Jehovah’s Witnesses Hold Virtual Convention

August 25, 2020 | 10 Comments

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Jehovah’s Witnesses are hosting their ‘Always Rejoice’ 2020 convention online, with the event presenting a different theme each day with the various talks, symposiums, interviews, and dramatizations following that topic.

A spokesperson said, “News headlines like ‘Jobless Claims Rise,’ ‘New York Flights Bring New COVID-19 Cases,’ and ‘Another Peak in Daily COVID-19 Death Toll’ highlight the difficulty of staying happy and balanced in turbulent times like these.

“The convention’s theme, ‘Always Rejoice,’ illustrates that even amid a pandemic, individuals and families can receive comfort, practical counsel, and a measure of joy that will aid them to patiently endure the present circumstances.

Alvin and Ismay Lespere watching the ‘Always Rejoice’ 2020 convention:

Jehovah’s Witnesses Hold Virtual Convention Bermuda Aug 2020

“As an elderly couple in our community, Alvin and Ismay Lespere, at ages 90 and 91 respectively, must cope with the challenges that come with old age each day. Between bouts of arthritis, loss of hearing, loss of memory, and considered increasingly susceptible to COVID-19, it can be easy to get discouraged and lack joy during these times.

“Each year, the Lesperes look forward to attending the annual conventions and witness the love and joy shown from all in attendance. Hugging friends, sitting in an auditorium with other worshipers, and seeing Bible dramas on the projector screen are just a few of the gems that they enjoy from attending each year.

“Sadly, Jehovah’s Witnesses physical conventions have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year and now the convention is being held online.

“After over 60 years of faithfully attending physical conventions, how did this effect the Lesperes?

“Although physical conventions have been canceled, attending the convention for the Lesperes is still a priority and an enjoyable time for them where they can forget about what ails them and focus on their relationship with their God.

“As they navigate successfully through the easy-to-use JW.org website to view the convention via video streaming this year, they have found that even in these times hard to deal with, there is still reason to Always Rejoice!

“True, Alvin and Ismay had to learn a new format of worship, but they have adjusted to their situation despite their daily challenges that come from advanced age.”

“When asked what he appreciates about the convention this year, Alvin replied: ‘I appreciate the point made that there are 3 reasons why we can Always Rejoice!”. The reasons mentioned were: 1] Their relationship with Jehovah God, 2] The worldwide brotherhood of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and 3] The hope that they have for the future.

“Alvin adds: ‘If we keep these points in mind, what do we have to complain about?” Surely the Lesperes seem to have much to be joyful about despite common challenges that occur with age. Yet, their faith has kept them feeling younger than ever!’

“Jehovah’s Witnesses are not immune to the effects of the pandemic such as prolonged isolation, financial instability, or the grief of losing a loved one in death,” says Alexander Mosley, the local spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses.

“But our convention program is providing us with timely encouragement and highlights the relevance of the Bible’s counsel as we cope with escalating levels of stress and the cascading events being brought on by COVID-19.”

“Each day of the convention presents a different theme with the various talks, symposiums, interviews, and dramatizations following that topic. It is designed to benefit the viewer both spiritually and practically.

“The Sunday program of the convention in particular will be focusing on being able to rejoice despite trials that we may be facing at work or school, distressing situations that may occur in the family, being in dangerous conditions like the worldwide pandemic, and much more. Jehovah’s Witnesses hope that these will help all that listen to give them joy and cope with difficult times.

“Viewers are also excited to watch the feature Bible drama entitled: Nehemiah: The Joy of Jehovah Is Your Stronghold.

“There is no charge for viewing the convention, you do not have to sign in or provide any personal information, and all are welcome. The link to the convention is here.

“Locally, the convention was scheduled to be held July 17-19, 2020 at the Ruth Seaton James Auditorium in Devonshire, where over 600 were expected to attend over the weekend. The convention was cancelled in April in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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  1. Onion Peels says:

    As long as they stick to virtually knocking on my door I’m OK with that.

  2. Eula Wilder says:

    We, Jehovah’s Witnesses, have a process for those who wish ‘not’ to have their doors knocked on. Simply, ask a Jehovah Witness to add you to their “Do Not Call List.” We will then not call on your home. We in no way want to disturb our neighbors. Our purpose to call on our neighbors is Bible-based (Matthew 28:19, 20). We feel the urgent need to share with our neighbors the good news in the Bible and we do so out of love for neighbor.

  3. Marcie says:

    ISAIAH 6:8-10
    “Then I heard the voice of Jehovah saying: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said: “Here I am! Send me!” And he replied, “Go, and say to this people: ‘You will hear again and again, but you will not understand; You will see again and again, but you will not get any knowledge.’ Make the heart of this people unreceptive, Make their ears unresponsive, and paste their eyes together, so that they may not see with their eyes and hear with their ears, so that their heart may not understand and they may not turn back and be healed.”

    • bluenose says:

      How do you know that anything written in your book is true? How did you rule out all of the other holy books and religions?

  4. Marcie says:

    MATTHEW 13:14-17
    “And the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled in their case. It says: ‘You will indeed hear but by no means get the sense of it, and you will indeed look but by no means see. For the heart of this people has grown unreceptive, and with their ears they have heard without response, and they have shut their eyes, so that they might never see with their eyes and hear with their ears and get the sense of it with their hearts and turn back and I heal them.’“However, happy are your eyes because they see and your ears because they hear. For truly I say to you, many prophets and righteous men desired to see the things you are observing but did not see them, and to hear the things you are hearing but did not hear them.”

  5. Marcie says:

    ACTS 28:23-28
    “They now arranged for a day to meet with him, and they came in even greater numbers to him in his lodging place. And from morning to evening, he explained the matter to them by bearing thorough witness concerning the Kingdom of God, to persuade them about Jesus from both the Law of Moses and the Prophets. Some began to believe the things he said; others would not believe. So because they disagreed with one another, they began to leave, and Paul made this one comment: “The holy spirit aptly spoke through Isaiah the prophet to your forefathers, saying, ‘Go to this people and say: “You will indeed hear but by no means understand, and you will indeed look but by no means see. For the heart of this people has grown unreceptive, and with their ears they have heard without response, and they have shut their eyes, so that they might never see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn back and I heal them.”’ So let it be known to you that this salvation from God has been sent out to the nations; they will certainly listen to it.”

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