Tears well up in Maria Luisa Garcia's eyes when she recalls how Yuma's thriving community of Spanish-speaking Jehovah's Witnesses all began with the work of five women.
“From five people, look at the growth. There are now many congregations. I cry at conventions when I see so much growth,” Garcia said, her voice breaking. That small group of five women has now grown to a dozen congregations of 1,300 Jehovah's Witnesses, along with many more interested people who attend twice-weekly meetings. Today there are 12 Spanish and four English congregations in Yuma County.
But back when Garcia arrived from Mexico in 1953, there wasn't even an official Spanish congregation in the county. Soon after arriving in town as a young lady, Garcia, now 77, started studying the Bible with Jehovah's Witnesses.
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