CANADA :ONTARIO – Kitchener…The annual conventions

Jehovah’s Witnesses flocking to Kitchener

KITCHENER (Jun 16, 2006)

Thousands of Jehovah’s Witnesses will be attending three district conventions in Kitchener starting today.

The annual conventions, taking place at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex, continue during the next three weekends.

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that current events such as wars, terrorism and pandemics indicate that biblical prophecies about the end of the world, as we know it, will come true soon, said Edward Scott, spokesperson for this weekend’s convention.

“Even people who don’t believe in the Bible, they feel it’s a crazy world today,” he said.

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe God will pour His wrath on the world, as written in the Book of Revelation.

“We’re not judging who is going to be saved, but there are going to be people who survive,” Scott said.

Believers in Jesus and His father Jehovah will survive, Scott said.

About 12,000 people in total — travelling from an area that includes Windsor, Owen Sound, Guelph and Waterloo Region — are expected to attend the three conventions.

Jehovah’s Witnesses have tried to distribute a convention pamphlet to every house in Canada, including in Waterloo Region.

The conventions include worship services, talks and symposiums, biblical dramas and mass baptisms.

Schedule of worship events: June 16 to 18 and June 23 to 25 (English). June 30 to July 2 (Spanish). Morning sessions begin at 9:30 a.m. Afternoon sessions on Fridays and Saturdays begin at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon sessions begin at 1:40 p.m. All welcome. No collection.

In the 2001 census, more than 85,000 Canadians identified themselves as Jehovah’s Witnesses. About 2,255 were Waterloo Region residents.

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