Zimbabwe: Jehovah’s Witnesses to Congregate
The Herald (Harare)
July 24, 2006
Posted to the web July 25, 2006
JEHOVAH’S Witnesses countrywide will from August 4 to 6 congregate for their annual three-day district conventions.
The theme of the conventions this year is “Deliverance at Hand!”
A spokesman for the organisation Mr Oliver Mutseyekwa said they wanted to extend to each household a special invitation for the three-day annual events at the City Sports Centre, Gokwe and Hwange.
Some 65 000 people were expected to attend one of a series of 24 conventions at various centres throughout Zimbabwe each weekend from August 4 to September 3.
The conventions will ultimately be held in Mahuwe, Chitungwiza, Masvingo, Gweru, Bulawayo, Tongogara Refugee Camp, Chipinge, Mount Darwin, Zvishavane, Murehwa, Mutare, Chinhoyi, Karoi, Checheche and Mutasa.
The conventions would be presented in English, Shona, Zulu, French, Swahili and in Zimbabwean Sign Language.
Admission to the conventions is free and no collections would be taken.
Mr Mutseyekwa said that over 30 000 witnesses in Zimbabwe would take part in a distinctive global campaign now underway to promote the district convention programmes that would be held in 155 countries globally.
He said the campaign was held because the witnesses believed that mankind sorely needed deliverance from the effects of inherited sin and its consequence, death, and they felt that only God could bring about that kind of deliverance.
The programme would examine Jesus’ role in delivering mankind and would review various Bible accounts of deliverance.
There would also be special focus on the hope of survival during God’s fast-approaching day of reckoning.
Building on the scriptural basis, for the house-to-house work of Bible education, the Witnesses would like to have millions of their neighbours benefit from the invitation, Mr Mutseyekwa said.
People of all ages, races and background would at the conventions have an opportunity to hear a message of comfort and hope explaining why the Bible was written. There will also be a dramatic presentation in a bible setting “To whose authority do you submit?” which will highlight what loyalty to God really meant.
Of special interest also were features “How to attain a happy family life; How young people can resist the temptations of immoral conduct” and public address “Deliverance by God’s Kingdom is at hand!”
The public address would be presented every Sunday.
Other presentations would emphasise on comforting scriptures that detail God’s loving provision for everlasting deliverance.
Current events such as poverty, epidemics and disasters among others fulfilled bible prophecies indicating that God’s day of reckoning was fast approaching.
An annual distinctive feature of the convention is a baptism ceremony on Saturday, following a talk on the subject of dedication and baptism.
Although the district conventions were a major annual event, these gatherings were not only for Jehovah’s Witnesses, as in the last years almost a third of those in attendance were not Jehovah’s Witnesses.