Inviting Arizona!

35,000 Volunteers Personally Invite Arizonans to Landmark Global Convention at Chase Field

PHOENIX — July 25, 2019 — For the next several weeks thousands of local Arizonans will participate in a statewide initiative to warmly invite the public to a historic convention in early August.

More than 35,000 local Jehovah’s Witnesses from 217 congregations are personally delivering invitations to their neighbors inviting them to the three-day Global Convention with the theme, “Love Never Fails.” The campaign began on Friday, July 19, three weeks before the opening day of the convention, which will take place at Chase Field in Phoenix, begins Friday, August 9 and runs through Sunday, August 11.

“Volunteers of all ages and in every community are handing out invitations to this exciting event,” said Timothy Watkins, local Spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses. “They believe in the message of love and want to extend that to all their neighbors.”

This convention series spans six continents and 200+ countries. It is the first time Arizona will host an International Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses, which is expected to draw more than 39,000, including 5,000 delegates from some 41 countries. The event will highlight the importance of love through talks, interviews, videos and a 2-part feature film. “There is something for every member of the family,” said Watkins.

Admission is free and no collections are taken.

Read the convention program.

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

Hosting a Family of 5,000!

Hosting a Family of 5,000!

Thousands of International “Brothers and Sisters” Coming to Phoenix for Landmark Global Convention at Chase Field

PHOENIX — August 1, 2019 — When out of town family come for a visit, there are usually two big questions: Where do you take them and what should they see?

But what do you do when your “family” consists of some 5,000 “brothers and sisters”?

More than 30,000 Phoenix area Jehovah’s Witnesses have been preparing for more than two years to warmly host 5,000 of their international spiritual “family” from some 41 countries. They will be in the city to attend the “Love Never Fails” International Convention at Chase Field August 9-11.

“We don’t just call ourselves a brotherhood, we truly are brothers and sisters,” said Timothy Watkins, local spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses. “It doesn’t matter where we come from, what unifies us is our strong faith and our love for each other.”

Volunteers have postponed vacations and set up spare rooms for their international guests. Cooper Moisuk, a 12-year-old Gilbert, AZ, resident, is one of the thousands of volunteers preparing for the visit. He has spent his summer making decorative tiles as gifts for convention delegates coming from 41 countries. “It makes me feel happy because people from all over the world will have the gifts I made and share them with their friends back home,” he said.

His friend Chael Garcia, 12, agrees. “It’s fun to do and it makes me happy,” he said. “Seeing everyone helping to make these gifts makes me even happier.”

Pictured: Cooper Moisuk, 12, and Chael Garcia, 12, of Gilbert, AZ, prepare gifts for convention delegates

International guests will be touring several locations around Arizona and will take in several performances, all requiring countless hours of preparation by local volunteers.

International Delegate Itineraries Include:

  • Sight-seeing in Sedona
  • Visiting the Montezuma Castle National
  • Monument
  • Learning about Native American culture at the Heard Museum
  • Enjoying marine wildlife at the OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale
  • Taking in a performance featuring Southwestern culture at the Phoenix Symphony Hall
  • Experiencing a Western themed show in a specially fabricated Old West town in Prescott

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