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Jehovah's Witnesses convention returns to Johnson City

Johnson City Press • Jun 8, 2019 at 7:05 PM

More than 4,200 Jehovah’s Witnesses will attend a global three-day convention this weekend at Johnson City’s Freedom Hall Civic Center.

One of the group’s largest global conventions in 2019, spanning six continents and over 200 countries and presented in over 400 languages, will be coming to the city June 7-9.

The program in Johnson City will be tied into one of seven larger international conventions held in the United States. These larger conventions will host a total of 35,000 foreign delegates coming from 105 countries.

Worldwide, there are 22 major cities in 18 countries that have been selected to host international convention events. In total, as many as 140,000 delegates will be traveling from numerous countries to attend these larger gatherings.

“These events will illustrate the positive influence that love can have to bring people together from diverse backgrounds,” said Jason Douglas, a local representative for Jehovah’s Witnesses.

“Local Jehovah’s Witnesses get an opportunity to meet and enjoy association with their fellow Witnesses, and the community here in Johnson City is happy to accommodate the influx of visitors at the many local cafes, restaurants, hotels and popular tourist destinations.”

The convention program will examine how Bible principles help people in practical ways. Saturday’s program will consider how Bible principles help husbands, wives, and children to show love for one another.

Sunday’s program will include a public Bible discourse titled “True Love in a Hate-Filled World — Where?” that will address overcoming prejudice and hatred.

Conventions of Jehovah’s Witness are free to the public; no collections are taken. Times and locations for these public conventions can be found on the official website of Jehovah’s Witnesses, jw.org.

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