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Local Jehovah’s Witnesses resume making their rounds

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Jehovah’s Witnesses resumed their trademark door-to-door ministry beginning Sept. 1, when a two-and-a-half-year suspension of the work ended just in time for the launch of a global campaign featuring an interactive program for Bible study.

The decision to resume their door-to-door ministry marks the complete restoration of all pre-pandemic in-person activities for the nearly 1.3 million Jehovah’s Witnesses in about 13,000 congregations in the U.S. Houses of worship (called Kingdom Halls) were reopened on April 1, witnessing in public places resumed on May 31 and in-person conventions are again being planned for 2023.

“I’ve missed in-person communication and being able to physically share a scripture,” said Vienna resident Garnet Kurtz, who will be heading out to the neighborhood in the coming weeks. “In-person ministry allows for a free flow of conversation; this helps a person learn from their own copy of the Bible.”

The suspension of the public ministry was a proactive response by the organization to keep communities and congregants safe. The move was also unprecedented. Jehovah’s Witnesses had been preaching from house to house without interruption for more than 100 years through an economic depression, two world wars and global unrest, but COVID-19 demanded a different response.

“We believe that the early decision to shut down all in-person activities for more than two years has saved many lives,” said Robert Hendriks, U.S. spokesperson for Jehovah’s Witnesses. “We’re now ready and eager to reconnect with our neighbors once again – person-to-person, face-to-face. It’s not the only way that we preach, but it has historically been the most effective way to deliver our message of comfort and hope.”

The return to an in-person ministry coincides with a global campaign to offer an interactive Bible-study program, available in hundreds of languages and offered at no cost. The course comes in the form of a printed book, an online publication or as an embedded feature within the organization’s free mobile app, JW Library.

Released in late 2020, the interactive study platform combines text, video, illustrations and digital worksheets to help learners of all ages.
“This study program is designed to match the learning style of the 21st-century student,” said Hendriks. “We’re excited to begin sharing it with our neighbors as we return to making personal visits.”

For more information, see the Website at jw.org.

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