Near JFKAugust 29, 2015 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 24 °C
Guess Where We Are? Waiting, waiting.
Guess Where We Are? Waiting, waiting.
Just walking around La Candelaria, some parts are pedestrian only streets. But they are mobbed with people and street vendors, like a Times Square flea market! But we did find Juan Valdez! Oh, and the drivers are insane. The cab ride from the airport to the hotel was more dangerous than the flight.
We toured the Branch, appropriately 2 hrs from our hotel in Bogota. So many hugs, kisses, and the Friends showered us with numerous gifts to take home too!
OK, so we will NEVER complain about anyone's driving back home. A road with 3 marked lanes of traffic in one direction - at one point there were 7 vehicles wide! Motorcycles (like our dirt bikes) are everywhere. And they drive BETWEEN the cars and trucks. So imagine: motorcycle/car/motorcycle/truck/motorcycle/bus/motorcycle. Oh, and pedestrians just randomly walking in between. The branch was a piece of paradise surrounded by insanity.Read more
We started with a tour of the museum of gold (Museo del Oro), then followed a walking tour of the La Candelaria district. Near the Government buildings there were lots of police, some in full gear with automatic weapons. Not a sight we are used to, so we quickly moved on to other areas. Lots of old buildings, tons of people. Today we got to see the traffic from the eyes of a pedestrian. Need to move quickly!
There was this canal running down the middle of park which was located between the traffic lanes. You can see it in the photo.
Oh, and I bought a hat...Read more
Waiting to travel to convention city, Medellin. Only 1 hr flight, but delayed some and gate changed too. What fun.
We have finally made it...
OK, so we traveled over an hour to meet with the Rionegro and El Bosque congregations and go out in field service. We were each paired with a local publisher who fortunately was fluent on Spanish, but unfortunately not so much in English. However, we all clearly spoke the same language spiritually as their love was overwhelmingly apparent. We couldn't break away.
BTW, here is a picture of our "car group" for service. There were 38 of us, plus another 38 (the local publishers) on another bus - in one territory! Over 75 preaching in one territory at the same time! Geoff's partner was Victor. He placed 4 sets of magazines in maybe 8 doors. Almost everyone was similar. But they only make return visits if they get the name of the person since so many live in the same home. We used Google Translate app alot. It can sometimes get the point across, but often has some weird translations that don't make sense. For example, Victor wanted to know if he could "tragedy a gift" when he wanted to give a gift to someone. :-)Read more
2015 Asamblea Especial de los Testigos de Jehová en Medellin. First day of the convention. Over 10,000 at the convention site with 1,500 international delegates. For certain parts other conventions in Colombia were tied into our site for a total attendance of 89,500. The special speakers were Brother William Malenfant, a helper to the Governing Body Teaching Committee, and Brother Marc Sanderson from the Governing Body.Read more
So, over 100,000 total attendance between La Macarena and tied in sites. Brother Sanderson had the last part with the release, but it's not available in Spanish yet. The reason is that the revised edition of the New World Translation hasn't been released in Spanish yet. So the GB decided to hold off on releasing the publication in languages that don't have the revised edition.
By the way, all of the delegates feel like celebrities as everyone wants to shake our hands, give us hugs, kisses and gifts, then get a photo with us. Many of the local friends are also very proud to have learned a few words of English for us.
Also there were lots of friends with signs and banners welcoming the delegates...Read more