It's a blow to the parents but the enthusiasm of their younger children compensates for the one son's lack of faith. family has traveled to Germany's Ruhr region for what many Jehovah's Witnesses consider the high point of the year.They arrive in caravans, bringing Tupperware, coolers, blankets and, most importantly, their Bibles.Christian Connection makes it easy to break the ice.
Having doubts about his faith, the oldest son stayed home.
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Here they can pray among peers, feeling a sense of community instead of isolation.
"This is our big family reunion," says Michael Krenzer, a spokesman for the Jehovah's Witnesses in Dortmund.