Zim opens doors for Jehovah's Witnesses conventions

HARARE - As Zimbabwe plays host once more to thousands of Jehovah’s Witnesses visiting for annual conventions, the tell-tale knock at the door may be an invitation to join them.

Thousands of Jehovah’s Witnesses are expected to attend a series of three-day annual conventions with the theme “Don’t Give Up” starting this week.

The first of 19 three-day events to be held in Harare will begin on June 30, at 9:20am.

An estimated 2 500 people will come to the Harare Assembly Hall each weekend for the Bible-based programmes. Worldwide, there are over 8 million Witnesses in more than 115 000 congregations.

In the three weeks leading up to each convention, local congregations take to the streets brandishing invitations, to present in person or leave at doors.

Not that this is anything out of the ordinary, said John Hunguka, spokesperson for Jehovah’s Witnesses at their branch in Harare.

Door-to-door outreach, or field service, is part of a typical week for many Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Hunguka said starting this week, and continuing for the next 13 weeks, Jehovah’s Witnesses will be participating in a global campaign to personally invite the general public to attend.

The programme will be held at 29 venues around the country.

Hunguka said there will be 57 conventions in 7 languages. The programme is divided into 52 parts and will be presented in a variety of formats, including brief discourses, interviews, and short videos.

Additionally, one segment of a three-part feature film entitled Remember the Wife of Lot will be shown each afternoon.

“Challenges in life can rob us of peace and even cause some to think about giving up,” Hunguka said. “Our convention this year will benefit both Witnesses and non-Witnesses because it promises to empower individuals not only to keep enduring but also to cope with challenges productively.”

Admission to each event will be free and no collections are taken.

“Nearly 13 million persons attended our conventions last year worldwide,” Hunguka said.

“We hope to have an even larger audience this year.”

Comments (5)

I was a JW for 22 years. Born and raised. Most of it's grown comes from 3rd world counties where there's not as much access to information, via the internet etc. This is an extreme high control group. Many people are dying as a result of their blood ban, and even more are being abused by their policies which protect pedophiles and silence victmis. Not to mention the shunning. Oh, the shunning! There is no "good" way to leave if you want to. If you leave, you lose your entire community and your family. Completely. Forever. This is a doomsday cult that puts on a pretty face and that is all. Please look up the Australian Royal Commission: Case Study 29. And visit jwfacts.com

Tricia Franginha - 11 June 2017

well summed up Tricia Franginha. im married to a member of this cult which puts up a face but treat non johovia witnesses like ISIS does to its victims. im not allowed to pray at home because im un godly, and when we have disagreements she worldnt involve her jehova witness elders because im not a member of the cult. they literally shun those who are not in the cult.

The Cult victim - 11 June 2017

I am not a JW but would like to clear up some things: They do ban blood and this can cause complications in medical treatment - true Pedophilia is a sin and would like to know what policy allows the victims to be silenced. This is highly frowned upon by them. If the JW community and family are part of the church, why would they still welcome you if you reject them? JW are non-violent even to be sent to concentration camps in WW2 for not joining the army. How is this in any way like ISIS? How can they possibly ban someone from praying? At home? If you are 'ungodly' would you even be praying, and how would they enforce this ban? I was brought up amongst them and still consider them to be some of the kindest people you can meet.

an observer - 12 June 2017

thanks to Jehovah for this welcome to our conventions. we strongly understand that criticism especially these days could be everywhere. we see it as fullfilment of bible prophecy and we reply no one for vengeance is not ours....

t.t - 12 June 2017

Rape cover-ups by Jehovah's Witnesses as investigated by NBC Dateline https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbKXj8R4_X8

Jess Pratt - 14 June 2017

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