Pictures: They came, saw and made Zim richer

It was a broad scope of races and ages — at least 82 409 people, united for a special program. The theme was about seeking God’s kingdom and putting that first in their life.

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That international convention at the National Sports Stadium in Harare provided the template which government described as the model and urged religious organizations to follow the example in the foreseeable future.

Foreign delegates holding banners.
Foreign delegates holding banners.

The bumper crowd that converged at the NSS in Harare for all the three days was historic and about 1 568 candidates out of at least 74 000 in attendance, that Saturday, were baptized symbolizing their dedication to serving their Heavenly Father –Jehovah God. Attendance on the first day, on Friday was over 68 000 while the last day, on Sunday attendance totaled 82 409 people.

Part of the over 82 000 that thronged the NSS.
Part of the over 82 000 that thronged the NSS.

The theme of the August 22-24 inaugural Jehovah’s Witnesses international convention was “Keep Seeking First God’s Kingdom”.

Guest speaker and member of Jehovah’s Witnesses’ governing body, Jeffrey Jackson and his counterpart Isaac Murray said the historic event was attended by representatives from 30 other countries across the globe. Missionaries and fulltime servants from Zimbabwe also attended the inaugural event.

The crowd that included about 3600 delegates from United States, Germany, Brazil and other countries was treated to the various captivating talks urging the followers to strict adherence to Bible principles and teachings.

Delegates cheering.
Delegates cheering.

The convention was the first of its kind in the country and the only one in Africa this year.

In reference to the challenges facing the world, in particular the political, social and economic challenges, Jackson said: “People shouldn’t worry about the problems they are facing. They shouldn’t also be anxious about their future as this system of things is coming to an end. You must pray incessantly and put your worries to our Heavenly Father Jehovah.”

Convention committee chairman Effort Mugabe said Witnesses from Zimbabwe had benefitted from the spiritual feast during the three-day event.

Representatives of 30 countries that thronged the NSS.
Representatives of 30 countries that thronged the NSS.

“Never before had anything like this ever happened in Zimbabwe. History has been made. We are happy that the International Convention in Zimbabwe has been a success. We are grateful to everybody that assisted in its running, including government,” Mugabe said.

Indeed, they came, saw and conquered Zimbabwe. The 3600-strong foreign delegates clogged the hotels, car hires; game parks and airports. Does Zimbabwe now identify with Jehovah’s Witnesses – or was it a useful mix?

Tourism and Hospitality Industry minister Walter Mzembi spoke glowingly about the Witnesses while addressing the National Assembly last week.

Milshon Masara (L) posing for a picture with guest speaker Jeffrey Jackson and his wife Loraini Jackson.
Milshon Masara (L) posing for a picture with guest speaker Jeffrey Jackson and his wife Loraini Jackson.

Mzembi was responding to Makoni South MP Mandi Chimene (Zanu PF) to explain the country’s religious tourism policy after the inaugural Jehovah’s Witnesses international convention reportedly resulted in MPs failing to get accommodation during the period.

Chimene said while the Jehovah’s Witnesses convention had brought tourism, but robbed legislators of their usual hotel lodgings due to inadequate hotel facilities.

In response to the query, Mzembi said: “Thank you Mr. Speaker Sir, I thank the member for the question. We are now talking religious issues. Mr. Speaker, I am grateful for the question that has been posed by Hon. Chimene. Yes these are the results of religious tourism.

Baptism.
Baptism.

“I would want to vindicate this point by saying on Monday (September 8) I will be in Brooklyn in New York on government business. I am going to pass through the headquarters of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and I am going to thank them for a job well done for choosing our country (Zimbabwe) and for hosting such a large annual conference worldwide for the members of Jehovah’s Witnesses.”

He added: “I would like to inform this august House that we had delegates from local congregants and from abroad, but they converged at the National Sports Stadium.

A baptismal candidate from Bulawayo soon after she was baptised.
A baptismal candidate from Bulawayo soon after she was baptised.

“There were 80 000 plus and we had 3 600 that came from outside the country and this was a good example of religious tourism. The results of religious tourism (Jehovah’s Witnesses convention) resulted in all hotels being fully booked. I would like to take this opportunity through this august House to inform Zimbabweans at large that when they have their events at the National Sports Stadium, they should follow this example where all hotels are fully booked.

“They (Witnesses) went to Victoria Falls and other places and all the hotels were filled. I urge all the big churches of the prophets of today that when they have such functions, that they should have visitors filling the hotels so that our economy can improve. I thank you.”

thanks

On his twitter account, Mzembi on Wednesday boasted he had scheduled meetings at the Jehovah’s Witnesses headquarters in Brooklyn, New York and that he would return to the US soon.

The minister had intimated to the political establishment that Jehovah’s Witnesses were a peace-loving people whose focus was to worship their Heavenly Father, door-to-preaching and visiting the country’s nature parks.

Traffic clogged the Harare-Bulawayo highway and all feeder roads to the NSS from Friday through Sunday, largely due to the international convention. The three-day convention was truly an international affair.

The crowd from the Ndebele stage.
The crowd from the Ndebele stage.

It brought many to tears –seeing the thousands who thronged Harare wanting to worship Jehovah God. At the closing ceremony, both foreign and local delegates were overcome by emotion saying a spiritual paradise had manifested itself during the three-day international convention.

Although it was clogging local roadways, the international conference certainly stimulated the local economy. Officials say the event—the largest in the last decade generated millions of dollars in direct spending, including thousands of hotel rooms booked by attendees across the capital city.

Bus companies made business by ferrying delegates from all major hotels in the capital Harare.
Bus companies made business by ferrying delegates from all major hotels in the capital Harare.

Convention spokesperson John Hunguka said the Harare International Convention was indeed a resounding success, historical and memorable.

“This will be on the hearts, minds and lips of many for a very long time to come, within the organisation and outside. This was a result of volunteers’ good planning, training, hard work and teamwork,” he said.

Hunguka said through talks, demonstrations, interviews, dramas and accounts, families were affected in a positive way.

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“Interestingly, international conventions are thrilling and festive occasions to attend, which the public enjoyed as the Witnesses gathered together as families and friends for what was an exceptional series of programmes.

“The programme highlighted a central theme of the Bible and two core beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses — that God’s Kingdom was established in 1914 and that Jesus Christ is the King of that Kingdom. Really, the convention marked the centennial of God’s Kingdom,” Hunguka said.

Mother and Son L-R Nigel CHipoyera and mother Molly Mafoshola on the last day of the convention.
Mother and Son L-R Nigel CHipoyera and mother Molly Mafoshola on the last day of the convention.

There are 42 000 Jehovah’s Witnesses in Zimbabwe and 7,9 million globally spread over 118 000 congregations. But over 50% of the more than 82 000 strong crowd were non-Jehovah’s Witnesses. Witnesses believe a better community and better world being with better individuals.

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    1. will never forget this….proud to be one of JW

    2. What an emotional account. We are truely Jehovah’s people.

  2. resounding tho,everything done by jehovhah’s pple works according to plan,Many thanx to the most high Jehovah God it was a success.

    1. We are with you sister, from Vancouver, Canada

  3. leave church people to do their business. siyanai navo vanhu ava vachiita zvaMwari. Zanu inoda kuparadza pose pose, ichingopindira pindira. Vanhu vaita church yavo ikapira saka imi chenyu chomotsvaga chava chii?

  4. Thanks to our Lord God Jehovah.

  5. thanks to Jehovah for a success convention and all who were involved in planning keep up the good work

  6. mark mateu kwadzachina

    Mbiri nerumbidzo kuna Mwari wechokwadi bedzi, Jehovah!! Takava nenguva yakanaka uye isingakanganwiki.

  7. We thank you so much Jehovah for this wonderfull convention.We are strongly waiting for your kingdom to rule all over the earth.

  8. Newsday thank you so much for your coverage.

  9. Milshon Masarakufa and Wisdom Mdzungairi thank you very much for this report and pictures.

    1. I am amazed that the editor of this newspaper has not fact checked the article for bias by these guys Milshon Masarakufa and Wisdom Mdzungairi. Are they JW’s? Have they balanced the facts with the numerous families who have had their families broken up by this cult? One of the classic cult techniques used is deception, not telling a person the full facts and love bombing.
      Love Bombing & Relationship Control
      Excessive flattery and ‘friendship’ from existing Cult members trained to assist in recruitment. They will maximise your contact with Cult members, and minimize contact with family and friends. Gradually they will shape your behaviour by granting or withholding this love and attention.

      JW’s are a classic example of how these techniques are used to create fear and guilt. When people join this cult they are told that everything becomes of secondary importance. This is high control. In their latest November WT they are even told to treat their non JW relatives as if they had died and not to mourn them. Please do the research, educate people and provide a balanced story.

      1. Beautiful article! Apostates used this opportunity to spread their venom! We don’t every comment, look up or interfere with apostates. But they always come looking for us. Their jealousy and ill feelings spread pour out from them But, the Apostle Peter said it would be so”
        . . .The saying of the true proverb has happened to them: “The dog has returned to its own vomit, and the sow that was bathed to rolling in the mire.” (2 Peter 2:22)

        1. My sister! You called them by their name! wonderful!

        2. Hey Lyli. the pathetic apostates every looking for the JW, but JW don’t looking for this persons. JW walks firmly looking to the future with a strong heart, looking to Jehova and the King Jesus.

          The pathetic apostates have ill feelings. The time is precious to kick out any every dog who bark for us throug the road.

          I was far away from the Organization, I’ve read something of this apostate venom… I’m so very regret about the time I’ve lost, about the fact I give opened doors to anxious of this life destroys my heart.
          I’ll come back to the mercyful Jehova God soon and NEVER, NEVER again I’ll go away.

          I’m so wondered by this photos and all notices about this and others international congress. How big is the crowd. And the most amazing think all this people are there searching by Jehovah guide, wisdow and love… seeing this crowd, by a moment I feel me little Apostle John who write in the Revelation about the great crowd coming from many tongues, and tribes and nations, surviving through the great tribulation. I’m so touche by this photos.

          This images remember me too the words of Jehovah when he said that the knowledge about Jehovah will fill all the eart, as the mounts, as the rivers. No international borders, not tongues or cultural differences is obstacle to love and Peace between this peoples.

          Milions now living will never die!!

          Wilson
          Brasil

      2. comfortable all u a sayng is a lie nd l wish u were at National Sports u wuld hv seen that those who are non JW were even there.do yo research comfortable.lm one of e JWs nd lm proud to b one

      3. It is a shame that you would be so biased yourself. People who leave their families, for jobs, for other lovers aren’t declared cult members, but if your mate chooses to leave you, which is what normally happens when we no longer sink to the “same low depth of debauchery” with them…suddenly, the one wronged is labeled ‘the evildoer’!
        Perhaps, you shouldn’t be so ‘comfortable’ listening to your uninformed opinion and do you homework! How many broken families don’t I know, that were torn apart by disloyalty and unclean behavior ??! Yet, you accuse those concerned with our welfare, as ‘love bombing’?
        Interesting.
        What would you call someone generalizing an opinion as a fact, when it is negative, and based, perhaps on a single experience, usually by those who already had a problem keeping their family together. When people part, religion is not the reason: I assure YOU! It was because that’s what, at least one of them really, wanted!

  10. what a spiritual feast we had…may all glory honour and praise be to JEHOVAH… and thank you all for being used by Jehovah in the outworking of his purpose

  11. Al thanx & praises goes 2 Jehovah God 4 making it a vry successful event.Thanx Newsday 4 a wel published story abt JW’s event.The gud news was spread without a spoken word.Thank u Jehovah.

  12. all glory and praise to Jehova the convention was a succes ,nt forgeing
    the government input

  13. makuzvigadzirira RIVER JORDAN mustagmant water…..hanzi endai pamvura inoerera moera udzamu hwayo yakusvika muzvitsitsinho mobhabhatidzana ipapo.

    1. where is river Jordan in Harare? can Zvorwadza dare swim or walk bare footed in any river in hre ? weldone JWs that is clean water you immersed your new members.once more thumbsup.

    2. tafadzwa & ronald

      it would be nice if you could tell us the verse you are quoting. Jehovah’s Witnesses are very flexible and adhere to what the bible says

    3. Zviri papi muBible izvozvo

  14. My Uncle Nathan got an almost new gold Suzuki Kizashi just by some part-time working online… read the full info here,.,,,,, paygazette.cᵒm

  15. not forgetin the gvt input

    1. Jehovah’s witnesses believe all governments of this world are run by Satan……….is someone talking out of both sides of their mouth?

  16. Roy A. Lathrop Sr.

    I attended the first international convention of Jehovah’s witnesses in New York City in 1950. We had similar experiences and joy. Unfortunately, it took me another 42 years to realize I was serving the Watchtower Corporation and not our Creator.

    1. Sorry Roy I thought you need a few seconds to know who to worship .Psalms 146:1-4, REV 4:11 , Matthew 4:10. These are few verses amongst many I learnt am practicing with JWs. Learn with JWs again Roy.

    2. Roy: kindly elaborate on serving the organisation vs the Creator

    3. tafadzwa & ronald

      phillipians 1:10

      10 that you may make sure of the more important things, so that you may be flawless and not stumbling others up to the day of Christ;

      Acts 5:38,39

      38 So under the present circumstances, I say to you, do not meddle with these men, but let them alone. For if this scheme or this work is from men, it will be overthrown; 39 but if it is from God, you will not be able to overthrow them. Otherwise, you may even be found fighters against God himself.”

    4. I was 17 and I was encouraged to get baptized as in 1949 there were only about 250,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide. As a young man, I could be of great help. I said that I had seen some things at the Watchtower that I did not agree with. The circuit overseer said, “You are not getting baptized in the name of the Watchtower. You are getting baptized in the name of Jehovah.” That has been my mantra for some 65 years now. By being baptized in the name of Jehovah, little things do not bother me.

      The biggest thing that helped me was the truth about the Trinity. Jesus prayed extensively to God, so he could not be God. You pray to someone higher, not an equal. Also Jesus said the the way of approach to God is through Jesus. So we direct our prayers to God, but we finish “In the name of Jesus.” That shows that the equality of the Trinity is not there. Only Jehovah’s Witnesses believe John 3:16 that God sent his son Jesus to earth to save us thus giving his life for the world because of God’s love for man. No Trinity there.

      Why not speak to a Jehovah’s Witness the next time they stop and see is they can help you. You will surely be blessed!

      1. Isabella Botticelli

        Jerome, you said, ““You are not getting baptized in the name of the Watchtower. You are getting baptized in the name of Jehovah.” That was true previous to 1985, but then they changed it. According to the Watchtower 1985 Jun 1 p.30, the second question is now:
        (2) “Do you understand that your dedication and baptism identify you as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in association with God’s spirit-directed organization?”

        Compare that to Watchtower 1970 May 15 p.309:
        (2) “On the basis of this faith in God and in his provision for redemption have you dedicated yourself unreservedly to Jehovah God, to do his will henceforth as that will is revealed to you through Christ Jesus and through God’s Word as his holy spirit makes it plain?”

        Do you see what happened? It’s not about God and Jesus now, it’s about the ORGANIZATION. Especially since November 2012, when the governing body, declared themselves solely as the “the faithful and discreet slave.” They are to be obeyed at all costs, and according to Nov 15 2013, you are required to give them unquestioning subservience, even if their requests/advice is “unsound from a human standpoint.” The org is not the same as when you were baptized, it’s not even the same since I was baptized in 1971. They change doctrines like they change their clothes and call it “new light.”

        Please do your own research, they are nothing close to a “religion.” As I said earlier, the Watchtower is nothing more than a wealthy publishing company hiding behind a religion. They take people’s love of God and will twist it by using fear and guilt to keep them inside. They did that to me, they do that to all of you.

      2. The Jehovah’s Witnesses practice “shunning” of anyone who leaves their religion. They view them as dead and “slain by Jehovah” according to their own writings, not to be mourned.

        Is that love?

        1. When someone suffers a contamination of any kind, is It love to Quarantine them?
          YES, it is love for the healthy ones.
          When you have nothing to give,- why take away?
          Why??

          1. Darlene Alexander

            Francis, since when is it normal to treat someone as dead just because they don’t want to share the same religion as you? There is absolutely no support in the scriptures to do such a thing. How can people tell their child, ‘I will only love you, speak to you, if you stay one of JWs’?? Your whole religion is based on a conditional love – just the opposite of what Jesus taught. You are the ones fulfilling that prophecy about people having a ‘lack of natural affection.’

        2. Mr Apostate Enlightened,
          live your life and give up about denying the facts of the international love and Peace between the Jehova Witnesses.

          Lies and distortions of the facts will not destroy this spiritual prosperity.
          Try to forget JW and keep or keep you bitter venom for yourself.

          I was far away from Jehovah, but I never be enough able to forget forever.
          In fact I want so much to come back to Jehova and his people. I’m so glad and touched to see ins this photos an little example how Jehovah will be known and loved by milions from all nations.

          Jehova and his Kingdom by the Jesus’s hands is the only true hope to the suffering humankind.

          1. Come on home Wilson! Jehovah is calling you! 🙂 The end is very near.. do not delay. Agape

      3. Beautiful article! Too bad that apostates used this opportunity to spread their venom! We don’t every comment, look up or interfere with apostates. But they always come looking for us. Their jealousy and ill feelings spread pour out from them But, the Apostle Peter said it would be so”
        . . .The saying of the true proverb has happened to them: “The dog has returned to its own vomit, and the sow that was bathed to rolling in the mire.” (2 Peter 2:22)

      4. Beautiful article! Too bad that apostates used this opportunity to spread their venom! We don’t every comment, look up or interfere with apostates. But they always come looking for us. Their jealousy and ill feelings pour out from them. But, the Apostle Peter said it would be so”
        . . .The saying of the true proverb has happened to them: “The dog has returned to its own vomit, and the sow that was bathed to rolling in the mire.” (2 Peter 2:22)

    5. Apostate statement

      1. Darlene Alexander

        Sunnie, it is NOT an “apostate” statement, it’s right in your own November 15, 2014 Watchtower! Look it up for yourself before calling people names.

  17. So you can fill the stadium without promising miracle money!

    1. Yes, & these people actually pumped money into the economy instead of snatching it away from the Zimbabwean people

    2. Wow! must be Jehovah’s Witnesses. We do not pass a collection plate ever. This includes all the meetings. What a blessing!

      1. Isabella Botticelli

        Jerome, they are forcing all congs to tithe now – they are just not calling it that. Remember when that letter was read a few months ago about a “new” donation arrangement? They didn’t tell you that there were 3 more pages to that letter outlining the new “donation” arrangement. Essentially, if the congs have loans to the WT, they are ‘forgiven.’ But they are not really, b/c what they are requiring now is not the $$ payment until the ‘loan’ is paid off, but they are requiring that SAME amount to be paid FOREVER! It is there way of forcing a set amount from all congs. In addition, little slips of paper were given out to everyone “pledging” a certain amount each month. Whether they get that much is questionable, but they are forcing your cong to pay a particular amount (equaling any loans) to them monthly. Just b/c they are not calling it a ‘tithe’ doesn’t mean that isn’t what it is. Go ahead and ask your elders about it.

        1. Same amount? False Isabella. Anyway it’s not even a payment, but voluntary donation, I you can, if you want to and no body even knows who donated, how much, or who didn’t.
          Please brothers and sisters lets not waste any more time replying to such venomous comments.

          1. Darlene Alexander

            Zwe Kum, before you call Isabella a liar, maybe you should ask your elders to read to you the other three pages of that letter. The congs are REQUIRED to give the SAME amount as the loan was, on a PERMANENT basis. There is nothing voluntary about it. Find out the facts before you accuse people of spreading “venom.”

  18. I am not a Jehovah’s Witness member, neither am I pro or anti-Mzembi. I only want to register my satisfaction with the way Daily News covered the story. It’s well balanced, positive and a template for reporting such events. The reporter needs to the recognised for such a piece of work. Well done! My worry now is on politicians who seem to want to be associated with the event as if they invited the congregation. Anywhere let’s leave them (politicians) that’s their nature and that’s how they survive!

  19. Indeed, instead of snatching away money from people by shady fundraising tactics these people actually pumped money into the Economy

  20. thank you Jehovha for the peaceful three day convention. Many people who attended were assisted to understand the bible in a humble way . May Jehovha bless all those who devoted their time and energy towards its success

  21. Isabella Botticelli

    I truly feel sorry for this Witnesses, as they have no idea what they are getting into. The Watchtower is feeding them promises that will never be delivered.

    I hope that somehow these people will be able to do some outside research on this org – they are nothing more than a wealthy publishing company hiding behind a religion. They take people’s love of God and will twist it by using fear and guilt to keep them inside.

    Watchtower destroys families by practicing extreme shunning (treating person’s who have left their religion as if they are dead – even minors), there is rampant child abuse and domestic violence due to their unbiblical policies.

    Five minutes of online/internet research can teach people who this group really is – a pacifist hate group who believes everyone is going to be destroyed by God – except for them. Please research this group (outside of their own publications).

    aawa.co
    jwfacts.com

    1. Acts 5:38,39

      “38 So under the present circumstances, I say to you, do not meddle with these men, but let them alone. For if this scheme or this work is from men, it will be overthrown; 39 but if it is from God, you will not be able to overthrow them. Otherwise, you may even be found fighters against God himself.”

      dont be quick to judge.these are spiritual matters

      1. Isabella Botticelli

        If you are referring to the multitude of child abuse cases against them, or the millions of dollars the Watchtower has been paying out to shut the victims up, or if you are referring to the thousand\s of dead JWs as a result of bad medical advice down thru the years, or the rate of suicide among JWs, or the thousands of families that have been ripped to shreds by Watchtower’s shunning policies – well, it’s not painting a very pretty picture is it?

        Just do a 5 minute online search on these subjects, you will see everything. Remember, Jehovah is a revealer of secrets – the Watchtower may be able to hide these things from their members by forbidding them to search these articles (and by not presenting any of these facts in their magazines), but you can’t hide it from the public anymore, not with the freedom of information act in modern countries. And God is supposedly strong that all of these, right?

        1. Give specific sases—

          1. Isabella Botticelli

            Jerome, just google/search “jehovah’s witnesses, pedophiles” or “jehovah’s witnesses, [anything I mentioned]” you will find hundreds of valid news items and reports. Very easy to find.

          2. Easily done. I can list names. The WT Society has a database. One estimate is that there are nearly 24,000 names on it that have been reported to the WT Society. Here are just a few names of Jehovah’s Witnesses who have been convicted of child molestation recently.

            Rose
            Sewell
            Leighton
            Simonetti
            Drury
            Gold
            Telfer
            Bagnall
            Baine

            Remember that is just recent ones.

            How the cover ups happen

            In the 2012 Kendrick case

            The jury found that the elders who managed the Fremont congregation in the 1990s and who were under the supervision of Watchtower knew that Kendrick, a member, had recently been convicted of the sexual abuse of another child, but they kept his past record secret from the congregation.

            12 other cases of other perpetrators were settled out of court. But the abuse survivor in the Kendrick case would not settle because she said the only way to expose the inadequate policy that should protect children and make it change was to bring this case to trial and make it public

            New Hampshire: A WTS member informed elders that her husband was physically abusing their children. They took no action. For years afterwards, the man sexually and physically abused children in his own family. He was finally caught, tried and given a 56 year prison sentence.
            bullet
            Texas: In 1992, WTS elders ordered a teen-age boy to stop molesting his younger sister. The youth later sexually abused another sister. Police found out about the latter case when alerted by hospital staff after his victim attempted to commit suicide. In 1997, the perpetrator was given a 40-year prison term.
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            Maine: WTS elders disciplined a member for child molesting. Later, the perpetrator molested a teen-age boy between 1989 and 1992. It was only after the second victim disclosed the abuse to a therapist that authorities were notified.

          3. Be calm brother, remember the lesson we had in our watchtower this week.
            not reading apostate literature includes the comments from them in stories like
            this one. “Jehovah will repay” also will reply to them. : )

    2. MAY YOU PLEASE COMPARE WHAT YOU GET FROM THE INTERNET AND YOUR PERSONAL EXPERIENCES WITH JW’S BEFORE GOING TO CONCLUSIONS.

      1. Yes, when compared you can see that JW’s deceive because they have been deceived.
        Their message is one that continually changes and once taken in they accept the changes like children, because they are not allowed to research or question.

        This is how it is done:
        Confusing Doctrine
        Insist on total acceptance of a confusing and incomprehensible doctrine.
        “Our Ideology answers all questions to all problems” “Let our Doctrine think for you”

        Peer Group Pressure
        Eliminate all resistance and doubt to new Cult ideas by subtly exploiting the need to belong.

        Reject Old Values
        Encourage acceptance of Cult beliefs by continually criticising former beliefs and values.

        Time Control
        Keep recruits focused on the Cult by keeping them continually busy with study and Cult related activities, leaving little or no time for leisure or vacations.

        Information Control
        Discourage access to critical non-cult sources of information in books, TV, newspapers etc. Distort information about the Cult to make it appear normal and acceptable.

        These are well know high control group techniques. Do independent research for yourself on this group. It is not a healthy group. The good thing is there are ways to recover form such techniques. Research Undue Influence. Extremist groups use the same techniques to recruit and maintain their membership.

        1. SO WHERE CAN YOU ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO GO IF THEY WANT TO WORSHIP???

      2. OK, I have done that, and I am “shunned” by 45 members of my Jehovah’s Witness family.
        How does that sound to you?

    3. Jehovahs witnesses teach biblical things my friend

    4. you are just a hateful very sad individual. why do you care how other people worship God? how is it affecting your life? to each his own. let it go lady.

      1. Isabella Botticelli

        1m, why am I a “hateful very sad individual”? Have you read the comments? Is it sad and hateful to warn others about an organization whose policies perpetrate and condone child abuse? These are children of Jehovah’s Witnesses that are being harmed! I would think that you JWs would care more than we do!

        What we do care about is a wealthy publishing company that twists people’s love for God, uses fear and guilt to control them, we care about the people within an org that has a massive child abuse and domestic violence problems – all because of the POLICIES. Yes, and I care about the people who have died from practicing your religion, and those people that have been forever cut off from their families just because they don’t want to be JWs anymore – all because 7 old men say you have to.
        If you would do 5 minutes of research on JWs you would have the answers as to why we/I care about you.

      2. There is no hate coming from the people who have been shunned and have had their families taken from them. They still love their family members, but because of the rules laid down by an American cult, they are not allowed to show their love. Ignoring this is to everyone’s detriment. Why should people who want to enjoy normal family life have to “let it go?” Why are you not asking your leaders, 7 American men in New York City why this belief has changed over time and flips back and forward?

        Here is just one example:
        Lloyd Evans, a former Jehovah Witness elder, has close family who attended the convention in Manchester, UK.
 
Lloyd’s family have not spoken to him since he decided to part ways with the religion of his birth. “It’s not like leaving the Church of England,” he said. “You’re not allowed to say ‘sorry, this is no longer for me’ without facing punishment.”

        

Lloyd’s hails from Wilmslow, near Macclesfield. His father and sister, and other Jehovah’s Witness relatives, live in the area. They will have listened to the message urging Witnesses not to compromise their beliefs by associating with former Jehovah’s Witnesses, even if they are close family.

Lloyd recently became a father. His wife Dijana gave birth to their first child Jessica Liberty back in May. They chose the name to reflect the family’s hard-won religious freedom.

        His Jehovah’s Witness family in the UK has refused to see Lloyd, his wife and their newborn daughter. All non-essential communication, even by email, is denied the family under the prohibitions imposed by the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses, who teach that all former members are “mentally diseased.” 

“On my side of the family, I have been subjected to insults and character assassinations – attempts to call my motives into question and frame me as ‘selfish’ simply for acting on my convictions, and standing up for my own beliefs.”

My father (who is an elder) hasn’t been abusive, but he refuses to see us.”

        It is especially distressing that I am being blamed for any shunning that ensues from no longer wanting to be a Witness, even though these are Watchtower’s rules, not mine. After all, I am happy to have a relationship with all of my Witness relatives no matter what they believe.”

        Who is being unloving? Why should a family stop wanting the love of a father and grandfather because 7 men have said this is what should happen. This is how it affects people.

    5. Here is research for you: don’t feel sorry for us…people who are promised heaven, or threatened with hell, NOW THAT IS PITIFUL!
      As far as not speaking to family members who aren’t interested in speaking to us, anyhow, if not, they wouldn’t set themselves apart by enforcing that wrongful conduct is acceptable and should be upheld…but wait! I’ve been among fellow workers who shun us for not celebrating birthdays, or Christmas…among family who mock us for not believing in infant baptism. So, who has the right to decide what religion we follow? Those who yell louder!?
      The elderly family members?
      No research needed: stay with those who love you although you are very wrong; (or are they afraid of losing your ‘unconditional love?). Those who will bad mouth you behind your back, those who tell you that you can do as you please, because this life is too short…and if it works out well for you, do write an article about it. With pride.
      I am staying among those with high standards because they aren’t afraid to say that we have lots to better about ourselves, before pointing fingers at others.

    6. Isabela, you are cynic.
      Internet was plenty of half truths, lies, distortions and all kind of that the art of lie is able to build.

      Isabela, dont be worry, Jehova Witnesses dont need and dont want you “sorry”. Oh! You cannot forget the JW?
      Jehovah Witnesses have a strong heart, walking firmly going ahead. No immune about the troubles of common people but he have joy in the heart, and their hope and choices are based in knowledge and reason.
      Your twist the facts. Poor people who believe in all “pseudo facts” in 5 minutes…

      Forgot this peaceful persons and be worried about extremist ISIS Isla…. I’m so sorry for your twisted little heart Isabella.It’s sad to see how you lost your time trying to disseminate lies, ignorance and prejudice…. but in 5 minutes I’ll forgot you forever.

  22. It was just a test of paradise. To Jehovah be all the glory.

  23. It was just a taste of paradise. To Jehovah be all the glory.

    1. Remember, to Jehovah be the Glory!
      Why would the Governing Body be afraid to answer biblical questions? Yes, they are. I know first hand. I have nothing but love for all but why would they refuse to answer my sincere questions regarding prophesy for our day telling of the old city of Jerusalem being captured from the Jews and many dying (as foretold in Daniel)? I was sincere and I am smart but I asked for correction from my scriptural research – Instead, I was disfellowshipped as an apostate because I had shared me research with Jews – Although, I did not claim infallibility. But I could not wait any longer for answers from headquarters – What if people died and I did not warn them in time? Please, perhaps you could show me from the scriptures where I am wrong – please. This is no trick. I am sincere. You can see my videos by searching my name on the internet or especially on youtube. My name is Dale A. Beckman Jr and I hope all of us are found to be acceptable when God’s kingdom comes!

  24. That was a real feast! Thumps up for the organizers & the gvt for there were no husles at the airport.

    1. But the governments of this world are of Satan according to the JWs.

  25. Proud to be one of Jw.

    1. I am ashamed that I ever bought into the Jehovah’s Witnesses…………
      By their fruits you shall know them, and they have a very bad history of shunning and deceit.

  26. We, my wife Susie and me, was 3 weeks with vacation in Zimbabwe. We saw beautiful animals and gardens. It looks like the garden Eden. At the convention we met our brothers and sisters. There are very warmly. A lot of them are poor but rich with love in the heart. It was a great feeling. We saw the spiritual paradise. As we put this together can we have a little taste of the new world. Thanks too Jehovah

    1. hey Ben and Susie we had a good time with you here thanks to Jehova who made the convention a success .Good to hear you enjoyed.

  27. In Kenya this happens every day airports hotels parks in Zimbabwe a small gathering of less than 100 000 becomes talk of the year!

    1. we dont really see a problem here. Wish you God’s blessing

    2. tafadzwa & ronald

      Acts 5:38,39

      38 ”So under the present circumstances, I say to you, do not meddle with these men, but let them alone. For if this scheme or this work is from men, it will be overthrown; 39 but if it is from God, you will not be able to overthrow them. Otherwise, you may even be found fighters against God himself.”

      these are spiritual matters dont be quick to judge

  28. we were there and had the best times of our entire lives.wish this could happen again. Thank you Jehovah God

  29. guys, i wld like to thank god for filling the national sports stadium with a jamboree of pure worshippers. It was not independence or a rally or so called miracle crusades but it was a feast of pure knowledge and clean biblical teachings. Vegodo sasai zvamada asi isu tabreaker record. Mzembi ari kuAmerica president vachifara nokuda kwedu. I am very proud to be a Jehovahs Witness chero mukatii hapana zvamungaita. Ndatove glued to this organisation lyk never before and guys you must search the True God nguva ichiripo isu takamuwana. Mazviita

  30. @ Isabella…..yu are strongly against JWs every good article talking about JWs you make sure you spread your hurtful/hateful lies. But as for me i will put to heart the words of Acts 5: 38, 39.Will also watch and see where your campaign will take you

  31. and the child abuse, suicide reports you keep on referring to how come its only found on your referred websites. You mean the entire media fraternity is oblivious of it???? Your smear campaign will not destroy God’s work!

    1. It is not just on certain websites check out the Charity Commission for the UK. The have opened up a statutory investigation because of concerns over historic abuse and coverups.

      The suicides are well documented in the newspapers and by the families left behind

      This is not a smear campaign. Research for yourself. “Look at why the WT society has a database of pedophiles. Remember the Watchtower has the ability to know when a “known pedophile” moves from one congregation to another, yet they chose not to monitor the movements of predators so that appropriate warning could be issued.” Barbara Anderson “Secrets of Pedophilia in an American Religion” opened this up. It was picked up by the media, Dateline and more. The fact that you are not allowed to research beyond one website probably means you have missed all of this. Research for yourself and then recover from information control by an organisation that has not shared the facts, because its interest is in recruiting. If the membership were able to research they would leave, as is the case in most educated countries.

    2. Isabella Botticelli

      Proud JW, all you have to do is google/search “jehovah’s witnesses, pedophiles” or whatever, there are hundreds of stories and news items out there. You can find it easily. This is not a “smear campaign,” you can see it yourself if you just look!

    3. The governing body makes sure those inside the
      Watchtower organization never get to hear the real news about the sex abuse inside their own organization.

      You inside are only fed what the head office wants you to hear.

      Do your own research and become enlightened.

      1. if you – oh Enlightened OnE- heard about it…they aren’t being very efficient, are they?
        Let me guess? YOU thought you’d be Perfect, deal with Perfect people and be ejected to Heaven with YOUR Perfect Self?
        Didn’t Happen? should have done your research!
        Never going to happen to you!
        Oh, I hope you weren’t victimized: should have spoken up, back then! Still time, if their is LIFE.

  32. FELLOW zimbos you want to know what JWs read and teach? just interact with them .They always try hard with all their heart, mind and power to do what the bible really teaches. You will get biblical answers not folk stories. Some people may persecute JWs verbally and physically but JWs are sure will win everlasting life not the persecutor who might be from another religion or pagan. Matthew 24 : 13.Remember Jesus was persecuted and killed by religious jews and others .

  33. beware guys some apostates are posting..their mark is very simple they critisise and offer no alternative to pure worship we are enjoying. so which church shld we go to …bk of hebrew say we shld not forsake ur gathering. honestly no organisation can equal ur bible correctness…all these critics for them to even know GOD NAME JEHOVA is thru this org. To be honest jw had never made anyone to sin, unlike others were same sex marriage is endorsed. were Jw created problem was disfellowshing evil doers..who now form bulk of apostates. or some misguided pple who were expecting end to come around 1914 is it a sin expect certain date basedon prophecy…no..even the one givin prophey e.g Daniel 12 could not understand..apostates will make u think its a sin to expect which is not…John babtist was still expecting messia when Jesus was already there. … when watching u expect time and there is no sin along that nature…many GOG FEARING MAN EXPECTETED A LOT ….its showsu are not sleeping. IN EVERY ORGANISATION THERE IS CHAIN OF COMMAND, someone had to listen to someone..even listening and following apostates is not free…JW OPERATES WITHIN BIBLE FOR US TO LISTEN TO ELDERS JUST AS WOMAN LISTEN TO HUSBAND…Paul asked us to be submissive to one taking lead. Lastly all apostates lack humility and patient..u will notice this in all their article.

    1. Isabella Botticelli

      We are not trying to hurt anyone or discourage anyone from loving God! This is about the horrible policies of the Watchtower which is responsible for millions of deaths due to their unbiblical polices. We urge everyone to do their OWN research and see for yourselves!

      The Watchtower does NOT have a monopoly on God or Jesus, but they teach you that they DO. They teach you that God will not love you anymore if you disagree with their teachings. They will teach you that you cannot survive outside their org if you leave them. You are not allowed to question their teachings – no matter how often it changes! You are to required to accept what ever they say as the “truth.” And you will be kicked out if you don’t accept whatever they say. Does this sound normal to you?

      1. Isabella, I am out from Jehovah Witnesses… and I’ve lost my time seeing the lies and astuteness and trickery lies about JWs that you’re saying. True things out of contexto etc etc…
        My heart was sick, I was searching justications to my frails…

        Its so common between apostates search desesperately justifications. Justify your choices with lies and put all guilt of your frails in the JWs.

        I drink this dirty water that you drink… but I see the lies, and discover that is not merely question about to know this lies, is a question about Heart.

        Now I just want that Jehovah accept me again… all of this disturbs is explained on the Bible…

        I can’t forget de Jehovah’s Organization, as you.
        But the difference between me and you is that I reckognize the goodness o Jehovah and his people as I reckognizes within me my good and evil. So I’ll implore mercy to Jehovah and ask aid to keep my evil under control and springs my goodness.
        Bye.

  34. It waz a foretaste of paradise

  35. beware of apostates…they create blogs that act as sources for their argument..to peddle lies. honestly their source would be one other disfellowshiped fellow who might have worked in org and get disfellowshiped . why is it they are un able to create a better org on their own if JEHOVA IS WITH THEM? Always remember they are not motivated by humility and love for God…any one who love Jehova will never redicle anyone…think of DAVID he never say Saul is shit and continue to acknowledge him as GOD apointed insipite of his short coming…he never induce pple to rebel…he feared and respected in bk of JUDE..Jesus never belittle satan rather he said let GOD REBUKE YOU…that godly spirit isn’t in all critics..who are failing to congregate even 2 pple every week.

  36. Do you know it is against a person’s human rights to be called an apostate? Art 18. People have the right to believe what ever they want and to change their minds. Unlike JW’s who are told that they cannot undertake research or question? So sad that Africa is allowed American missionaries to enter and again damage the rights of women to enjoy equality and the rights of all to think for themselves.

  37. Proud JW The child abuse that Isabella may be referring to is has prompted the UK Charity Commission to open a statutory inquiry because of numerous JW historic child abuse convictions and coverups. If you were allow dot research beyond one website you would find exactly how damaging this organisation is especially for Africa. What is saddening is that the journalists have taken at face value some photos and not done any investigation in this organisation. People have lost their families, children have died because of the denial of medical treatment, the list is long. Please do the research and see why this organisation is only growing in places where there is poverty and port educational opportunities. When people are free to research and learn without undue influence, they leave and some need help in recovering from the high control techniques that have been used to get them into such groups. DO THE RESEARCH NEWSDAY

  38. Of course there have been some child abuse cases among JWs. There are 8 million of them and probably another 8 million associating with them. That’s a lot of people. I would venture to say that the rate among JWs is probably lower then society in general. They are imperfect people. To imply that pedophile is rampant among them is wrong. These people that imply that have issues themselves and are dishonest.

  39. I am not sure if you really know who Jehovha’s Witnesses are. It seems you are out of touch with their teachings, and beliefs. As a point of correction, the organisation is growing in all countries, both rich and poor.

    1. Do the research about their constantly changing beliefs as set out by seven men in New York City.
      Provide the figures of how they are growing in all Countries. Even JW “leaders” do not supply the figures – Note this independent research fact from PEW

      The highest rate of people leaving, according to Pew. Only 37% of those raised in their faith identify with it as adults.

      Here is independent research by PEW
      Jehovah’s Witnesses are or have:
      Most homophobic religion in the U.S.
      Most superstitious religion in the U.S. 95% believe in angels and demons
      Highest rate of church attendance 82% weekly
      Lowest rate of “Personal Safety” at 18% – most fearful.
      Least satisfied with Society at just 10%.
      Only 6% have a college education – lowest of all major U.S. Churches.
      50% of JW’s have political views (Conservative, Moderate or Liberal)
      13% are registered to vote.
      16% believe abortion should be legal.
      Highest disbelief in evolution (90%).
      The highest rate of people leaving, according to Pew. Only 37% of those raised in their faith identify with it as adults.

      This is how they operate and recruit.

      Confusing Doctrine
      Insist on total acceptance of a confusing and incomprehensible doctrine.
      “Our Ideology answers all questions to all problems” “Let our Doctrine think for you”
      Cults do this

      Peer Group Pressure
      Eliminate all resistance and doubt to new Cult ideas by subtly exploiting the need to belong.

      Reject Old Values
      Encourage acceptance of Cult beliefs by continually criticising former beliefs and values.

      Time Control
      Keep recruits focused on the Cult by keeping them continually busy with study and Cult related activities, leaving little or no time for leisure or vacations.

      Information Control
      Discourage access to critical non-cult sources of information in books, TV, newspapers etc. Distort information about the Cult to make it appear normal and acceptable.

      Numerous other forms of Mind Control include combinations of:
      Fear and Phobias of what will happen if you leave Cult (Accidents, Death, Loss of Friends)

      Guilt about your failings, family, past, thoughts, feelings
      Problems – If there are problems the fault lies with you, not the Cult
      Create extremes of emotional highs and lows
      Intense unrelenting pressure to join Cult. Phone Calls. Emails. Home and Office Visits.
      Accusations
      Isolation
      Thought Stopping Rituals
      Spied upon by other Cult members
      No criticism of Cult tolerated
      Hyped Up Group Meetings

    2. A few independent facts – from Pew Research
      The JW leadership does not provide figures that indicate a growth in every country.
      Note this fact from independent research – JW’s have

      The highest rate of people leaving, according to Pew. Only 37% of those raised in their faith identify with it as adults.

      Jw’s have or are
      Most homophobic religion in the U.S.
      Most superstitious religion in the U.S. 95% believe in angels and demons
      Highest rate of church attendance 82% weekly
      Lowest rate of “Personal Safety” at 18% – most fearful.
      Least satisfied with Society at just 10%.
      Only 6% have a college education – lowest of all major U.S. Churches.
      50% of JW’s have political views (Conservative, Moderate or Liberal)
      13% are registered to vote.
      16% believe abortion should be legal.
      Highest disbelief in evolution (90%).
      The highest rate of people leaving, according to Pew. Only 37% of those raised in their faith identify with it as adults.

      After this research was done, the Governing Body, seven American men in New York City instructed the congregations not to take part in research.

      What have they got to hide?
      Why are JW’s only allowed to look at one website? That is information control|
      Why are they not allowed freedom to love their families? That is a technique used by high control groups to eliminate resistance to what the leadership wants people to think. People are not allowed to think for themselves. That is undue influence.

      1. WHOEVER IS DOING RESEARCH HAS THE SAME AGENDA WITH YOU. SO NO DIFFERENCE. I BETTER STAY A JW.

    3. Isabella Botticelli

      No, Rayaaz, they are NOT growing in all countries. If you look in your own yearbooks for the last 10 years, the ONLY places JWs are growing are in poor countries where there is a lack of good education and teaching of critical thinking skills, and where there is little access to online information. The growth in the US, Europe and Canada has been zero or 1% (just making up for birth rates and nothing more). Check your own yearbook. That lack of growth has nothing to do with “materialism” as the WT will tell you, it has to do with access to information which cannot be hid anymore. Court documents, lawsuits, etc. are all PUBLIC information now. So, WT can no longer hide their dark side. This “dark side” has nothing to do with ‘imperfect men’ as the WT likes to say, it has to do with their draconian and unbiblical policies that they insist on, despite the harm they have caused to millions.

      1. I feel so sorry for you Isabella Boticelli and “Comfortable”. It is evident that the motivations behind your words posted here are the same motivations as Jehovah’s enemy. You are hateful. You are jealous. You are bitter. You’ve allowed these emotions to poison your heart and this has “blinded your mind” to the clear truth that is evidenced by the comments here of actual Witnesses and the honest observations of others. All an open minded person needs to do is compare your posts here to the posts of actual witnesses to see the clear distinction between one who is serving the true God and one who spends endless hours trying to defame him and his people. Love, compassion, and truth will ultimately conquer your hate, arrogance, and lies. The real question you need to ask yourself at the end of the day is: Who do you feel more like? The happy God of the Bible that Jehovah’s people love and are obviously trying to imitate or the angry, bitter, resentful God of this world? Your words clearly reveal you.

      2. PLEASE LIST THE TEACHINGS YOU DONT AGREE WITH AND TELL US THE CORRECT WITH BIBLE REFERENCES.

    4. Jehovah’s witnesses are leaving the organization in droves………..

      More outside than inside.

      1. I’m coming back to Jehova Witnesses guy.
        After years… I’m so regret by the time I’ve lost because my anxieties destroy my heart and I do not be firmly with the grandeur of Jehovah, the personification of love.

        I just want to be again between the Jehovah Witnesses and don’t care what come happens I’ll NEVER, NEVER AGAIN go away from Jehova and his people.

  40. Thank yu Jehovah for the brotherhood we are enjoying. love yu all brothers and sisters

  41. No matter what they will say! I remain a JW for life,

  42. I just made several “report comment” checks as they in my opinion should be reported as hate crimes to the authorities. Hate crime comments are illegal against me because I’m black or a homosexual or a Jehovah witness. The owner of this site could be held accountable.

  43. Isabella Botticelli

    You are reporting comments as “hate crimes” b/c they don’t agree with your religion?!? You need some serious education in not only internet etiquette, but in basic human rights.

    We are not “hating” individuals or telling people not to have a religion. Based on the knowledge we have of how JWs work we are trying to get you to do your own research. If JWs, as can be proven by 5 min of research, and reading the comments here, have a problem with child abuse, domestic violence, and are responsible for thousands of deaths due to bad medical advice in the last 100 years – who is hating and harming? Not US!

  44. If only Molly Mafoshola could pay back my $500 she borrowed me in 2012 she should stop celebrating being a jehova witness . I wonder how she spread the word god while she a crook

  45. I’m not a ‘Witness’ but congratulate the organizers. Economically a benefit to Zimbabwe.

    1. It had a dream and I was there and it was beatifull I will keep it always in my mind Thank you Jehova,s god for a gift., in name of your sun Jesus. Amen.

  46. I am a non bitter disfellowshiped JW,I accept my punishment as it is love from Jehovah who corrects the one he loves,I don’t cee it as abuse or anything of that kind I did my sin knowing full well what the bible says so I don’t blame anyone for being punished,I also still and olways will believe that there is no other true organization for me to asociate with if I wana plkease Jehovah and have everlasting life except JW wch is why I took steps necessary to get back into Jehovah’s organization and I will continue doing so knowing that he Jehovah likes sinners who repent to cum back to him as he will forgive us,

  47. Darlene Alexander

    Jerome, they are forcing all congs to tithe now – they are just not calling it that. Remember when that letter was read a few months ago about a “new” donation arrangement? They didn’t tell you that there were 3 more pages to that letter outlining the new “donation” arrangement. Essentially, if the congs have loans to the WT, they are ‘forgiven.’ But they are not really, b/c what they are requiring now is not the $$ payment until the ‘loan’ is paid off, but they are requiring that SAME amount to be paid FOREVER! It is there way of forcing a set amount from all congs. In addition, little slips of paper were given out to everyone “pledging” a certain amount each month. Whether they get that much is questionable, but they are forcing your cong to pay a particular amount (equaling any loans) to them monthly. Just b/c they are not calling it a ‘tithe’ doesn’t mean that isn’t what it is. Go ahead and ask your elders about it.

    1. And you know this how Darlene?

  48. im JW nd all the JWs keep up e gd wrk.JEHOVA wl serve us pity u comfortable

  49. The Great Crowd coming from all nations, tribes and tongues, surviving the Great Tribulation.
    Is so touching to me see this photos because I can see the development of the promise that the knowledge about Jehovah will fill the earth as the mountains and the rivers and oceant covers.

    I just want to come back to Jehovah and his people.

    cheers from Brasi…

    1. Come! Your spiritual family is waiting for you. 🙂 Agape. (Email me at. grammasmith@ymail.com if you like.)

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