Jehovah’s Witnesses Hold 2006 Convention

Associate Editor

WITNESS VISIT: Edgar Acosta (left) and Leonard Nickson, both Jehovah’s Witnesses, stopped by GTR Newspaper offices recently as a part of an extensive campaign by the Witnesses to offer personal invitations to their ‘Deliverance at Hand’ 2006 convention to everyone in the area. The event is expected to draw some 13,000 persons from the four-state area to Tulsa, and is scheduled to be held at the Tulsa Convention Center.

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Jehovah’s Witnesses will be working double-time this month, as they launch an intensive campaign to extend a personal invitation to everyone in Tulsa and 83 other cities in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri to attend the two 2006 “Deliverance at Hand!” district conventions, slated for June 23-25, and June 30-July 2, 2006.

The group intends to provide each household with a specially printed invitation that gives information about each of the three-day events, scheduled to be held at the Tulsa Convention Center.

Presented by the Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, approximately 6,600 delegates from the four-state area will be attending each of the conventions, for a total attendance of more than 13,000 persons.

This massive volunteer effort to invite people to these and similar conventions will take place not only in Tulsa and the four-state area, but also around the United States and indeed the world. The region’s 118 Jehovah’s Witness congregations are uniting to take part in a distinctive global campaign now under way to advertise the “Deliverance at Hand!” convention programs that will be held in some 155 different lands.

Building on the scriptural basis for their house-to-house work of Bible education, the Witnesses believe that millions of their neighbors worldwide would benefit from the invitation to the program, where they will have the opportunity to hear a message of, what Jehovah Witnesses themselves describe as comfort and hope.

The concerted global effort to advertise for the convention this year is directly linked to the Witnesses’ belief that mankind sorely needs deliverance from the effects of inherited sin and its consequence. Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that current events are elements of a composite sign indicating that a day of reckoning, which will bring an end to all wickedness, crime and oppression, is quickly approaching.

With the convention theme highlighting what Witness literature calls “God’s promised deliverance from this wicked system,” program parts will subsequently examine Jesus’ role in delivering mankind and will review various Biblical accounts of deliverance. The program will also focus on passages describing how to maintain hope and survive the period before, what Jehovah’s Witnesses call, God’s fast-approaching day of reckoning.

To cater to the varying needs of its 6.6 million constituency, the program will be presented in a staggering variety of languages: Spanish, Greek, Armenian, Russian, Polish, Vietnamese, Korean, American Sign Language and Tagalog, among countless others. The total projected attendance for programs in the United States alone is a whopping 1.5 million.

Jehovah’s Witnesses in Tulsa expect a record turnout for each of the three-day programs, two of over 260 to be presented by Witnesses throughout the United States. International conventions are scheduled for Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland during July and August as well.

Two, three-day events are scheduled for June 23-25 and June 30-July 2 at the Tulsa Convention Center. Morning sessions will begin at 9:30 each day, and Friday and Saturday afternoon services will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday’s afternoon session will begin at 1:40 p.m.

The public is invited to attend any session or the entire program and admission to the conventions is free and no collections will be taken. For more information contact David Lucas at 694-7378.

Updated 06-27-2006

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