The public is invited to attend a three-day convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses from Friday through Sunday, Aug. 9-11. The theme of the district convention is “God’s Word Is Truth,” taken from Jesus’ words in the Gospel of John 17:17. Speaking of God, Jesus simply stated, “Your word is truth.”
The convention will be held at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Multipurpose Stadium in Hilo. The gates open at 8 a.m. all three days and the convention concludes at 3:35 p.m. on Sunday.
The daily themes and titles of program parts are based on passages of scripture. Friday’s theme will be “The Truth Will Set You Free,” taken from John 8:32.
Hawaii Island Circuit Overseer Abraham Lincoln will present the first talk, “How We Know God’s Word Is Truth,” taken from the scripture at 1 Thessalonians 2:13.
There will be two live dramas. The first on Friday will help everyone cope with family tragedy, drawing strength from the Bible. Delano Choy Jr. of the Mountain View congregation will present this drama. Another drama will be a period costumed drama, “Prepare Your Heart For The Trials Ahead,” presented by Ray Seaver.
Most of the speakers are from Hawaii Island, but there will be a visiting speaker, Guy Pierce, from Watchtower Bible And Tract Society in New York.
Admission is free; no collections are taken. Conventions of Jehovah’s Witnesses are supported entirely by voluntary donations.
The Witnesses launched this series of conventions in the United States during May and will continue the programs worldwide through the end of December. The convention is open to all. For more information, or to download a free program, visit http://www.jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/conventions/.
Facts about Jehovah’s Witnesses, worldwide, include the following data: six new congregations are formed each day; 30 persons are baptized each hour, on average; Jehovah’s Witnesses currently preach in 239 lands, and publish Bible-based literature in 595 languages; there are 111,719 congregations worldwide, 7.5 million ministers who teach the Bible and 19 million persons who attend their meetings or conventions, and have published 179 million Bibles in 116 languages. There have been 20 billion pieces of Bible-based literature published by Jehovah’s Witnesses over the past 10 years.