Nearly 5,000 people are expected each day at the regional Jehovah's Witnesses convention Friday through Sunday, May 18-20, at the Colorado State Fair Events Center, 1001 Beulah Ave., in Pueblo. The theme is "Be Courageous."
"As families and as individuals, we look forward to it. We attend these annual conventions for a number of reasons," said spokesman Danny Axtell. "First, it follows the instructions in God's word at Deuteronomy 16:16 to meet together in larger groups. Second, these gatherings create an opportunity to meet and associate with Witnesses from other congregations, even other lands. At midday, we enjoy a meal together at the convention location, which adds to the friendly atmosphere. We thus experience firsthand the love that unites our 'whole association of brothers' in the world" (1 Peter 2:17).
The program lists 54 presentations, including talks, audio dramas, interviews and short videos. The Bible-related programming will "show how to enjoy a happy life now and gain a real hope for the future."
Convention highlights are Bible-related talks, multimedia presentations about the Bible and its lessons on courage, the film "The Story of Jonah - A Lesson in Courage and Mercy" on Sunday afternoon, and public Bible discourse Sunday morning. Each day's program begins at 9:20 a.m.
The convention is part of a global campaign by Jehovah's Witnesses to involve the public. The conventions will be held at venues in 180 countries at the same time with the same program. The goal is for all 8.4 million Jehovah's Witnesses to participate worldwide.
For this regional convention, congregations will attend from as far west as Montrose, as far east as Lamar, south to Raton, N.M., and Pueblo, as well as 19 congregations in Colorado Springs.
"It's consistent," Axtell said. "If you go across the world to Japan, you'll find different speakers presenting the same information."
The free convention is open to everyone.
"Nobody's checked at the door, and there's never any kind of collection," Axtell said.
To learn more, visit jw.org.