Jehovah’s Witness planning convention in English

Members of the Jehovah’s Witness congregation will present a three-day convention to the English speaking community in hopes of clarifying the Bible and bringing people to God’s Kingdom, they said.

“The objective is to help people spiritually and, of course, to help them understand the Bible,” said Galo Malavasi Umaña.

Jehovah’s Witness is an international religious organization of around 7 million people. It holds conventions around the world.  In Costa Rica followers of the faith teach all over the country in different languages.

“In Costa Rica we preach in English, Spanish, sign language and other languages, but these are the biggest,” said Malavasi.  “We are doing a kind of missionary job, trying to teach people about the Bible.”

The 2012 district convention is themed “Safeguard Your Heart,” and will be the only one of the year in complete English.  The theme comes from Bible passages, and the conference will consist of talks surrounding the meaning of this phrase.

Malavasi said they are expecting between 500 and 700 people to attend.

The public is invited, whether individuals belong to the faith or not, the organization said.  It will be Sept. 21 to 23 at the Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in San Antonio de Belén at 9:20 a.m. daily.

Admission is free and no collections will be taken, Malavasi said.

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