OUR KINGDOM MINISTRY 2013-2014

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Our Kingdom Ministry April 2014

NEW  2014 Yearbook of Jehovah’s Witnesses – (Click to download)

NEW 2014 Convention locations and dates for the USA and Canada

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OUR KINGDOM MINISTRY April 2014 – (Click for download link)

OUR KINGDOM MINISTRY March 2014 – (Click for download link)

OUR KINGDOM MINISTRY February 2014 – (Click for download link)

OUR KINGDOM MINISTRY January 2014 – (Click for download link)

2014 THEOCRATIC MINISTRY SCHOOL SCHEDULE

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January / February 2014 – Ministry School Answer Sheet

March / April 2014 – Ministry School Answer Sheet

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OKM December 2013 - OKM November 2013 - OKM October 2013

OKM September 2013 - OKM August 2013 - OKM July 2013

OKM June 2013 - OKM May 2013 - OKM April 2013

OKM March 2013 - OKM February 2013 - OKM January 2013

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Guy H. Pierce, Member of the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Dies at 79

Guy H. Pierce, member of the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses, died on 19 March 2014 of a massive stroke.

Pierce is survived by his second wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

The remaining seven members of the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses released the following brief statement regarding Pierce: “Our memories of his courageous and faithful earthly life course will continue to strengthen us for years to come.”

<<< Link to download Official Death Announcement in pdf >>>

<<< Link to download Official Obituary in pdf >>>

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Jehovah’s Witnesses Branch Visit in November 2014 (USA only)

TO ALL CONGREGATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES BRANCH TERRITORY

Re: Branch visit in November 2014

Dear Brothers:

On February 11, 2014, the Bethel family was excited to learn that a branch visit is scheduled for the United States. The dates for this visit are November 3, 2014, through November 10, 2014. Brothers from several countries and members of the Governing Body will share in serving as headquarters representatives.

…In this connection, we are happy to let you know that arrangements are being made for a special weekend program on Saturday, November 8, 2014, and Sunday, November 9, 2014, to be broadcast to locations throughout the branch territory in order for as many as possible to benefit from this branch visit…

Download Link Body of Elders letter (February 19, 2014) re: Jehovah’s Witnesses USA Branch Visit in November 2014

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Jehovah’s Witnesses and Health Privacy – Russia

JW Leaks has published court documents in relation to the medical and health privacy case of Avilkina and Others v. Russia heard before the European Court of Human Rights in 2013.

The case concerned alleged harassment of Jehovah’s Witnesses. The applicants, a religious organisation and three Russian nationals who are Jehovah’s Witnesses: Yekaterina Avilkina, who was born in 2006 and lives in Nalchik; Nina Dubinina, who was born in 1959 and lives in Murmansk; and, Valentina Zhukova, who was born in 1956 and lives in the Leningrad region.

Relying on Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life) and Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination), the applicants notably complained about disclosure of their medical files to the Russian prosecution authorities following their refusal to have blood transfusions during their stay in public hospitals. In connection with an inquiry into the lawfulness of the applicant organisation’s activities, the prosecuting authorities had instructed all St. Petersburg hospitals to report refusals of blood transfusions by Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Paragraph 33 of the Judgment states:

 “The applicants considered that, by requesting the disclosure of medical files in respect of patients who were Jehovah’s Witnesses, the prosecutor’s office had excessively and arbitrarily extended the meaning of the relevant provisions of the legislation in force at the material time. There had been no criminal action or suspicion of criminal activities on the part of the applicants which could have justified the disclosure. The prosecutor’s office had merely been “fishing” for information. In the applicants’ view the relevant legislative provision could not be interpreted in so unrestrictive a manner as to grant the law-enforcement agencies access to confidential medical information without any relation to a specific criminal investigation.”

The applicants, including a child, were represented by the Administrative Centre of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia, with assistance from the European Association of Jehovah’s Christian Witnesses, Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, and an extensive legal team of lawyers from the USA, Russia, and the United Kingdom.

In the original press release relating to the incident, as released on jw-media.org on February 19, 2002,  under the heading “Outrage over prosecutor’s conduct”, the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society published:

MOSCOW—Fears for the future of religious freedom in Russia were expressed today by John Burns, a Canadian attorney, during a test case in a Moscow court to liquidate Jehovah’s Witnesses.

“I am outraged that Tatyana Kondratyeva, the Moscow City prosecutor who brought this case, is roaming at will through confidential medical records, without the knowledge or consent of the patient or the patient’s family, reading them out in court and even discussing them on national TV. Prosecutors like that are loose cannons, answerable to no one but themselves. They are a menace to the future of justice in Russia.

“As an attorney with 20 years’ experience of litigation —mostly in medical cases— I have never witnessed such unabashed admission of the misuse of medical records. When our defence team protested, she declined to apologise, but just said, ‘So sue me!’ Well, she might be interested to know that we are now seriously considering doing just that.”

Documents relating to the case

Original Press Release relating to incident – Jehovah’s Witnesses (February 19, 2002) – pdf

Case of Avilkina and Others v. Russia – ECHR 1585-09 – Judgment (6 June 2013) – pdf

Case of Avilkina and Others v. Russia – Statement of Facts – ECHR 185-09 – (19 December 2008) – pdf

Case of Avilkina and Others v. Russia – ECHR 1585-09 – Official Press Release – pdf

Jehovah’s Witnesses – Official Press Release – pdf

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Jehovah’s Witnesses Hawaii International Convention 2014

JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION

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TO ALL CONGREGATION SERVICE COMMITTEES IN THE UNITED STATES BRANCH TERRITORY

Re: 2014 Honolulu, Hawaii, international conventions

December 6, 2013

Dear Brothers:

We are pleased to inform you that the Governing Body has approved two international conventions in Honolulu, Hawaii, during November 2014. All congregations in the United States branch territory are being invited to participate…

DOWNLOAD LINK Body of Elders letter (December 6, 2013) re: announcing 2014 International Convention in Hawaii

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TO ALL CONGREGATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES BRANCH TERRITORY

Re: 2014 Honolulu, Hawaii, international conventions

December 7, 2013

Dear Brothers:

…Arrangements for these international conventions are similar to what has been arranged during the past two years in conjunction with special conventions. Notably, the selected delegates will not be required to use a specific travel agency as has been the case in years past…

DOWNLOAD LINK Body of Elders letter (December 7, 2013) re: 2014 International Convention in Hawaii and application details

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DOWNLOAD LINK Jehovah’s Witnesses 2014/2015 International Convention Application form

DOWNLOAD LINK Jehovah’s Witnesses 2014/2015 International Convention Applicant Instructions

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<<< LINK to information on International Convention in Greece >>>

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Bethel Application Form for Jehovah’s Witnesses

Dear Bethel Applicant:

Your request for a Bethel application has been received and we are pleased to provide you with one. We appreciate the willingness you show by volunteering to serve Jehovah and your brothers worldwide in the special way…

<<<Letter re: Bethel Application | Religious Order of Jehovah’s Witnesses>>>

…After considering the application, you may decide not to apply at this time. In that event, please mail it back to the branch office within one month. On the other hand, if you fill in the application, please give it to your Congregation Service Committee to process.

Your brothers joyfully serving others,

Religious Order of Jehovah’s Witnesses (For the Branch Committee)

[2013 version]

<<< Bethel Application Form | Religious Order of Jehovah’s Witnesses >>>

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The Watch Tower 1865 edition

The Watch Tower 1865, published by J.F. Shaw & Co., for the proprietors of “The Watch Tower”, 158 Fleet Street, London. Sold at all booksellers and railway book stores during the mid to late 1860′s.

This volume of The Watch Tower was first published on March 29, 1865, for the benefit of learned members of the Anglican Church. Some highlights include the poems “On The Watch Tower” (page 167) and “The Light-Bearers” (page 279).

This volume was not published or produced by the Watch Tower Society (Jehovah’s Witnesses/Bible Students) or any of their predecessors.

The Watch Tower volume of 1865 (417 pages) has been recently scanned into PDF by Google as part of a project to make the world’s books discoverable online. The document comprises 417 pages in total.

<<< CLICK TO DOWNLOAD “THE WATCH TOWER” 1865 (17.5mb) >>>

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Revised New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (2013) – PDF

The Revised New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures, published by Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, is now available for downloading in PDF.

UPDATE: November 17, 2013, Body of elders letter re: second consignment of Revised New World translation…

Dear Brothers:
We are pleased to inform you that all English congregations will be receiving a second consignment of the revised New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures in English during the month of November 2013. This consignment will be in the quantity of 40 percent of the publisher count. Please note that this quantity is in addition to the initial consignment of 50 percent of the publisher count that was shipped during the month of October 2013. With this in mind, each congregation should carefully review any outstanding requests and determine if they are still needed…

<<< DOWNLOAD BODY OF ELDERS LETTER >>>

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<<< DOWNLOAD REVISED NEW WORLD TRANSLATION IN PDF >>>

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Watchtower Society Scandal involving Menlo Park Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses

JW LEAKS has published court documents relating to the removal of the body of elders in the Menlo Park Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses (California, USA), the seizing of control of millions of dollars of congregation assets by Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, and the related RICO Enterprise civil lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase Bank et al.

In 2010 the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York seized control of millions of dollars of prime real estate assets belonging to the Menlo Park Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, California, by forcefully removing the body of elders and dispersing the congregation. Money invested by the congregation was also removed from their bank accounts by Watchtower representatives. Those within the congregation that objected to this were threatened with disfellowshipping. Those congregation members who actually spoke up against the scandal were later disfellowshipped.

Allegations of corruption, collusion, banking fraud, and a “money laundering scheme” have since been leveled against the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, their lawyers, and their bankers.

Included are the most recent court documents dated between June 12, 2013 and September 23, 2013.

| Case: c13-01955 JSW | Case: c12-01372 CRB | Case: cv10-03907 |

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Million Dollar Financial Fraud involving Watsonville Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses

JW Leaks has published court documents relating to the million dollar financial fraud involving Rodney Hatfield and the Watsonville Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in California, USA.

These court documents include the sealed 2009 Indictment, Rodney Hatfield’s plea bargain dated January 30, 2013, and the Criminal Minutes Sentencing Order summary dated September 16, 2013. Hatfield was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison in connection with his role in a conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

In pleading guilty on January 30, 2013, Hatfield admitted that he conspired with his co-defendant to obtain money from investors by means of materially false representations about the value of their investment accounts. Hatfield admitted that he defrauded members of his own Jehovah’s Witnesses congregation in Watsonville, California. As part of the conspiracy, he solicited millions of dollars in investment money from his fellow congregants and others to invest in Landmark Trading Company, LLC (“Landmark”), a company he and his co-defendant had set up as a holding company for the purpose of trading in foreign currency exchange.

Initially, Landmark did engage in some legitimate currency trades on behalf of its investors; however, the company quickly began to run a negative return on its trading activity. Rather than accurately report this negative trading activity to investors, Hatfield and his co-defendant distributed false reports to investors in e-mails that their trading accounts were profitable and increasing in value. While some investors did receive all or most of their principal back, Hatfield admitted his actions resulted in a net loss to investors of more than $1 million.

In his Plea Bargain, Hatfield stated:

“I agree that I am guilty of the offence to what I am pleading guilty, and I agree that the following facts are true: From January 2004 through December 23, 2008 . . . I defrauded members of my own Jehovah’s Witness congregation in Watsonville, California. With the assistance of Myers I solicited my fellow congregants and others.”

The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Edward J. Davila, United States District Court Judge, following a guilty plea on the first count of the indictment, a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1349. Judge Davila also sentenced the defendant to three years of supervised release following his term of imprisonment. Judge Davila did not impose a fine in light of the defendant’s financial circumstances. However, Judge Davila set a hearing for November 8, 2013, to determine the amount of restitution as well as set a reporting date for Hatfield to begin serving his sentence.

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Jehovah’s Witnesses Branch Office visitor brochures | Downloads

JW Leaks has published download links for official branch office visitor and tour brochures covering all the major headquarters of Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Watch Tower Society around the world.

Visitor brochures and tour brochures - in both English and local languages - are available for downloading in PDF for the following countries:

Australia, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chili, Columbia, Cote D’Ivoire, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Rwanda, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Suriname, USA, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe.

These brochures are in full-color and were prepared by the Watch Tower Society.

<<< www.jwleaks.org/database/jw-branch-offices >>>

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