Bible Teaching: Focus of Jehovah's Witnesses Conventions
Foz, Vicente B., Manila Bulletin
EDUCATION is a vital part of one's daily life, and every person should have a right to study and learn in order to live well and long - even forever. Jehovah's Witnesses will focus on opportunities for a unique education to all who attend the ''Teachers of God's Word'' district conventions in the Philippines and in 234 other lands. The convention's theme emphasizes the value of receiving an education in God's Word and the need to share such education with others.
Prominently and repeatedly underscored in the program are themes involving teachers, teaching, learning and education. It will demonstrate how to apply the principles of God's Word in one's family and personal life in everyday situation. It consists of discourses, lively discussions, trueto-life skits, reenactments, personal experiences, and a Bible drama. Emphasis will be placed on living one's life in harmony with God's way for humankind so that a person will not only find happiness today but also enjoy everlasting life under God's Kingdom.
More than 300,000 are expected to attend the 60 district conventions in 49 cities throughout the country. They include people of all age groups, from infants to the elderly. Attending the first of eight district conventions at the Metro Manila Assembly Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Novaliches, Quezon City on Nov. 23-25 are some 6,000 Witnesses from the Quezon City Circuit No. 3 composed of 19 congregations, joined by four other congregations of Manila Circuit No. 7, two congregations of San Francisco del Monte, Bulacan; five congregations of Valenzuela City, and 14 congregations of Caloocan City. Other district conventions will be held elsewhere in the country, using nine languages: Tagalog, Bicol, Cebuano, English, Hiligaynon, Iloko, Pangasinan, Philippine sign language, and SamarLeyte.
Worldwide, Jehovah's Witnesses number more than six million who preach and teach their message of hope in 235 lands and islands.
The official journal of Jehovah's Witnesses is The Watchtower, with a circulation of over 23,000,000 copies in 140 languages. Its companion, Awake! Magazine, is published in 82 languages and averages 20,389,000 copies of each issue. These publications and dozens of others enhance appreciation for the Bible and contribute to a better understanding of it. All build confidence in God's promise of a peaceful and secure new world that is about to replace the present wicked, lawless system of things.
The Witnesses areuse Bible translations that are available in hundreds of languages. They have also produced the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures in 21 languages and the New World Translation of the Christian Greek Scriptures in 16 additional languages, and are in the process of translating this Bible into 11 more languages.
In service year 2000, the number of Witnesses reached 6,035,564 who spent more than 1.171 billion hours preaching and teaching others about Jehovah God, Jesus Christ and God's Kingdom, and conducted an average 4,766,631 free home Bible studies. They are organized into more than 91,000 congregations which, through 110 branches all over the world, work under the direction of a central governing body in Brooklyn, New York.
On Friday, the opening day of each convention, the keynote address "Completely Equipped As Teachers of God" will invite everyone to take part in that learning process," thus: "Jesus was not interested in conferring the key of knowledge upon an elite group of Scripture scholars. …