I am always excited each year to read the new yearbook, because they are so encouraging and faith strengthening.
News reports from around the world have chronicled a rash of natural disasters, including earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, fires and volcanic eruptions. While space doesn't permit a report on all recent disasters, however... In the affected area, in Japan after the earthquake, four Kingdom Halls were destroyed and four others became unusable. As many as 235 houses of our brothers and sisters were washed away or badly damaged, and more than a thousand houses needed repair.
Among the over 14,000 Jehovah's Witnesses in the most affected areas, 12 lost their lives, and 5 were seriously injured: 2 are still missing. There were some heartrending accounts that our dear Brothers and Sisters recounted.
Along with the Highlights of this past year, there is also
a rundown of the history of two countries, Norway, and Rwanda. Sadly, though the tiny country of Rwanda has experienced appalling violence. hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children were brutally slaughtered in one of the worst genocides seen in modern times. It tells experiences of our Brothers and Sisters during those dark times in the history of the Rwanda genocides, which happened in the 1980s and 1990s. Very sad to say the least. However, there were many happy and faith strengthening experiences also.
This is the first e-book I have read and it is the first book I have read for my Ebook Reading Challenge.