Deliverance at hand! Jehovah’s Witnesses gather in Wales
Jul 1 2006
Aled Blake, Western Mail
THOUSANDS of Jehovah’s Witnesses today will continue to experience the biggest UK event of their year.
For the fifth year running, the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff – usually home to the biggest and grandest of sporting occasions – has taken on a different role as the host of their annual District Convention.
Around 10,000 witnesses, as well as members of the public, began attending the three-day event yesterday and will continue to worship until tomorrow afternoon. The theme for this year’s convention is Deliverance At Hand! examining how following Christ’s teachings can lead to a happier way of life.
The gathering has proved popular since its arrival in Cardiff.
Each day’s programme will be based on a Bible passage that emphasises reliance on God as the pre-eminent Deliverer of the righteous.
The convention promises to emphasise compelling Scriptural reasons for taking decisive action when pondering the direction of one’s life.
Today’s schedule will include an interview with Clive and Margaret Tonge from the organisation’s Merthyr Tydfil congregation.
Margaret has lived with the pain of rheumatoid arthritis for the past 15 years and Clive was recently diagnosed with cancer and an aneurism.
Mr Tonge said, “The support of the brotherhood is such a big help.”
Today’s programme also includes interviews with young people, aged from 11 to 21, presented by travelling minister of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Guy Coventry.
There will also be special focus on passages describing the hope of survival during God’s fast-approaching day of reckoning.
The convention at the Millennium Stadium is just one of 24 such events organised by Jehovah’s Witnesses throughout the UK and the Channel Islands.
Entrance is free, with everybody welcome to attend, sessions start at 9.30am and no collections are taken.
There are more than 6.5 million Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide in 235 countries and 96,000 congregations.