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Jehovah’s Witnesses


2016 Yearbook of Jehovah’s Witnesses


Fifty Years a Special Pioneer

Alisten Lumare

Fifty Years a Special Pioneer
  • BORN 1927

  • BAPTIZED 1962

  • PROFILE A former police inspector who served as a special pioneer for over 50 years.

IN 1964, I was assigned as a special pioneer to Manokwari, West Papua, where a small congregation faced fierce opposition from the local clergy. Soon after I arrived, a Protestant minister stormed up to my house.

“I am going to destroy this house and rid Manokwari of Jehovah’s Witnesses,” he thundered.

Because of my police training, I was not intimidated by his bluster. Nevertheless, I answered him calmly, and he eventually left in peace.1 Pet. 3:15.

Back then Manokwari had eight publishers. Today, some 50 years later, there are seven congregations in the area. More than 1,200 people attended the local convention in 2014. When I see what Jehovah has accomplished in this remote region, I feel truly satisfied at heart.

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