Well, this is not impossible but it's not necessary either. The journalist probably googled "Jehovah's Witnesses" and the first site they came across contained the "authoritarian sect" remark. Regarding the "personal dispute", it says the brothers identified the person videotaped by the KH camera. They may have been the ones who said that she had a misunderstanding with soemone in the hall. To me it sounds more like someone who is mentally unstable. She came in her bike in fill daylight and lighted those silly fires in front of a videocamera. Certainly not the smartest tool in the shed.

JWTalk 19.10.11 by Robert Angle (changelog)