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Jehovah’s witnesses end convention, baptize 5

Jul 4, 2024, 11:57 AM | Article By: Jankey Ceesay

Jehovah’s Witnesses, a nontrinitarian, millenarian, restorationist Christian denomination recently concluded a three-day spiritual gathering which also witnessed the baptising of five people.

This year’s event at Kotu Assembly Hall, was held under the theme: “Declare the Good News”. It attracted hundreds of delegates and members across the country and outside. 

At the event, Worou Kolawole Abdiel, a Jehovah’s Witness from Benin Republic, explained that this year’s convention is about spreading the good news. 

“We have been experiencing and seeing bad news all over the world, therefore we decided to share the good news God has for humankind.”  

Commenting on the importance of baptism, he said this is the final step when someone has acquired accurate knowledge of God and Christ and decides to live in harmony with God’s will. 

He advised the newly baptised to live up to their decision to serve God and stick to the teachings of God.

Therese Correa, 14, one of the baptised, said she got baptised to show Jehovah God how grateful she is to Him. 

“I attended several conventions in the past but this one was very special. Not only did I get baptised to symbolise the personal relationship I am enjoying now with my Creator, but also the program helped me to be more optimistic regarding the future and to be convinced that the bad things that are happening today are temporary. Better days are yet to come. And this good news I want to share with others.” 

She revealed that she decided to be baptised after learning about the scriptures and teachings of God.  “I want to tell my fellow baptised ones to always keep up the good work, pray and never forget Jehovah is always by their side.”

Walter Sukkau, spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses, said they gathered to learn more on how to preach the good news and how important it is to spread it in their dealings with families, friends, and even with work mates.

“We are talking about that, using the Bible, because we know God is the one with the best news. For three days, Jehovah’s Witnesses highlighted a message of hope in a world where bad news endlessly streams on social media, TV and radio.”

Around the world, these three-day conventions are held every week with the same contents and in different languages till the end of the year.