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7,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses in town for convention
BAKERSFIELD – Thousands of people arrived at Rabobank Arena on Friday for a three day convention.
It’s called “Deliverance at Hand!” and, Latinos from the Central Valley to the Central Coast have converged upon Bakersfield to worship and learn.
They are part of the growing number of Latino, Jehovah’s Witnesses across the nation.
In fact, more than 7,000 of them nearly filled the seats of the Rabobank Arena, for a three day convention, being held in Spanish.
Ana House’s family is visiting from Fresno for the convention. House converted to the religion when she was a child.
“One of my cousins, the one that introduced us to the Jehovah’s Witness and we’ve been studying since I was 11-years-old,” House said.
One reason Jehovah’s Witnesses are reaching so many Latinos is because they go door-to-door and hand out literature that explains their teachings.
“It’s neat that not only one member of the family, but really large families really learn about the teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses,” said Hector Cabral, Elder with the Jehovah’s Witness Congregation.
Not only do the Jehovah’s Witnesses generously provide people with literature about their beliefs, they also encourage people to read the bible, preferably one that is the new world translation.
Having access to this information appears to be very appealing to Latinos who are looking for spiritual answers.
Gabriel Rubio was born into the Jehovah’s Witness religion.
He says he loves how its teachings help families and he wanted his family in Bakersfield to be part of the convention
“It’s very encouraging to see how the families can come together and enjoy and benefit from a lot of the instructions and information that is provided all bible bases,” Rubio said.
The convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses runs through Sunday.
On Saturday, there will be ceremonial baptism in the middle of Rabobank Arena.
The public is invited to attend free of charge.