Monday, December 24, 2012

León, Nicaragua - December 24, 2012

This past weekend was our Pioneer Meeting and Safeguard Your Mind Circuit Assembly in Ticuantepe. The weather was great with a nice, almost constant breeze which really helped keep us cool in the auditorium. It takes us 2 hours to reach the assembly hall so an early start in the morning is essential - 6 a.m.

On the day of the Pioneer Meeting we also had cleaning of the assembly hall, so we were able to sleep in a little - the bus picked us up at 7 a.m. Once the cleaning was completed we were able to enjoy the company of other Pioneers that had arrived early. Although there are only 53 pioneers, and 2 special's we had 88 pioneers attend the meeting - visiting pioneers and some brothers who support Spanish Congregations were also allowed to attend.

Some stats that were given during the weekend: There are 220 English congregations in our District with 3 new circuits added this past September. Also, there are 5,870 bible studies being conducted. (These figures are from August 2012). It was mentioned that Central America is a hotspot for English speakers - even more than Mexico - because many American companies have set up Call Centers where English skills are needed.  The highest attendance that I recorded for the program was: 337. There were two baptized.



early risers waiting for the bus

still waiting (the bus was late)
Ashlee has been studying with Thalia, a young woman in our congregation. This was a special day for Thalia because she dedicated her life to serving Jehovah and symbolized it by being baptized.
Thalia, Lily and Ashlee

Thalia getting baptized
Many in our congregation had parts in the meetings as speakers or participants in demonstrations. We were a busy bunch!
Desmond and Shannon with their  "son" Moises

Erica and Fanny
The weekend was a time to renew friendships and to meet and make new friends. Here is a picture of us with a couple who are serving in a Spanish congregation about 15 minutes away from the Assembly Hall. Charlie and Rachel also produce a blog about their adventures here in Nicaragua.  You can read it at http://charleyrachel.blogspot.com/
Charlie, Rachel, Debbie and Pat