REGIONAL Conventions of Jehovah’s Witnesses (JW) are heading to Chipinge following the one that took place recently at Checheche and had a peak attendance of 1,200 delegates.
The Chipinge event shall be held from Friday, 1 to Sunday 3 September this year and shall take place at Chipinge Junior School in Chipinge town.
JW Regional Conventions had paused for the past three years due to the global pandemic of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID 19).
One of the largest convention organizations in the world, JW, has once again chosen Chipinge to host its global three-day event, the 2023 themed “Exercise Patience!”
Prior to 2019, summers in Chipinge were marked by Jehovah’s Witnesses filling hotels and restaurants as they attended their annual conventions at Chipinge Junior School.
In 2020, the pandemic interrupted that tradition in Chipinge when the Witnesses cancelled their in-person events worldwide and held their convention programs as virtual events in more than 500 languages.
Beginning 1 September 2023, the Witnesses will bring that tradition back to Chipinge.
“As much as we loved the convenience and quality of our virtual conventions, nothing can replace being together in a large group setting,” said Titus Nyamupinga, Manicaland and Masvingo Regional spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses.
“While our online conventions reached millions around the world and kept our communities safe, we long to get back to our joyful fellowship at these large gatherings.”
Some 6,000 conventions will be held worldwide as part of the 2023 “Exercise Patience!” convention series. In the Zimbabwe alone, more than 60 conventions will be held in many host cities.
From Friday through Sunday, six convention sessions will explore the quality of patience, highlighting its modern-day relevance through Scriptural examples. A live baptism will be performed following the Saturday morning session and a pre-recorded drama will be featured in two parts during the Saturday and Sunday afternoon sessions.
“Patience is a beautiful quality that all Christians desire to display in their daily lives. Despite our good intentions, however, maintaining patience in the face of life’s many challenges can be a daily struggle. Spending three days exploring aspects of this quality will be very timely for all of us,” added Nyamupinga.
Jehovah’s Witnesses have been holding public conventions in stadiums, arenas, convention centers, and theatres around the world for more than 100 years. After resuming smaller in-person meetings and their public ministry during 2022, the summer of 2023 marks the first time they will gather at much larger regional events around the world since the lifting of pandemic restrictions.
The convention is open to the public and no collection is taken. More information on the program or other convention locations and dates can be found on Jehovah’s Witnesses’ official website named jw.org.