Fine conduct does not go unnoticed. In one African community, a bridge spanning a large drainage ditch needed repair because some wooden planks had been stolen. Local residents decided to collect money to replace the planks, but who could be trusted to manage the funds? All agreed that it had to be one of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
My two cents
This is a great anecdote and I’m really glad that the local community looked to Jehovah’s Witnesses in this way. One time when I went to their Kingdom Hall, one couple mentioned that they went on an interstate holiday. They stayed at the house of another Witness couple (who apparently had gone on holiday themselves). The owners of this house totally trusted the couple I met with the house and all of the owners’ personal belongings, and I don’t think they had ever met. Just great.
In the past I’ve been given several copies of the Watchtower and Awake! magazines. There are certain parts of their theology that I question, along with their expression “one of Jehovah’s Witnesses”—there’s something not quite right with the grammar or style of the phrase. Notwithstanding, I kind of like the writing style they use in their article headings and the articles themselves. It’s a bit hard to explain, but maybe I can find some examples one day.
Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania. (2010). It Pays to Be Honest. Available: http://www.watchtower.org/e/20061201a/article_01.htm. Last accessed 3rd May 2012.