They Ask for Work but Not for Pay    Over the past 28 years, more than 11,000 of Jehovah’s Witnesses have left their homes and even the country where they lived to construct buildings in 120 countries. All have happily donated their skill and energy full-time, without pay.    Many paid their own way to get to the project. Some used their vacation to work. Others took a leave from their regular employment, forfeiting considerable income.

Jehovah’s Witnesses Ask for Work but Not for Pay

Jehovah’s Witnesses have constructed buildings in some 120 countries, donating their skill and time without pay. Learn more about this unique construction program.

April 20, 2015—Residential support site    A member of the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses and another headquarters representative visited the construction team. Later that week, a special meeting was broadcast to all Kingdom Halls in Britain and Ireland. It was announced that on the preceding evening, the Chelmsford City Council had given their initial approval for the project to proceed.

Britain Photo Gallery (January–August 2015

April 20, 2015—Residential support site A member of the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses and another headquarters representative visited the construction team. Later that week, a special meeting was broadcast to all Kingdom Halls in Britain and Ireland. It was announced that on the preceding evening, the Chelmsford City Council had given their initial approval for the project to proceed.

August 18, 2016​—Branch site    In the center left of the photograph, contractors complete leveling of the ground so that work on the residence foundations can begin. Farther back on the left is the completed residential support site, which has the capacity to house 118 construction workers ♥♥♥ Jehovah ∞

Britain Photo Gallery (September 2015 – August 2016)

August 18, 2016​—Branch site In the center left of the photograph, contractors complete leveling of the ground so that work on the residence foundations can begin. Farther back on the left is the completed residential support site, which has the capacity to house 118 construction workers ♥♥♥ Jehovah ∞

March 5, 2015—Branch site    View from the east, showing the completed temporary road. As seen at the upper right, the road connects to the main construction site. The outbuildings seen at the bottom left are being converted into apartments to house construction workers. Residential units will be installed in the adjacent fields.

Britain Photo Gallery (January–August 2015

March 5, 2015—Branch site View from the east, showing the completed temporary road. As seen at the upper right, the road connects to the main construction site. The outbuildings seen at the bottom left are being converted into apartments to house construction workers. Residential units will be installed in the adjacent fields.

June 16, 2015—Residential support site    View from the east, showing the newly installed temporary homes. In the foreground, foundation bases are being prepared for additional residential units. At the left are the outbuildings of the residential support site, including a dining room for construction workers. The branch will be built on the site in the center background.

Britain Photo Gallery (January–August 2015

June 16, 2015—Residential support site View from the east, showing the newly installed temporary homes. In the foreground, foundation bases are being prepared for additional residential units. At the left are the outbuildings of the residential support site, including a dining room for construction workers. The branch will be built on the site in the center background.

January 23, 2015—Branch site    With the permission of local authorities, workers cleared felled trees to make room for future development. They were careful to complete the job before the bird nesting season began. The wood chips are being used to provide safe pedestrian walkways, and the timber is being retained for use on the project.

Britain Photo Gallery (January–August 2015

January 23, 2015—Branch site With the permission of local authorities, workers cleared felled trees to make room for future development. They were careful to complete the job before the bird nesting season began. The wood chips are being used to provide safe pedestrian walkways, and the timber is being retained for use on the project.

January 30, 2015—Dining support site    An electrician installs power sockets for video monitors at what was formerly a motel. It is now being converted into a kitchen and a dining room. The monitors will allow construction workers to view spiritual programs such as morning worship and the Bethel family Watchtower Study.

Britain Photo Gallery (January–August 2015

January 30, 2015—Dining support site An electrician installs power sockets for video monitors at what was formerly a motel. It is now being converted into a kitchen and a dining room. The monitors will allow construction workers to view spiritual programs such as morning worship and the Bethel family Watchtower Study.

February 23, 2015—Branch site    Workers install safety fencing that will eventually surround large sections of the construction site. Since the area is semirural, steps are being taken to minimize the impact of construction on local wildlife. For example, at the base of the fencing, a gap of 20 centimeters (8 in.) has been left to allow foraging badgers to continue their normal nocturnal activities.

Britain Photo Gallery (January–August 2015

February 23, 2015—Branch site Workers install safety fencing that will eventually surround large sections of the construction site. Since the area is semirural, steps are being taken to minimize the impact of construction on local wildlife. For example, at the base of the fencing, a gap of 20 centimeters (8 in.) has been left to allow foraging badgers to continue their normal nocturnal activities.

February 23, 2015—Branch site    A temporary road is being built to connect the residential support site with the main construction site.

Britain Photo Gallery (January–August 2015

February 23, 2015—Branch site A temporary road is being built to connect the residential support site with the main construction site.

May 13, 2015—Main support site    Workers install a root-protection system between two mature oak trees. This special crossing connects the main support site and the main construction site, allowing heavy equipment to pass without damaging tree roots.

Britain Photo Gallery (January–August 2015

May 13, 2015—Main support site Workers install a root-protection system between two mature oak trees. This special crossing connects the main support site and the main construction site, allowing heavy equipment to pass without damaging tree roots.

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