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 Post subject: The 'black hole'
PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:39 am 
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My wife and I were just discussing how many millions of dollars the brethren must have put 'in the box' over the years and what happened to it-what was there to show for it? The small assembly we attend sends over 70% of the 'collection' to support various missions and commended workers overseas.locally we started a Seaman's mission for the crews of the cruise ships that come in here, it's a pretty sparse facility,and we run it on a shoestring but it's a place the crews can come to when their ship is in port and avail themselves of tea and coffee, the free wifi we provide to contact family at home .A pastor and volunteers are on hand to greet every ship and we have several thousand crew visits a season.Christian literature is available but not pushed on anybody.The community wants the tourist dollars the cruise ships bring,but nobody thinks about the low paid foreign worker crews that make it all happen.

This week my wife among several others packed over 100 shipping boxes for the mission hospitals in Zambia-medical equipment, medical supplies ,clothing -and that's just from one small assembly.My friend ,a local surgeon,travels on his own nickle to provide pro bono surgery one month every year. When did EB ever do anything for anybody other than token RRT 'good works' that are shouted from the housetops?

Where did the brethrens collections go?for what? What's there to show for it? Who did it benefit? Looks to me it all went it down black hole,a bottomless pit with nothing to show for it......no wonder BDH saw the low hanging fruit......


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 Post subject: Re: The 'black hole'
PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:24 am 
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A North Dakota Pig Farmer's expansion of more prime land occurred now Mr Fisherman. Don't be mean. It also subsidised the sales of Johnnie Walker globally. That is just two amazing benefits to mankind eh!


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 Post subject: Re: The 'black hole'
PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:25 pm 
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Many decades ago,when the 'collection' was locally administered,there was at least some chance that it could be used beneficially and it was not uncommon for visiting brothers to quietly return the 'fellowship' to those locally in need ( my widowed grandmother was the recipient of such thoughtfulness) But I remember it was during the late 60's that some bright young wannabe would have an 'excercise' to minister to Our Beloved Brother,although there was at least some tacit local input.

I'm not sure but I believe 'local administration' of the collection ended when 'the Lord laid his hand' on Symington ( meaning he emerged as top dog in the bun fight and proceeded to kick out any 'also rans'or anybody on mere suspicion of being 'rival'-brethren politics aren't pretty) and the whole pot went to him....where it went after that,who knows?rumours it went to farm land and equipment and those in the family feeding chain( 'Our Beloved' was alleged to have said 'it's a good gig-if you can get it')

Cults do not have open books or accountability and I guess for the EB it was just too big a plum to pass up...reminds me of the 'Humbolt Sink' of the Oregon trail-the disappearing river that ended in a dried up desert with no life.


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