Thursday, January 29, 2015

Highlights of Our International Convention of Jehovah's Witnesses in Quito, Ecuador


We are all very excited about the convention. This is something the brothers have been planning for nearly 2 years. Since we are residents of Quito, we have prepared this blog post as seen from "our perspective" (as hosts).

We hope you enjoy our pictures and video clips. Please don't forget to leave your comment at the bottom, whether you were here or not!

This was the first time in history Ecuador has had such a large convention. There were 13 venues tied in with 20 gigantic screens all across the country including Galápagos Islands.

Airport Reception

Over the course of 4 days, 3000 delegates arrived from nearly 30 countries at the UIO international airport.

Welcoming committee at the Quito, Ecuador International Airport

Talented brothers entertained delegated right as the arrived at the airport.
Here they're playing Kingdom Songs with local instruments.

Preparing the Stadium

Little is said about the "behind the scenes" work that goes on to make sure the convention is a success. Literally thousands of happy volunteers from Quito were involved in this work, as you can see:
Preparing to provide audio in 3 simultaneous languages


Dozens of change rooms for baptism candidates were set up
Gargantuan TV screen were set up in all of the 13 venues across Ecuador
Volunteers worked well in to the night right up until the day before the convention

The local news took note of our efforts

Mitad del Mundo Tour

At the Middle of the World monument in Quito, there wasn't a dry eye as 100s of local brothers and sisters showed up to greet and cheer on the arriving delegates. Unforgettable moments!





Standing with one foot in the Northern Hemisphere and one in the South

Whole families came to welcome the delegates



Tours were very well organized



Local TV news services took note!

The guides

The tours in Quito were a massive undertaking on the part of the brothers. Two hundred bilingual brothers and sisters from the area volunteered and were trained to give the tours in Spanish, English and French. Countless days were spent rehearsing the tours.
Our 200 intrepid tour guides take a break at Mitad del Mundo

Every last detail of the convention was planned and organized.
No one was left out. This picture was taken two weeks before the delegates arrived.
The families including children got to rehearse how we were to greet the delegates
as they arrived at the tourist attractions.

Colonial Quito Tour

Once again, 100s of local brothers and sisters came to welcome the delegates.

Welcoming delegates at "Plaza Grande"
Rincón la Ronda

Otavalo Tour

Preaching with the Local Brothers and Sisters

Many congregations had the privilege of taking delegates in the field ministry here in Quito. Everything was super organized. Territories and witnessing partners were all set up well in advance. Before the service arrangement, each delegate and the local brother or sister they were to preach with had their names on the back of their seat with color coding.



The Kingdom Halls were then set up for a little "surprise lunch" after the ministry. After everyone left for service, the Kingdom Halls were transformed into veritable high-class restaurants. It was unreal! All the chairs were covered, tables set up, waiters dressed in bow-ties.... They even added drapes to the windows! It was such an exciting and eventful week. Jehovah is awesome!







Buen provecho! Yummy typical cuisine.


Special Social Function

All throughout the special week, the 3000 delegates gradually had their turn to watch some special entertainment programs that the brothers prepared. Months of preparations and rehearsals went in to this high quality entertainment along with field experiences and interviews with missionaries from Ecuador and other countries. There was not a dry eye in the room by the time the program ended.


Among those interviewed were these two sisters: Laura and Maria. They shared
their experience. Please read their story in the February 15, 2000 Watchtower, p. 8, 9
"Small Bodies Big Hearts". Guaranteed to help us re-evaluate our focus.


The Convention

Over 3000 delegates from almost 30 counties stayed in about 30 hotels for the International Convention in Quito. The peak attendance for all venues in the country was 148,246.





Sessions in Quichua

Of the four stages, one was in the Quichua language. The Quichua brothers and sisters listened to key talks in their mother tongue. Also, all of Anthony Morris' and Robert Ciranko's talks were interpreted for them into Quichua.

 

Enjoying the program despite heavy rain and harsh sun

Brother Anthony Morris III gave the principal talks. His talks were very heartfelt.
For example, in one talk about marriage and children, he spoke of many intimate
personal experiences from his own family life. Very special.
Robert Ciranko also gave several key discourses.

During the last talk on Sunday, Brother Morris had all of the field missionaries serving in foreign assignments come out.


Cooperation from the Authorities

There were about 80 tourist class buses to transport the delegates to the convention each day from about 30 hotels. Imagine that the police provided escorts for all these buses! The motorcade got to run all the red lights with the help of the police. All of this came about because the chief of police was given an invitation to the convention. He was so moved that he arranged for this each of the 3 days. This is something the city has never seen. Gotta love Jehovah's organization!
Jamie Porras‎ shares this experience: I overheard these police officers talking to each other while I was holding up a banner welcoming delegates. They were saying how nice it was that we have unity and are kind to one other. I turned to introduce myself with a hug & kiss and gave them gifts thanking them for their work. They seemed so happy & shocked. The lady police officer said she'd email me. As we stood there looking at the huge crowds of happy people I said in my crazy broken Spanish that I love my brothers! They stared at me and then replied, "You really do, don't you?!"

Ecuadorean Sign Language Sessions

Our deaf-mute brothers and sisters certainly weren't left out. They had their own special stage and enjoyed the program with talks in Ecuadorean Sign Language (or interpretations of the Spanish talks). In the sign language here in Ecuador, instead of clapping hands for applause, the deaf raise their hands in the air and shake them back and forth. Well..., check out the cute way that there were able to amplify their applause so that all in attendance could "hear" them even from the other side of the stadium!


Greetings and Signs of Appreciation from the Local Brothers and Sisters

While we sang "See Yourself When All Is New" this congregation put the message in Spanish (the first line of the song).
When they flipped over their letters, the same message came out in English (see next picture). It was very cute.



Happy Delegates!

Singing, clapping, cheering and waving went on for a good hour after the convention ended. Truly an experience none of us will ever forget!








Very cute: These are deaf-mute brothers and sisters.
This was there way of saying "WELCOME!" very loudly.

Other venues

The whole country of Ecuador was united with us for the convention, even the Galapagos Islands. The various satellite venues were tied in with closed-circuit television.
  • Azogues
  • Galapagos (venues on two islands)
  • Guayaquil (two different stadiums)
  • Ibarra
  • Lago Agrio
  • Cuenca
  • Santo Domingo
  • Guayaquil Assembly Hall
  • Quito Assembly Hall
  • Loja
  • Machala
  • Manta
  • Otavalo
  • Quevedo
Here are a few of these other venues:
Ambato
Guayaquil
Ibarra

Arrangements were made for the elderly and infirm to see and hear the program from the Quito Assembly Hall

At one point during the final day, we attendees in Quito got to send
our love and greetings to the other venues via live video feed

Baptism

In Quito there were six large pools and a total of 499 got baptized in Quito.

Added to these, are the new ones that were baptized in all the simultaneous venues throughout Ecuador. By the end of the lunch hour, 2020 new disciples were baptized throughout the country. That worked out to about 67 new brothers and sisters getting baptized every minute throughout the country during the half hour that it took.

Noteworthy baptism statistics:

  • Youngest: 6 years old
  • Eldest: 98 years old
  • Total baptized in Quito: 499
  • Total baptized nationwide: 2020

Exciting new milestone:

Also, we were excited to learn that a new milestone was reached. After several years reaching out to minority language groups in the country, the first ever native Sachila-speaking brother was baptized this day.







Although they got the numbers wrong, newspapers across the country took note!

Jehovah’s Witnesses making history again!

We were featured in various newspapers and online news services from Ecuador, sometimes on the front page. Some articles explained some of our Bible-based beliefs. “Organized”, “well dressed”, and “friendly international organization” were some of the descriptions commonly used. “Do all things for God’s glory.” 1 Cor. 10:31

We were even on several TV news programs:


Links to online newspaper articles:

Bethel Tour

Many delegates were privileged to fly out our branch in Ecuador for a Bethel Tour.
Waitresses at the Ecuador Bethel branch helping international convention delegates.


Small Tokens of Love and Appreciation

For many months before the convention started, the congregations here had work bees to make gifts to give to the delegates. At the same time, delegates brought gifts too. Here are some examples.

(One dollar note included for size comparison)

184 comments:

  1. Wow!!!! This is AWESOME!!!!! Wished I had been there.
    Your Brother Cameron Cresine from the Antigonish Congregation, Nova Scotia, Canada

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  2. Thanks for posting! Makes me feel a little bit closer to all the action in Quito =)

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  3. Thank you so very much for sharing such a Beautiful tour. Such a thorough presentation that covered everything. Gave me the "Warm Fuzzies". Agape and Philia Love, Sherry Snider North Keller Congregation near Fort Worth, Texas.

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  4. I attended my first International Convention last year and now I am even more overjoyed at seeing these wonderful pictures makes me want to be a part of Jehovahs true organization even more. So glad I was introduced to your website by a sister in my congregation. I have never been disappointed. May Jehovah continue to strengthen and bless you. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. Thanks for sharing this. I applied for this convention, but I was not selected probably because our city (Indianapolis) was chosen for an international convention.

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  6. Just amazing, this warmed my heart, I am so grateful to be one of Jehovah's people, I love Jehovah and every one of my brothers and sisters all over the earth. I long for the time when the only people on earth are those who love Jehovah. "the kingdom is in place, I pray LET IT COME! LET IT COME"

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  7. Thank you dear Friends at Ministry Ideaz ;) Excellent Highlights!!! With Love Keep up the good Work

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  8. Thanks so much for this lovely presentation !! I will take advantage of the opportunity to attend an intl convention or do more when we have one near us. The brotherhood is amazing and a testament to what Jehovah's holy spirit can accomplish.

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  9. This is awesome! I attended the 2009 international convention in Paris, and it really brought back a lot of memories :)

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  10. Thank you so much. I attended the International in Honolulu in November and I can tell you we had the same experience. What a wonderful God we have who takes care of his people earth wide.

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  11. I'm so proud to be part of this wonderful organization!

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  12. Janice from Trinidad.February 3, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    I was there and the love, kindness, generosity, hospitality, friendliness etc was just amazing, inspiring. I felt like we delegates were being especially attended to by Jehovah himself. Nos Queremos is still ringing in my mind. We really love you brothers from Ecuador.

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  14. Edwin&Blanca Vega Delegates from Florida USAFebruary 3, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    Thanks brothers for such amazing presentation. I was there wuth my husband and you made me revived all that happened during this awesome International Assembly in Quito, Ecuador. It was wonderful, spectacular there's no word to described it. Thanks Jehovah for give us to big privilege to be part of his organization and to be part of this historical International Assembly. May Jehovah's bless all of you. We love you!

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  15. Only in Jehovah's organization will you see the true love and happiness we see in all these conventions. We watched ours on TV from New Jersey while our 'family' were in Portland at ours. Truly amazing how so many can meet together without a hitch. All the happy tears and true love!

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  16. Thank you for sharing, we are truly a worldwide brotherhood. I am amazed every day how Jehovah changes lives and helps us all to be so much more than we could ever be on our own. This is the truth and more!

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  17. Beautiful X Sweeeet X Awesome X Love = Jehovah!
    Thank you so much,
    XO
    C. Maree

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  18. Esto es una muestra del pueblo instruido por su Dios Jehovah

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  19. Esto es una muestra del pueblo instruido por su Dios Jehovah

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  20. thanks for posting. our island of grenada was assigned to this convention. we were not able to attend. but this helps us to see the flavor of the event.

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  21. thank you for posting this information. our island was assigned to this location. we were not able to attend. but this gives us the flavor of the event.

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  22. Beautiful, we were fortunate to attend and host our fist international convention here in Atlanta. It was unforgettable, only Jehova's people can enjoy this wonderful spiritual paradise! ! Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience.

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  23. Thank you soooo much for publishing these wonderful pictures. I served in Otavalo back in 1995 and still miss it.
    MHHall

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  24. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful event. I love our brothers and sisters around the world and our whole organization. What a testimony that there is nothing else like it available to people. We are so blessed to have been drawn by Jehovah.

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  25. Omg!!! Love it!!! Very encouraging. Nothing like Our brotherhood. 👩 brought tears to my eyes😂.

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  26. Simplemente Maravilloso

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  27. Thank you for sharing your International Convention with us!! I enjoyed it very much!! Your Loving Sister, Debbie Green, West Garden City Congregation, Michigan. USA

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  28. I have seen Jehovah's hand over this convention in Quito Ecuador.Thank you for posting this wonderful information.It made me cry happy tears. Daisy Zamora from Kerrville TX

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  29. It was fabulous. I was there with my wife from California. We really have a lot to learn.

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  30. Thank you for sharing this beautiful and encouraging event. For those of us who are not in a position to attend such an event it is a blessing to be able to share in what others have enjoyed.

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  31. Rita Hostasch February 3, 2015

    Thank you for the beautiful pictures. The sisters are so beautiful. Jehovah's people are so happy and are on the road to the real life. Yes, Let Jehovah's Kingdom Come, let it come!

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  32. I have been buying your calenders for years. I didn't know you were need greaters. I have been in Honduras for 12 years. Best life ever isn't it! Thanks for sharing.

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  33. I was there. It was fantastic! Thanks for all your pictures, mine didn't come out as I well as I wanted, so it was wonderful to see some that I missed. Saw some in my group, too! We loved Ecuador and all our lovely brothers and sisters.

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  34. Very heartwarming. Thanks so much for sharing. Kathleen from Mississauga, ON

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  35. Barry from Trinidad, seeing the love and unity reminded me of when we had our International Convention back in 2009. May Jehovah continue to bless us all as we look forward to life in his glorious new world.

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  36. I really enjoyed seeing this and seeing the growth. What a wonderfully up-building convention we have had the world over

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  37. Greetings from Lake Riley congregation here in Minnesota. We have eight friends still in Ecuador touring. We can't wait to hear their stories. Thank you for sharing your memories in this blog. We enjoyed it very much 👏👏👏

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  38. Thank you so much for sharing and encouraging your brothers and sisters. We had the privilege of attending the Detroit International Convention 2014 and it really brought tears to our eyes to see our worldwide brotherhood in unity and love. May Jehovah bless all of you! <3

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  39. Elaine Burzynski, Parkside Congrgatoon, Merrick, NYFebruary 3, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    Really enjoyed your beautiful photographic summary of this incredible event. I loved seeing the joy on the faces of the friends in all your pictures. How blessed we are!!

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  40. February 3, 2015 We have wonderful and Great God Jehovah!

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  41. When I saw what Jehovah through His Kingdom has accomplished, I broke down in tears.

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  42. My husband and I, along with our nephew and a friend had the privilege of attending here in Quito. It was truly AWESOME! Words cannot describe the love and brotherhood we felt! We have attended other International Assemblies and they are always beautiful and faith-strengthening, but we think this was the best! Thank you Jehovah and all you dear brothers and sisters that put your heart into this event! (The entertainment was awesome too!)

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  43. Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos! Our International Convention was also held in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. in July 2014. So encouraging to see how Jehovah's people have truly become a mighty, united nation! ♥

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  44. Randy and Cindy ZinkFebruary 3, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    Thank you so much!!!!!!!! You did an amazing blog for your brothers and sisters to see. The hard work and LOVE that went into it is appreciated by each and everyone of us who read it. We really felt like we were there. What a nice break it was to be with our family. May we all continue steadfast. With much LOVE. Can hardly wait and say we've had 100 meals with every brother and sister. Randy and Cindy Zink close to Colorado Springs, Colorado

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  45. Thank you so very much for taking time & effort to share District Convention in Quito, Ecuador! God's people stand out as beautiful all to Jehovah's glory!

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  46. The International Convention highlites were awesome. I had the opportunity of attending the one in Landover, MD and it was wonderful. All praise goes to Jehovah. The brotherhood always works together. I am thankful that I am part of this over 8,000 spiritual family.

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  47. only jehovah would have an organization as this and to be a part is a great priiledge

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  48. Gotta love the brotherhood! Nothing like it anywhere else!

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  49. How wonderful to see Jehovah's people united in action. Some friends of mine from here in Yuma, Arizona were invited to attend and they went! Who could turn down such a wonderful gift from our heavenly Father? Anyway, from this beautiful collage of photos we can see that a good and informative time was had by all. Thank you for taking the time and effort to put this together. May Jehovah continue to bless and be with all of our spiritual family everywhere!

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  50. Thanks for allowing me to see this awesome brotherhood in action! All credit goes to Jehovah God who made this all possible and it was wonderful to see my brothers and sisters all praising Jehovah together! May Jehovah God continue to bless you !!

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  51. Hi Thanks for letting us see all the photos, I have a question, i am a regular pioneer, and am practicing drawing faces, just wanted to ask if it is ok if I draw the cute little girl in one of your photos.

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    1. Sure. Draw away! :D That would be just fine.

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    2. thanks so much, I was there, these pic. show it all. wonderful, made me feel like new world...I loved it. Katie D CA. USA

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  52. What a gift! At a time of particular attack and hardships from this cruddy old world, this gave me the spiritual boost and reminder of what we are so fortunate to be a part of! Stay strong & keep fighting dear Brothers and Sisters. Thank you wonderful Jehovah!!! Love to you all from the Saint Croix Valley Congregation, Stillwater, Minnesota..

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  53. What a wonderful praise to JEHOVAH! I wish so much I could have been there. If anyone knows Herman Viera and his family, please give them my love - Susie from Dayton OH

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  54. This is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!!

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  55. I am at a loss for words, but my heart was touched by your awesome pictures.!! I could feel the love and happiness radiating from them. Thank you so much for sharing. May our Grand Creator continue to bless and keep you.

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  56. My Aunt Dee was in the picture with the police officers.

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  57. Thank you so much for sharing! I´m from Guayaquil Ecuador and I woul have liked to live that experience.

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    1. Hi Natalia, im from long beach, ca. I was also invited. Would of love to have met you. Here is my number 909-964-8303. Please contact me if you may :) I think I know you.

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  58. Thank you for sharing these spiritual gems with me. How humbling to see my brothers and sisters in distant lands experiencing the same love and joy in serving Jehovah that I do. Truly, Jehovah is not partial!

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  59. Thank you so much for sharing this with us! Jehovah's Organization is such a privledge to be part of! No where else can you find such love for one another.Agape my dear friends

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  60. You can just feel Jehovah's presence by just watching this. As a member since December 2012, I can honestly say it's good to be in Jehovah's house! Brotherly love from Fife, Washington.

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  61. Thank you for sharing this wonderful event. Jehovah is doing amazing things with His people in this time we live in! One day we will all know each other in person. What unity!!! Greetings from Vernon, British Columbia, Canada

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  62. Thank you for sharing this wonderful event. Jehovah is doing amazing things with His people in this time we live in! One day we will all know each other in person. What unity!!! Greetings from Vernon, British Columbia, Canada

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  63. Eller Brower February 3, 2015 @10:24PM it is so heartwarming to see the unity of Jehovah's people and to be a small part. Jehovah is truly wonderful.

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  64. How beautiful and encouraging! I was privileged to attend the international convention in Germany in July of 2014. It was truly an experience of a lifetime, one I will never forget.

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  65. Ruby J. Mackey
    I appreciation you sharing this wonderful time of worshiping Jehovah. All the people are happy because of serving a Happy God. Thank You

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  66. Thanks for sharing this. It's so wonderful to see brothers around the world enjoying a spiritual feast and loving association.

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  67. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! You have captured LOVE in action. It is absolutely BEAUTIFUL to see and WARMS the heart.

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  68. This was soooo encouraging to me. Especially the experience of the 2 sister's Laura and Maria. I am truly going thru a very difficult situation. And when they mentioned Ps. 5&6, It was as if Jehovah was speaking to me. Dear sister's. Keep up the good work!

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  69. Many tears of joy experienced while I watched this. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  70. Thanks for showing the convention highlights as well as the other festivities. I had the privilege of helping in the sound dept. Seeing everyone interact despite the occasional language barrier was heartwarming.

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  71. Thank you for sharing these encouraging pictures, although we are all coming from different parts love of the world but we are united in God's love, Jehovah's love. We were privilege to attend the Hawaii International Convention in November 2014.

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  72. Thank you for sharing these fantastic highlights. It encourages us very much and we can see how Jehovah is speeding things up in the last of the last days.
    Love from us all in New Zealand.

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  73. Thank you. I recognized some of the pictures from postings on Instagram. However seeing the convention as a whole really made it come alive. Made me relive my experience as a delegate to the 1998 Athens,, Greece Int'l Convention. It is wonderful that all the Witnesses in the country had the opportunity to get involved. The love was very visible. Again thank you.

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  74. ...and the greatest of these is love. It was definitely shown in true abundance. Thank you for sharing.

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  75. So beautiful to see Jehovah's organisation in action on the other side of the world, and the happy faces of all our dear brothers and sisters. We attended the International convention at Twickenham, London, UK in Aug 2014 and these pics bring back such lovely memories of that event too. Wonderful to be part of Jehovah's united global brotherhood!

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  76. Thanks for posting this. Wonderful presentation and overview of the convention. Love our wonderful brotherhood.

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  77. What a beautiful shout out of praise to our Glorious God Jehovah! Thank you for sharing. It's received with love and appreciation....your sister

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  78. Thank you! It was pleasing to come on this page and see all the beautiful brothers and sisters at the Convention. I loved also the comments from the friends using sign language, as I think they speak beautifully and loud and clear. Only Jehovah can help us speak so beautifully. Agape, one of your many sisters.

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  79. Wonderful! Thank you so much for taking the time to share this with us.
    Warm Christian love.
    Sister Janet Wilson,
    France

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  80. I love the photo's and video's. It must be great to be there. Youre sister from belgium

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  81. Well I thought I had finished with the tears over the international assemblies as ours was July 2014 but off I went again. Thank you for the reminder of Jehovah's love and the unity and hard work of his family.

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  82. We love all these brothers and sister and aallll the little ones, though we don't know them.. They belong to Jehovah.. and that makes them precious. The video's and photo's are beautiful!!

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  83. Thank you so much for putting all together. What a great summary! I'm going over this again with my kids to show how happy Jehovah's people are! We are truly united in this divisive world. From Massachusetts, USA.

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  84. BEAUTIFUL! Thank you for including us!! Much Christian love from Springfield Illinois USA.

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  85. Thank you for that beautiful & moving account! I wish I could have been there in person. Thanks to your wonderful recounting I was. What a great shout of praise to our great God, Jehovah! May Jehovah's blessing continue on you dear brothers & sisters in Ecuador & throughout his worldwide organization!!!

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  86. Jehovah's organization is really one that cannot be matched. Thank you for sharing your experience. May Jehovah bless the efforts put out in your part of the vineyard.

    Trinidad & Tobago

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  87. I can not put into words how this made me feel. I love Jehovah our God so much and I know how proud he was of the love that was shown. A friend of mine attended this convention and said that she wanted to be able to bring that kind of love home. I know what she means now. I want to help her, and all of us as Jehovah's people need to remember that love like this is the identifying mark of true Christians, and ask ourselves are we truly showing that type of love where we serve Jehovah. Thank you so much for reminding me of how wonderful our God Jehovah and his people really are. Paradise will be so beautiful, just the people alone will make it Paradise!
    Love Your sister, in the United States

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  88. Jehovah's organization is so wonderful. Thanks for sharing the wonderful encouragement, since it is truly encouraging to see this. May Jehovah continue to bless all you .
    Florida,United States

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  89. Been purchasing from your for years, didn't realize you were need greaters! Our family attended the convention and the love we experienced from the Ecuadorian friends was indescribable. Just shows us that Jehovahs Kingdom is in place and his people will all be cared for all around the world. Thank you for sharing your pictures! 😘

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  90. What beautiful pics and videos of our loving and united brotherhood. Thanks for sharing!!...it's such an encouragement and wonderful reminder of the Great God we serve. May Jehovah continue to bless you for the love you show for his name.
    Sending warm Christian love from Clinton, MD USA

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  91. Thank you for the loving and enthusiastic presentation.

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  92. Thanks for sharing.

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  93. I could not help but smile when I saw these pictures it brought me back to our International in Atlanta Georgia (USA) such a WONDERFUL GOD JEHOVAH is to have brothers and sisters from lands that we did not understand the language but we understood we love each other! Thank you for sharing how it will be in the paradise when all is new! l LOVE YOU SOOOOOO MUCH!! Cornelia Williams (Anniston, Alabama) USA

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  94. Great to see all our brothers and sisters working so hard together and we can see they are loving it. Loved the picture with the two police officers what a nice experience for them to be helping loving, obedient men and women to enjoy the convention. Thank you for publishing all the pictures for us.

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  95. Thank you so much for sharing and all the hard work that went into your blog. It made me feel like I was a part of the convention. I long for the day when Jehovah has his people worshipping him openly, and free from Satan's distractions.

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  96. We attended ours in July 2014 at the Georgia dome Atlanta USA
    it was nice to see the same theme for welcoming and hospitality throughout the different locations.

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  97. It's truly heartwarming, and encouraging to see so many of our brothers and sisters joined together in love and unity. Thank you for sharing the wonderful pictures and videos. I recently attended my first International Convention in Atlanta, GA (USA), and it brought back many fond memories. Thank you so much!!

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  98. Thank you for giving me a taste of a wonderful time that you enjoyed in Ecuador!
    What a wonderful experience to be part of the only worldwide family on this earth which is evidence of our loving and caring Father, Jehovah.

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  99. Thanks for sharing. This was truly faith strengthening. Jehovah always provides us with what we need.

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  100. Greg! Did you do this blog? What a fantastic awesome job you did! You were truly able to capture the essence of the warmth, unity and LOVE we all experienced. I'm into details and especially enjoyed the photos and tie bits you shared about all the work that went on before our arrivals. Also the photos of the newspaper articles , the numbers of the baptism and the locations tied in. Very sweet and thorough. The whole blog just made me cry because it was exactly as you posted. There's no doubt the experience we had was not only faith strengthening but made such a beautiful witness to the community all to the praise of our Hapoy God, Jehovah! Thank you for sharing. I will be visiting this blog many times.

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  101. Only in Jehovah's organization can we see this kind of love. This can only be accomplished with Jehovah's holy spirit. Praise Jehovah our heavenly Father!

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  102. Thank you very much for the awesome presentation of the International Convention in Ecuador !!!! What a wonderful, loving, caring and joyful Brotherhood that Jehovah has drawn us to. May we always keep focus on caring out Jehovah's will so that every day in his promise paradise will be like this convention forever. Warm love and greetings from your Sister in Boston, MA (USA). awaits

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  103. Your pictures are so moving. I've never been to a international convention but I felt the love through your images. I can't thank you enough for sharing.

    Agape!

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  104. The pictures made me almost cry with joy. I will probably never get to go to an international convention but I thank you so very much for all the beautiful pictures and information. I am going to get my Feb. Watch Tower and read the story when I finish this. Thank you very much.

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    1. From your sister near Atlanta, GA.,U.S,A.- Do never feel your will never get to enjoy this in real life. Other than in New York and Canada in l958 and 1963, I never thought I would go to another. But at 65 yrs. old went to Argentina, for special assembly, and this year we hosted international in Atlanta. Jehovah is really getting us ready for travel everywhere in the new system to see all these wonderful brothers and sisters we see in pictures now!!!! After just reading all these comments, I felt so warm. Though I didn't know the individuals just reading something from several places I've lived and all the wonderful expressions of love from all over is thrilling. May we all stay faithful until we can meet each other in person. Beautiful pictures, wonderful effort to include us all. B. Wolf.

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  105. Tears of joy in my eyes. So exciting to see world wide brotherhood in action. So much love is coming through these photos. Feeling this love must have been thrilling to experience in person. Thank you Jehovah for this amazing brotherhood, and your blessings. Only through you could this happen in this system.
    Colorado USA

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  106. So wonderful and amazing to see Jehovah's holy spirit among our world wide brotherhood. Great pictures captivating a memorable international convention...thanks for sharing :-) GUZMAN- San Antonio, TX

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  107. Thank you for this wonderful remembrance of the Quito International Convention. I can't believe we have been back a week now. It was a wonderful experience and I count it as a real privilege to have shared the love of the brother & sisters from Ecuador. Jan, PA US

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  108. Thank you for sharing the wonderful time you had at the International Convention with us. The love, warmth, and friendship experienced at our conventions bought us together as an International Family. We had the privilege of attending the Frankfurt Convention in Germany and experienced that same love and friendship. We thank Jehovah for this.
    Shazianne, Aus

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  109. Wow, how awesome! I wish I could have been there. Thanks for sharing. Deidre - Sydney, Australia

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  110. What a treat, my brothers! Thank you so much for sharing your memories with the rest of us, truly an encouragement in these wicked times!! I was also privileged to attend the International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia USA and oh what a beautiful event it was!! may Jehovah continue to bless the work you do and also keep you safe! With deep Christian love, Your brother and friend , Daniel, South Carolina, USA

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  111. Thank you very much for sharing these beautiful pictures with us. Tears of joy were streaming down my face as I looked at the happy faces of Jehovah's people. What a wonderful God we serve!. Thanks to Jehovah for his love, his organization, and for my brothers and sisters. May we continue to live in Unity with Jehovah's blessings. Warm Christian Love. From NJ, USA.

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  112. What a wonderful testament to the love and worldwide unity of Jehovah's blessed organization. These pictures bring to life the camaraderie between our brothers and sisters. And the baptism! Amazing - from 6 years old to 98 years old! Jehovah is blessing you dear ones in Ecuador and gathering "all sorts of people" into his loving, protective congregation. Thank you so much for sharing these photos, videos and encouraging sentiments. Love, your sister from St. Petersburg, FL, USA

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  113. Thanks so much for sharing. It makes me feel so privileged to be a part of such a wonderful organization. Truly heartwarming to see so many brothers and sisters in unity, and seeing Jehovah's organization grow!

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  114. Thank you for sharing your precious memories. I attended the International Convention in Detroit, Michigan (July 25-27). Brother Morris made the occasion special As well! And the singing: how beautiful! Hope to meet you in the future!

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  115. Beautiful pictures! What a spiritual paradise! Wish we were ALL there! Soon, we will be :)

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  116. These pics were simply awsome. I have been to several Int.Conv. Ours was held in Atlanta Ga. USA. I enjoyed viewing these very much. See you all in Paradise! Sending all my warm christian love. Sheryl: Northwoods Cong. Macon Ga.

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  117. Brother Greg. We appreciate this compilation that makes us feel the affection and love of our brothers in Quito again. thank Jehovah God for giving us the privilege to live in person 😊😊😊

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  118. I was privileged to attend. What an experience! This was my third int'l and I have to say it was the best so far. The love, the humility, the hospitality, the willingness to serve shown by our Ecuadorian brothers and sisters was just awesome, never experienced that level of love and genuineness before. I was so sorry when it was over and I had to return to life in this world. I will never forget this convention as long as I live.
    The most impressive part was the brothers and sisters not moving from their seats while the rain poured and the thunder rolled. What a show of faith.
    Thank you Jehovah for these rich spiritual blessings and to the Governing Body for the planning and implementation and to the local branch for their hard work. It was much appreciated.

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  119. Thank you so much for sharing this convention. I have only been a baptized witness for a couple of months. I sure would love to attend one of these conventions. Let me know when there is one near me..London, Ontario, Canada

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  120. Wonderful!!!! As the brother said at one of my conventions. Jehovah is Awesome !!!!. Thank you so much for sharing. I too viewed with tears in my eyes. What a wonderful worldwide organization we belong to. All praise to our Great God, Jehovah!

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  121. Joyce T. BoulangerFebruary 7, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Thank you for these inspiring pictures . I was baptised in 2012 so still new , I am so amazed at all of the wonderful things that happen in Jehovah's org. Imagine the police Helping, that is one for the records. The love and smiling faces! The large hands waving. I so wish i could be there. SOME DAY,,! My love to all. Praise JEHOVAH. For all things.

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  122. Thanks for bringing a part of your world to me here in Jamaica.Agape love!!

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  123. Thank you for sharing this with everyone. Jehovah really has given us a wonderful brotherhood and the honor of bearing his name. I'm sure there will be some great bible studies as a result of the love shown.

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  124. Thank you ever so much for sharing this. I felt the love and almost like I was there with all of you. A little over 60 years since my baptism and I can feel the spirit in the air even through the pictures. What a great god we have and what a privilege to be part of the only organization on earth expected to survive what lies ahead. Thanks so much.

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  125. Jehovah's people are so beautiful!

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  126. I watched with tears in my eyes the pictures and comments about the Ecuador Convention and thought of the International convention here in Seattle, WA. Jehovah's people are truly united. What a blessing!
    Thank you for sharing.

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  127. I was able to attend my 1st International Convention in Quito! The love the brothers demonstrated is beyond words. Our great God, Jehovah is the only Person that could have an organization that knows no partiality, and I thank him from the depth of my heart that he allows me the opportunity to worship him with such a loving brotherhood. This was truly an amazing experience for me, along with so many others I shout out "Let Your Kingdom Come!", Let it come! Thank you for sharing!!

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  128. Muchas gracias hermano por recordarnos estos bonitos recuerdos. Fue una asamblea maravillosa!!! Pudimos ver el amor del pueblo de Jehovà en accion, y en estos tiempos tan turbulentos nos consuela saber que pertenecemos a una extraordinaria hermandad y que por toda la tierra todos juntos nos esforzamos dia tras dia por servir a nuestro amoroso Padre. Esperamos con paciencia el dia que al fin toda la creacion alabe a JEHOVA;

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  129. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing experience with the rest of us! I was especially touched by the response of the dear deaf friends. All to Jehovah's praise! !! Agape!

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  130. AWSOME, I wanted 2 b there, so glad u posted this grand event.

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  131. Oh!! How wonderfully Jehovah has blessed his people. Thank you Brothers and Sisters for a Job well done all around! Love everything. MM, Columbia, SC

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  132. Wow! This brought back memories, my family attend the International in New Orleans for the first time in 2014. Words cannot say how we felt, thank you JEHOVAH for our Christian brotherhood. A. Smith

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  133. Oh my goodness! Thank you friends for posting this! I sat here and cried. I was at the International Convention in Poland, 1989. There is NOTHING that compares to our brotherhood. It's proof that we serve the True God!! What a beautiful organization we are privileged to belong to. Thank you again for sharing this with all of us! Agape, T. Dobis, Indiana, USA

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  134. Wow!!!! This is AWESOME!!!!! Wished we had been there. !!!!!!OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!
    Thank you for sharing, we are truly a worldwide brotherhood. I am amazed every day how Jehovah changes lives and helps us all to be so much more than we could ever be on our own. This is the truth and more!

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  135. AWESOME! Thank you for sharing. Keep up the good work that you do.

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  136. Words are hard to find to express the love our brothers showed us while in Ecuador! We really got a taste of New Order living. Jehovah really has a wonderful world awaiting us! No other organization on earth exist like ours, truly a world wide brotherhood of beautiful loving people.

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  137. My Son, Calvin and I were privileged to be delegates at this International Convention. I smiled and my eyes filled with tears as I looked at the pictures and remembered the wonderful week we spent in Ecuador. The Love and kindness shown by the Brothers and sisters was Tremendous! The entire experience was life changing and one that we'll never forget. Thanks to our Great and Wonderful God Jehovah.

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  138. Thanks all the way from Nigeria.

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  139. Thanks for blogging. The pictures were amazing. Jehovah really has a "beautiful people". Thanks again from Gulfport,MS, USA.

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  140. Awesome! There were so many people and yet they all embraced and enjoyed each other! It was amazing that they made the news and the newspapers, they were so large. What a wonderful place to be.

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  141. I loved it all! So much here to see! Loved the videos, and the singing to The welcome was just wonderful. What a wonderful spiritual family we have and so priveleged to be a part of it.

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  142. Thank you so much for sharing this with us, it brings back heart warming feelings. We attented the International Assembly in Frankfurt Germany. Hugs and greetings from your brothers and sisters in Hückelhoven Germany

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  143. Thank you for your generosity and sharing with brothers and sisters worldwide in Mexico

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  144. March 4, 2015
    Catherine and Charles Crawford
    What a wonderful experience.
    All the Love of the Brothers and Sisters show in their smiles.

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  145. Thank you so very much for sharing. It brings us all so much closer together.

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  146. Though the word AWESOME was used a number of times in the above commentaries, I think it doesn't do justice to what took place in Ecuador!!! Too, the people are so humble and anxious to learn the Bible that even I in my stumbling, bumbling Spanish had great success in starting (then turning return visits over to the local brothers & sisters) Bible studies that I learned later got baptized. Truly, that field continues being ripe for cultivation for anyone considering going where the need is greater.

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  147. As I am looking through these wonderful pictures my eyes fill with tears. Thanking Jehovah for the blessing of being one of His children in such a loving organization. The pictures show the love that we have for each other. Thank you for sharing this wonderful encouraging moment.

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  148. Thank you for sharing I feel as if I were a part of your convention. This was the first year I was able to attend am International. By sharing this with me I've now partaken of two. Your countryside and people are beautiful.

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  149. Thank you for sharing. Jehovah's blessing in notable in the love among our brotherhood. Tears of joy!!!<3

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  150. Enjoy the pictures and experiences of the chief of police escorted 80 buses all because he received a invitation. Something we all can learn with our upcoming Regional Conventions this summer. Thank you!!!

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  151. Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful pictures! We are truly a blessed, worldwide brotherhood, serving our loving God, Jehovah! When we are finally in the beautiful Paradise we have long for, our love and association with one another will truly extend "TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH!"
    From Vacaville, California, USA

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  152. Thank you so much for sharing your pictures of this wonderful and historic occasion. It is so encouraging to see all the brothers and sisters.
    much christian love
    Tammy from Ohio

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  153. words cannot describe I how feel looking at these beautiful pictures from the international convention in Ecuador. my eyes fill with tears as we truly belong to an unified organization. I had the privilege of attending the international convention in Landover, Maryland at FedEx Field. it was the best!! to see our brothers & sisters from all the world serving Jehovah unitedly brings joy to our hearts. we have so much to look forward to in the future on a paradise earth!!

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  154. After having spent some time on San Cristobal (the capital of the Galápagos islands) I was so happy to hear that my dear friends there were able to share in the joy of this most beautiful occasion. I can imagine all their smiles as they selflessly prepared for and attended that convention, making the best of their limited resources. Thank you for postings your pictures and experiences. Praise to Jehovah for spreading his love to the most remote and forgotten corners of the earth!
    -Denver, CO

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  155. Wow. I loved looking at these pictures and videos. Put tears in my eyes seeing all the nationalities showing love for one another. Jehovah is so great and loving. Thank you so much for posting these for everyone to see. MN USA

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  156. I thoroughly enjoyed viewing the convention pictures. My 7 year grandson asked me to take him to Quito for the weekend. It left a great impression on him. This will have to be one of trips we take in PARADISE.
    Thank you for sharing this experience with us.

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  157. pictures, just amazing, so heartfelt that your able and do show them to us. Thank you so very much, extremely encouraging. (don't know how to use or what to select for profile other than Anonymous, so from Leza J.) Thank you for your love for us in sharing your pictures.

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  158. What an amazing time you all had. So much love. And the unity, and the organizing, and the zeal! And there are so many beautiful comments posted here. I feel as though this is a wonderful place to get a chance to see and hear from and about Jehovah`s people that I may never get the opportunity to see in person in this life. But in the life to come there will be every opportunity to know all of Jehovah's people. What a celebration we will have! One that we will never have to leave!

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  159. What an amazing time you all had. So much love. And the unity, and the organizing, and the zeal! And there are so many beautiful comments posted here. I feel as though this is a wonderful place to get a chance to see and hear from and about Jehovah`s people that I may never get the opportunity to see in person in this life. But in the life to come there will be every opportunity to know all of Jehovah's people. What a celebration we will have! One that we will never have to leave!

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  160. Thank you for sharing these beautiful convention with our worldwide Christian brotherhood

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  161. Thank You for the well presented view of my brothers and sisters in Ecuador praising Jehovah with their Good Things. Soon all our expectations will be fulfilled.
    Gwen Hayes-Texas

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  162. Thanks for sharing such awesome moments! I appreciate every picture. It such a privilege and honor to see Jehovah's people all over the world. These memories I will treasure forever. Thanks for that reference article on the two sisters. Thank you for encouraging me to do all I can in Jehovah's service.

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  163. Leaves me with love in my heart and tears of joy in my eyes. So dear.

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  164. Jehovah's people are like bright diamonds shinning in this darken world we live in
    they are just so beautiful, and I am so thankful to Jehovah that I am part of his beautiful organization. Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures.

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  165. Genevieve, San Pedro CADecember 2, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Thank you for posting this very emotional convention! I've never been to an international convention in another country and now I felt as if I've been there in Quito. The chanting and singing at the end was truly emotional!

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  166. What more is to be said???!!! After going through your blog post and reading all the comments, I can't say much of anything...other than thank you so much for posting it. It swells the heart!!! Wow!!! Also, must say, this was so well put together to Jehovah's praise. I haven't had the privilege of attending an International but a member of my family and her congregation got to Host and attend the Seattle 2015 International. She was thrilled, she had the privilege to helped teach singing and dancing as part of the welcoming programs. I was very happy for her, and now so happy for you all too! It's just a peek at what Jehovah has in store for us. We HAVE to stay as busy as possible so we can help to share and spread this joy to so many others that Jehovah is leading to Him! We must be patient so many more can come to Jah! May Jehovah continue to bless your efforts to serve him wholeheartedly!!!
    PDL in Phoenix, AZ, USA

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  167. Thank you for sharing, so lovely to be able to share your joy and experiences

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  168. Truly a Paradise on earth right now itself....the love our worldwide brotherhood showers is enough to keep us in this blessed conditions
    Nita Jani from Mumbai, India...

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  169. Loved seeing my Brothers and Sisters from around the world! Thank you SO much for sharing. Jehovah is such a wonderful God for healing our human hearts and bringing his people together in such a beautiful way. Such a joy to see. Thank you again. Much love, your sister from NC USA.

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  170. Thank you so much for the link. When watching the friends sing I started to cry. I've been baptized at age 15 on December 16 1970. I've witnessed great things in Jehovah’s organization. Every year it gets better and better. We love all our brotherhood worldwide. We are the only people on the planet who have true love. May Jehovah continue to bless all of you in your work making all these wonderful service needs for us! Soon we will all be in Paradise.

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  171. So much fun! Great Pictures, thanks for sharing!

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  172. Wow! Just wonderful!! Praise Jah!

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  173. Thank you for sharing those wonderful pictures of all the wonderful brothers and sisters. It really makes me feel a part of our worldwide brotherhood.

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  174. Wonderful pictures thank you so much for sharing these. I love seeing so many of Jehovah people together. It's definitely a small taste of paradise. Beautiful country. Me and my husband were baptized 2 years ago after studying for 10months. We got to go to the international in Landover Md.Truly is the best life ever!

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  175. Brought tears to my eyes! Thought of International we attended 2014 in Zimbabwe. What a Brotherhood we have. Thanks for sharing!

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  176. Thank you so much for sharing. Just what i needed to boost my spirits and remind me what a loving God and brotherhood we have

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  177. I attended the Special Convention in Paris France which was unforgettable but thanks so much for sharing our brothers convention in Ecuador I felt like I was there

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