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  1. 1. NEVV WORLD SOCIETY. ASSEMBLYOF JEHOVAHS WITNESSES- -- -Y A N K E E STADIUM N E W YORK C I T Y JULY 21, 1953KNORR RELEASES NEW BOOK!70 Bible Themes in ""MakeSure of All Things"The Watchtower Societys new book "Make Sure of AIZ Tlzings", 416 pages, was re-leased Monday afternoon at Yankee Stadium to thunderous applause by the 125,040there and in overflow tents and at Trailer City. Striking a resounding chord as the key-,note of the New World So-ciety Assembly of Jeho-vahs Witnesses, PresidentKnorrs presentation of aResolution was enthusias-tically received by 125,040,who made the stadiumgrounds and Trailer Cityreverberate as they shouted"Aye"to the motion for itsadoption. It sets forth thestand of Jehovahs witness-es and outlines the workahead of them.This "double feature" releaseand resolution, both presentedat the conclusion of the talk,fittingly went together. Why?Secause, as the speaker stated,t h e New World society is found-ed on Gods Word, and "MakeSltrp of AZZ Things" is a booketting God himself speak di-rectly through his Word.Mr. Knorr explained that.-ears of work had been ex-?ended in preparing the book.It is different in that it,arrang-under 70 main themes and-any subheadings a great ar-- 2 ~of scriptures pointedly??wering the hosts of ques-- qns that are arising this veryrz!= It helps to push back the- e of atheism, agnosticism---! false religious opposition- - Xingclom truth by the irre-= 2 - hie force and logic of the-.e itself.-- -e expectant air of the tre-- < - - ;ous audience was height-- - -- - i y the very first sentence: I-. 5:qorrs keynote talk on "Make Sure of All Thingsv extended to----.nlred on next page) oonventioners. Inset si~ovsKnorr releasing it.Made in U.5.A.
  2. 2. I 2 1953 REPORT O F THE NEW WORLD SOCIETY ASSEMBLY O F JEHOVAHS WITNESSESawaken the brothers to theimportance of attending Circuitassemblies and congregationalmeetings. "In El Salvador,"said C. J. Beedle, "the mainproblem was how to find timeto study." They said that bothproblems were being solved.Newfoundland found that itsprogress was due to carefulplanning of meetings, both byservants and publishers par-ticipating, M, F. Latyn said.G. D. Papadem next stimu-lated the assembly with newsof the wonderful progress inPanama. In 1945 the first mis-sionaries were sent to Panama.Then there were 43 publishers.Now 668 active m i n i s t e r spreach in Panama.Nicaraguas representative,New Book! (Contd)"Living as a New worldSociety." The stirring words,"When the big guns of WorldWar I thunderously beganbelching fire and smoke in thesummer of 1914, a new-worldsociety was due to be born!"gave promise of somethingspecial. Continuing, he pointedout that not to worldly slogans,schemes or propaganda, butsolely to Jehovah God must gothe credit for producing thisnew-world society. Althoughtheir enemies thought they hadwritten finis to Jehovahs serv-ants by means of the fiery per.secution during World War I,. nevertheless, they clung to Je-hovah and he, by the powerof his spirit, freed them fromthe fear of men and frommens organizations.The New World society nowconsists of hundreds of thou-sands. Its existence is not de-pendent upon any politicalcharter of any one nation, for •it is a world-wide society; ithas used the Watch Tower So-ciety until now, but it willcontinue even though the gov-ernments of this world maydissolve the charter of thatSociety, yes, even into the newworld long past Armageddon,when Jehovah will dissolvesuch governments.The kingdom of the heav-ens established in 1914 nYaybeunreal to worldly politicians,but to us it is more real thanthe U. N. with its visible struc-tures. Its actuality is shown in- that it has subjects that sub-mit to its power, and its real-ity and power are impressedupon us by the fulfillment ofBible prophecy.The New World society hasits own language, the theocrat-ic Kingdom truth. To continuein the New World society wemust speak the truth. Thatmeans getting rid of old-worldlies and the practice of speak-ing falsehoods for any selflshreason. It also means gettingf d of false religious teachingszr?3 publishing the truth of?tds IVord to those outside-19 >-eiv World society, that--:;.e-; are hungry for.--*-. - . .--.T-+- .-. .eausness may-.. - .--- -- . =-- E-: -e:a: free.Doing. . _ _ .- _ _ .- I - .. .. . .r:? society- - . - - --- ------.- . .- . . . . . a s a n. .. .- - - - - . - - - - --.--. . . , Examining "Make Sure of All Things"The resolution appears infull in a separate article ofthis report. Knorrs talk willappear in full in a future issueof The Watchtower-North America Reportsto AssemblyPreliminary to the presi-dents discourse, the Mondayafternoon conventioners weredelighted by reports from 18representatives, missionariesand branch servants from 12lands of North America. Theconventioners thrilled to seethe sign on the playing fieldtelling of North Americas 1953publisher peak-193,568, an in-crease of 24,819over 1952.E: C. Ihrig from British Hon-duras told the assembly thattheir big problem was to
  3. 3. Y A N K E E STADIUM, N E W YORK CITY, JULY 21, 1353 3-3.R. Munsterman, explained-om progress has been effect-5 by the countrys Supreme-ourt lifting a ban on the work.Onlv one Kinadom ~ublisherRESOLUTION ADOPTED-I.-as active in " ~ u a t e m a l a in- 2 , -- =.a, said branch servant-.T.-. R. Kennedv. NOW, eightHappy convenlSoners display prizeil copies of new book111 leading the assembly on to still another surprisefor Monday afternoon President Knorr proceeded to say:--earslater* are 340 *b-.hers. The zeal displayed by>.latemalas publishers is wellcremplified by the sister whor-2t a On everythinghad to Ome to this--y!"In 1914," said W. E. Call of_?sta Rica, "there were a few?--lve publis11ers; in 1944 the- x r e reached 155. In 1951 the--ak figure zoomed to 1,825-. 3lishers!"Canadian branch servant?nrcy chapman summarized?easons for ~ ~ ~ t h~~~~i~~~r-7gressu: (1)acarefulorgan--,-,g of the work, ( 2 ) all the---gegations obediently fol...:ng out the instructions, lenged today, either by the low- life amid an unbroken peace- - 4 (3) the brothers constant- ly common n ~ a nor by mighty prosperity. It is the infal-fighting opposition even to. world powers and ruling factors. liblo word of the Almighty God,-2 highest Courts. At the con- Since the year 1914 the world the Creator of heaven andl i o n of his talk the booklet has passed through stranqe and earth, that gives men this--." !Meetthe startling events, and their cli- heartening good news tvritten- *ia? was released in the.--rainian language-a great max has not yet been reached. over his own name: "that they- - ? for Canada, for many Everywhere men and nations nlay know that thou alone,-;-rile in that land speak are in a state of growing dis- whose name is Jehovah, art the.:rsinian. tress and perplexity, and con- ( Continued next page)What an opportunity this unparalleled occasion affords asvc brotbrrs are met together in internat6nal assembly withtens of thousands of represeiitativcs from the four quartersof the earth ! To cq-stallize our realization oE ourselves as oneunited Sew World soriety and to go on record before God andhis lringclom and our absentbrotllers and all marikincl,1 move the adoption of thefollo~vingRPSOLTJTIOY(THE scene of this world ischanging." (1Corinthians 7: 31,New World Tmnslntion) Theseinspired words, written nineteencenturies ago, cannot be chal-fessedly they do not know whatthe final shape of things will bcand whether it will be forhuman weal or for human woe.The same Word that foretoldthe ofscene then"v scene that wasview of arighteous new world of endless
  4. 4. 4 1953 REPORT OF THE NEW WORLD SOCIETY ASSEMBLY O F JEHOVAHS WITNESSESResohtion (Contd)Most High over all the earth."(Psalm 83 :18,American Stnnd-ard Version) In his wisdomand foresight he has in everycase prepared his faithful wor-shipers for the destiny-makingchanges ahead; for instance,Noah and his household, whowere warned and prepared tosurvive the global inundationwith which the entire world ofthat day passed off the scene.True to his loving-kindness,and in view of the passing ofthe present old world off thescene shortly in a trouble thelike of which. has never yetbeen, the hlost High God, Je-hovah, has prepamd a NewWolald society and given it theScriptural hope of survivinginto that righteous new worldthat he has promised. Itsmembers he has made his wit-nesses, to uphold and proclaimhis rightful sovereignty overheaven and earth, to sound thefinal warning of the comingviolent change of the worldscene, and to recommend hisMessiamic kingdom as the oneand only hope for a race thatthe Devil is driving to de-struction.THEREFOREwe, as witnessesof Jehovah and as members ofhis New World society, gath-ered in our scores of thousandsfrom scores of lands in inter-national assembly here a t Yan-kee Stadium, New York city,N.Y., this 20th day of July,1953, seize this as a most fittingoccasion to adopt the following~esolution:THATin all the nations rep-resented by us we unitedly con-tinue to declare to the peoplesthat in the year 1914 theSupreme Judge of men andzations brought to an end hisappointed times of the na-tions" for uninterrupted worlddomination. At the same time,to replace this long experimentof imperfect men a t self-gov-ernment on earth with all thesad consequences of failure,the Supreme Authority broughtforth the kingdom of hisanointed Son J e s u s Christ.This is therefore the only gov-ernment with right and author-ity to continue to rule all theearth and its inhabitants. Italone n r r has the backing ofthe Mo? IIizh God, Jehovah,and is empowered to fulfilltoward afflicted mankind allthe rophecies of his inspiredworB by removing from themthe oppressive s u p e r h u m a nrule of Satan the Devil, "thegod of this system of things,"and his demons, and by exer-cising a righteous heavenlyrule for the blessing of obe-dient men of good will withperfect human life and all itsneeds for happiness in a para-dise earth.THAT we publicly acknowl-edge our debt to Jehovah forthe vision and hope he hasgiven us of his promised newworld of righteousness. Grate-fully and humbly we confessbefore all mankind what hehas done for us as Christianswho are wholly dedicated tohim and his will and purpose.He has taken us out of this oldworld and made us his people,reserved for his new world. Hehas made us a New Worldsociety by his dealings with usaccording to his precious prom-Ises. This New World societythus derives its origin from nohuman source and it is depend-ent upon no earthly politicalstates, applying to none ofthem for its incorporation asa body and for the charteringof its existence and activities.Although it is no part of thispresent distressed system ofthings but is preparing for lifeand service in the divine systemof things to come, yet this NewWorld society disavows all sub-versive movements against theinstitutions of this world. Itcannot promote, approve ortake part in any violent over-throw by men of governmentsof this world. It subjects itselfunder the mighty hand ofJehovah God and waits uponhim to bring in his new worldin his own way by the heavenlykingdom of his Son JesusChrist.THAT, as a New World so-ciety, we hold fast to the in-dissoluble ties that bind us.We are one people, wikhout dis-tinction according to race, col-or, language, tribe or nation.We have the one living andtrue God, Jehovah. We haveone common Monarch underGod, his Son and our Redeemer,Jesus Christ. We have a lawcommon to us all no matterwhere we live, Jehovahs theo-cratic law set forth in the HolyBible. We have been taken outof the nations and divided offfrom the doomed world. Wrhave the one country to whichwe are unitedly moving, thenew morld of Gods creating.We are one family of brothersunder Gods one provision forsalvation through Jesus Christ.In accord with these facts, wewill live in peace and harmonywith one another and, as faras within us lies, be at peacewith all men everywhere, tillthe actual new world enters.And finally,THATwe continue to measureup to the responsibility thatthe divine statement lays uponUS: "Ye are my witnesses,saith Jehovah, and I am God."(Isaiah 43:32, American Stand-ard Version) IVe count it ahigh honor and favor to bemade Jehovahs witnesses, andnever want to prove finally un-worthy of it. Hence, despitethe hatred, the reproach andthe persecution that men with-out understanding may heapupon us, we will press forward,true to our divine commission,bearing witness to Jehovahsuniversal sovereignty and hisholy name, preaching in all theinhabited earth the good newsof the established kingdom ofhis anointed Son Jesus Christ,and comforting all who mourn.This we will do by giving Bibleeducation to all peoples pub-licly and from house to house,by all the means available, thatall who will may take theirstand on the side of the King-dom and become a part withus of the New World societyunder Christ and share its hopeand attainment of life eternalin Jehovahs righteous newworld.The motion in favor ofadopting the above Resolutionwas seconded by Percy Chap-man, the chairman of the NewWorld Society Assembly ofJehovahs Witnesses. The ques-tion now being put, the Resolu-tion was adopted by a roar ofacclamation and with sustainedapplause, by the assembly. ThisReport, containing the Resolu-tion in full statement, was dis-tributed by the conventionersthroughout New York city andits environs.
  5. 5. "ANKEE STADIUM, NEW YORK CITY, JULY 21, 1953--Gilead Graduates 127 Missionaries126,387 Attend Spectacular Gilead GraduationAugust 1 Watchtower Released, New FeatureMissionaries Assigned to 44 LandsKnorr addressingthe graduates"These religious and politicalshepherds have sheared andfleeced their own claimed flocksand fattened themselves a t theirexpense and driven them inways ending in death and de-st~uction."He then proceeded tomake a detailed study of thepastoral work being done by theGreat Shepherd, Jehovah God,as aptly described in Ezekiel 34.A brlef history of the estab-lishment of Gilead was nextgiven, showing how the Schoolwas bo1.n in 1943, that Gileadmeans "heap of witness," andthat the graduates from thisschool have been sent to morethan 100 lands in the earth.During the past ten years ofGileads operation the pastoral(Continued next page)The assemblys Sunday afternoon program featured thegraduation of the 21st class of the Watchtower Bible Schoolof Gilead of South Lansing, Sew York. What a festive gradua-The platform during graduation, showing class seated around ittion it turned out to be! Kotonly were there in attendance126,387 from all parts of theearth, but there were alsogathered 945 alumni Vadu-ates of 20 prprious Gllendplasses. s,>I. Rnorr, .prpsi-drnt of the se11001, dellve~eda most fitting graduation ad-dress entitled "(:athering Ifenof s a t i o n s i n t o oneFlock." Diplomas and giftswere awarded to 127 gradu-ates, 66 of whom were malesand 61females, from 28 coun-tries.Promptly at 1:30 p.m. thegraduation event o ened beforea packed house at Sankee Sta-dium, and filling many of theoverflow places. The sky wasclear and the sun was bright,with a cooling breeze to accom-pany a most colorful and spirit-ually stimulating graduation.Members of the faculty, U. V.Glass, D. ,H. Burt, E. A. Dunlap,M. G. Fr~endand A. D. Schroe-der, delivered farewell talks tothe graduates.Apt illustrations and Biblicalcounsel were employed to en-courage faithfulness on the partof the missionaries as they en-tered new fields of expansion,taking to the people the purelanguage of the truth. J. F.Markus, the farm servant a t~ ~ ~ ~ ~ g 1 7 ~ ~ 9 ~ ~ ~ ~ i ~always dwell together as har-monious family units in theirmissionary home assignments.The vice-president of theschool, Mr. F. W. Franz, nextspoke to encourage the gradu-ates to be ever watchful in allthings and to fully accomplishtheir ministry. He showed howlove should be exercised by themissionaries and cff3monstratedto others, because love cannotstand alone," as First Corin-thians 13 shows.The principal graduation ad-dress, delivered by N. H. Knorr,brought round after yound ofappIause from the vast throngsof assembled ministers. In dis-cussing the great shepherdingwork now being done among thenations he showed it was nothard to identify the false shep-herds, the religious clergy whowere fleecing the flock. He said,
  6. 6. 6 1953 REPORT O F T H E NEW WORLD SOCIETY ASSEMBLY O F JEHOVAHS WITNESSESGilead Graduates (Contd)work of the Society has ex-perienced a tremendous In-crease. Mr. Knorr went on toshow that the enemy is mani-festlng chagrin and oppositionto the pastoral work even false-ly accusing =~ehovai;switnessesof political activity. He yehe-mently denied such vlclouscharges and said, "Jehovahswitnesses a r e no politico-religious movement; they do notcombine politics and religion;rather they wash their handsabsolutely clean of thls worldspolitics, known for what it is.In the midst of his principaladdress a spectacular demon-stration occurred. Mr. Knovrcalled for the rising of Gileadgraduates present from the firstclass in the reserved sections infront of the platform. Theyarose displaying a sign identi-fying the class. Then classes twothrough twenty did the same. Inall, 945 returning. missionarieswere introduced as havingfought a valiant fight abroad.He said that the majority ofthem have return tickets to goback to foreign assignments aspastoral workers.Then to the surprise of theentire audience he introducedthe prospective 22nd class ofnon-American students called toenroll in the school on Septem-ber 2, 1953. Great demonstra-tions of appreciation resoundedfrom the vast audience in courseof the afternoons activities.Finally the climactic part ofthe graduation came as the presi-dent passed out the diplomasand glfts being awarded to the127 graduates. Each was thentold the breath-taking news asto where he was being assignedabroad. The graduates were as-signed to be scattered to 44 dif-ferent lands throughout thee a ~ t h .A resolution was presented onbehalf of t11e student body bygraduate H. Lattau, expressingreat gratitude to Jehovah GO%and the Watchtower Society forhaving been granted the oppor-tunity to be ti-ained for fivemonths a t the Watchtower BibleSchool of Gilead. They also re-solved that i-e will "keep ourfaces forward in full faith aswe and all our fellow witnessesanticipate with complete assur-ance our early deliverance fromthis modern Babylon reservedfor destruction and our emer-gence therefrom to an everlast-ing new world of happiness,. allto the honor and vindication ofthe Universal Sovereign, Jeho-vah God."Before dismissing the assem-bly for the afternoon, N. H.Knorr released to the audiencethe August 1 issue of the Watch-tower magazine, which containedthe full text of the graduationaddress. He pointed out the in-teresting new "Check YourMemory" feature in the back.He also brought to our attentionthe new procedure for congrega-tional study of The Watchtozcer.The audience rejoiced to attenda Gilead graduation and witnessfor themselves the moving event.They joined with their brothersin wishing the graduates suc-cess in their future ministry andrecognized that as pastoralworkers each Kingdom publisherhas much he can do in his onnterritory to help gather Jeho-vahs other sheep.With a song and prayer theafternoon sesslon was concludedshortly after 4:30 and all leftthe session greatly refreshed.Part of the 126,587 conventioners that heard the graduation exercises of the 21st class of OiI~ad
  7. 7. YANKEE STADIUM, N E W YORK CITY, JULY 21, 1953 7GILEAD AND ITS PURPOSEhas provided well-trained and faithful -mission-aries for the field, which is the world. Shortly opened there were 106,000 Kingdom pub-"There are many places where the witness con-cerning the Kingdom has not been given to agreat extent." How different those words soundfrom the reports of amazing increase being givenat this assembly, yet the Watch Towers presidentuttered them less than eleven years ago! "Therelishers throughout the world. Now there are morethan four times that number! Gilead has had amust be hundreds and thousands more that couldbe reached," he said, "if there were more laborersin the field. ,By the Lords grace there will bemore."The occasion for those remarks was the open-ing of the Watchtower Bible School of Gileadsfirst class. Februarv 1, 1943. Since that date itgreat part in this marvelous expansion.The school is located near South Lansing inthe beautiful Finger Lakes region of New Yorkstate. Construction was begun on the three-storymain building in 1940. The attractive and highlyspecialized library was completed in 1947. Its col-lectiofi of Bible literature is rarely surpassed.Repeated landscaping continually adds to thebeauty of the rolling green campus, and many avisitoY has marveled a t such a peaceful new-world oasis in this trouble-ridden old world.Each February and September a new class ofabout 115 students is brought in. They have comefrom 45 different nations, and have been sent outas missionaries to more than 100 lands. The four IStudents make good use of the more than 9.000 1 instructors have the interests of the preaching atvolumes in the Bbrary (above) and also partici- heart, and give the eager students mich timeandpate with the local congregation in house-to-house attention, ~~~h specializes in a different subject,ministry (below).Unlike most missionaries. Gileads graduatesnvomnt such a resnonse-from the
  8. 8. 10 1953 REPORT O F THE N E W W O R L D SOCIETY ASSEMBLY O F JEHOVAHS WITNESSES682ForeignMissionariesEntertainedB6thel ~ o m eScene of Reunion,of 17 Classes I and his assistant. Sf. G. Hen-Friday evening, July 17, was a memorable night for some682 proved and tested foreign missionaries who descended onBethel from the four corners of the earth. Months a m Brother~ ~ h e ~ t & $ " ~ ~ $ $2; ez:p:contribution of money from theSocietv to cover his travel ex-penses while attending the worldassembly of Jehovahs witness-es. N. H. Knorr then offered amoving prayer to Jehovah God.Though lt was 10 p.m. this byno means brought to an end theevening party. It was not un-til near midnight that all thegroups Anally dis ersed, afterenjoying hours of Belightfui fel-lowship, to return for the nightto their various lodgings ingreater New York city.This memorable night willlong be remembered for itswarm, moving spirit of closefellowship of veteran dedicatedmissionaries, who have only onepresent objective in life, thepreaching of the good news ofthe established kingdom to thefour quarters of Gods footstoolearth.COUNTING SHEEPCounting sheep may be a wayto sleep, but counting Jehovahslapel-pin-identified sheep h a sawakened New Yorkers by themillions to the fact that Je-hovahs witnesses are in torn.Two hundred thousand suchpins were ordered by those com-ing to the assembly. Were theyused? New York certain1 thinksso. On the Saturday beibre theconvention a 9 p.m. spot checkwas made miles from YankeeStadium a t the northeast cornerof 44th Street and Broadway inTimes Square. In just ten min-utes, 83 pins went north, 92south, and that on just one sideof the street! That is almost oneevery three seconds.The name of the wearer andhis home congregation typed orprinted clearly on each pin pro-vides an excellent introductionJehovahsChristianstand on f~rmalismanyway;but, even more important, theyprovide one of the best possiblemeans of personal public ad-vertising.Knorr had invited a Gileadmissionaries active in foreignfields to this happy rendez-vous.By four oclock droves of well-dressed men and women of manyracial origins began to convergeupon the Societys Brooklynheadquarters building. As theafternoon went on the front lob-by and reception hall filled andhundreds had to assemble onthe walkways and even in thestreet itself. What a spectacle itwas! Everyone was in gay spir-its, laughing, shaking hands andrecounting the bygone days ofschooling a t Gilead. For overthree hours this preliminaryvisiting went on, Finally, aboutseven oclock the doors into theKingdom Hall were opened andthe happy circles of gay rem-iniseeneers, upon producing ere-dentials, passed into the build-ing for the first assembly.Brother Knorr announced thata reunion banquet had been pre-pared for all the visitors andthat the seating a t the tableswould be made according toclasses. This brought spontane-ous expression of delight. Theclasses were called to come tothe front of the Kingdom Hallto leave for the dining morn.Twenty-eight veteran*mission-aries from the class that gradu-ated June 1943 rose amidt h u n d e r o u s applause andmarched out. After each succes-sive class did so, applause wassounded from the remainder ofthe audience, and quick countswere made as to the classmatesattending this mass reunion.Class 8 had one of the high-est numbers of representatives.-hen the dining halls 500 seatsbad been filled, those of the re-.ra;ning classes were served.?!&ma-style and were tied in--- the head table of the din--r ?all by a loud-speaker.7- fi p.m. the entire mission---- rnre...,, of 682 were seated----I?p~cd to enjoy a de-"lightful dinner. After the mealwas concluded the very animat- :ed audience was called to orderby President Knorr, who warm-1 welcomed the missionaries.8 e expressed warm apprecia-tion for the services renderedby these veterans over the pastmany years, expressed his de-light in Ihe fruitage shown inthe foreign fields in the fourcorners of the earth and hopedthat all of them would be keenon returning to their foreignassiflments for many moreyears of ministerial work.Vice-President F. W. Franzmovingly expressed his greatappreciation at being present.He noted the stamp of matu-rity upon each of these vet-eran missionaries. He encour-aged them to kee up theircommendable recorrb of servicefor the days to come. Theschools registrar, A. D. Schroe-der, was next asked to expresshimself. He told of thirteen let-ters being obtained, three fromtheological seminaries, allfavor-ably expressing recognition ofGilead as having an educationalProgram comparable to schoolson the college and universitylevel. These credentials werepresented to the United StatesOfficeof Education in Washing-ton, which, on January 22,granted approval and recognl-tion conceding that Gilead wasa professional ~ h o o lofferinghigher education in the minis-try. This will permit hundredsmore to be brought to the UnitedStates to this recognized schoolfor nonimmigrant students.R!. G. Henschcl next talkedwith the missionary audience,giving a report on the conven-tion preparations. Gileads in-structors, D. H. Burt, M. G.Friend, E. A. Dunlap, and 3. C.Booth addressed this most re-ceptive audience.Finally, about 10 p.m., thishappy banquet was brought toan official close. President Knorr
  9. 9. YANKEE STADIUM, N E W YbRK CITY, JULY 21, 1953 1Address of Welcome Opens AsserhblyDelegate J. A. Cutforth, fromThe chairman, assistant chairman, F. S. Hoffmann, and the kangaroo continent of Aus-missionary Fredianelli examine leather-bound Bible (Contin,ued nest page)With joy and gladness we welcome you to this New ~ o r l dSociety Assembly of Jehovah:~Witnesses." So began tht address of welcome by Percy Chapman, branch servant of Canada,at 10: 30 Sunday morning. He termed this gathering a "family reunion of Jehovahs people"from the five continents, andbade them welcome in thename of Jehovah, in the nameof his KingChrist andin the name of "the soleonly theocratic organization @on earth, the match TowerBiSle and Tract Society."For twelve months Jehovahspeople have been hoping, ex-petting and praying, and todaythew hopes were reahzed. Theevidence of their prayers beinganswerecl was apparent to all,the speaker observed. "Praisebe to the happy God thatmade this assembly possible, thegrandest in all history. Forthese blessed and joyful eightdays, this Yankee Stadium hasbeen transformed into the houseof ~ ~ h ~ , , ~ b ,a mammotl, iting-dom Hall.Mr. Chapman next empha-sized the purpose of the assem-bly: to gain strength, brightenvision and increase faith. Suchcould not be done if time werespent sight-seeing. Attend eachand every session, he admon-ished; see New York after theassembly. New York will re-main but the assembly will not."Its joys can never be adequate-ly re-enacted."Emphasizing the internation-a1 aspect of the assembly, Mr.Chapman read some of the 97banners fastened to girders, con-taining greetings from farawaylands, as well as telegrams fromKorea, the Philippine Republic,~ n d i aand other lands.By the end of the assemblyall should be loaded down, filledto the full with blessings to takehome to those who could notcome, he observed. Then he an-nounced the release of a leather- bound edition of the New TVoyldTranslation of the ChristzanGreek Sc.nptures.Service as aLifes WorkPreliminary to the chairmansaddress was 0. Fredianellis dis-cussion of missionary service.He spoke fronl exper.ience,ing served for years a mis-sionary in Italy.missionaries happy intheir foreign asslmment? ofcourse they are happy! fact,theirs is a greater happiness."To make the missionary fieldyour field," he said, "means thatyou are not content with justbeing happy, but that you wantto be hap ier."Then tpe missionary likenedthe onward march of mission-aries in foreign fields to an in-vading army. But, he said, un-like old-world armies we mis-sionaries build up instead of de-stroying; we bring happinessand not sorrow.After you are with your as-signment for a while, it will notbe hard to stick. Leaving will. become difficult. The missionarywent on to say: When you heargood-will persons say to you,"Bi-other, dont a b a n d o n us.Continue to help us to know andserve Jehovah," you will stay.The speaker went on to saythat the foreign missionaryservice has been~ ~ e m ~ ~ ~ $ $ r ~ t 6 ~called out, "you need those for-eign fields for your greater hap-piness! Most of all, those for-eign fields need you!" "Heedthe call!" "Make missionaryservice Your lifes work!"Delegates from EarthsExtremitiesWhat the apostle said longago concerning the preaching ofthe good news holds true today:
  10. 10. 12 1953 REPORT OF T H E N E W WORLD SOCIETY ASSEMBLY OF JEHOVAHS WITNESSESGRADUATES OF GILEADS TWENN-FIRST CLASS FROMTWENTY-EIGHT LANDS EXPRESS THEMSELVESThe .muffled roar of the 70,863 citizens of the new world 1tnrned to songs of praise Sunday evening, July 19, as Gil-earls twenty-first class gave expressions of appreciation.T.H. Knorr, the schools pres- 1ident, described the beautifulqeen surroundings and thehappy atmosphere that makeGilead attractive even to out-siders. Many Cornell Univer-sity students come over for avisit. Would you likc! to seewhat happens when they cometo visit Cilcad? Tlie audienceresponded wit11 applause.Well, tonight we plan on tak-ing a little tour of Gilead andyou can be our guests.Address of Welcome (Con.td1.- - - - - --,tralia, p r o m p t e d a burst ofhearty applause when he toldthat 120 brothers traveled suchtremendous distances to the as-sembly that it would consumefour to five months in comingand going.Gracie Joseph of India an-nounced that delegates fromthat quarter of the earth hadcome more that 8,000 miles. InIndia," "like everywhere," shesaid, the Khgdom message isureached: it is brinninp. muchhappiness and joy tothe peopleof good will."Delegate J. G. Bruton, fromthe land of lakes, Finland, nexttold a happy throng thatureaching there involves skiinnhundreds of miles to get t;homes.What joy when it was nextannounced that from the prov-lnce of Quebec, Canada, long astronghold of Roman Catholi-cism, 1,260 delegates came tothe assembly! Ella Allen pro-ceeded to relate how mission-aries are often evicted fromtheir rooms through the insti-gation of priests. In one city,the home town of ex-Prime311nister Duplessis, missionaries%ladto hitchhike 170 miles daily~ Q Pten days to find rooms.B. S. Yun came over 9,000--.r?s and thrilled the assembly2~ $he told how Gods love has---metrated that land long toin-- hatred and war, Korea. WhenThe students then re-createda scene of taking Cornell stu-dents through the school. Theybegan with introductions andthen proceeded to Classroom A.They told what subjects werecovered in each classroom, in anex2iting and interesting style.This is Classroom A," one ofthe students began. "Four sub-jects are studied here. Theocrat-ic records, rnissionaly service,theocratic ministry and Bibletruth." The "Cornell" studentswould break in and ask ques-tions: What do you mean bytheocratic records? Dont souB. S. Yun, Korea, andGracie Joseph, Indisthe Communist regime tookover, she hid herself, but whenit rained she took an umbrellato conceal herself and wentabout prcaching. the good news.R. N. Casson was one of thefirst missionaries to go to Ethi-opia. He told the assembly thatdelegates, in order that theymight see the glories of theGreater than Solomon, had totravel over four times as far asthe queen of the Bible? What aboutmathematics and bookkeeping?The students then showed themhow each one of those subjectswas covered efficiently and thor-oughly. And so, on went the dis-cussion from Classroom A to B,where two subjects were covered.:Here, the students told theirvisitors, "we becom:, equippedfor every good work.They toured where Spanishand Scriptural facts are studied."What others cover in two yearswe take five and a half monthsto learn, said one student. Howthrilling it was to be able to goalong with these students on animaginary visit to Gilead!Over to the library we weredirected. "Here are 9,000 usefulvolumes," one student declared."This library specializes in Bi-bles and religious books." InClassroom D history and reli-gion (the true kind and thefalse) are studied. Law is alsotaught. Supreme Law, also nat-ural and revealed law and su-perior law, is covered too.For relaxation every eveningwe have a half-hour off, one stu-dent explained. With that thehuge gathering a t Yankee Sta-dium was given a special treatwith a round of Hollandish, Ger-man, Hawaiian, African andSpanish songs, including folkand Kingdom songs. Round aft-er round of applause swept theaudience; spontaneous laughtershowed that all in attendancewere thrilled with the entireprogram.The thousands in attendancegot a peek at what takes placein each of the classrooms, andhow well all students get alongafter classes. "Its like living athome," one student said, "onlywe dont fight." "Gilead has lefta deep impression with me thatIll never forget," said another.Each students love for theschool, the ~nstructors,for oth-ers, for the Society and for Je-hovah God was evident. "Theschool is like a big family. Itworks like a well-oiled machine.Ill be so sorry to leave here."The schools president, N. H.Knorr, then closed the sessionwith a few appropriate remarks.
  11. 11. YANKEE STADIUM, NEW YORK CITY,JULY 21, 1953 33Graduates from Hawaii, Nigeria and United States who participated in theSmday evening program. The bridge leads to platformGraduates from several nations collaborate on some Spanlsh songs, to addenjoyment to the Sunday evening program
  12. 12. 14 1953 REPORT O F T H E NEW W O R L D SOCIETY ASSEMBLY O F JEHOVAHS WITNESSESBy sea-226 delegates arrive aboard Georgic from BritainInformation and Help for Incoming Delegates Lets say y& want a taste ofthe storybook atmosphere thatwent with working in the Infor-mation department. Visualize, ifyou can, a stream of auto trafficpouring into the worlds biggestcity a t such a rate that even onFriday one man counted 48 carsbefore he could eat a bananasplitthis, of course, was ononly one highway.Most of these seventy thou-sand or so autoists, funneling atNew York from all points-+vet.roaring turnpikes, elevated road-ways,f antastic-sizedbridges andmiles of tunnels-did not knowhow to findtheir ultimate desti-nation. Had you been among the150 workers that staffed thenevm I n f a n n ~ t i o nhooths on allWhat is the first thing a hundred thousand delegates to theNew World Society Assembly wanted when they approachedNew York?Information!-.. ...-.--*,P~,~B ! to their l o d ~ i n ~ .Then vou sentments-a taxi drivers knowl-~ $ ~ k O f t ~ e ~ a ~ $ ~ i e ~ b i ~countries, a rugged car, inex-Ipartment headquarters. -Ithrce New York bus terminals,where one out of twelve of voul.-1By land-busloads from Cuba arrive in New Ynrk , brothers arrived, where &sesAnd this was no ordinary staff.It took almost 300 people to Think what one person wouldpoured in, as at Port Authorityterhinal, a t the incredible rateof two a minute.Or you might have beenamong the forty Informationworkers at the Pennsylvaniaand Grand Central railroad sta-tions (trains shuttle in here asfast as one every twenty sec-onds!), where one in six dele-gates arrived.Or had you worked at the twoairports as one of the thirtymembers of the staff there, youwould have had your share ofwelcoming the hundreds of dele-gates who flew heye from allcontinents and from countlessNorth American cities.haustible supplies of gasolineand the stamina to stay on callRy a i d ? arrive fiom Chile (Continued next page)give out that much information. need to have met all the require- 24 hours a day!
  13. 13. YANKEE STADIUM, N E W YORK CITY, JULY 21, 1953 15HOUSING THE DELEGATESOn April 26 a vanguard of 509 optimistic New York witnesses of Jehovah sallied forth inthe biggest house-to-house and stair-climbing hunt for rooms in the citys history. New York~vitnessesremembered that in addition to 20,000 hotel accommodations in 1950, their brothershad needed twice that manyhome accommodations.On May 17 there was in thefield every day an average of1,600 diligent canvassers, drawnfrom a reservoir of 5,485 differ-ent members of New Yorks 42conmegations. A month later,June 18, about 50 more congre-gations within a 60-mile radiusNew YOrk city were invitedto share in the room search. Andby if the hours pentin searching had been putin by One man, 24a day*it have taken him14 years to accomplish it. ,So vast an army of room seek-ers were in the field b~ July 16that 39 Kingdom Hall field-service centers, from the ConeyIsland area to the top of Yon-kera, were buzzing. So many ac-commodations were written up4 8 , 5 8 6 in private homes-thatan office force of 175 workers,operating in shifts of 60 to 80,were kept busy processing andfiling and matching them withthe requests that were pouringin from all over the globe a t arate that, until the last week, out-paced accommodations obtained."The people received us sowell," R. L. Anderson, roomingd e p a r t m e n t supervisor, said,"that they were not annoyedeven when we called on them forthe third and fourth times." Infact these latter calls yieldedmore accommodations than thefirst calls, Anderson explained."This was due partly to so muchtalk among the people, so muchradio and newspaper publicityabout our assembly. And, too,people knew by this time wheth-er they were going on vacationor not, and if they would havevisitors, and so on."Anderson, a United States cir-cuit supervisor, was happy toannounce that the biggest singleboon to the 1953 room searchwas the landladies who remem-bered Jehovahs people from1950. "A very large number ofour accommodations were calledin to us by landladies. Ourphones were kept so busy thatsome of them waited till aftermidnight to get a caU through,or sent us a wire. Many othersjust came to the Rooming de-partment in person to offer us ac-commodations. Still others sim-ply left their keys with usand went on their vacations. Itwas a thrill!"Hotels"I do want ~ehovahswitness-es back in 1953. When you hadYour here in lg50 theWitnesses stayed with usletters and thanked me foreverything. They inserted bitsof their vhilosoph~.Sometimeswhen I get low I dig Out theles and read their letters Overagain"The reaction of this hotel man-ager, when R. E. Abrahamson,hotel accommodations managerfor the Watchtower Convention,presented his card, reflected thegeneral good will of the hotelassociation.‘But; the manager apO1o-gized, "I have many ac-commodations to list with you.""Is that right?" said Abrahw-son. Because the same pe.-who stayed with me last -=have already made their re.=--vations, some as far as a y e - -advance. Besides, they a- ---7 -ing some of their fr:er?+ ;:--:(Continued ner4 ---*Information and Help (Contd)Besides, there were elevenmighty monarchs of the oceans-the Queen Elizabeth and theI1e de F ~ a n c eamong them-tobe met to receive the bands ofrefreshments, room assignmentsand other help, and finallychauffeured to their rooms."How did this service of purelove for their brothers impressthe public? "A great deal," re-happy delegates from the far- sponded Arthur Dritz, informa-thest points on earth. / tion assistant. U A ~idlewild air-Can you visualize greeting allthese arrivals? For the 21,000foreign friends (this includesCanadians) it was not alwaysso simple as marking a routeon a map for them. "So far asthe foreign brothers are con-cerned," explained InformationDirector F. J. Molohan, "we op-erated a kind of glorified taxiservice.""When a groupCarrived bynlane or boat," he continued,"brothers were there to inter-?yet, and other brothers were-ere with their cars. They as-sted the friends through the-xtoms, then drove them to-earby Kingdom Hall reception-<?ters. There they were givenport two people were overheardtalking about it. One remarkedthat these Witnesses are reallysomething big. The other saidsomething derogatory. But thefirst fellow challenged him to point out another organizationthat goes all out to help oneanother like this."Yes," Arthur Dritz conclud-ed, "a lot of people appreciateda glimpse of our new-world wayof living."After the 19th, the Informa-tion booths were disassembledand reorganized into four hugeInformation centers at YankeeStadium-three inside the sta-dium and one in the cafeteriatents.
  14. 14. 16- -1953 R E P O R T O F T H E N E W WORLD SOCIETY ASSEMBLY O F JEHOVAHS W I T N E S S E SWHATS NEW?That common question hasreal meaning a t this assembly.The first new thing was the .deluxe, leather-bound edition ofthe New World Translation ofthe Christian Greek Scriptzcres,released by the chairman Sun-day morning. Then in the after-noon along came the August 1Watch.tower, with its new"Check Your Memory" feature.Monday the colored picture postcard of the stadium with theprevious days attendance figureprinted right on its face sur-prised conventioners.At the other-language meet-ings Monday came six more newpublications: Will Religion Meetthe World C~isis?in Arabic andPolish, Gods Way Is Love inGreek, Evolution versus TheNew World in Norwegian, andThe Kingdom Is at Hand andEvolution versus The NewWorld in Portuguese.At the end of P. ChapmansMonday afternoon discourse acopy of the new Wzll ReligionMeet the World Crisis? waspresented in Ukrainian.The greatest surprise yet dur-ing the assembly was, however,"Make Sure of All Things", theoutstanding new ministry aid soenthusiastically received by theconventioners Monday after-noon.Housing (Contd)The convention hotel depart-ment, operatingunder the Room-ing Committee, had assigned20,731 hotel accommodations in265 hotels t h r o u ~ hits office byJuly 19. "HOWmany hotel roomsthe friends obtained on theirOwn is anyones guess," Abra-Lamson said. "Our official esti-mate is that at least 35,000 Je-7r3h7s witnesses are staying inJohn Groh, convention servant, goes over points with Ray Anderson, left,of Rooming. Grohs wife assists.R. Abrahamson, handling hotel accommodations, reaches agreement withWarren Slater, right, of Hotel New Yorker.Rooming headquarters
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  16. 16. 18 .I953 REPORT O F T H E N E W W O R L D SOCIETY ASSEMBLY O F JEHOVAHS WITNESSESNew Bible (Contd)"Is it inappropriate to distin-guish the true God by a propername?" Again the audienceshouted NO!Knorr showed how the reli-gious press prophesied that theRevised Standard Version,leaving out the name Jeho-vah, would draw the fire ofJehovahs witnesses; also theysaid that the witnesses weregreatly upset by this leavingout of Jehovahs name. HadJehovahs witnesses been mem-bers of the National Council ofChurches that authorized theRevised Standard Versionthere would be reason for Je-hovahs witnesses to be upset.But Jehovahs witnesses areglad that they are not mem-bers of that National Council.A tremendous applause fromthe audience gave the speakerfull support on this point.He went on to say that "thegreat indignity that the Re-vised Standard Version Com-mittee Had rendered to thegrandest and most worthyname in the universe and themotives, stated and unstated,that prompted them to do this"are things that we rise to ingreat objection. Again the au-dience supported Knorr.In the mlddle oi his lecturehe thanked Jehovah God thatprovision had been made for atranslation of the HebrewScriptures that does restorethe name Jehovah to its rightplace. At this point Knorrmade the electrifying an-nouncement that the WatchTower Bible & Tract Societywas releasing Volume I of theNew World Translation of theHebrew Scriptures, the Octa-teuch, which comprises thefirst eight books of the IlebrewScriptures. At that moment heheld up a copy of the newtranslation and simultaneouslythere was unfolded a giganticreplica of the New WorldTranslation on the scoreboardof the stadium located to therear of the speaker.The audience was deli~htedand enthusiastically applgudedand shouted for 35 seconds.Then as Knorr endeavored tomake a few additional re-marks they interrupted tobreak out into another sus-tained ovation lasting evenlonger, 45 seconds. By this tre-Eager workers unfoldingbig replica of new Bibleas it^ release occurreclmendous demonstration Jeho-vahs witnesses assembled atYankee Stadium served noticeto the world that they pro-claim and accept this NewU70rldTranslation and will useit to the fullest extent in theirministerial activities.Knorr went on to show othernoteworthy features of theWHATWhy, the New World Trans-lation of tlte Hebrew Scrip-tures, Volume I , in both theregular and de luxe full-leathereditions, is the newest and mostimportant thing the conven-tioners have yet received! Anywho doubt that should have wit-nessed the enthusiasm of pro-longed and sustained applausethat roared up from the sta-dium when that Bible was an-nounced shortly after 4 p.m.Wednesday. Other new things: "Preachthe Word", a booklet presentingtestimonies in many languages;Songs to Jehovahs Praise inNew World Translation, inaddition to the retaining ofthe divine name Jehovah. Heshowed that whereas the RingJames Version uses the term"faith" only twice in the entire"Old Testament," the NewWorld TraesZation uses itseven times in the Octateuchalone.Another precise rendering isthat for the Hebrew 0-lam,which is rendered in the KingJan~esVersion as "for ever,""ever lasting," "perpetual,""old," etc. It actually means"concealed time" and so istranslated "to time indefinite."The New World Translationalso consistently transliteratesSheol and in the Appendixgives valuable infonnatlon re-garding it. It also translatesnephesh as "soul" in its 231occurrences in the Octateuch.The Appendix gives the 14 in-stances soul is applied to loweranimals, 49 instances showingthe soul is mortal, and 12 in-stances showing a corpse is adead soul.Knorr concluded by proclaim-ing with much audience sup-port, "We do not expect theclergy of Christendom, and ofJewry, to generally approvethis translation. They mayeven forbid their people to ob-tain and read it." That doesnot worry Jehovahs witnesses.This translation has not beenauthorized by any earthly po-tentate or group of self-styledauthorities. Instead, Knorrsaid, "This translation hasbeen authorized by the greatCreator Jehovah God." NoS NEW?Spanish, and the first issue ofthis Report.Other releases in other lan-guages Tue2day and Wednes-day were: This 3Ieans Ever-lnsti?zg Life" in Greek, Slovakand Ukrainian; Ecol7ition ver-sus The Nozo TTodd in Hol-landish and Spanish; GodsWay Is Love in Polish, Russianand Slovak; Can You LiveForever inHappiness on Earthin Russian; and Will ReligionMeet the JYorlcl Crisis? in Ar-menian and Icelandic; Wl~atHas Religion Done for Wan-kind? in Spanislz and Icelandic.Total releases thus far: 29.
  17. 17. YANKEE STADIUM. NEW YORK CITY. JULY 23. 1953 19higher authorization than thisis required for the producingof a new, fresh translation inmodern English of the HebrewScriptures.The audience was difficult torestrain, as they were eager toget up and obtain their per-sonal copy of the New WorldTranslation. However, t h espeaker did keep them insplacelong enough to tell them thatthe green cloth edition wasavailable for 51.50 and also aleather-bound efiition wasavailable for 56.50. With thata short closing song was sungand then the audience dis-persed rapidly to the variouscorridors, where supplies ofthe new Bible were available.~reliminarieito ReleasePrior to this thrilling speechand release W. E. Woodworthcalled on many missionariesa n d b r a n c h servants, whopointedly related experiencesand growth of the new-worldorganization. Among the manyreports space allows only afew high lights:A Bible study class in Vene-zuela consists of 100 in attend-ance, mostly children.Missionary L. Foster fromEcuador told how, after patientstudy, many honestheartedpeople are throwjng away theiridols, images a n d picturesaints. True worship is settingthem free.From Peru, N. Pool told ofa man who asked her not totalk to him about living for-ever. His daily prayer was todie. He was sick of living.After visits to the KingdomHall, he hopes to live eternally.Chileans love Kingdomsongs, conventioners learned.At least in one case a wholefamily has come into the truthjust through the hearing ofthese songs of praise.In Argentina Catholic oppo-sition is keen, remarked C. R.Eisenhower. A man who wasappointed by a priest to troubleJehovahs witnesses read someof t h e Societys literature.When a witness spoke to himthe man stated: "If anyonebothers you, I will see that hegets ten days in jail."Missionary R. D. Thompsonfrom Paraguay related thatthe government of Paraguaycontributed to place seven ofthese Bible-truth-cdntainingbooks in the Naval library.I Pleased and joyful after the release of the new Bible, Knorr and Vice-Pysident F. W. Franz converse
  18. 18. YANKEE STADIUM, NEW YORK CITY, JULY 23. 195.-4,640 BAPTIZED!Symbol of Their Dedication to God"Those who are going to be immersed, pleasestand up!" This request by C. A. Steele near theconclusion of his discourse on "Baptism" M7ednes-day morning prompted a mass rising of thousandsof immersion candidates filling Sections 10 to 22of the stadium, and brought forth sustained,swelling applause. "This certainly shou-s Godsblessing on his people, and also upon baptism,"Steele said.At 9:30, after prayer and song, the candidatesfiled out to board twelve special buses providedby New York Citys Surface Transportation Sys-tem. Carrying 60 persons per bus, these operateda constant shuttle service between the stadiumand Riverside Cascade Pool located at 134thStreet near Broadway. The total of 4,640 bap-tized was made up of 1,861men and 2,779 women.Everything was highly organized. SevenQ menworking in shifts did the immersing. Attendantshelped the candidates to the buses, took care ofthe dressing rooms, even seeing that their jewelryand other valuables were safely laid aside to keepthem from loss or damage in the water. A doctorand nurses were on hand as a special precaution.But these proved to be mere spectators.Surrounding the eIevated pool,the spectators included a battery One of the 4,640of newspaper and newsreel cam- sabmittingeramen, as well as many ama-teur photographers. New York- to immersion(Continued on page 32)Knorr Pushes House-to-House TrainingN. H. Knorr electrified the assembly Wednesday morningwith the first announcement of a great house-to-house trainingprogram. Circuit and district servants, figuring prominentlyin this campaign, sat in the -front-~tnter as Knorr Itention to house-to-house train-Iing..outlined the "Principal Work S6veral changes were madeof All Servantsy-that elrery to effect greater efficiency inservant strive to help everypublisher be a regular house-to-house minister."Evervone." he said. "shouldture house-to-house publisherto work with the new and un-experienced ones.District servants, he an-nounced, will now accompany ,circuit servants for a period oftwo weeks, thus being able toobserve their effectiveness andoffer any necessary counsel.I Preliminary t o B r o t h e rI Knorrs stadium-shaking an-nouncement, L. E. Reusch, dis-trict servant, emphasized that"life in the new world is de-pendent on praising Jehovah."But first we need the knowl-edge that comes . from study.(Continued on page 32)the organrzation. Circuit ierv-~ $ t s S ~ ~ ~ d ~ ~ w t ~ f ~ ~ W , a $ ~ ~calls for them to spend a min-imum of 100 hours a month inbe able- to preach the goodnews from house to house."This being the primary objec-tive, from now on all circuitservants will give special at-house-to-house work, includingback-call and study activity.During the week the circuitservant will direct the trainingprogram by selecting a ma-
  19. 19. ,.,. -." 7 . . . . . .II. , I -, .If anyone had doubts that theorganization of Jehovahs wit-nesses, the worlds largest mis-siona~ysociety, is theocratic,I that is, t;od-governed, and isi also apostolic, those doubts wereGods approval on a mature,clean organization. "We certain-ly want no interference from in-,side the 01-ganization. From theoutside world we expect it.Thats why theyre outside," heto "preach the Kingdom gospelto people u7ecant even talk to."Then M. G. Henschel, a direc-tor of the Society, g m e counselbased on the Societys years ofactual missionary expefience.! dispelled if h e w a s B r a n c h servants, hisamong the 121,294 that talk explained, mustIattended this Tuesday pay special attention toa f t e r n o o n meeting.IGilead graduate mis-I Most of the managers sionaries sent to theirof its far-flung 70 country. These shouldbranches were assem- be warmly greeted andbled immediately in taken out in the door-to-front of the platform. d o o ~work right away.The symposium consti- They should quicklytuted a course of in- learn the customs of thest~uction. people. A good start for N. H. Knorr, the So- them is vital.cietys p ~ e s i d e n t , in Practical advice by"Counse,t to B r a n c h A. D. Schroeder, regis-i Servants, emphasized trar of the Watchtowerthat the fundamental Bible School of Gilead,position of primary im- followed. His practical!porVtancein Gods or- suggestions for study-ganization is that of a n ing The WatchtozcerII active house-to-house were: (1) Read the1 preacher of the good magazine through,news. A branch servant (2) determine whetheras a leader and exam- it is topical in form orple must, above all the Scriptural commen-things, be as Jesus was taly type, (3) get the-a zealous preacher. outline by another read-To illustrate what a ing, u n d e r l i n i n g thebranch servant should high points and keybe, he pointed to the Knorr, in his office, is here discussing scriptures, (4) discussapostles. Jesus selected the Swiss branch work the subject with others,them because they were (5) carefully examinefor new doctrinal tl-uths, new"light," s t r o n g field-servicepoints and arguments and newstatements of principles. In con-clusion he observed that branchservants are also teachers of theBible and are expected to be ex-perts.on "Know youl.~ i ~ h t ~as acitizen," H. C. covington, t ~ eSocietys emphasizednot knowing butour rights. In another land wecannot have citizenship rights,so we must be tactful in ourmen of zeal and love. They weremen who would stick, would workand not run away or become tiredand turn responsibility back forsomeone else to take. Yet theywere organizers who would nottry to do everything themselves,but would see that the Kingdomwork was well and efficientlytaken care of. They would trainand use others.Ambitious branch s e r v a n t smight try to follow worldly or-ganizations by seeking quantityinstead of quality, a big reportfor their country instead ofexclaimed. Jehovah is the GreatShepherd, and he is not going tobring his sheep into an organi-zation filled with corruption."They might as well stay outthere wandering in the bush," hedeclared.With final counsel to be fear-less, knowing that Jehovah him-self is backing them up, and todaily approach God in prayer,he then announced a newly-provided help. The Societys new32-page preaching aid, "P~eachthe W o ~ d " ,giving a testimonyin 30 languages, will enable all
  20. 20. , YANKEE STADIUM, NEW YORK CITY, JULY 23, 1953 21work. "God says he will makqour, heads as flint. If we run upagainst a brick %-all,flint isharder yet, so we will crashthrough," were his assuringwords.Finally, Vice-President F. W.Franz explained that while theorganization is apostolic, it hasalso been provided with thingsnot needed in the apostles days,because of the different condi-tions and different work to bedone in this day of the enthronedKing. As "princes" ruling injustlce under the King, branchservants must recognize the or-ganization. (Isaiah 32 :1) He de-fined "recognizing the organiza-tion" to mean submission, bring-ing oneself under responsibilityaccording to the office occupied.Of course, primarily Jehovahand Christ, as the Superior Au-thorities a t the top, are honoredand respected. . .Atlantic 1818s Report IncreasePrior to Brother Knorrs coun-sel to the branch servants, con-ventioners were absorbed inhearing "Songs of Praise fromthe Islands." Here was colorfultestimony from eleven islanddelegates who clearly showedthe fulfillment of JehovahsWord: "Let them give glory un-to Jehovah, and declare hispraise in the islands."-Isaiah42:12, Am. Stan. Ver.While hearing inspiring wordson theocratic expansion, conven-tioners could not only hear ofthe island increases but couldI also see the special sign on thefield portraying the increase:from 1952s 15,659 publishers in15 island lands to 1953s 17,346publishers in 29 island lands!It delighted the brothers toknow that in spite of a ban inthe Dominican Republic, A. Par-son could say that "a kingdomflock of the Lords other sheep"is to be found there.Branch servants from eightlands then took the audience ona tour of their islands. D, Ren-dell told how, in spite of priest-inspired mobbings, stonings andbeatings, the ~ ~ o r kin Cyprushas progressed. In 1948 therewere 59 ministers. Today 360persons are assembling with theNew World society.The branch servant of theEahamas, J. Jones, reportedthat the increase there cameonly after all unclean personshad been removed from the con-gregations and gossiping andtalebearing had been replacedby love.Branch servant R. Franz said(Continlted on page $0)Signs of the New Worldnations to thrill the hearts 1 nesota, where a corps of artists,Yankee Stadium was adorned with a garland of signs ofthe new world that inspired the New York limes to commentthat the stadium had "doffed its baseball garb." Ninety beauti-fully colorcd banners, strungof everyonc who gazed uponthem."French Delegates Say Bon-jour," "Christian Aloha fromHawaii," "Alaskans Mushing tothe New World," "Count KoreaPresent," they read. Artisticbackgrounds symbolic of thecountry they represented en-hanced*the banners with de-lightful beauty. Over the bleach-ers another streamer, higherthan two tall men and as lonas a city lot, announced theof the United States branch inwelcoming representatives of thewhole New World society tothe assembly."How did they ever get thoseb e a u t i f u l signs together?"everybody wondered. The storybehind their production goesback to a day, early in May,when one of Jehovahs wit-nesses, a long-time pioneer andthe only sign painter on thewest side of the island of Keou-kou, Hawaii, received a letteraround the entire range ofthe fronts of the upper tieranti the mezzanine, outa message from the hearts ofJehovahs people among theletter men and photographerswere already a t work on theproject. The work took two -months to complete.Meanwhile in New York pro-fessional sign painter and vet-eran pioneer H a r ~ yRobbins, upfrom San Antonio, Texas, wasdesigning an array of NewWorld Society Assembly adver-tising material-layouts fromvhich to produce 160 highwaysigns, 17,185 subway and bussigns, 30,000 store window signs,30,000 placards for street adver-tising, 5,100,000 handbills, 160hotel welcome signs, 38,000 autobumper signs and 205,000 lapelsigns, as well as four huge sta-dium signs 6 x 60 feet in size.By Monday it had taken 10,000signs-not prlnted but hand-made-to satisfy the enormousappetite of 30 or more depart-ments composing the Assembly .organization. "And we are stillproducing more signs all thetime," assistant sign servantGale said.from the convention servant.Would Harold Gale like to flyOver and help with the signs?H a r o 1d would-in fact, hecaught the firstplane,He landed in Saint Paul, Min-
  21. 21. Coming toward Jehovahs w~tnesaes T r a l l e ~city in New JCI.RPYwas B bl,mpe~-t*b"mpe~ lineof automobiles, filled wntll people from Plain-field. Ilun~llcn,New Wnrket and other l.surroond-8". towns. "We ro~nterlfour solid miles of earr,"one ohsr~veravownl. "At lens1 one thousand ofthem."Why was the curious caravan corning? To see anliraele-New Vol.ld Si,rlety Trailer Clty. Anilel.ial view of onlv n nail of tt 18 hew ren~~nrluerrl.. .llad you been nmony? that slow-c,raal~ngpm-ecssoo, the Rvst limps so you w0vld h ~ v rreuehtof Ibr mlraele ,"a? a glyurltlc n,pn towrl.lny ,,,tothp aty, eonstnletcrl in iilslie hirchwood. f8unllngand a11el18npoul "Welromr to New Wohld I L L U I C ~I:$ty:Ilclow the s i ~ n ,there a t the ntrreternssing, yousrl lhalf a dozen tlsfRc rliuc.etors-not unifonnnlrlic~,rien, but "".rl,,l.,ng rivlllona wra,,,,. J,..nrrhs r.~tn*aroa 1,adnrn and rvrth drtc~r~inrrlYou count auto allll trailer licenses from allthe states, Evom Canada, flom Mexico; you seefares that, you leain later, come from as far(Conftnaed ?iert ~ m g e )
  22. 22. 26 1953 R E P O R T O F T H E N E W W O R L D SOCIETY ASSEMEILY O F JEHOVAHS W I T N E S S E STrailer City (Contd)away as Alaska, Hawali, New-foundland, British Columbia,and even Afi-ica. The whole hu-man fainilg is represented here.But what is it that the gro-ceryman sensed? "Well, no loudnoise. No rowdiness. No harsh-ness. No hustle and hurry. Justhappy faces everywhere youlook. You come away realizingyou just visited a big city with-out hearing one harsh sound Init. That is something. Thats amiracle."Your car keeps rolling slowlydown an avenue that was awheat field only a few weeksago. You are approaching acommunity of ginantic tents~ i t hflags waving gently overthem, and ~vooden structures.The tents are filled with seatedlisteners. They are facing a100-f o o t-1o n g Administrationbuilding, topped b a loud-speaker. All a r o u n l the tentsand loud-speaker bullding yousee thousands of men, womenand children, reclining in clus-ters and groups, as on a beach,listening to the theocratic pro-gram, looking through treas-ured literature, like the new re-l e a s e , "Make Sure of AllThings".The children, t h o u ~ htypical-ly energetic, are -quietly sub-dued, you notice. They are notDelegates from Liberia register,as young Kojo oversees the signingscurrying and shouting aroundtent corners in cops and robbersbattles, nor scalping Indians,nor swaggering cowboy sixgunsfrom their little hips. But theyare not unhappy. They are lis-tening, learning, talking andquietly playing with one an-other, getting tired, going tosleep.By now you have parked yourcar and the speaking programhas ended. An announcement ismade: "Everybody may obtaina new release at the literaturetents"; and then you observethe one and only commotion-people from all directions con-verging rapidly upon the coun-ters.A mild, happy hubbub rises.A loud-speaker a n n o u n c e rbreaks in politely. Twice heasks "May I have your atten-tie;." The hubbub settles. Then,"The cafeteria is now open,brothers," says the announcer.Thousands of people withtheir children commence to lineup in orderly ueues, under thedirectives of wj1-trained attend-ants, who lead them towardcafeteria tents. Other thou-sands melt away toward theirtents and trailers to preparetheir meals picnic-fashion. Youget the impression that althoughthis is Tuesday, and the Cityappeared here only four daysago, it has been here a lifetime.You join the cafeteria lines.The serving lines dispense trays3To clear the grounds for Trailer City Jehovahs witnesses harvested 40 acres of grain, free of charge,fnr the farmer who leased them his land. A mechanical shovel, volunteered and operated withoutrhnrge by a Witness, dug ditches for eight miles of pipeline, while the installation crew set up 400pole5 and strung 41 miles of wiring, and construction crews erected 78 buildings-enough to stretch,end to end, more than half a mile.
  23. 23. Y A N K E E S T A D I U M , NEW YORK CITY, JULY 23, 1953 27Carefnl, Sister!of roast beef, your choice ofgreen or kidney beans, slaw,peaches, coffee, milk or fruitpunch. The dining tables .fillup without mishap. Beaut~fulstrains of music from NewTTorld Radio Station T1713BRsteal through the dusk. Youcould not be soothed withsweeter music in the most ex-clusive ballroom in the world.And the atmosphere of peace,ioy and good will could not brh o ~ g h twith money a t any price.I see by your tag that youcome from Zjova Scotia, broth-er, a voice breaks across thetable."Yes, we have a tent com-munity of about forty down bythe creek, a11from Nova Scotia,"is the reply, Then: "Oh, I seethat yolc come from Indianapo-lis."From table to table conver-sations like this are humming.All of it on new-world themes.Because there is nothing sad,riepl-essing, forlorn or hopeless111 any new-world theme, hereis living new-world-style. Whatan atmosphere when all the con-versation is joyful, peaceful,gladdening, inspiring, strength-ening! So now you have caughtthe spirit.Outside the cafeteria tentsyou come across acres and acresof picnickers. Tent dwellers aresettled on lots 16 x 33 feet andtrailers on lots 22 x 31% feet.There are family groups, com-munity groups. Some of theselittle lots, by pisevious planning,have brought together residentsfrom .across nations, even fromacross continents.Wash day at Trailer CityIroning dayIf there was one resident whocame to the City without rela-tives or friends, it would beimpossible to remain friendlesshere. All he has to do is ,crossover to the next lot and starttalking. In an hour he can havedozens of new friends andbrothers and sisters. If he spentall eight days going from onelot to another he would not finda stranger, whether in the low-liest tent or the sleekest trailerdrawn by a Cadillac.A new society? Well, takeaccount. Where did you see anystrife? Or hear any gossip. orbragging? Who sounded puffedup? Who behaved indecently?Who was looking out merely forhis own selfish interest? TheCity itself was planned and ar-ranged and manned by 7,000unpaid volunteer workers, whothemselves lived a t Trailer City.How many persons did you seeget provoked? How many lookas if they are holding grudges?Who appears , unco-operative?Do you know any better wayto describe lo e in action? Theapostle Paul lid not.-1 Corin-thians 13.By now the program fromYankee Stadium is over. Nighthas stolen on. New World Socie-ty Trailer City beds down forrest. Their tent and trailer doorsare open. There is no fear ofmarauders, no call for locks andbolts. Young and old are drift-ing into slumber, their thoughtsand feelings tendered by re-membrances of things the speak-ers said during the day. Onefragment especially lingers :"And my people shall abide ina- peaceable habitation, and in1. safe dwellings, and in quietI resting-places."-Isaiah 32: 18,An?. Strrrr. Vpr.
  24. 24. 28 1953 REPORT O F THE N E W W O R L D SOCIETY A S S E M B L Y . O F JEHOVAHS WITNESSESIn the Ministry "Make Sure of All Things"Lunch-hour witnessingIt is not enough that the ministers themselves are sure of all things they believe, butit is also necessary for them to "make their arguments sure in the minds of the good-will inquirers for the truth." In "Make Sure of All Things" Jehovahs ministers havethis information available and sharp forA return vieitready and h m e d i a t e use. The dmllonstra-tions chairmaned by E. A. Dunlap, instruc-tor at Gilead, Monday evening were toprove this.lnthe first demonstration we saw one J ~ -hovahs witnesses, H. Iiilborn, calling on afactory worker, L. Aldrich, one of Jehovahswitnesses, during lunch hour was able to makesure in the minds of his workmates, S. Krakerand C. Chyke, that all races came from oneoriginal stock; and that Noahs curse of Ca-naan had nothing to do with the Negro racesbeing black, by referring to the scripturesfound in the handbook under the heading"Races of Mankind."In scene three was shown a return visit ofHilborn on Sydlik and his wife. During the dis-cussion the use of the handbook (under theheading "Kingdom") helped to impress theirminds with the scriptures showing that theKingdom is a real government that flesh andblood cannot inherit, and that it is limited to144,000.In the n6xt demonstration a family of five,Mr. and Mrs. Tedo and three children, illus-trated how a family group can profit from aconsideration of the handbook, especially inhelping children to be sure of all things. Allhouseholder, a D. Sydlik. By means of the hand-book he was able to successfully meet his ob-jection: "What beats me is how in the worldevery last one of you can claim to be a minis-ter." The scriptures under the heading "Minis-ter Of gave the answer.The next demonstration illustrated how aIhad copies of the handbook, and bothfatherand mother took part in quizzing the children.In scene five the use of the Bible handbook"Make Sure of All Things" in home Bible studywas illustrated. The position taken on thecross was challenged by all those in attendance,but, by referring to what the handbook had tosay on that subject in the way of scriptures andhistorical facts, the truth was established.Then followed a scene in which J. N. Hen-drix was thinking out loud while prepa~ingaservice meeting talk on the subject GodsServants." By referring to the index he wasable to find many leads for the various aspectsof his subject. Commenting on this Mr. Dunlapfurther observed: "If youre assigned one ofthe major subjects listed among the 70, youllfind that your talk is just about outlined for ayou."The value of the Bible handbook when Je-hovahs witnesses come together for informalgatherings was highlighted in scene seven. AsMr. Dunlap pointed out in introducing thisscene, it is ideal for Bible games or discussions.In the demonstration one was chosen to ask the
  25. 25. YANKEE STADIUM, NEW YORK CITY, JULY 23, 19questions, based on subtitles in the handbook,and a point system was usecl. Answering thequestion correctly counted for a point, quotingor paraphrasing the scripture coutited for twopoints, and correct and complete citationcounted for two more points.In the final scene, a service meeting was de-picted in which those who had part in the pre-vious scenes were presented and they sum-marized the points made.Missionary ExperiencesPreliminary to these demonstrations reportswere given by six missionaries and full-timeministers in North American lands.Missionary H. A. Woodard of Alaska toldthat he and another missionary, A. Errichetti,gave an impromptu lecture to a group of somehundred interested Indians in a log cabin.Miss V. Dougaluk told of a devoit CanadianCatholic obtaining a Bible but who. refusingfurther literature, found a booklet under atablecloth. Readina it, he next attended a cir-.- Icuit assembly out- of curiosity and returnedannouncing he was one of Jehovahs witnesses.C. F. Barney told that as a result of "sevenyears of patient, persistent watering and weed-ing" two hTewfoundlanderswere today presentwith us a t this assembly.Miss M. Hinds, missionary in Panama, told ofthe progress being made there in spite of theslanders of Roman Catholic priests that theywere harlots and who gave instructions to thecommon people to spit on, stone and drive outtthe missionaries.W. B. Fowler of the United States, pioneerfor 43 years, related how he had been arrestedby the police in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, whoadmitted they were acting a t the behest of theRoman Catholic clergy. The issue was taken tothe Supreme Court, which, in a unanimous de-b cjsion, vindicated him and gave the police offi-cials a stinging rebuke.- .JAnd finally, Miss R. M. Dreyer spoke of thereception that the Watch Tower instructorsget in Mexico; almost invariably the foremenor offlce managers allow them to speak to allthe employees in their charge.Reports and Ministry SchoolAs. soon as E. A. Dunlaps demonstrationsclosed, A. D. Schroeder introduced M. H. Lar-son, branch servant of the United States."Jehovah God is the master organizer," Mr.Larson began. His flawless purpose is to inhabjtthe earth with properly organized people. Thishe will do and is doing by building up the NewWorld society. He recounted the progress fromthe year 1922 through 1952, from a mere 2,814publishers to the present peak of more than150.000.Other branch servants followed. W. W. Black-burn from Honduras stated that seven yearsFamily Bible studyPrepadng a Talk(Continued next page) I Left to right: Blackburn, Lozano, Larson
  26. 26. I30- 1953 REPORT O F T H E N E W WORLD SOCIETY A S S E M B L Y O F JEHOVAHS WITNESSESago Gilead graduates entered Honduras withthe desire to help people who were in spiritualdistress, and the fifty delegates present a t theassembly plus the more than four hundred thatthey left behind testify to Jehovahs blessing.Mexicos branch servant, R. Lozano, calledattention to the many obstacles that have tobe overcome in his land. For example, said he,"we are registered as an erlucational organiza-tion and because of this and because there is nopublic worship in Mexico we cannot sing norpray aloud in our meetings; we have to do it insilence or in private in our own homes."To go witnessing means to go on foot or onhorseback and travel as far as 60 miles in thehills and spend days before returning home. Op-position by the Catholic hierarchy is sharp.Often the brothers are mobbed. At times theonly way they can receive protection is bybeing put in jail until the mob cools down. "Amid shouts of joy the program chairmanreleased a new Spanish publication Songs toJel~ovaizs Praise. The thunderous round ofapplause registered the thrill of this provision..-R. E. ~ o i g a nof Brooklyn ~ethel-followedwith the discourse "Getting Full Value out ofYour Ministry School." From Israels day downto ours he traced the importance of trainingand teaching. He drove home the importance ofparents being a t ministry school so that theirchildren, who are "born imitators,"-will copythis proper example. Then he called to theplatform several young brothers and sistersDemonstrrttlng thevalue of ministry school(ages 9 to ll), whose short, logical talks, soclearly presented, proved the outstanding bene-fits of the ministry school. Parents beamedwith joy as these children spoke. Some hadtears in their eyes. Before them were livingexamples of-the value of the school.that in 1950 ~ u & t oRico report-ed 359 publishers; now 710 pub-lishers are active.Branch servant V. Winter-burn, from Haiti, said that since1945 Jehovahs witnesses havepreached the truth in this is-land, and today a clean. NewWorld society of 200 flourishesthere.W. Simmonite reported thatKingdom Halls in the island ofJamaica are filled to overflow-ing. The clergy, maddened atthis prosperity of Jehovahs peo-ple, are experiencing a dwindlingflock, and this because of theiropenly admitted policy of "nopay, no clergy." Under the pres-sure from false religionists, theimportation of literature to thisisland was stopped. Rut thebrothers worked fast: a petitionwas circulated island-wide re-questing officials to remove theban. Jamaicans to the numberof 140,000 signed this petition,and this in just three weekstime-so quickly that the clergycould not get organized to op-pose the work. Literature is nowreaching this tropical isle.Highway CountOn Friday before the conven-tion while traveling on the Penn-sylvania Tnrnpike a reportfroman actual count of the cars trav-eling east was that just 50 percent of them were witnessesheaded for New York. Twenty-five Western states and the fiveWestern provinces of Canadawere represented in the carsseen during the clay by this oneobserver.All the restaurants and re-freshment stands along theturnpike were. choked with theassembly-bound tourists. Duringthe lunch hour every availablespot beside the highway was,occupied by groups from all])arts of the western UnitedStates and Canada lunching to-gether and sharing their antici-pation of the coming assembly.mould beg them for money andjobs, thinking all Amer~canstobe materially rich. Rut theysoon learned that silver andgold Gilead missionaries did notbring, but they brought thenever-deteriorating message ofJehovahs Word, making rich in ,Gods Word many of the islandspoor.From St. Kitts, missionaryW. F. stressed thatback-calls are abundant. "Regu-larity and endurance" are kegwords for success, said he. hewpublishers from St. Kitts at theNew World Society Assemblytestify of its workableness.A cleaner and more formi-dable organizat~onwas reportedby branch seiral~tIt.D. Set!-tonof the British Vest Indies. Awholesome, remarkable chanphas come over the organizationhere, he stated. "If you wantincrease tackle the job wit11enthusiasm." Increase comesthrough faith in Jehovah and inhis organization; faith can mol-e"mountains," if you will let it.
  27. 27. YANKEE STADIUM, NEW YORK CITY, JULY 23, 1953 37Tuesday Evening Sessionthe vine, which manifests itselfin "every kind of field service";and the fruitage of "every kindof goodness and righteousness,"which concerns our daily life,personality and disposition. Itwas this latter fruitage, men-tioned at Galatians 5: 22, thatwas discussed.The first is love. Cultivatingthis fruitage is not a matter ofresolving each morning to do so,but rather a matter of thoroughstudy, growing in appreciationof Jehovahs way of love. Thiswill result in a deep and burn-ing desire to express that samequality. "Love is like that. Itwants to express itself. It wantsto be active." Yes, "become imi-tators of God" and "go on walk-ing in love," by attending allmeetinps and sharing in all thevarious features of the service.Continuing, in regard to otherfruitage, the speaker observed :"Do your brothers and sistersfind your company refreshingwith never a fear of finding youharsh or unsympathetic?" Or"are you easily short with yourbrothers, ready to snap theirheads off, in a spirit of im-patience and irritation?" Joycomes from association withbrothers, as a t this assembly,from feeding on the truth andfrom field service.To bear the spirits fruitagewe must put the interests ofGods community above our per-sonal interests. At times thismay mean denying ourselvesthat which in itself may be le-gitimate but which might causemisgivings among our brothers.Tuesday evening 120,509 oonventioners assembled at Yan-kee Stadium and Trailer City as E. C. Chitty, secretary andtreasurer of the International Bible Students Association,Questions AnsweredAfter Chitty, came T. J. Sul-livan, one of the board of direc-tors of the Watch Tower Societyand for thirty years a memberof the Brooklyn Bethel family.He dealt with service questions,all of which involved the matterof keeping the organizationclean by cutting off, "disfellom-shiping," those who have shownthemselves unfit to be recognizedas members of the New Worldsociety.When gossiping is persistedin and causes friction and divi-sion it serves as basis for dis-fellowshiping. It is Scripturalto notify the Society, the circuitservant and congregations thatmay need such information of apersons being disfellowshiped,as disfellowshiping from onecongregation is a cutting offfrom all congregations.After Sullivan, H. H. Riemer,also a member of the board ofdirectors of the Watch Tower1 Society, and for some fortyyears a member of the BrooklynBethel family, answered a num-1 ,ber of Bible questions. Amongthe points he made was thatI there is no basis for concludingthat the Pleiades is the seat ofGods throne, nor that it is thecenter of the universe. (.Job38: 31, 32) Gods TVord divldesbetween soul and spirit in that itreveals the difference betweenthe course of action taken bythe fleshly organism, soul, andthe mental attitude, disposition,spirit.-Hebrews 4 :12.London, England, and forthirty gears n ~nembcrof theLondon Bethel family, spokeon y h e it^^^ of the spir-it." Introducing this themeJIr. Chitty observed that thiswas not a matter of self-ten-tered character development.There are twomain kinds offruitage that Christians are ad-monished to bear: the messageof truth, referred to in the il-Other ReportsTelegrams, carrying love fromlands far and near, had pre-ceded the opening of the eve-ning session. From 6: 45 to 7;30p.m. missionaries and branchservants told of experiences andtheoc~aticgrowth in the islesof the Atlantic.The Virgin Islands sent itslove through T. E. Klein, whotold of the zealous efforts tokeep the organization clean andto contact all new interest.From the Dominican Republic,where witnessing is limited,missionaries M. -4niol and JethaAdams recounted briefly,how thepreaching is done in their area.Many brothers have been im-prisoned. Denied privileges, theyhare abounded in experiences. Abrother .ri7as incarcerated andfriends were unable to visit withhim. They were fearful for hishealth, but when finally theylearned of his whereabouts, itwas discovered he was actuallygaining weight, because a studyhad been started with an inmatewhose mother always managedto bring a double portion offood. Since the ban there hasbeen a readjustment; a newpeak of publishers has been at-tained. The Dominican Republicwas proud to announce to theNew TTorld Society Assemblythat "the purpose of pe~secutionhas been defeated"!Branch servant E. Van Daal-en and missionary R. Gonzalezwere anxious to tell about Cuba."There is now one Jehovahswitness for every 546 personsin Cuha," said the branch serv-ant. There are now three timesa s many pioneers in Cuba asthere were publishers in all theisland in 1938! The organiza-tion is being cleansed. Grand-fathers and grandmothers arelegalizing then marl-iaqes, toconform themselves to Jehovahsrighteous law.Follow up all leads, encour-aged J. R. Doering, as do thebrothers in the island of Bar-bados. Their earnest desire toreach the sheep has led tospiritual freedom to some inliteral prisons. It takes time,patience and a lot of work, butthe reward is well ~vol.thit.W. E. Gammers related thatfour years ago when mission-aries entered St. Lucia people(Continued on page 30)It also means faith, not onlyin God, but also in the thingsGod has faith in: his Son, hisWord, his purposes, his organi-and transmitting thatfaith to others. And finally,self-control. That is the oppositeof the spirit of the world, withits giving way passion, fitsof anger, etc. It means disci-plining ourselves and submit-ting to aehovahYs discipliningas done through hislustrations of the sower and of !
  28. 28. 32 1953 REPORT O F THE NEW WORLD SOCIETY ASSEMBLY O F JEHOVAHS WITNESSES-Old-world h a b i t s m u s t b echanged. We cannot buy ourway into the new world. Norcan we insult Jehovah by of-fering a minimum of our time.We have dedicated ourselvesto him, and Christ Jesus hasbought us. So let us give Je-hovah first claim on our time.After Knorr outlined thenew work for circuit and dis-trict servants and special pio-neers, T. 3. Sullivan from theSocietys h e a d q u a r t e r s ad-dressed the assembly on "Howto Help the Congregation Serv-ants." If this new campaign isto be effective, he said, wemust be organized. The circuitservant cannot do it all alone.He will have to look to theservants in the congregation.The training work is to becarried out in a loving way, inorder not to cause embarrass-ment to anyone.The assembly was then fore-warned that the Devil will op-pose this campaign and try todiscourage us. The antidote:"Pay attention to yourselvesand to all the flock, amongwhich the holy spirit has ap-pointed you overseers, to shep-herd the congregation of God."-Acts 20:28, New WorldTrans.R. E. Morgan, also fromBethel, next spoke on "Whythe Branch Office Needs a Re-port on the Congregations."The circuit servant is the eyesand ears of the branch office.Circuit servant reports enable-branch offices to assist the lo-cal congregations. "When achange in servants is recom-mended," he said, "the reasonfor such changes should beclearly shown in the report."Older servants are not to bereplaced by younger ones un-less there is sound reason. Spe-cial care should be taken be-fore appointing a young broth-er as a servant."The Society is interested inevery congregation regardlessof size," said H. E. Miller, whonext spoke on "The SocietysInterest in the CongregationAfter the Servants Visit."Each report, he said, is givencareful attention. The Societycompares the circuit servantsnew report with a previous onein order to see what progresshas been made. The assemblywas surprised to know whattremendous effort the Societyexerts by writing personal let-ters in assisting congregations.Miller explained that 3,000 per-sonal letters are written to in-dividual congregations everysix months!Concluding t h e m o r n i n gsymposium of speakers wasPercy Chapman, speaking on"Your I s o l a t e d Territory."Many isolated territories canbe found right here in theUnited States and Canada, hesaid. The problem is one ofreaching the territory. "Willthe Society provide .for specialpioneers to undertake thepreaching service in suchareas?" he asked. Circuit s e wants should write to the Soci.ety to fincl out if assistanceshould be given them. It maybe possible for the nearest con-gregation to handle isolatedterritory, either by working iton week ends or during theweek. .ers living in the area addedcolor as they filled nearby apart-ment house windows,fire escapesand rooftops to view the unusualsight. Those on the street belon-stopped to marvel as they sawthe sidewalk packed for a blockfrom the pool with those waitingto get into the dressing rooms.Of special interest was thenonnationalistic aspect of thisspectacle-persons of many rac-es, colored and white. Notable,too, was the fact that young andold were represented, makingthis step symbolizing their dedl-cation to God.In his lecture Steele said truebaptism is a symbol of unre-sewed, wholehearted dedicationto Jehovah, the same as Jesusimmersion was. Jesus was com-pletely immersed under water.Sprinkling or other means prac-ticed by false religious systemshas no symbolic meaning. In-fant baptism likewise is un-scriptural, since the baptizedone must make his dedicationbefore baptism takes place.Steele stressed the baptizedones new position and respon-sibility: "You are dedicated to, more than a job, or a work to do.You are dedicated to a person,to Jehovah, and you must keepthat relationship sacred."Ruses being loaded to take immersion candidates to pool
  29. 29. lWXUD 8CXXEXT ASSEMBLYOF jlSH0vms ~ S S E S.L-I-ILET RELEASED!1Proves Bible Authenticity 1as-a&.2?daw- - -suLd other ~ e a e n t a t t ~fromeight Adatic landa ~~r to tell of the WQ* hlelr lands and howtheyeyer-Gomae prejudice aaatnat thegn,i@"
  30. 30. 34 1953 REPORT O F T H E N E W WORLD SOCIETY ASSEMBLY O F JEHOVAHS WITNESSESBooklet Released! (Contd) een million inhabitants. Orien-tals understandably judge theBible by the Western civiliza-tion that brings it to them, andso have no use for it. With hiswife, Mr. Kirk demonstratedhow to overcome this prejudiceagainst the Bible. The merefact that a person has a bookdoes not prove that he followsit. There are bad Buddhists,Hindus and Moslems that donot followtheir writings. Thosewritin s should not be judgedby rue%. Neither should Orien-tals judge the Bible by thoseWesterners who do not followit.Further, the Bible is not aWestern book. Mqst of it waswritten in Eastern lands. Butneither is it an Eastern book.Jehovah God, its Author, isnot of the East, nor of theWest alone, he is God of allthe universe. Neither is he aJewish, Catholic nor Protes-tant God.Proceeding next to India,Thornton observed that one outof six of earths population areIndians and that their land "isa colorful mosaic of races, re-ligions and cultures," and thencalled on F. Skinner, branchservant of India, to tell of thework there. Why only 668ministers of Jehovah are to be1 found among Indias 361 mil-, lions became a p p a r e n t a sSkinner continued: "The aver-age Indian is an exceedinglyI proud man." He is "so proudof his religion that he believeshe knows all there is to knowabout the mysteries of life,"I and he has the greatest dis-dain for the claims that the, Bible is inspired a n d t h a tChrist Jesus is the only way toI salvation.Indian group leaves platform. Branch servant Skinner is followedby Brother JosephWith Skinner on the plat-form were R. Cottrill, Gileadmissionary from India, andBrother Joseph, who acceptedthe truth in 1905 and metC.T. Russell, first president ofthe Watch Tower Society,whenhe toured India in 1912, andwho made a few remarks onhis joy in preaching in India.Also in the demonstration weretwo recent graduates of Gileadwho came from India.The Gilead missionaries gaveseveral demonstrations an-swering objections of Orientalsto the Bible, based on thepremise: Why should they takethe Bible seriously when West-ern clergymen prefer evolutionto the Bible and Western scien-tists reject it as unscientific?Missionary work in Pakis-tan was next discussed by FredGott of the Brooklyn Betheland H. Forrest, branch servantin Pakistan, a land formed in1947 because of the Islamicreligion of its eighty million.In Pakistan very, very fewwomen are seen on the street.The vast majority are kept outof sight in the Islamic condi-tion known as "purdah" (fe-male segregation), institutedby Mohammed, leaving theirhouse perhaps only once a yearon the annual feast day.Consequently a woman mis-sionary can expect unfavor-able comments and stareswhen standing on the streetoffering the magazines, andto be almost mobbed when of-fering leaflets to passers-by.And it would be most unwiseto go from door to door with-out an escort, as coming alonemight be taken by a Moslemto mean that she is a womanof easy virtue.On the other hand, malemissionaries must also exer-cise extreme care. They darenot push aside the burlap gar-den curtain and enter with-out first ascertaining that aman is present. Should he en-ter and a husband discoverhim talking to his wife, he maybe misunderstood and receivenot only sharp words but alsoa sharp knife.Next heard from was Korea,Thornton introducing mission-ary D. Steele; who has beena real aid to the witnesses inthat war-torn land. In spite ofall the hardships, the work in(Continued on next page)
  31. 31. Y A N K E E STADIUM. NEW YORK CITY. JULY 23. 1953 ?5Korea has seen more than a 1.000 Der cent in- Idr.Sleele ind his wife illustrated how faithin the Bible can be induced by establishing thecreditability of the account of the Noachianflood. Bringing greetings from Korea was MissYun, a charming oung miss who will attendthe next class ot t t e Gilead missionary school.Both Miss Yun and E. Steele wore colorfulKorean costumes.Thailand (Siam); another Far Eastern land,was represented on the program by Mr. Babin-ski, branch servant. Many Watch Tower mis-sionaries have been sent to Thailand, so a wide-spread witness is being given there. For theyear 1953 Thailand saw a 41 per cent increasein witnesses over 1952.After this report Mr. Laakso, missionaryfrom Thailand, to ether with Miss Somsri, na-tive Thailander, w%oattended the 20th class ofGilead, demonstrated how to interest Thai-landers in the Bible by pointing out how modernmedical science supports the Mosaic law in suchmatters as unclean animals, quarantine oflepers and dead bodies.Leaving Thailand, Thornton then took hisconvention listeners south to another BritishCrown colony, Singapore. Its report was givenby Mr. W. Yaremchuk, branch servant there,and also a Gilead graduate. Before 1947 onlvW. Thornton, native Thailander Miss Somarl andThailand.branch servant Babinskione witness was active there; now there ark130, including seven missionaries.I Korean missionary SOeele andIn Sin apom it is hard to distinguish between wife Earline, right, and Miss Y mprofesses Christian and paganhomes. as not onlv Catholichomes have images andshrines, as do the pagans, buteven Protestants as well. Whenthe image of Fatima wasbrought there by the Catholics,thousands of pagans as wellas Protestants flocked to kissits foot. tAfter giving this report, thebranch servant, at the instanceof Thornton, gave a demon-stration with Brother Fong,also of Singapore, on how factsregarding fulfillment of Bibleprophecy could be used to es-tablish faith in the Bible asGods Word.The final Asiatic land to beheard from in this most inter-(Continued on page 42) Knorr presents new booklet to be used specially in Asiatic lands