by Keilani Mazarelli
by Keilani Mazarelli
A couple of weeks ago we went to Las Galeras because my dad had a talk there. Then after the meeting we went to a beach called Playita with some other brothers. And that beach was BEAUTIFUL!!! And the water was sooo clear and warm, it was sooo nice! And there were restaurants there, there were drinks, and almost every body was eating coconut, and a lot more stuff. We had so much fun. and one of the sisters found a conch! ( by the way a conch is like a giant snail) Anyways, it was so cool!! And when I looked under that water there were fish surrounding me!! They were everywhere!! And we met some brothers from France, that we met at the Kingdom Hall and we spent time with them at the beach too. It was kinda hard to communicate because they barely knew English or Spanish but we did it! We had so much fun. Now THAT is my favorite beach.
Thanks Laura for this question. She asked:
How would you tell other young ones to prepare for the need-greater work?
These points helped me a lot during the moving process. I think these can help families, couples, and especially young ones, like me, to get ready to move where the need is great...
-Prayer. Probably the most important and most effective thing you can do. Talking to Jehovah about it- your worries, excitements, doubts- will definitely help. And if you ask for his help to keep you happy about it, he certainly will.
-Talk to your parents. Always telling your parents your thoughts about moving, helps them to help you. If they don't know you are scared of leaving or that you don't want to go, they won't be able to help you.
-Read about other experiences. Learning about other people your age who have done what you are going to do, like in the Watchtower, Awake! and even in JW Broadcasting, and reading about their great experiences, can help you get more excited about leaving.
-Look to your friends for encouragement. Talking to some close friends, WHO SUPPORT YOU about it, especially if you are more against moving, helps a lot. They can help encourage you to move where the need is great, even if they've never done it themselves. Talking about it to my friends helped me a lot. Even when we were sad about it, my friends always managed to keep positive, and so that helped me stay positive too.
-Keep an open mind. Try to be open to new things, to learn a new language, try new foods, meet new brothers etc. KEEP AN OPEN MIND!
-Get yourself excited (for real). Maybe read about the place you are going to. Think about the things you are excited about. Think about the good things of the place you are moving to.
-Talking to people who have also served where the need is great. This can help a lot. They can give you advice on what to do and what not to. They can tell you more or less how it'll feel and what might happen. One of my closest friends moved to Nashville a few years ago, he told me, "It's going to be very, very hard, and pretty weird for the first few weeks. But after you meet the brothers and get to know the place, I promise your gonna like it." He was right. The first few weeks were very hard, but after a while, I got more used to living here. I'm glad I talked to him, and to many other brothers because they helped me keep an open mind.
-Stay positive. Negative thoughts make things worse, so try to think about the good things about your situation. Thinking about the good things will help you keep an open, happy mind.
And just do it. DO IT! JUST DO IT! Jehovah is going to take care of you no matter what. Even if you don't like it, even if it's THE worst experience of your life, it will also be the best experience of your life. You will not regret it. If you decide "Hey it's not my thing", and go back home, you WILL be happy you did it and Jehovah will be happy too.
A couple of days ago we went to the need greater assembly, it was amazing! I met so many brothers and sisters from all around the world! Like Australia, Korea, Norway, and much more. And the assembly was in 2 languages! English and Russian! And there were 7 sisters that got baptized. And one of them was only 8 years old! It was amazing! And there was only 800 brothers and sisters that came to this assembly.
As long as it's for Jehovah, it doesn't matter what language you speak. This assembly was one of my favorite assemblies that I have gone to in a long time. I'm really going to miss this assembly, and all the brothers and sisters that I have met.
And I'm so glad that we got to make it to this assembly. And this assembly has really taught me that no matter what happens, always stay loyal to Jehovah.
This past weekend, we were in Santiago for the English convention.
I. Have. No. Words.
I'm positively certain, this was the best convention I've ever been to. It was just... AMAZING. The program was of course awesome, but meeting all those different brothers made it even better.
We met dozens of brothers from all over the world. Just in this past weekend, we met, (starting within the states) brothers from:
-Colombia and so many more.
It was truly astounding to see so many brothers from all over the world at this assembly. It was like a mini international convention. And seeing other need greaters doing the same thing we are, was just perfect.
First day, we met two awesome brothers from Australia, named Matthew and Jared. We instantly became really good friends. This was they're first time here in DR. They have only been here about four days and they are already thinking of coming back and moving here for a while. Maybe we will get to see them again.
Then we met an amazing family from Norway. They have three kids. The daughter, Josephine, is one of the sweetest people I've ever met. They moved here a few months ago and they are planning on staying here for another 2 years. Josephine, her younger brother Ferdinand and I became really good friends. I hope to be able to see them again soon.
Everyone always uses the term "what a small world", but a lot of people don't actually know how small it really is, especially in Jehovah's organization. We met lots of brothers from the states, but we met one sister named Sydney, that used to go to the same congregation with some brothers we know from back at home, apparently they've know each other since they were a lot younger.
What a small world!
I met a brother named Weston who is about my age, and has lived here for almost a year now in Bavaro English. His family is going to stay here for about another year. He was really nice, and it was really encouraging to see some one else my age doing the same thing I was.
The second day, I met a sister from Scotland, two brothers from Ireland and a family from Georgia. It was just so cool seeing so many brothers with different nationalities, colors, and not to mention the super awesome accents, being all in one place at once.
And all of us being need greaters, we had so much in common. Other families going through many of the same things we are, complications as well as blessings. Seeing young, single brothers and sisters moving where the need is great, even though they sometimes had to go through lots of hardships, was mind-blowing. But they all did it for Jehovah.
We did it for Jehovah.
Even though lots of them, including us, did go through discouraging times, and tough moments, we kept our minds fixed on Jehovah and did what we knew would be best.
The last day definitely had a very bittersweet feeling to it. Everyone was overjoyed to be able to be there, and seeing so many other need greaters from all over, coming to watch this convention together and encourage one another to keep going, serving Jehovah to our fullest. But having to say goodbye, was definitely pretty heartbreaking. No one wanted to leave. Yes... There were tears.
I was not ready to leave. Yea, yea everyone says that at every assembly, but I DID NOT WANT TO LEAVE. It felt horrible getting on that bus and driving away from this amazing convention and all those wonderful brothers.
Everyone was taking pictures, getting phone numbers and social medias so everyone could keep in touch, after we all went back home.
And you find yourself missing those people, that you've only known for such a small amount of time. Wanting to be with them as much as possible. Wanting to see them and talk to them, and share the same love you all have for Jehovah.
Because we are a family, even though we've only just met.
One gigantic, amazing, wonderful, hilarious, caring, beautiful, loving family of brothers and sisters from all over the globe.
And I'm certainly never going to forget any one of them.