Thousands share faith in futureLeigh Lalonde

Thousands share faith in futureLeigh Lalonde


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WARM greetings … thousands of Jehovah’s Witnesses at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre yesterday. Picture: Nathan Richter

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ATTENTIVE … thousands of Jehovah’s Witnesses are attending the church’s annual conference in Brisbane. Picture: Nathan Richter

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YOUNG church-goers and old alike are attending the Jehovah’s Witness conference. Picture: Nathan Richter

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WHEN it came time for a break at the busy Jehovah’s Witness conference, many families headed for the nearby lakeside to relax. Picture: Nathan Richter

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REGULAR attendees know what to pack … these two church-goers enjoyed their lunch in comfort. Picture: Nathan Richter

IT is about holding hope for the future. Government, no matter how “good intended”, can not fix mankind’s growing “wickedness”, the environment, world security and terrorism.

So preach the Jehovah’s Witnesses, a church whose members believe people will never be able to govern effectively and that God will soon physically intervene to resolve world plight.
These are the mesages being espoused at a three-day convention expected to attract more than 10,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses from across Australia.

They are converging on the Brisbane Entertainment Centre over the weekend for the church’s annual three-day convention.

Tom and Ann Pelk from Ipswich, south of Brisbane, have attended the “Deliverance at Hand” district convention for the last 45 years.

“Being a Jehovah’s Witness isn’t the easiest thing in the world,” Mr Pelk said.

“These meetings strengthen us to be able to cope with obstacles we encounter in the world.”

Ray and Tanya Taylor, who travelled from Melbourne for the event which started yesterday, said they choose to follow the religion for the lifestyle and strong set of morals.

Organiser and member John Sandstorm said the conference offered people a positive view of the future and reminded believers that God will soon intervene to save mankind.

There are 21,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses in Queensland, 61,000 in Australia and more than 6 million world-widee.

The conference is free to all. Doors open at 8am today and tomorrow.

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