They spend 40 hours per week doing missionary work, preferably side-by-side. They listen quietly to the speaker on the lawn below.
These always follow the same format: Asked to tell about his missionary work, the interviewee enthuses about the experience -- it's wonderful.
Dortmund is home to the largest district convention of Jehovah's Witnesses in the country.
The majority of those following the faith in Germany hail from the Ruhr region, which is densely populated and has relatively high unemployment. The girls' skirts might be a little longer and the children might look a bit more nicely coiffed, but it would be difficult to assign this group of people to any particular faith community.
Once decried as a cult, the Jehovah's Witnesses have managed to successfully fight for the title of "statutory public body" in 12 of the 16 German states.
This gives them the same legal status as, for example, the Protestant church.