Phoenix’s Largest Convention Event Ever Concludes Today

Delegates from 41 Countries Bid Farewell to their Arizonan Hosts on Sunday

PHOENIX — August 10, 2019 — The final day of the “Love Never Fails!” International Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses will conclude with delegates from 41 countries taking the field at Chase Field – waving goodbye to their Arizonan hosts. The convention will also bid farewell to the city of Phoenix after a special week that brought 40,000 visitors to the park and an excess of $60 million of economic impact.

More than 15,000 volunteers worked tirelessly to host some 5,000 international visitors who enjoyed both the convention and the state’s attractions over the past week. On Sunday evening, the stage, videos screens, and equipment will be dismantled and trucked away while thousands of volunteers thoroughly clean the stadium.

“The talent is in the body of attendees and is the most incredibly professional, organized convention I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with in a very long career,” states Steve Moore, President and CEO of Visit Phoenix. “And on top of that, you promised to clean the stadium before you leave! No one else does that!”

The event has had minimal impact on traffic in the area due to a highly organized plan to bring attendees into the area using public transportation and walking from downtown hotels. The Sunday program will begin at 9:20 and conclude at 3:30. The public is welcome and admission is free, with no collections taken at any time.

To schedule a visit or an interview, please contact Jason Hohl at 410-693-5086 or jhohl@jw.org.

Pictured above: 40,000 Witnesses and their guests enjoying the “Love Never Fails”! Convention at Chase Field

Hundreds to be Baptized at Second Day of International Convention

Chase Stadium Hosts “Love Never Fails”! International Convention Series this Weekend

PHOENIX — August 9, 2019 — Saturday will mark the most important day in the lives of hundreds of delegates attending the “Love Never Fails”! International Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses, as they symbolize their life-long dedication through water baptism at Chase Field.


“Making a personal dedication to God and symbolizing that through water baptism is the most important step in a Christian’s life,” said Robert Hendriks, U.S. spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses. “This is one of the highlights of the convention for all those who will attend.”

Jehovah’s Witnesses practice full-body immersion when baptizing. The event will begin with a discourse at 11:45 AM followed by the baptism, which will happen in two pools on the floor at Chase Field so all can witness the event.

The convention began Friday after 36 hours of preparation by more than 5,000 local volunteers. At 12:01 AM on Thursday, the entire stadium was thoroughly cleaned in preparation for the massive move-in, when trucks delivered equipment to erect a stage, build video screens, and set up volunteer departments throughout the venue.

The “Love Never Fails”! Convention in Phoenix is part of the global convention series spanning six continents, 200+ countries in 400 languages. Millions of invitations have been distributed worldwide for the public to attend this free event. “If you called this a modern-day miracle, you would be right,” said Hendriks. “This international spiritual family has no boundaries based on nation, race, ethnicity or tongue. There is nothing like it in the world!”

This convention is open to the public and runs through Sunday, August 11. Admission is free and no collections are taken. To schedule a visit or an interview, please contact Jason Hohl at 410-693-5086 or jhohl@jw.org.

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Pictured above: Baptism pools on the floor of Chase Field where hundreds will be baptized Saturday

Tucson Welcomes the World!

Rodríguez Family of Five Travels to Phoenix and Welcomes Worldwide Family

Tucson, Arizona — August 9, 2019 — This weekend the largest convention event ever in Phoenix is taking place. At Chase Field, the “Love Never Fails”! International Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses begins on Friday, August 9. Even though their home congregation was not one of the 217 invited, the Rodríguez family volunteered to travel to Phoenix for several days in order to partake in an extensive hospitality campaign. There they will help welcome some 5,000 international delegates from some 41 countries – spiritual family whom they have never met.


The Rodríguez’ are just one of many families who are taking time off school and work so they can participate in welcoming the delegates. “We’re happy to travel from Tucson and be here to welcome our family from around the world,” said 41-year- old José Rodríguez. “We live in a time where love is not often seen, and we want our children to see that the love the Bible describes does exist and can unify ALL people when put into practice.”

“We strive to cultivate love in our families,” said Timothy Watkins, local spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses. “The Rodríguez family knows their worldwide family appreciates receiving such a loving gift of hospitality.”


The Rodríguez family is in good company. Some 15,000 volunteers from all over Arizona have volunteered to assist their spiritual family from abroad, most paying their own way.


For more information, please contact Timothy Watkins at 267-980-5572 or Timwatkins.jw@gmail.com.

Pictured: The Rodríguez family welcoming delegates from some 41 different countries

Phoenix’s Largest Convention Event Ever Begins Tomorrow

Jehovah’s Witnesses Launch their Three-Day “Love Never Fails”! Convention at Chase Field

PHOENIX—August 8, 2019 — For the past 24 hours thousands of local volunteers have worked to transform Chase Field into a place of worship to accommodate the largest convention event ever to be held in Phoenix. Beginning tomorrow, August 9, Jehovah’s Witnesses kick-off their three-day international convention at Chase Field. Attendance is expected to top 40,000, including 5,000 international delegates from 41 countries.

For the past week these international visitors have toured various attractions around the state from the Grand Canyon National Park to Red Rock State Park in Sedona. On Friday the delegates will be at the ballpark and in their seats as the convention program begins at 9:20 am.

“This program and this theme are what people really need right now,” states Robert Hendriks, national spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses. “Dozens of videos are featured throughout the weekend and each one makes a powerful point about the importance of love. There’s really something for the whole family.”

The Friday program will address how love can help people surmount obstacles such as a troubled upbringing, chronic illness, or poverty. Saturday’s program will consider how Bible principles help husbands, wives, and children to show love for one another. Sunday’s program will include a public Bible discourse entitled, “True Love in a Hate-Filled World—Where?” that will address overcoming prejudice and hatred.

This convention is open to the public and runs through Sunday, August 11. Admission is free and no collections are taken. To schedule a visit or an interview, please contact Jason Hohl at 410-693-5086 or jhohl@jw.org.

“Mega Event Status”

Largest Event Ever Comes to Phoenix This Week

PHOENIX — August 6, 2019 — The largest event ever to be held in downtown Phoenix is happening this weekend. The three-day convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses will be held at Chase Field beginning Friday, August 9. The program will draw nearly 40,000 in attendance, including 5,000 international delegates from 41 countries.

“This is the largest event that we’ve had in our downtown. . .regardless of the time of year,” said Steve Moore, President and CEO of Visit Phoenix. “I’d give it what we call ‘Mega Event’ status, absolutely.”

Delegates are using 77 hotels in the greater Phoenix area. “We have delegates in hotels all over the region from Scottsdale to Chandler and all the way to Surprise,” says national spokesman Robert Hendriks. “That equates to more than 37,000 room nights.”

The cumulative economic impact of the convention on Phoenix is upwards of $60 million. “It certainly has the largest footprint of anything of any size that you could bring to any community in this country,” concludes Mr. Moore.

To learn more about the economic impact of this event and the incredible volunteer effort to host delegates, you are invited to a Media Open House at Chase Field on Thursday, August 8, at noon. Guided tours for the media will be provided following the event with photo and video content available.

To schedule a visit or an interview, please contact Jason Hohl at 410-693-5086 or jhohl@jw.org.

Chase Field Transformation

Baseball Stadium to House of Worship in One Day

PHOENIX — August 5th, 2019 — Chase Field as a baseball stadium is nothing new – it has hosted well over 1,600 of them in its 20 plus year history. But Chase Field as a house of worship? Now that is different.

That transformation will start at midnight on August 8, just hours after the Arizona Diamondbacks conclude their game against the Philadelphia Phillies. At 12:01 AM thousands of local volunteers will deep clean every part of Chase Field. At the same time hundreds of volunteers will move in and set up platforms, audio/video equipment, baptism pools, and other convention related equipment.

All of this is in preparation for the historic “Love Never Fails”! International Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses held at Chase Field August 9–11. The stadium will be transformed into a place of worship to accommodate the expected attendance of nearly 40,000, including 5,000 international delegates from 41 countries. The convention will be ready for the opening program on Friday, August 8, at 9:20 AM.

To see this transformation in person, you are invited to a Media Open House at Chase Field on Thursday, August 8, at noon. Guided tours for the media will be provided following the event with access to the volunteers and work around the stadium. Photos and video content are available upon request. To schedule a visit or an interview, please contact Jason Hohl at 410-693-5086 or jhohl@jw.org.

United by the Language of Love!

Thousands of International Visitors Coming to Phoenix for Landmark Global Convention at Chase Field

PHOENIX — July 29, 2019 — Four-year-old Georgiana Dunjey from Casa Grande, Arizona, has been spending her days learning greetings in multiple languages – eagerly anticipating the arrival of 5,000 of her “friend’s” from 41 countries.

“Ahn nyeong ha sae yo!” she exclaims to anyone who will listen. “That means ‘hello’ in Korean,” she explains.

Why would a child – not even old enough to go to primary school – be spending her summer learning greetings in the tongue of foreigners? Her father explains: “From the moment we learned that the International Convention was coming to Phoenix, Georgiana wanted to be involved in welcoming our friends from other lands,” said Jamie Dunjey, 42. “She’s learned Korean, Hindi, Spanish and more, all in an effort to make them feel loved and welcome.”

This labor of love is all about welcoming some 5,000 international delegates from 41 countries who will be joining some 35,000 local delegates in Phoenix for the “Love Never Fails” International Convention to be held at Chase Field from August 9-11. Local Jehovah’s Witnesses have been preparing for this event for well over two years. It’s part of a global convention series happening in 22 cities around world. Young and old are eagerly looking forward to greeting these delegates – not just in English – but in the language of their guests.

The delegates have been invited from more than 41 countries including Korea, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and India just to name a few. “Even though there will be a language barrier they are united by a universal language, the language of love,” states Tim Watkins, local spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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This convention is open to the public. Admission is free and no collections are taken. For more information, please contact Timothy Watkins at 267-980-5572 or Timwatkins.jw@gmail.com.

Four-year old Georgiana Dunjey of Casa Grande has learned greetings in several languages to welcome international visitors to Phoenix