FROM September 25, 2009 through January 2010, Jehovahâ€™s Witnesses in Nigeria will hold 232 conventions in 32 cities.
Titled, â€œKeep on the Watchâ€, the convention would highlight significant developments in the world, in fulfillment of Bibleâ€™s prophecies.
A statement from the convention ground invites all to attend the 3-day event, which will kick off simultaneously in Daluwon and Ota (Ogun State) and Badagry in Lagos, from Friday till Sunday each week.
The organizers noted that the theme is based on Jesusâ€™ admonition to his followers at Mathew 24:42, urging them to â€œkeep on the watchâ€ by looking out as world events fulfill Bibleâ€™s prophecies, stressing that the Apostle Paul emphasized the urgency of being alert especially in this time that we are living.
â€œJehovahâ€™s witnesses take such texts seriously, as world events indicate fulfillment of Jesusâ€™ multifaceted prophecy concerning his presence as King of Godâ€™s incoming Kingdom and about the â€˜conclusion of this system of thingsâ€™ â€.
The statement added that the convention will emphasize the urgency of the global preaching work that Jesus spoke about. â€œIt will also highlight the parallel between Noahâ€™s day and ours as noted at Mathew 24:37- 39â€, the statement said.
It added that the convention would be heralded with the distribution of a well illustrated invitation, noting that nobody would be questioned for attending without a personalized invitation.
â€œAt least 2000 congregations with about 150,000 witnesses are expected at the convention groundsâ€, the statement said, noting that all who attend will benefit from the timely and practical materials that would be presented.
â€œWorldwide, there are over 7,100,000 witnesses in more than 103,000 congregations. They are members of a worldwide Christian religion who actively share with others information about God, whose name is Jehovah and about his son, Jesus Christ. They view first century Christians as role model. They believe that in addition to drawing one closer to God, living by Bible principles gives purpose to life, promotes strong family ties and develops productive and honest citizensâ€.