COVID-19: Jehovah’s Witnesses Make History, Hold Annual Convention Online …Millions Attend

Millions of Jehovah’s Witnesses and their invited guests will attend the 2020 convention this summer with the theme ‘Always Rejoice.”

For the first time in the history of holding conventions since 1897, Jehovah’s Witnesses have moved this highly anticipated annual event to a streaming platform to enable congregations, families and guests view the programme in July and August.

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Speaking on the need for the change, the local spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses, Nigerian Northern Region, Folarin Odebode said “our worship is focused on our mutual love for our God and for each other irrespective of where we are physically.

“This year’s convention underscores the unity of our international family and the joy that people can have against a backdrop of stress and despair.

“The two Christian principles guiding the Witnesses’ historic decision are respect for the sanctity of life and love of neighbour.

“As much as we long to meet together, life is far too precious to put at risk.The virtual meetings we have held over the past four months have proved to all of us that it is not about where we are physically, but about where we are spiritually. In many ways we are closer as a spiritual family than ever before,” he said.

The programme is to be released in six installments, each corresponding to a morning or afternoon session of what would have been three successive convention days.

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Many congregations and families viewed the first convention session during the weekend of July 11 and 12.

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