Sequence to the pandemic virus spreading across the continent, Jehovah’s Witnesses religious organization, have agreed to hold their annual conventions worldwide virtually.

This is the first time in the history of the religious organisation to be holding such event online.

According to the source, last year, over 14 million members went for the programme. Only in US, the religious organization hold 800 conventions with an attendance of nearly 2 million.

Worldwide attendance covers 240 lands, making it the largest convention organization in the globally.

But, this year, they are holding their conventions all over the world to curb the spread of the dreaded virus anf for the concern of the health and safety of local churches, and moving all events online to a streaming platform.

Jehovah’s Witnesses have been holding large scale conventions for more than 100 years. But, these year conventions are held in stadiums, arenas, conference halls, and smaller gathering places around the globe.

For the last 10 years, with cooperation from local officials, many Las Vegas residents have traveled to Saint George, Utah for annual conventions held at either Dixie Convention Center or Dixie State University’s Burns Arena. Attendance at those smaller programme reaches about 13,900.

In a reaction to the pandemic virus, those conventions were annulled in April 2020 for the safety of both the public and the member of the church

Congregations, families, and guests will now watch the “Always Rejoice”! virtual program online for six weeks during July and August 2020.

“Our worship is centered on our mutual love for our God and for each other, irrespective of where we are physically. This year’s convention program underscores the unity of our international family and the joy that people can have against a backdrop of stress and despair,” said Robert Hendriks, US spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses.

In conjunction with government officials who have placed banned on large gatherings during the deadly coronavirus, Jehovah’s Witnesses stoped holding in-person congregation meetings, and are instead utilizing videoconferencing platforms to hold weekly meetings.

“The virtual meetings we have held over the past four months have proved to all of us that it’s not about where we are physically. It’s about where we are spiritually. In many ways we are closer as a spiritual family than ever before,” added Hendriks.

Witnesses have also used creative methods to continue their ministry while following the direction of local authorities. Many write letters and make phone calls to reach their neighbors. Others send encouraging text messages with web links to those who have expressed interest in the past. While some conduct regular Bible studies using virtual meeting software.

Each year, many who are not Jehovah’s Witnesses also attend the annual international conventions.

Those interested in viewing the convention this year can contact someone from a local congregation or access the program online for free.

There are more than 8.6 million active Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide, yet the 2019 conventions had a peak attendance of more than 14 million.

With this year’s program available online in hundreds of languages, this may be the most attended convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses to date.

For more information about the “Always Rejoice”! Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses, you can visit the website jw.org.

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