“THE YEAR I WAS ALMOST NOT HERE” 2012

“THE YEAR I WAS ALMOST NOT HERE

       In March of 2012 as most of you know I had a sudden low blood pressure flow, and we thought it was time for me to go. It caused the heart to stop & my body to drop (3 times).

In Emergency!

                             In Emergency!!!

Thanks to JAH and being marvelously made (Ps. 139:14) my life continues today with the security of a BIOTRONIK Cardiac Pacemaker. Many have wondered, “how did that happen with Steve McDowell? He’s always been in pretty good shape”. Well, this was due to Ecc. 9:11 “unforeseen things happen” and in this case, I took the wrong medicine for my bronchitis and it caused a sudden drop in blood pressure and I passed out after trying to eat dinner. I was so happy to be in the right place at that time. We were on vacation in the States visiting our dear friends W. & G. Felder in one of the Long Beach congregations, being there as the guest speaker for the Memorial. Thankfully they live near a hospital but for some reason I had to be rerouted to a better hospital that specializes in heart and lung diseases. I went out a second time in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. After 2 days of testing and a $8000 bill they found nothing wrong with the heart or blood pressure. I had no insurance so they planned on releasing me. Before releasing me, they suggested that I wait for one more specialist to at least see me. She suspected what the problem was and gave me what they call “THE TILT TABLE TEST”.

     They say that within 45 minutes to an hour The TTT can imitate and diagnose the cause of sudden drop in blood pressure that causes the heart to stop. Well in my case, after 20 minutes horizontal(that’s laying down) I was OK. Then within 3 minutes of being strapped in a slightly vertical/standing position I felt a little wheezy in the stomach and suddenly I went out like a light. The two medical technicians at my side were shocked that my heart quit in just 23 minutes into the test. It was record time for them and they could not believe I was gone so fast. They stalled 30 seconds before reacting and starting to revive me. Then they informed me afterward about what happened and that my problem is not the heart, but sudden low blood pressure in the vessels . The female specialist said “just as a backup it is best to have this special reactionary pacemaker put in”. It will be set to only kick on if the heart rate drops below 50bpm. ‘OH no! How  am I going to give the Memorial Talk this Thursday, our Special Program and the Public Talk recuperating here after this surgery?  Well, since I wanted to live forever and through the “Great Tribulation” within 4 hours the operation started.

RONI WORRIED at the hospital.                                                                  

RONI WORRIED at the hospital.

RONI JUST AFTER SURGERY :-(  Still  worried!

RONI JUST AFTER SURGERY ;-(  Still worried while I’m unconscience.

By the time Roni found out, I was already preparing to go into surgery. I was given the Gold Standard BTK Pacemaker and the female specialist thankfully recommended me for the hospital’s special financial assistance.

Recuperation just after SURGERY. Roni a lil better  :-)

Recuperating with Roni just after SURGERY.

Roni now a lil better 🙂             

     

        The hospital had a program to help non insured patients pay a part of the bill. I filled out the paper work but they ask for some money on good faith.  We only had our $500 vacation money that Roni tried to get from the hospital ATM but because it was in a foreign account, it did not work from the hospital ATMs. Their agent told me “don’t worry, get it out later and when you leave the hospital just bring it with the papers to the Financial Office. I will be waiting”. Well after the Saturday surgery, that Monday I checked out and forget to take the agent the money. So Tuesday we went back to her office and she was not there. No one was there and I noticed a JW Calendar on the wall. “Somebody here is a ‘Witness’ I thought”, a lady came to attend us and asked for my information to check in the computer. When she saw the WATCHTOWER information, she was all smiles and introduced herself & another Sister. I explained that we are missionaries on vacation when this happened and explained our $500 situation. She said “just leave the financial assistance paperwork and she will have the original lady submit it”.! They didn’t ask for the money.

SISTERS IN THE HOSPITAL FINANCIAL OFFICE ;-)

                                                                                                            SISTERS THAT WORK IN THE FINANCIAL OFFICE 🙂             

          About a month later I received an ambulance bill and then a letter from the Financial Aid Committee of the Hospital that said they considered my case (Missionary and X Firefighter serving abroad) and as a result, my $103,000 Hospital Bill’ has been completely covered. I didn’t have to pay the hospital anything, not a dime! And If I didn’t start to cry I’m telling you a lie. Roni and I just felt Jehovah’s backing through this whole experience. He lets some things take their course, but he’s there to support. Many times we have seen “the hearts of men in the hand of Jehovah” for the sake of us, his people. Well, that’s one less bill for the ‘Organization’ and a little bit more $$$ left in the pockets of the McDowell’s. 

  LA ESPECIALISTA/THE SPECIALIST: Using the “MILK” resources of the nations to help me :- ) ALICIA MONTANEZ, MD

Giving the MEMORIAL TALK anyway. Here able to still Give the MEMORIAL TALK .

I was still able to give the Memorial Talk a few days later, but the rest of the week was modestly canceled and spent in Palm Springs just eating and recuperating.

Taken to Palm Springs for a lil solitude with dear friends.

IMG_0944RESSURECTION TALK #132 with SCENES from the Watchtower.  CLOSE YOUR EYES & IMAGINE THE RESURRECTION, NOW SEE YOUR LOVED ONES THERE!   IMG_1259

My uncle from Palm Springs & my Only Brother of 6 Siblings in the Truth from Houston, TX come to here the Ressurection Talk. 

       We have heard that some areas are not very appreciative, not receptive to these special arrangements for encouragement. Well, not to be offensive to others, but the ‘California Friends’ are famous and still so attentive and appreciative of us Special Fulltime Servants who arrive there with talks and programs for spiritiual interchange of encouragement (Ro. 1:10, 11).  

Graveyard Scene, Will it be like this?EN ESPANOL LA RESSURECCION – A Graveyard Scene, Will it be like this? No! (Rev. 20:12-14)

Interview  & Experiences in Spanish :-)Interview & Experiences in Spanish 🙂 Go Roni!   

ENJOYING THE EAGLEROCK  BROTHERHOOD & THE FOOD THATS GOOD.

 ENJOYING THE EAGLEROCK BROTHERHOOD  & THE FOOD   THAT’S SO GOOD :-).

 
 

Giving my favorite Talk #145 “WHO IS LIKE JAH…?

  🙂 I can see now!  Thanks for the love! Friends in PALOS VERDE$=GREEN TREE$ that’s what it means 🙂

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YES , the BROTHERHOOD is GOOD (John 14:35)Again, we thank you for your fine spirit (3John 5&6)!

        YES , the BROTHERHOOD is GOOD (John 14:35)           Again, we thank you ALL for your fine spirit (3John 5&6)!

6 MONTH CHECK-UP DUE TO MAKE SURE THE PACEMAKER WILL FUNCTIO FOR YOU.

     6 MONTH CHECK-UP DUE, TO MAKE SURE THE PACEMAKER WILL FUNCTION FOR YOU.

        In conclusion, we say thanks to being wonderfully made by our God JEHOVAH to be able to recuperate. To date there has been no relapses. I still run 2-3 times a week and lift light weights. I was still warned I should never be dehydrated or let my body get into a weak state especially living here in the Hot Tropics. The device is checked every 6 months and every time I’ve gone in, the Specialist & Pacemaker Technician are impressed at the stability of my circulatory system.  I’m sure it helps also to live the calm protected yet active missionary life with the support of a firm yet good wife.

          So in this last year, what would I have missed if I wasn’t here? Not only Roni, but simply “these blessings of JAH that makes rich” (Prov. 10:22). Now for more of what I would have missed this year.

1ST KINGDOM HALL I EVER ATTENDED BACK IN 1971         

BLESSINGS NOT MISSED

                Every time we go back to Cali, it is a blessing to see many friends in the Brotherhood, but this time there were special blessings. In April, I had the opportunity after some 33 years to have a reunion with us 5 brothers, who I came into the Truth with, in the same congregation back in the 70s: HOLLYPARK, Lennox, CA. We have not all been together since our weddings in 1980-81.                                                                                                                                       

HOLLYPARK’S  FEARSOME 4SOME  at  WOODLAND  HILLS ASSEMBLY HALL IN 1979

Benny Harris: now a Sub. C.O. as a teen was the second brother who studied with me & provided assoc.  

Terry Wilson: was his right hand man that I had not see in almost 20 years, our Live Wire,

Michael Lewis: a high school enemy who I studied with and then became my roommate at Bethel and then my Best Man at my Wedding=The Truth’s power! 

Robert Hurd: a Reg. Pioneer/former singer with the Group ‘Rose Royce’ who had to battle for the Truth. 

We have never all 5 been together until we all met at Benny’s home in Long  Beach, CA 4/12. 

It is great to see those you know still in the “Fine fight for the Faith“, yes who are still with us and not taken out by Satan’s world. 

BMTS BMTS

 BMRS

Bill Vernon; The first Bethelite from L.A. I ever met   1974.WITH BILL VERNON & his wife LESLIE. WE WERE ALSO BETHELITES TOGETHER.                     

2012 4some. Where’s Robert this time?    

           

Big JAY McNEELY at his Grammy Museum night interview.

“BIG JAY MC NEELY” MY 1ST BIBLE TEACHER IN 1971 AND I HADN’T SEEN HIM SINCE THE INTNL. CONV. IN 2003. WAS A FAMOUS JAZZ SAXOPHONIST/ELDER/PIONEER. 

Grammy Museum Interview PROGRAM

 

“BIG JAY” IN ACTION

APRECIATION LUCHEON FOR sPECIAL fULL TIME SERVANT. Sister Hawkins

APPRECIATION LUNCHEON FOR A SPECIAL FULL TIME SERVANT. C.O’s Wife  “Sister Hawkins”

Appreciation Lunch back yard shot

 Appreciation for the older generation in a BEAUTIFUL GARDEN.

BACK YARD LANDSCAPED GARDEN

ANOTHER ANGLE  LANDSCAPED GARDEN (Well done Russell :-))

        These heart touching events are just a preview of what it will be like with even greater joy for all of us in the reunions of family and friends in the ‘New World’. For now in this crucial ‘time of the end’, many of us are so busy and separated while serving Jehovah’s Kingdom Interest. But in the ‘New System’ time and Paradise will be on our side. So “keep on keepin on” Friends! It’s already worth it!                                                                   

 In April before coming back to PANAMA, we attended the “Safeguard your MIND” Circuit Assembly.  Saturday a powerful Baptism talk and Sunday a Governing Body Guest Speaker.

S.HEARD

 SAMUEL HEARD Gov. Body 

FIERY BAPTISM TALK.  THE LATE GREAT NAT. EMANUEL

Firery baptism Talk by the late Great Nate Emanuel

MIRALOMA ASSEMBLY HALL. SO. CA

SAM HEARD at the MIRALOMA ASSEMBLY HALL, SO. CALIF.  

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  And then in May the “Safeguard your HEART” District Convention in paradisiacal surroundings.

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DISTRICT  CONVENTION  SITE,  Long  Beach,  CA 

Park lake
FRIENDS  ENJOYING  THE  PARADISE  LIKE  SURROUNDINGS  DURING  LUNCH 🙂 

 

Platform 1
CONVENTION PLATFORM AND BAPTISM POOL

G. FREDRIQUE
GREGORY FREDRIQUE: tEEN pIONEER, later BETHELITE, then MISSIONARY. Still serving in HATTI…           I STUDIED WITH HIM BACK IN THE “LA CIENEGA CONG”. L.A., CA

 L.B. ARENA LAKE VIEW FROM FR0M THE ASSEMBLY ARENA.
ELEVATED ANGLE OF THE GROUNDS -LAKE VIEW FROM

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12,000 in the Main Arena. THE EAGLES KNOW WHERE THE CARCASS IS (Matt.24;28)                                                                                                                                                                                       

MCKEELS
X Missionaries: SCOTT & LORI MCKEEL,  Now  serving in the  RUMANIAN FIELD.

 

JUNE 2012

 Finally I was given special permission to attend with my fellow X 13 year Panama Missionary Scott McKeel the week long Congregation Elder’s School there in Lynwood, So. Calif. 

CLASS #111, 2012, LARGEST ELDERS SCHOOL IN U.S.
CLASS #111, One of the Last & LARGEST ELDERS SCHOOLS IN U.S. ( I’m there somewhere 🙂 )

INSTRUCTORES

THE INSTRUCTORS: D. CIRANKO & C. VALORES – “MEN of this sort, we hold DEAR

       Two excellent instructors, District Overseers, schooled at the feet of the “Governing Body”. I could not have received it that good, any better here in Panama and it was in English too, the language of the Truth. My appreciation for JAH’S SOVERIGNTY was greatly enhanced! We are so blessed with our spiritual education in this ORGANIZATION (Is.54:13)!  

        After getting back to Panama, some of those salient points about taking care of our own spirituality, I was able to share here when having parts in teaching the Local Elders km School and the Ministerial Servants km School. And I used the next four months in Family Worship sharing all I could with the Wife of my life. A good way to do a review too! 🙂

SALON DE REINO
SALON DEL REINO DOBLE = DOUBLE KINGDOM HALL. I wish we had some in Panama!

 After 2 months recuperation, we return home in June to share our many blessings with others.

return to PANAMA
Arriving back to PANAMA, met by other Missionaries 🙂


RETURN SIGN
Everybody thinks the problem was the HEART! Wrong!!!

                                                

AUGUST 2012

What a coincidence that the same two missionary couples, our dear friends that welcomed us back to Panama in June are themselves reassigned out of Panama.

4 Missionaries to LEAVE PANAMA

Our roommates Jose Manuel & Patri Rodiel (here 6 yrs.) on to Mexico to start the Manhattan P. Public Preaching there. And with the sign Mike  &  Heather Laschinski (here 9 yrs.) to continue the Traveling Work in English in Belize. THANKS FOR YOUR FAITHFUL YEARS HERE WITH US(Col.4;11)!

We continued here in Panama with our Limited Third World Public Witnessing 🙂

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On the Inter-American Hwy at two Markets where many tourists go by on their way to vacations in our Caribbean & Darien Jungles & Beaches.

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A Servant, a Pioneer, & a Publisher. All with zeal for the field. 

NAZZY P. PUBLICA
NAZZY PUBLIC PREACHING.      Who can resist that face 🙂 

With the computer at JW.ORG set to 'CALEB" to attract Children with PARENTS:-).
With the computer at JW.ORG set to ‘CALEB” to attract Children with PARENTS:-).

RONI, NAZZY & ATTA  on Friday, from 5 pm till 8pm in the NIGHT
RONI, NAZZY & ATTA on Friday, from 5 pm till 8pm in the NIGHT.

With the computer at JW.ORG set to ‘CALEB” to attract Children. Then the Children bring their PARENTS :-).

PIONEER ROSA WITH SOME LOCALS AS NIGHT FALLS.
OUR PIONEER ROSA WITH SOME LOCALS AS NIGHT FALLS.

 Also in August 2012, the newly constructed Kingdom Hall that is 6 hours away in Yavíza, Darien Jungle was dedicated. Many of you saw our Floods in Panama Blog where the floods wreaked great destruction to entire towns and even to our Brothers homes. 23 had to be rescued after being stranded 5 days in the water beaten Kingdom Hall there (See 3/11/2011blog for details).  Anyway, in these last two years through your generous voluntary contributions, 5 new homes were constructed for them and a new beautiful country style Kingdom Hall. We have participated  in the constuction of three Kingdom Halls in the last year.

K.HALL 1
THE NEIGHBORS PASS BY AND CAN NOT BELIEVE THEIR EYES “the House of the Jehovah’s Witnesses!”

 

K.HALL 1

2011 RECONSTRUCTION OF THE NEWLY BUILT YAVIZA KINGDOM HALL AFTER THE FLOODS OF 2010.

K.HALL 2
BROTHERS  ARRIVING  ON  DEDICATION  DAY.

K. HALL 3
KINGDOM  HALL  ENTRANCE.  BETTER  BE  IN  GOOD  SHAPE  TO  CLIMB  THOSE  STAIRS!            

Kingdom Hall BATHROOMS are OUTSIDE but connected to the building.
Kingdom Hall BATHROOMS are OUTSIDE but connected to the building.

K. HALL 4DESIGNED FOR 80-100 SEATS.                                                                                                                    

K.HALL 6
JEHOVAH’S RAYS OF BLESSINGS ON THIS DAY OF DEDICATING ANOTHER KINGDOM HALL TO HIS GLORY.

DEDICATION DAY FOR THE TOTALLY REBUILT YAVÍZA KINGDOM HALL.

     The Floods, relief, rescue, clean up and construction during and after the floods there, have been some of my most emotional & memorable experiences being here as a missionary, thus seeing and feeling that the ‘Brotherhood is Good!” Yes we are what we should be known for John 13:34-35  LOVE! 

RODIEL'S FAREWELL AT THE AIRPORT. ON TO MEXICO.
RODIEL’S FAREWELL AT THE AIRPORT. ON TO


LASCHINSKI ON TO BELIZE CENTRAL AMERICA.
LASCHINSKI ON TO BELIZE
CENTRAL AMERICA.

                                                                           

 

                                                                                       

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WE ARE NOW ALONE IN THE CHEPO MISSIONARY HOME AS OF SEPT. 2012

October 2012

In October 2012 and January 2013 we had special visits from the Mexico Branch brothers to see how we are doing since my pacemaker surgery and to talk to us about a possible assignment change out of the country. Since 2010 and even more so now, that has been heavy on our minds and hearts. Where do we go now? We are from the old school training so we were taught to be willing to go where we are sent. Still waiting, but in the meantime still busy on the assembly and local levels.

Bro. Jimenez from Mexico Branch Missionary Desk. Visit our HOME.
Bro. Jimenez from Mexico Branch Missionary Desk.
Visit our HOME.                                                                                                            

BRANCH MEMBER VISITS   AND MEETS WITH THE MISSIONARIES IN THE S/E PANAMA 7CANAL ZONE.
BRANCH  MEMBER  VISITS  &  MEETS  WITH  THE  MISSIONARIES  IN  THE  S/E PANAMA  & CANAL  ZONE.  BALBOA  MISSIONARY  HOME  FOR  THE  SENIOR  MISSIONARIES 1/2013.

MISSIONARIES preaching in the City CHINESE, ENGLISH  & SPANISH,
MISSIONARIES preaching in the City CHINESE, ENGLISH & SPANISH & A SPECIAL DINNERNITE.

2013-01-15 17.54.17 2013-01-18 00.26.16Since 2010 and even more so now, that has been heavy on our minds and hearts. Where do we go now? We are from the old school training so we were taught to be willing to go where we are sent. Still waiting, but in the meantime still busy on the assembly and local levels.  

A BIBLE TRAINED CONSCIENCE IS YOUR  SPIRITUALLY INCLINED COMPASS.
A BIBLE TRAINED CONSCIENCE IS YOUR  SPIRITUALLY INCLINED COMPASS.

 S.A.D. the “Faithful SLAVE” is comparing the CONSCIENCE to a COMPASS.   To what does your conscience incline you?

     More blessings: Keeping busy locally

LAS MARGARITAS=50 PUBLISHERS, NEW CONGREGATION AS OF  3/12
LAS MARGARITAS=50 PUBLISHERS, NEW CONGREGATION AS OF 3/2012. Here with the C.O. Visit.

We forgot to mention that we were assigned to a new congregation in Panama while there in the States. We are in a new Congregation of 50 publishers that started March 2012.  It started with 1 elder, 5 servants, 16 pioneers. All from our mother Congo Chepo that reached 130 publishers.  At our return to Panama in June 2012 we were reassigned there. It is only 10 minutes from Chepo to the next town over, called Las Margaritas (No! They have never heard of the “Drink”:-). Since arriving two of our pioneers moved to serve where the need is greater, 5 others participated in the 2013 Summer Pioneer Routes/Assignments for 1-3 months.

BANNER PARA AS INVITATION TO THE 2013 MEMORIAL OF JC's DEATH.
BANNER  at Public Witnessing AS INVITATION TO THE 2013 MEMORIAL OF JC’s DEATH.

83 year old Aux. Pioneering, 75 year old Reg. Pioneer, a Single Mother Reg. Aux. Pioneer= THE MIGHTY MIGHTY 40!
83 year old Aux. Pioneering,  75 year old Reg. Pioneer,  a Single Mother Reg. Aux. Pioneer =                               PART OF THE MIGHTY MARCH 40!

3 OF THE MANY MARCH AUX. PIONEERS PUBLIC WITNESSING FOR THE MEMORIAL.

Another couple was reassigned which left us with 46 publishers and now here’s the clincher. Of the 42 baptized publishers, 40 were PIONEERS in the month of March due to God’s motivating Spirit in this 2013 Memorial Season. Also three of our unbaptized reached over 30 hours including Lil Nazareth a 10 year old student of Roni’s who loves the preaching and teaching work.

nazzy WITH rONI
NARARETH MENTIONED AT THE ZONE VISIT HERE WITH RONI.

NAZZY with RONI going on BIBLE STUDY :-)
NAZZY with RONI going on BIBLE STUDY 🙂

She has two bible studies of her own and put in 93 hours.                                                                               We also had appointed in March two of those Auxiliaries to Regular Pioneers, so that is now 21 Pioneers with us Missionaries, 7 ministerial servants and still just us 2 elders. So again I’m confessing, that Jehovah is blessing.

IN THE HOUSE!
IN  THE  HOUSE!

          .          The Congregation meets in a family’s homeso we had our Commemoration of JC’s Death in a local gymnasium. I was privileged to give the new Outline Talk, focusing on the blessings of Jesus sacrifice for the “Other Sheep” and 108 attended here.

FRONT VIEW in the Leyton Families House. WE NEED A K. HALL!
FRONT VIEW in the Leyton Families House. WE NEED A K. HALL!

GYM 2013 MEMORIALTALK
GYM  2013  MEMORIAL TALK                                                                                  

2013  MEMORIAL  in  the  Local  Gym. 108 ATTEND. with 46 publishers.                                                                   

MEMORIAL  BANNER  &  TABLE  ARRANGEMENT &  our  +30  hour  publishers.

 Both Roni and I conduct 10-12 studies a piece each month when they all study. We have plenty of studies but our greatest challenge here is getting those of our evangelical/catholic neighborhoods to come to the meetings. Meeting in a house doesn’t help (“they see a cult”). We get about 60 in attendance. So we pray that we will soon be approved for a Kingdom Hall construction real soon. You can pray for us too! Thanks.

2013 Zone Visit

       Last month April 15th-28th we had our 2013 Zone Visit for the Mexico Branch and 7 Central American countries. The Missionaries and Translation Teams (268 of us) were brought in for the weekend April 19-21 to Costa Rica for special meetings with Branch Bros.

AIRPORT WELCOME.......
OUR WELCOMING SISTERS AT THE SAN JOSE C.R. AIRPORT.          


BEAUTIFUL COSTA RICA
 WE  ARE  HERE  IN  BEAUTIFUL  COSTA  RICA!            
                                                                                  

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WELCOME RONI & JACKIE WELCOME TO THE 2013 ZONE VISIT  SITE. RONI & JACKIE  ENTERING THE HOTEL RESORT 🙂       
           

BEAUTIFUL  COSTA  RICA  RESORT  REGISTRATION  AND  WELCOME  REFRESHMENTS.

WELCOME REGISTRATION & REFRESHMENTS ;-)
WELCOME REGISTRATION & REFRESHMENTS 🙂 IN A BEAUTIFUL COSTA RICAN RESORT.
  

WELCOME SIGN...ME & RONI.
WELCOME SIGN
AT THE MISSIONARY MEETING SITE. ME & RONI PREVILEDGED TO BE HERE THIS YEAR  🙂 (Missed 2012 😦 )

SATURDAY'S  FULL  SCHEDULE- Meetings, meals, entertainment & association.
SATURDAY’S FULL SCHEDULE- Meetings, meals, entertainment & Association.

BEDROOM VIEW of  CR MOUNTAINS.
 OUR BEDROOM VIEW of  CR MOUNTAINS.                                        
                                                        

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THE  BEAUTIFUL  COSTA  RICA  MOUNTAIN  VIEW  FROM  OUR  ROOM 🙂                      

Shining my x roommate's shoes. Sub. C.O. Oscar Brown.
Shining my x roommate’s shoes. Sub. C.O. Oscar Brown.

A MODERN JESUS only gives a shoeshine. Then afterward, washes his feet too! 🙂

The encouragement came by two NY Bethel Branch Zone Overseers with two Service Talks and an update on NY Betel including Warwick” which will be separate from the U.S. Branch.  

Missionary MT.
168  PRESENT   in  the  Missionary  Meeting,  RONI  IS  IN  THE  CENTER.

FIELDING THE MISSIONARIES WITH ?s ABOUT THE CENTRAL AMERICAN FIELD MINISTRY.

BRO.  

Bro. MOLCHAN: BE GENEROUS & YOU BENEFIT YOURSELF.

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Bro. Cochran: PUT  YOUR  CONFIDENCE  IN  JAH  &  USE INICIATIVE!

               

PUT CONFIDENCE IN JAH & USE INITIATIVE!  

BUFFET LUNCH Aafter the Meeting. Roni with JENNIFER NELSON C.O.'Dave'sWife our xroomates when we served in Costa Rica
BUFFET LUNCH After the Meeting. Roni with JENNIFER NELSON C.O. Dave’sWife our xroomates when we served in Costa Rica.

NATURE WALK  in BEAUTIFUL C.R. LANDSCAPE.
NATURE  WALK  in  BEAUTIFUL  C.R.  LANDSCAPE.

   

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ME AND RONI ENJOY SEEING A BEAUTIFUL COSTA RICAN PARADISE LIKE SCENE

       Then there was the interchange of association between us fellow Missionaries of Central America, reminding us that we are not the only ones out here battling in the foreign ranks .

Good stuff! But it just wasn’t long enough. Too short! WE all came in on Friday and back to our assignments on Sunday (1Kings 19:15, 18).

special dinner
SPECIAL  DINNER.  MEMBERS  OF  OUR  PANAMA  TRANSLATION  TEAM.

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Last words of ENCOURAGEMENT and introducing the ENTERTAINMENT.
Last words of ENCOURAGEMENT and introducing the ENTERTAINMENT.

SPECIAL DINNER, ENTERTAINMENT & ASSOCIATION

COSTA RICAN TYPICAL DANCE
PRESENTING  COSTA  RICAN  TYPICAL  DANCES

         

MEETING AN O.G. MISSIONARY=Original Gilead Missionary 🙂 

See the man from Panama. No!  See the Man from the 3rd Class of Gilead,                                                                                      93 yrs. old, +70 years of Full Time Service. IMPRESSIVE (Is.40:31) 

At our 1st Zone Visit in 2011 under the Mexico Branch, there were 310 Missionaries in Central America. 46 of them in Panama.  

Panama down to 22 MISSIONARY.
Panama is now down to 22 MISSIONARIES (a couple missing here.)

Now we are down to 22 and less than 200 in all of Central America. We are getting shipped out to the ends of the earth.    This ZONE VISIT week, 8 more were informed that their new assignments will be in Malaysia & Thailand.

          IMG_2704Last Supper Last 12  Panama Missionaries before returning to Panama. 

HASTA LA VISTA …….COSTA RICA! / UNTIL THE NEXT TIME…….

COSTA RICA'S TROPICAL PARADISE.
COSTA RICA’S TROPICAL PARADISE.

COSTA RICA’S TROPICAL PARADISE. IT WAS NICE. WEV’E BEEN THERE TWICE 🙂    

As you know many of us have been on pins and needles waiting to hear about ourselves for more than two years now. Well the McDowells were told that it is decided that we can stay where we are in Chepo, Panama and so now we can lay it to rest and stay here and do our best (2Tim. 4:5). To be honest, we have mixed emotions about the decision but now more focused on where we are. As mentioned, we are old school anyway, so just preach!  And really that’s what it’s all about, that’s what we are all about! (We had one more student baptized this year so that’s almost 70 in our many years of Full Time Service.)

       Still in the Z.V. Week, they hit us again with more spiritual blessings that weekend. 43 more missionaries in Mexico had their special meetings there in Mx Bethel, and then Sunday was an HISTORICAL EVENT. They gave a Special Zone Visit Program of 3 hours tied in by the internet at JW.ORG. with AUDIO/VIDEO for the first time to over 6000 locations between Mexico and Panama ( A. Halls. K. Halls, Schools, Auditoriums and preapproved rented facilities) with a total of 1.3 million tied in to see and hear the program. Here locally we had 220 with three congregations. One congregation had to have it with us and our mother Congo because there is no internet in their town called Canitas where the 2010 floods were.

CHEPO KINGDOM HALL ZONE VISIT PROJECTION.
CHEPO  KINGDOM  HALL. JW.ORG  2013  ZONE  VISIT  PROGRAM  PROJECTION.

220 ATTEND FROM 3 CONGREGATIONS, +6000 LOCATIONS & 1.3 MILLION VIEWERS. :-)
220 ATTEND FROM 3 CONGREGATIONS,  +6000 LOCATIONS  &  +1.3 MILLION VIEWERS. 🙂

Yes it was phenomenal!!! What potential we see for exclusive mass communication from the “Slave” as needed in the future. Yes we are “sucking the milk of the nations & kings” for the purpose of True Worship (Is.60:16).

IN CONCLUSION

Well as you can read and see, JAH is good when we are doing like we should, keeping ourselves busy in the most important purpose and work of our time, the end of this time of the end (Mark 13:10).

THE TWO DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH TRYING TO STAY TIGER TOUGH!
THE TWO DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH TRYING TO STAY TIGER TOUGH!

SO WE HAVEN’T HAD ENOUGH, THESE TWO DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH!

It has been a good year and I’m blessed to still be here. I’m not gone for you and my wife to miss, rather I’m here and in bliss! May JAH continue to make us all spiritually rich, and not for just a year, but until everlasting life is here (1Timothy 6:17-19). 

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5 thoughts on ““THE YEAR I WAS ALMOST NOT HERE” 2012”

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this with me. You don’t know me but I was in the congregation with a good friend of yours Mike and Cheryl Weaver. We were in Rialto, CA together for a number of years. We are now serving as Regular Pioneers in the east Texas city of Lufkin.

    Glad to know that your blood pressure is under control…..stay at Jehovah’s table. Your brother Paul & Jackie Taylor

  2. Wow primes! Well we know from your history, u haven’t had many dull moments huh?! We luv and miss u very much and live vicariously through you. We enjoy the news about the new students, brothers, and organizational news you both are involved with. We pray for continued blessings and look forward t o seeing you both soon! Abrazos y besos, primita Stacey

  3. Thank you for sharing your adventures and experiences! So glad you’re doing well. Jehovah’s blessing continue with you both.

    Gene & Lisa
    Whittier, California
    East Pico Rivera Congregation

  4. Hello Roni and Steve, I have thought of you both often through the years and so so happy that you are still faithfully serving Jehovah in your assignment! I searched your names on the internet and found this page. I’m doing well in Michigan, and my son, almost 18, is baptized and doing very well. I’m taking him on his first trip to Bethel next week, so so looking forward to it (Steve–he knows about you as my drivers’ training teacher after I bought a car!) I’m not big on blogging but couldn’t find your phone number. Email me anytime. Love you both very much! Leah (Jackson) Wright

  5. Hello Jehovah took my eyes to this web site,.Dear brother your story has encouraged me.
    i live in Yorkshire England. i have been having a very bad time, many times while pioneering.
    i am praying to Jah to if it is hes will to allow me to serve where he will choose.
    For now I am the only one following Jehovah and his son Jesus.
    I made my neighbourhood my ministry.
    May Jehovah continue to bless and keep you all .

    PAULINE

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