“Keep on the Watch” International Assembly in Rome – 2009

Our Italian (working) holidays started on the 4th of August. The first destination was the “Keep on the Watch” international assembly of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

We chose to stay with friends in Rome instead of getting a room in the hotel. We knew beforehand it was going to be less convenient, as we would be staying in someone’s house. But we felt it’s worth the hassle if we get to meet and know new brothers from another country. Now thinking about it, it was truly worth it!

The house we stayed in was the De Cata’s (Leo and Stefania). We had never met that family before. But their love was overwhelming. Both Leo and Stefania had trouble communicating in English, but we overcame that quickly by writing numbers and verses and other indicators on napkins and whatever. Later their daughter Giulia was very helpful translating from English to Italian and back. It was a great week that we would never forget.

There was a bad side to it, as we were 40Km from the city. So it was hard to meet with Juliano, Matia, Ghassan and Hanan! As always, most of the time was spent on the road between stations.

We did enjoy a couple of nights out with Simone and the gang. We went to Piazza di Spagna and sang along with dozens of brothers and sisters from all over the planet! We met many friends, and made some new ones. It was great ๐Ÿ™‚

On Sunday, Leo offered to take us with him to the Olympic stadium. We spent the morning there with Juliano. There was ~60,000 there! It was amazing.

Then went back (also with Leo) to the Assembly hall. Picked up Ghassan on the way. Sorry Leo for putting you through this!

All in all the Assembly was very refreshing. Looking forward to next year. Who knows ๐Ÿ™‚

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