“We’re looking forward to this special event where our neighbors can visit our house of worship and learn how we will be using our house of worship as a center for Bible education,” said Ivan Fernandez, local spokesperson for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Florida.
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 Lehigh Acres to dedicate their time, skills and labor to this special community project.
“I feel really proud of my brothers and fellow worshippers,” said Andres Riveron, a Witness in Lehigh Acres. “They sacrificed time, energy and resources to help build this place of worship in our community.”
The Kingdom Hall will host weekly meetings and ministerial activities for three congregations in the area, two in Spanish and one in English. 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.
“The practical elements of this highly efficient building starts with its design intent,” said Dan Morgan, a construction supervisor for the project. “The building is constructed using insulated concrete forms which increase the building envelope’s ability to stay conditioned and meets the highest standards for hurricane wind speeds. The native plants and trees in the landscape design allow all stormwater collected to be used for irrigation purposes.”
For more information about Jehovah’s Witnesses, their history, beliefs and construction activities, visit their official website, jw.org, with content available in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Russian, German and more than 1,050 other languages.