Jehovah’s Witness Convention returns to Gweru


GWERU – After a three-year pandemic pause, one of the largest convention organisations in the
world, Jehovah’s Witnesses, will hold its annual gathering at the Midlands State University from June
The global three-day event, which is open to the public and no collection is taken, will be held under
the theme: “Exercise Patience”! Convention.
Jehovah’s Witnesses regional spokesperson Modokai Kasipo said in 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic
forced the church to cancel the in-person events throughout the world and held their convention
programmes as virtual events in more than 500 languages.
Jehovah’s Witnesses have been holding public conventions in stadiums, arenas, convention centres,
and theatres around the world for more than 100 years.
“As much as we loved the convenience and quality of our virtual conventions, nothing can replace
being together in a large group setting.
“While our online conventions reached millions around the world and kept our communities safe,
we long to get back to our joyful fellowship at these large gatherings,” he said.
Kasipo said 6 000 conventions will be held worldwide as part of the 2023 “Exercise Patience”!
Convention series. In the Zimbabwe alone, more than 60 conventions will be held in several host
cities and rural areas.
He said from Friday through Sunday, six convention sessions will explore the quality of patience,
highlighting its modern-day relevance through scriptural examples.
“A live baptism will be performed following the Saturday morning session and a pre-recorded drama
will be featured in two parts during the Saturday and Sunday afternoon sessions.
“Patience is a beautiful quality that all Christians desire to display in their daily lives.
“Despite our good intentions, however, maintaining patience in the face of life’s many challenges
can be a daily struggle. Spending three days exploring aspects of this quality will be very timely for all
of us said Kasipo.
After resuming smaller in-person meetings and their public ministry during 2022, the summer of
2023 marks the first time they will gather at much larger regional events around the world since the
lifting of pandemic restrictions.

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