“We’re thrilled to host this special event in our community,” said local spokesperson for Jehovah’s Witnesses, Moises Alfaro. “Our neighbors will have the opportunity to tour the Kingdom Hall and see how this building serves as a center for free Bible education in Immokalee.”
During the open house, visitors can tour the facility and view a slideshow covering highlights of the construction project. Information about the Christian organization’s educational and construction activities worldwide will be on display, with local volunteers available to answer questions as well. The new house of worship was built mostly by volunteer ministers who came specifically to Immokalee to dedicate their time, skills and labor to this special community project.
Local congregant, Adam Quintanilla, says he “feels very humbled and blessed” when he recalls the love shown from all those volunteers, “how they gave of their time and resources to help build our beautiful place of worship.” Some of the volunteers traveled from as far away as Ohio and Michigan.
The Kingdom Hall will host weekly meetings and ministerial activities in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole for 4 congregations in the area. The hall is one of nearly 5,900 in the United States used by over 1.2 million Witnesses across the United States.
For well over a century, Jehovah’s Witnesses have designed and built their own meeting places. Brian Fitch, who was involved in the construction of the new facility, shared that the “location makes for easy access for the general public in this area. The building is not overwhelming in size; it’s modest and inviting. The Kingdom Hall makes good use of space, which allows the footprint of the structure to be minimal, which in turn reduces energy and maintenance costs.”
Brian added that “while the structure is well built and its systems were designed with efficiency in mind, it’s the learning environment that has been created that stands-out to me. One’s focus and attention can easily be maintained on the program because of the layout of the stage and monitors, along with the excellent acoustics and lighting of the auditorium.
“I hope as many people as possible can benefit from its intended purpose,” concluded Brian. With the goal of providing Bible education to the community, “we want to help people become a better version of themselves and to strengthen the bonds of love in the community.” And now they have a new building to accomplish this.
For more information about Jehovah’s Witnesses, their history, beliefs, disaster relief and construction activities, visit their official website, jw.org, which is available in more than 1,050 languages.