Building Their Own Kingdom
You may have noticed an empty field on your way into Exeter that seemed to transform into a worship center overnight.
In early November, the empty field at the corner of Visalia Road and Cornucopia Road began filling with trailers on the weekends. Those trailers were filled with an army of workers who began working relentlessy to construct a new hall. Within a few days there was a tent, then the wooden frame went up, then a roof, then stucco and even brick facades.
No, you didn’t miss an episode of ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover. The more than 1,000 volunteers were followers who came from around the valley to help build the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Exeter.
Without any prior construction experience except for a few instruction videos and guidance from licensed contractors, the Jehovah’s Witnesses built their new worship center from the ground up in just three weekends Alan Templeton, who is the assistant to the Regional Building Committee Chairman, said most people who learned a new trade usually picked up that trade as a professional career after they were done volunteering. Templeton says a Kingdom Hall like this is needed in the Exeter area, as Visalia is the closest Jehovah’s Witness Hall.
“The comments that I have been hearing from people throughout the community have all been positive,” Templeton said.
Templeton said the Kingdom Hall will help the local communities and the congregations that will be taking over are looking forward to being involved in local cities.
The Kingdom Hall in Exeter has been in the making for close to nine years following the purchase of the land where the Hall now stands. From paperwork to building plans took just two years. The final product, well that seemed to happen overnight.
“We want this Kingdom Hall to be fitting to the community, something that really helps the community,” said Templeton. “This building will be used for Bible education so we want something that will be comfortable, clean and well representative.”
All the funds to build the Kingdom Hall were donated funds of around $650,000. The local congregation will maintain the property.
Templeton said once the Kingdom Hall opens sometime this month, the hall will offer worship services in English and in Spanish for those in Exeter and the surrounding communities who want to learn more about the Bible.