Thousands of Jehovah’s Witnesses from across the island assembled at the Sir Garfield Sobers Wildey Gymnasium this morning for their annual convention under the theme Be Courageous.
The three-day convention seeks to teach Jehovah Witnesses why they must be courageous as they prepare for the rapture of Christ.
Using Biblical examples of Jonah, Chairman of the Jehovah Witnesses Darrell Gill told the packed auditorium that by the time the convention ends on Sunday they would be able to appreciate that it is not their ability that determines courage but their spirituality.
“We all feel a need for more courage. Sometimes we look at situations we might have handled in the past and we realize that there is a need for us to be more courageous,” Gill said.
Members of the Jehovah Witness faith were listening eagerly to every word, many of them taking notes on how they can be as courageous as those mentioned in the Bible.
Using the example of 2 Timothy 1:7, Gill told the participants that courage does not mean not being afraid.
“God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but one of power. Now notice the apostle – he contrasts power with cowardice, being timid, or choosing always to shield oneself from necessary challenges with being powerful in the spirit that Jehovah God gave to us. But true courage is the quality of being strong, whole, and it is not of debility and cowardice. Reflect on this – being courageous does not necessarily mean never ever being afraid but rather it refers to our ability to take action in spite of our fears,” Gill said.
He told the members that by Sunday when a featured film will be shown The Story of Jonah — A Lesson in Courage and Mercy, they should be equipped to continue their ministry as they continue to spread the Good News of Christ.
His point was further explained by media spokesperson Seymour Millington who said the theme is relevant as Jehovah Witnesses need to be courageous with situations that they will encounter.
“It is in keeping with what is current and what is needed in the lives of people worldwide because of the world’s situation. At this stage, we find Christian witnesses of Jehovah need to be courageous with ordeals in life [and] follow the example set by even pre-Christian as well as Christian worshippers of Jehovah,” Millington said. (LG)