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

‘Super Bowl Status’

2,300 Volunteers Personally Welcome 5,000 International Visitors to Phoenix!

PHOENIX — July 30th, 2019 — What does it take for the City of Phoenix and the Sky Harbor Airport to grant an event “Super Bowl Status”? The simple answer is – it has to be big!

Just do the math: 5,000 delegates from 41 countries being served by 2,300 airport volunteers working around the clock. That’s big!

“We want the delegates to see and feel our love,” says Johannes Kor, father of two from Maricopa, Arizona, whose family has spent their free time making banners and signs to welcome visitors who will be attending a global convention event in Phoenix. “We think it’s important for our children to see that love still exists in this world. We want them to experience it for themselves.”

That’s right in line with the theme of the convention, “Love Never Fails,” an international event that will bring nearly 40,000 people to Chase Field in Phoenix, most of them hailing from local towns and cities to join their foreign visitors. The three-day convention runs from Friday, August 9 through Sunday, August 11 and is part of a series of 24 conventions spanning six continents. It is open to the public and free. No collections are ever taken.

“Super Bowl” status permits volunteers to clear security at the airport and greet delegates right at the gate. To make sure no delegate is missed, local volunteers will be on hand at the airport 24-hours a day working three, 8-hour shifts each. “From the time they land to the time they leave, we want our guests to feel the love,” says Timothy Watkins, local spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses. “Everyone will get a greeting whether it’s three in the afternoon or three in the morning.”

Most of the delegates are personally unknown to the local volunteers. So why the effort and time? Our brotherhood unifies us no matter where we come from,” says Watkins. “We are all part of an international family.”

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

PICTURED ABOVE: Johannes with daughter Jada, 10, and son Giddeon, 8, doing a walk-thru at Sky Harbor Airport

From Darkness to the Light

Phoenix — August 1, 2019 — For over a decade, Sammy Munoz’ life was in a spiral. His needs came before everything, including his own family. Bad association, alcohol and substance abuse were at his life’s core. “I was in a dark place and somewhere along the way, I lost all care about everything – including myself,” said Sammy.

One day, Sammy joined his wife during a meeting at the Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Casa Grande just to support her. What he heard during one of the talks, immediately set his life’s new course. “When the brother giving the talk said, ‘You know where home is’ referring to lost sheep that stray from God, it really moved me. I realized what I was doing was not what I wanted for the rest of my life.” Said Sammy Munoz.

Sammy started working to clean up his life emotionally and physically. He also accepted a Bible study with one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and began cleaning his life spiritually. “Sammy’s wife and two boys, ages 11 and 13 have gained a father, the spiritual head of their family and they now have hope for a bright future.” Said Tim Watkins, local spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses. “Sammy has made significant changes. He had his first Bible reading at the Kingdom Hall since he was 10-years-old, and 204 were in attendance that evening.”

Sammy Munoz of Phoenix, Arizona will be one of hundreds of baptism candidates on Saturday, August 10, during the landmark International Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses themed ‘Love Never Fails” at Chase Field.

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

‘Three Times Around the World’

City and Convention Organizers Plan to Move Thousands around Phoenix

PHOENIX — July 31, 2019 — Buses logging seventy-five thousand miles in 10 days – that’s just one staggering statistic in a comprehensive plan to move nearly 40,000 convention delegates around the City of Phoenix over the next two weeks. It’s all part of a massive effort to host 5,000 international delegates from 41 countries along with nearly 35,000 local attendees who will be attending the “Love Never Fails” International Convention at Chase Field August 9-11. The Chase Field event is part of a global convention series of 24 spanning six continents.

“Simply moving the delegates around the city and to Chase field is a huge undertaking,” says convention transportation coordinator Jesse McDonald of El Mirage. “In just 10 days, buses and shuttles will log nearly 75,000 miles. That’s equivalent to three times around the World!”

For more than two years city officials and convention organizers have collaborated on a plan to help move delegates around the city while lessening the impact on traffic congestion. “It takes years of coordination and planning, with close cooperation between city officials and our team,” said Timothy Watkins, local spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses. “Thanks to the plan, most convention attendees will make full use of chartered buses, light-rail, carpooling and walking.”

City police will help direct traffic around Chase Field while City of Phoenix Ambassadors will be handing out water to ensure that all walking to the stadium stay hydrated. And Valley Metro plans to increase the number of trains in use to accommodate the influx of 30,000+ metro trips for the week.  

But that’s not all.  Before and after the convention, thousands of international delegates will enjoy touring various sights in Arizona, requiring 47 tour buses each day to take them as far as the Grand Canyon and Sedona. Nearly 1,700 volunteers will staff the various buses around town. “Our goal is to move people safely and seamlessly,” said Watkins. “We are planning for the maximum positive impact on our delegates and a minimum negative impact on our neighbors in Phoenix.”

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

PICTURED ABOVE: Local volunteer Rich Ruiz of Gilbert trains as a Bus Captain before the arrival of international delegates to Phoenix