There were 680 in attendance from 11 different countries, allowing us to have the exclusive use of the hotel, its staff, meals and activities, making it relaxing and enjoyable. Five restaurants with different menus were free of charge and available onsite—including Italian, Mexican, American and sushi meals.
Although the weather outlook was for rain during the week of the Feast, we had excellent weather and carried out all the many outdoor activities. We thank God for providing the right weather during the Feast!
The brethren commented on the fine spiritual messages. Some were directed to our youths, and all were filled with encouragement. We had a taste of what the Millennium will be like to maintain the hope that one day we will be part of it and what the fundamentals of the Kingdom of God are all about.
Physically, we enjoyed the place and its abundant meals—basically an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord. Activities included a Pirate Cruise along the bay, a Dolphin Encounter, an interactive zoo, Mexican shows, a Star Wars show and several dances. We also had the opportunity to release more than a thousand baby turtles on the beach, hoping that many of them will survive to return to this Banderas Bay and breed. Lastly, there were three baptisms.