Delegates are coming from a dozen cities in Southwest Missouri, including Anderson, Aurora, Branson, Carthage, Cassville, Joplin, Miller, Monett, Neosho, Republic, Shell Knob and Webb City.
They are coming for the 2008 “Guided by God’s Spirit” District Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses. June 27—29 and July 4—6, 2008 the Donald W. Reynolds Center at the University of Tulsa will be the site of two conventions. August 29—31, 2008 additional delegates will hear the same program presented at Tulsa’s Downtown Convention Center. The conventions are part of a national series expected to attract 1.6 million people to 305 conventions in 76 major U.S. cities.Each convention begins Friday at 9:20 a.m. and is open to the public. Admission to the convention is free, and no collections will be taken. The program will focus on why reliable guidance is needed today and where people can turn for trustworthy advice in all aspects of life.
Convention spokesman Mark Snead of Tulsa said Witnesses who are associated with the Tulsa Metro’s 23 congregations anticipate an “excellent turnout for the event in view of the enthusiastic response” to last year’s convention, which had the theme “Follow the Christ!” Witnesses also look forward to welcoming many non-Witnesses to the convention, Snead said, adding that the Witnesses “believe that all who attend will benefit from the practical information presented.”
Worldwide, there are nearly 7,000,000 of Jehovah’s Witnesses in over 101,000 congregations. In 2007, more than 12 million people attended over 3,200 of the Witnesses’ conventions around the world.