By Eugen Gumede
Jehovah’s Witnesses congregates in response to Covid-19 regulations have taken their annual convention to a virtual platform.
The conventions are usually held in Convention Halls, stadiums, conference halls and smaller gatherings around the world.
In Kwekwe the convention was supposed to be held at Kwekwe High School from September 4-6 in Kwekwe where two thousand were expected to attend.
The convention was cancelled in March in response to Covid-19 pandemic.
“For the first time of their history of holding conventions, Jehovah’s Witnesses have moved this highly anticipated annual event to a streaming platform. Congregations, families and guests will view the program during July and August 2020,” local Spokerperson Witnes Gama said.
The convention is running under the theme “Always Rejoice.”
“This year’s conventions will be on virtual platforms in response to the Covid19 pandemic. The decision to hold conventions on line was note made lightly. Millions of people benefit from these Public gathering which are always free. But in the intrest of public health and safety we take this route.
“Our creator values life highly and we believe this arrangement honors that high standard,” said Gama.
Congregations have been encouraged to hold a brief spiritual discussion over a videoconferencing platform to open the session and then announce that the convention program can be viewed on JW Broadcasting from the participants’ homes.
” Virtual conferencing has been providing proficiency ,We have been able to reach the intended audiance , some using the virtual platform, we have been brodcasting our meetings on ZiFM and YaFM,” he said.
The JW has also provided with a platform that enables its audience to send feedback since they withdrew the “public in-person” program.
“If some audiences have questions they can go to our website jw. Org and fill in the conduct details one of the local Jehovah’s witnesses will be assigned to discuss the questions using virtual or telephone in this time of the pandemic,” said Gama.
” There are more than 8.6 million active Witnesses worldwide, yet the 2019 conventions had a peak attendance of more than 14 million. With the program available online in hundreds of languages, this may be the most attended convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses to date,” he noted.