By Staff Reporter
Jehovah’s Witnesses will today start their annual three-day regional conventions which will run under the theme Love Never Fails.
A total of 62 conventions will be held at various locations across the country this year and will be presented in nine languages – Shona, Ndebele, Tonga, Chewa, Zimbabwe Sign Language, Venda, Swahili, French and English.
Spokesperson of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Zimbabwe, John Hunguka said the convention programme will examine how Bible principles help people in practical ways.
“The Friday programme will address how love can help people surmount obstacles such as a troubled upbringing, chronic illness or poverty. Saturday’s programme will consider how Bible principles help husbands, wives and children to show love for one another,” Hunguka said.
“Sunday’s programme will include a public Bible discourse entitled True Love in a Hate-Filled World — Where? that will make clear how showing love is helping millions of people worldwide to overcome prejudice and hatred, while a feature film will show that the Bible character Josiah grew up surrounded by bad influences. But he became known for ‘his deeds of loyal love’.”
On Saturday and Sunday, delegates will enjoy a two-part feature film themed The Story of Josiah: Love Jehovah; Hate What Is Bad. He said conventions of
Jehovah’s Witness are free to the public and no collections are taken.
Over 120 000 delegates are expected to attend the conventions, which will feature Bible instruction, interviews, dramas, feature films and encouraging talks.
Through a series of short documentary videos about the natural world, the delegates will be able to see evidence of God’s love.
“This event will illustrate the positive influence that love can have to bring people together from diverse backgrounds. It will also showcase the positive characteristics of each of the cities, towns and growth points that were selected to host the many delegates who will be attending,” Hunguka said.
This year, many conventions of Jehovah’s Witnesses will also host international delegates and missionaries from around the globe. These conventions hope to help delegates from across the divide see how love transcends racial, ethnic, and political barriers.
“It is a time of rejoicing for Jehovah’s Witnesses as the convention also unites people of all nationalities, and the quality of love becomes clearly visible.
Many today suffer disappointment and feel discouraged. The Bible shows us how to have a happy life now and how to gain an even better life for the future,” Hunguka said.
There are over 48 000 Jehovah’s Witnesses in Zimbabwe, part of a world-wide organisation that numbers more than 8,5 million members. In Harare, some of the programmes will be held at the Harare Assembly Hall along Simon Mazorodze Road. No payment is required to attend.