2x2s are a willing group of people and convention “preps” were well staffed with common members doing the work needed to erect the tents and get everything shipshape. We saw some workers doing the same with us, but mainly they were directing the crews of members, and often off in the convention house in “workers’ meetings” that we never learned what those meetings were about or what went on in any workers’ meetings.
All we knew was that by convention date the meeting, dining, and sleeping tents had to be ready.
This same feature of free cooperation of members was seen in the development of the Pecan Grove Senior Residence that is home to old ‘homeless’ workers. It was seen again in the development of the Shelter Valley RV Park, the business that hosts the Shelter Valley convention for three or four days out of the year and makes its money as an RV Park the rest of the year.
These days it seems that a big change has come about in membership willingness to do the work as volunteers on convention sites – formerly most conventions were farms and some of the farm buildings were used for church meeting purposes fo three or four days per year. Then came those church funded “machine sheds” used for church purposes. Then came free construction and maintenance crews for profit-making businesses.
Meeting tents, dining tents and sleeping tents are largely history these days. Pecan Grove has had meetings in the large lobby of its Senior Residence, kitchen and dining facilities in there too. And baptism has been performed in its lake with the decorative fountain in center. Essentially, pecan Grove, while a privately owned business for profit, has functioned just like one of those old convention farms – and takes its Residence profits from Social Services of the government. It may all be legally done, but it sure looks like fraud, nt a wise thing for a church to display whether it is fraud or not..
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