Jehovah's Witnesses to convene in Tulsa
June 20, 2004
In a year where religious themes and the subject of God have caught the public’s attention, Jehovah’s Witnesses in southwest Missouri will be delegates to the “Walk with God” District Convention in Tulsa, Okla., this weekend and next.

The Tulsa Convention Center is the site of two Friday-through-Sunday meetings, June 25-27 and July 2-4. About 12,000 people are expected to attend from 119 congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses in southwest Missouri, southeast Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, according to one of the convention organizers, Joseph A. Darden of Lampe, MO.

Tulsa thus joins 62 other major U.S. cities where about 1.5 million persons are expected to attend the series being held each week through Sept. 12. Simultaneously, the same program will be presented in Britain, Canada, Ireland and Malta, according to Darden.

“The entire program, in Tulsa and elsewhere, will be based on the Bible and will offer encouragement to sincere individuals who are troubled by recent world events and declining moral values,” Darden said.

“In view of the current spotlight on the role of religion in world affairs,” Darden said, the program will “make clear to all in the Tulsa Convention Center how true Christians should conduct themselves in a world of changing values.” He added that, “people of all ages, races and backgrounds will hear thought-provoking talks and interviews that will encourage them to walk with God.”

Wayne Fisher of Springdale, Ark., another convention coordinator, said the convention program will benefit families.

“The Bible has much to say about marriage, raising children and other challenges families face. The convention is open to people of all religious persuasions, including those who have no church affiliation. All of us are deeply affected by life’s events,” he said, adding, “All of us need guidance.”

The keynote address, “Walk with God in Turbulent Times,” will open Friday’s convention, Fisher said. Day Two will feature a baptism ceremony following the talk, “Walking with Jehovah ‘By Appointment.’” The second day concludes with the lecture, “’Keep on the Watch’—The Hour of Judgment Has Drawn Near,” according to Fisher, “which will provide an explanation of current world events in the light of Bible prophecy.”

Highlighting the third and final day of the convention, Darden said, will be an enactment of Christian activity in the 1st Century, “with participants in period dress.” The afternoon program will feature the public address, “Walking with God Brings Blessings Now and Forever.”

“We are delighted that Tulsa, for the fourth year in a row, has been included in the convention plans of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the United States,” Darden said. “We think this year’s conventions promise to be both significant and memorable.”

For more info, contact Richard D. Collins at (918) 697-3900.

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