A sign language program has been arranged by Jehovah’s Witnesses as part of the series of 154 regional conventions at various locations in the country. The first of these three-day Bible seminars with the theme, “Be Courageous,” began June 2-4 and the last will be held on Aug. 24-26.
The special conventions for the deaf and mute are scheduled on July 6-8 at the Witnesses’ Assembly Hall in Novaliches, Quezon City; July 27-29 in Tarlac City and August 10-12 in Cagayan de Oro City. Expected attendance at the three sign language conventions is 6,000.
Danilo Calso, convention media services coordinator, said that the program is similar to that in the regular convention. “Talks, symposia and video presentations highlighting Bible principles and teachings will be presented by sign language to help everyone, including the deaf and mute, muster courage to face problems owing to violence and criminality, drug addiction and immorality, and corruption and economic hardship,” Calso added.
Sessions are at 8 AM to 4 PM on Fridays and Saturdays, and 8 AM to 3 PM on Sundays. Highlights of the convention are the keynote address, “Jehovah-The Source of True Courage,” on Friday morning; the baptism talk, “We Are Not the Sort Who Shrink Back,” on Saturday to encourage newly baptized Witnesses and the public discourse, “ How Does the Resurrection Hope Give Courage?” on Sunday. The convention will end with the climactic feature film, “The Story of Jonah-A Lesson in Courage and Mercy.”
The 154 regional conventions in the Philippines are part of hundred others scheduled this year in 240 countries. They started last May in North America, Europe, Australia, South America and other major cities and will continue until September. Expected attendance worldwide is 15 million.
Everyone is encouraged to attend the free conventions. Convenient locations and dates may be found by accessing the website, www.jw.org.