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  1. Texas Church shooting

    This is so wrong! Can anyone deny or close their eyes to the reality that we are living in the last days?.
  2. I think so too sister Missy. Anyone knows what`s life like on warwick?.
  3. Regards from Venezuela

    Dear brother Brandon, feel free to ask any quest, if I can be of help then, my pleasure. Agape.
  4. Regards from Venezuela

    Dear sister Venus, thank you for always having a nice word towards me. You guys in this forum really mean a lot, I'm sorry if I have offended some by telling some situation here in our country, that was never my intention. When I see what the brotherhood is going thru in places like California, México, Russia and thinking about each one of The situations some of you post about your personal Plagues, make me Long for The day when all this won't ever be remembered. Thank you again Sis, and thank you all dear friends for lending an ear. Agape
  5. Regards from Venezuela

    Hi Brother Brandon, thank you for your continuing interest. That is actually a very good question, my calculations are that at least 20% of the brothers and sisters have emigrated to other countries, mostly Colombia, Peru, Chile, Ecuador and the US, not so much to the USA because they don´t want to be illegal. This year only in my congregation 10 friends have moved elsewhere. I think many more would do so if they had the circumstances. mostly because of the high cost of life and personal security, here if you are robbed at home or at the street, the police won´t even put an investigation in motion. Of course moving to another country is a personal decision, however we the elders try to be sure that they understand that what we are going through is a sign of the end, as Jesus prophesied and that if they decided to move they will just be exchanging some problems for others, but ultimately is their choice. I think that you are absolutely right about trying to change people or improve their situation in life by suggesting solutions, each one of us is in charge of our own lives and a suggestion from others, although appreciated, won´t have the same effect as coming up with a solution by yourself, mostly because no one will have a true understanding of your life as yourself and of course Jehovah. That is why as elders we are always reminded not to give counsel according to our own experiences or expertise and rely on the Bible as the counsels from Jehovah never fail. Thank you for your genunine interest bro Brandon Agape.
  6. Regards from Venezuela

    Some brothers who have left Venezuela to try to find work in other countries are helping donating electronic funds to their families, these brothers then share with the local brothers, friends and family from some part of the world also are doing that. Sometimes friends who return to visit carry with them small bags with medicine, nothing big (like a full baggage) as they could easily end up in jail accused of trying to introduce prohibited material to the country.
  7. Regards from Venezuela

    Some links for your research bro Brandon http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/03/news/economy/venezuela-food-prices/index.html http://www.insightcrime.org/news-analysis/corruption-military-police-growing-evil-venezuela http://edition.cnn.com/2017/03/25/americas/venezuela-maduro-un/index.html https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/06/22/venezuela-medical-shortages-doctors-health-care/103039928/
  8. Regards from Venezuela

    I`d say personal security, medicine and food. In the case of food, the problem is that the prices change everyday and the food now is almost unaffordable for a person who ears minimum wage. There is food on the shelves in major supermarkets, but most of the people cannot afford it. In the case of personal security it is a risk to be on the street, even at broad daylight you could be robbed, mugged or killed, easily. There is an increase in news where even some members of the police have been involved in criminal activities.
  9. Regards from Venezuela

    Exactly as you explained, that`s what we do with the personal donations. Communications here in Venezuela work somewhat well, cellular phones are very popular, I think Venezuela is the latin american country with more cellphones percapita, the goverment has tried to keep the cell companies from elevating prices so the call plans are still affordable, not so much the data plans. The goverment holds the monopoly on internet, it is supplied via Cantv, it works relatively well but it is slow comparing to the standards today. The speediest plan is 10 Mb. However it is subsidized. On the other hand criminals are now stealing the power and telephone cables from houses to take the copper and sell them, so many are without intenet or electricity because of this. Thank you for your concern brother Brandon. Agape.
  10. Bay Area on Fire

    I`m so sorry for what is happening all over the world. It seems there are no quiet places where to live anymore. The GT seems closer each day that passes. To the brothers in the affected area: May Jehovah give you the strenght and endurance and a quick recovery. Agape
  11. Regards from Venezuela

    Thank you Sister Rosie, for your beautiful words.
  12. Regards from Venezuela

    Thank you Sister Mandi, for your continuing support. We all, you, me and the worldwide brotherhood, just have to endure until the end, who knows what more we will see until the kingdom. Keep fighting the good fight with your head high!. Agape.
  13. Regards from Venezuela

    I liked this post very much. Thanks Brother Brandon.
  14. Regards from Venezuela

    Dear brothers and sisters. What brother Shawn posted here is completely true, the best way to donate is thru the Matt 24:14 box in your congregation or using the jw.org site, the Slave has a broader view of the need and with Jehovah´s help the help will get thru. I enjoy this forum a lot, I think you are all very special and dear friends, and I love you and I don´t want to give a bad impression of me or the brothers here. When I posted about the provisions from the branch I didn´t do it as a complain, I was just trying to answer the question if the help was arriving. The brothers at the branch are doing the best they can, and we love them for that, it is just that everything is so complicated here, things that usually shouldn´t. I want something to be crystal clear, I´m not asking for money. Your prayers and thoughts and encouraging messages give us strenght and the fact that we were mentioned at the AM was really, really encouraging. I don´t want to make this too long to read, but to explain a bit about the situation. In Venezuela there is a strict money control that is being going on for 15 years now, this has completely distorted the economy, although there is an official currency exchange rate , actually there are many, DolarToday BsF. 26.808,31 / $ - at sept 29 was at 19.000/$ -(the free market / unofficial and vetted by the goverment rate), the DICOM (Goverment best rate), extremely difficult to get as the government only liquidates a few million dollars once or twice a month , at this moment at BsF. 11.311,00 /$ , the DIPRO (goverment dollar for subsidize food and medicine) currently at 10 BsF / $. DICOM Dollars are not being sold as the market needs, and for DIPRO you have to be extremely well connected to the goverment to get them. So lets suppose you want to exchange dollars in an official way, the best rate you will get will be below the DIPRO dollar, this is below 11.311 BsF per each dollar. The problem the food you find in the shelves is being calculated at DollarToday rate, because as I said these business don´t get enough dollars at DIPRO or DICOM to buy food from foreign providers and so they can sell them at an affordable price, and there is the case that sometimes they do get those cheap dollars, but nevertheless they sell the food as if they bought it with freemarket dollars. But this doesn´t surprise us right ? 2 Tim 3:1-5. As I posted in 2015, the long lines you see in the supermarket form when they are selling regulated products, in 2015 the regulated prices was still affordable, nowadays even the price of the regulated products is extremely high, that is why a family who earns 5,85$ a month cannot cover their needs, and most of our brothers and sisters are in this predicament. There is another problem, suppose that you have the surplus money, criminality in Venezuela is rampant. Those raped or killed are victims of this problem that is out of control. If you have the money and you decide to store large quantities of food, your truck could be robbed on the road, please look at the following video, this is a truck from a person who worked as a transportist, he was transporting sugar, look at what happens But suppose that you avoid the robbers in the road, your food could be confiscated in an official check point, even if you had the legal papers, you could be declared a Bachaquero and sent to prison. These two previous conditions cause another problem, food scarcity. Sometimes even if you have the money you won´t find the food or the medicine. So food and medicine here in Venezuela is controlled by black markets and mobsters. What if the help arrived in containers? Well, some brothers from Canada and the US did that, they shipped a few containers with food and medicine, it was confiscated at the La Guaira port, the provisions never arrived. It wouldn´t suprise me that those items entered the black market. So , as I said before, what has been working in the our congregatios is the elders coordinate the help that some in the same congregation, or some that have moved to other countries send or give to us. We then use this funds, exchange it in the market at the best rate possible and then we go to the supermarkets or try to find wholesalers and buy food in small quantities so that we can take it into our cars, store it in our homes and give it at the next meeting in a few small black bags. By doing this we have been giving some relief to the friends that are in greater need, currently in our congregation about 30 to 40 friends, including the elderly, women, children and babies. Only one of the elders in our congregation is in need of help, and is benefiting from this arrangement. So as we studied last sunday we are doing our best with what we have, like Hezzekiah , but we know somehow this will end someday or Jehovah will do something unexpected. Agape
  15. Regards from Venezuela

    Last night I watched the 30 minutes video about the disasters in different parts of the world, It was very encouraging and sad at the same time, it is really amazing that in just one month that many disastrous events happened all over. May Jehovah keep giving us strengths in these last days. Agape.

JWTalk 19.10.11 by Robert Angle (changelog)