Student - June 13, 2013

The promise of eternal life

Who? Dick van der Wal, a Jehovah's Witness
What? International students get a disproportionate number of Jehovah's Witnesses knocking on doors to spread the word
Why? International students are said to be easy targets because they are so polite or because they are lonely

Do you target international students in particular?
'No, the world is our target, and that includes students. Everyone has the right to hear the good news from the Bible that war, corruption and criminality will end in the near future.'
What do you hope to achieve?
'We knock on doors almost every day to spread the good news. We like to talk to people about the promise of everlasting life in paradise.'
Do you get the same reaction from international students as from the Dutch?
'I think, in general, more international students believe in the creator than Dutch students. There are more atheists among the Dutch.'
Are your church services in English?
'No. But we are thinking about starting services in English in June.'
Does it hurt when people slam the door in your face?
'It can be disappointing, but we don't take it personally. It's their choice. It's a bit like digging for gold; you have to dig up a lot of earth before you find it.'  

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