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Published: April 3rd 2016
Wednesday is our day to tour and eat lunch at Wallkill and tour Patterson! We had to rent a car and drive about 2 hours to get to Wallkill and then drive another hour to Patterson, and afterwards drive 2 hours to get back to the city. But after all the walking we did Monday and Tuesday it was kind of a nice break!
Wallkill is where most of the literature in the world is published. It was awesome to see how it comes together; from the research, to the art, to the actual printing press, and shipping to the congregations. We also were able to eat lunch there thanks to a loving sister who is a friend of my aunt. It was an amazing experience to enjoy a meal with the Bethel Family and see how God's spirit works to feed everyone.
They also have an amazing courtyard that is surrounded by the residences. There is a huge pond with a fountain, and there are even fish in the pond: Catfish that live in the bottom and tend to eat the baby ducks that swim there 😮
Patterson is the Educational Center for God's People. Right away in the lobby
you see this huge scale model of the Temple at Jerusalem. It is very detailed, featuring not only the temple and the city, but also the pastures and crops surrounding it all. There are figures of the people doing everything! Farming, shepherding, trading, selling, talking, working, walking, and worshipping. It is a very accurate representation of what life was like at the center of pure worship.
And that's all before you actually go on the tour! I think this was my favorite tour of them all. Seeing how hard the branch and the Governing Body works to give us all of the spiritual food we need, how hard the traveling brothers and sisters work to spread that food and the message throughout the world, and how the other sheep work to support all of these efforts really made me feel much closer to the organization.
After we got back to the city it was time to explore some more! This time it was Uptown! We took the subway there (of course) and first went to a shop called Cookie Dō. It was a cute little place that makes cookie dough you can eat without cooking. After that we walked 5th
2 little sisters on the tour with us posing next to a display of all the languages in which the literature is published.
Avenue for a bit. We saw the Chrysler Building, Grand Central Station, and St Peter's Cathedral.
Once that was done we wandered around Korea Way. It was neat to see how different it was from Chinatown. Instead of a lot of little outdoor shops there were bigger indoor ones, each specializing in different merchandise. Some had food, others had books, still others had clothes. It seemed a bit more Americanized, probably to attract more tourists. Cool thing though is that it's Only a few blocks from the Empire State Building, so we got to see that all lit up. We had dinner there and headed back home.
5 flights of stairs later 😰 we were all exhausted and ready for some sleep. Tomorrow we have our tour of The Met!
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