SOME 23 000 Jehovah’s Witnesses yesterday ended their three-day 2004 “Walk with God” district convention at the Exhibition Centre in Harare, Chinhoyi, Masvingo and Mutasa.
In addition, an estimated 1 000 new members of the faith were baptised during the ongoing 2004 District Conventions countrywide, which Jehovah’s Witnesses consider a major highlight of the year. Harare had 207 new members baptised out of an attendance of more than 16 000. The last of this year’s conventions will be held next weekend at Tongogara Refugee Camp in Chipinge.
A spokesman for the organising committee, John Hunguka, said the Harare convention placed emphasis on what it means to walk with God in addition to examining the motivation for doing so.
“Emphasis was also put to children on how they can maintain good morals as the parents of tomorrow,” said Mr Hunguka
He said the whole programme featured discourses, discussions and real-life experiences.
Other special features included the keynote address, “Walk with God in Turbulent Times!” The address drew attention to the momentous events of this day that were foretold in the Bible.
Mr Hunguka said the discussion “Walk Worthily of Jehovah, Fully Pleasing Him” was a delight to parents and children alike.
There was also a series of Bible-based interviews with the young, a 45-minute Bible-based drama and a public discourse that urged people to walk with God entitled “Walking with God Brings Blessings Now and Forever”.
The entire programme was based on the scriptures and offered encouragement to sincere individuals who are troubled by recent world events and declining moral values.
In view of the current spotlight on the role of religion in world affairs, said Mr Hunguka, Jehovah’s Witnesses were making clear to all how true Christians should conduct themselves in a world of changing values.