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Volunteers rally to help build new Kingdom Hall

Joel Therrien (left) and Mark Vandenberg are two of the volunteers helping construct a new Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. The new hall is located on Churchill Street.

Volunteer members of several Jehovah's Witnesses organizations are in Happy Valley-Goose Bay for the next six weeks to help build a new Kingdom Hall.

The new hall will replace their old one, which was located on Cartwright Road.

Mark Vandenberg is a member of the Happy Valley-Goose Bay Jehovah's Witness Hall. He said many of the volunteers are giving of their own vacation time to come to town to help with the foundation work.

"All the workers, all the building materials - everything is completely voluntary," said Vandenberg.

"We have volunteers here from Goose Bay, Labrador City and Quebec City - there are some communication issues (with Quebec volunteers), but we all respect each other and we work well together."

Joel Therrien is a member of the Labrador City Jehovah's Witnesses.

Despite the ongoing fire situation in his region, he still felt the need to come to Happy Valley-Goose Bay and help in the new build.

"In 2006, we had volunteers come from Goose Bay to help build our new hall in Labrador City," he said.

"We started that building on a Monday, and by Saturday, it was completely finished and ready to use."

Therrien said it is that spirit of community that prompted him and other volunteers to help.

"This is a privilege to be able to come here and do this," he said. "We have this brotherhood world-wide, to build stuff like this. We wanted to help our brothers and sisters in Goose Bay.

"That is the mark of a true Christian - love one another."

Therrian noted Jehovah's Witnesses help out in all kinds of natural disaster situations as well.

"A team was formed after the flooding (in Alberta) right away, to re-build all the homes of our brothers and sisters who lost their homes.

"We don't just say we'll do something; we live by actions. It's self-sacrifice - money, vacation time - to commit to helping others."

Therrian explained it normally takes a week to build a new Kingdom Hall - after all the behind-the-scenes planning is complete. However, this build in particular, he said, is different.

"There is actually another build taking place at the same time, at St. Pierre et Miquelon, that is identical in scope to the one here in Goose Bay.

"The team at St. Pierre et Miquelon will be framing their building the first week of August, then they will be coming here to do the same. And when they get here, the team we have here now will leave."

Therrien said the plan is to have the new Kingdom Hall in Goose Bay fully completed and ready for use by August 31.

He added everyone in Goose Bay has been very accommodating to them since arriving in the community.

"Our brothers and sisters opened their homes to us to stay, even offered their own beds, which we refused, of course," he laughed. "We are having a good time, good home-cooked food and good recreation."

Organizations: Jehovah's Witnesses

Geographic location: Goose Bay, Happy Valley, Kingdom Hall Labrador Quebec City Cartwright Road Alberta

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  • Willie Wonka
    August 14, 2013 - 19:46

    Wow---sure is hard to believe that any of these JW went to the same school that I did and actually passed their science, history, geography classes. Talk about a MIRACLE! A passing grade would definitely be that---a bloody MIRACLE!

  • jhnsn d-s
    July 23, 2013 - 13:52

    The importance of the Jerusalem Temple structures was for formal worship, a place where God caused his name to reside signifying his presence. The Jews may have believed the temple would be rebuilt keeping with the pattern of the past it being rebuilt after destruction but at the time of God’s son a change occurred where the individuals who become a part of God’s immediate family with divine nature in their future were the temple. “Do You not know that You people are Gods temple, and that the spirit of God dwell in YOU” 1Corinthians 3:16 The hearsay is the temple people of God informally gathered together once a week, for the most part in small intimate setting using each other’s homes…were as it was the people of the nations who used Temple structures in the worship of their gods. The Watchtower Disciples will often connect Hebrews 10:24-25 “not forsaking the gathering of ourselves together” with their Kingdom Hall temples which lacks understanding or insight into why Paul may have said the above. And, he certainly was not encouraging meeting attendance in a Temple structure. note: After pentecost they gradually pulled away from using the temples for worship but for spreading the good news to the Jews which caused them to be persercuted. "be on your guard against men; for they will deliver you up to local courts and they will scourage you in their synagogues..." Mathew 10:17

  • AAWAmedia
    July 21, 2013 - 03:11

    Jehovah's Witnesses are typically good people. Their parent organization, Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, constantly changes its teachings and still claim to be "The Truth" before and after the change in teachings and policy. Watch Tower Society teaches its members to shun other members, including close family, who don't agree with or continue to question Watch Tower Society's changing teachings or accept whole blood transfusions. Watch Tower Members are taught that salvation is only connected with its organization and It is God's only channel of communication with humans. The rise of internet information has caused many Watch Tower Society members to research its changing teachings and walk away from this abusive organization's abusive policies. Advocates for Awareness of Watchtower Abuses (AAWA) is working to help change 5 of Watch Tower Society's abusive policies: 1. Shunning of Members 2. Mishandling of Child Molestation 3. Mishandling of Spousal Abuse 4. Stigmatation of Higher Education 5. Treatment with Whole Blood

  • Danny Haszard
    July 18, 2013 - 11:01

    Straight up doctrinal facts on Jehovah Witness. The Jehovah’s Witnesses teach preach that Jesus had his return aka second coming October 1914,then they spin all sorts of doctrinal embellishments on that date. They teach only 144,000 go to heaven,on and on and on with made up man made dogmas……They have infighting,crime and child abuse as bad as any church out there. Jehovah’s Witnesses promotion of their Watchtower sect has the net effect of stumbling and turning people off to the Gospel. Jesus said: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte; and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves” (Matt 23:15) - --Danny Haszard born 3rd generation Jehovah's Witness

  • jhnsn d-s
    July 17, 2013 - 14:52

    John Skurat, coordinator for the body of elders at the Snow Canyon Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and a member of the regional building committee, or RBC said,“ the name Jehovah’s Witnesses use for their buildings — Kingdom Halls — is based in scriptures like Matthew 6:10 and 24:14, which refers to the kingdom of God." Such a teaching is nothing more than twisting the scriptures and layering it with wicked reasoning. These refered to scriptures do not have anything to do with man made structures but rather with God’s Heavenly Kingdom or Government. When yeshua (jesus) shows by example what to prayer he certainly was not teaching his disciple to pray for a man made Building and in Mathew when the preaching work was accomplished it would be followed by the end of buildings or temple structures used for formal worship when Jersulam was destroyed and never againing to be brought back. The lessor ones put their trust in men like Mr. Skurat and what does he speak, mere worthlessness.

  • jhnsn d-s
    July 15, 2013 - 20:10

    Building or temple structures dedicated to formal worship was violently done away with at the destruction of Jersulams temples and the hearsay is the 1st century Christians never tried to resurrect the past but used their personnel homes and other... to gather together and some of the examples suggest it was informal.