Markus, a student who left the Jehovah's Witnesses, says: "You try finding someone willing to put up with all of this crap!
" Since his birth, he had been dragged to meetings. And when he brought his first girlfriend home, his father promptly sent her packing.
Some 40,000 Witnesses are expected to attend the event on each of the three days it will last. family has brought their two daughters to the event. It's only their purple plastic nametags that give them away: Written above the name is the phrase "Let God's Kingdom Come!
Now they are standing in the Westfalen Stadium, embracing fellow brothers and sisters. There are many young people, among them young straight-backed men in suits. " 'It's Great' Andreas and Stefanie Georg, 33 and 34, are among those sitting on the rows of seats in the Westfalen Stadium. Both have been Jehovah's Witnesses since they were young. They offer strangers licorice and apple slices, spread out wool blankets against the cold and help old people up the stairs.
They arrive in caravans, bringing Tupperware, coolers, blankets and, most importantly, their Bibles.
Here they can pray among peers, feeling a sense of community instead of isolation.
Like a faith-based dating manual, it includes tips on how to "get to know" the other person.
They sit close together, still and pious in the seats usually occupied by cheering, swearing fans of the Borussia Dortmund football club.Witnesses Beget Witnesses "I fell in love with a non-believer once but it didn't work," says Melanie.It's easier to be with someone who shares the same values.The Public Hardly Notices In Berlin, the Witnesses meet in the Velodrom arena, in Munich, they gather at the Olympic Stadium, and in Frankfurt am Main, they plan to congregate in the Commerzbank Arena.Though they occupy enormous venues, the public hardly notices their presence.