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Jehovah’s Witnesses return to public ministry following pandemic hiatus

The Hedbergs, of Prince George, get ready to invite the public to view the “Pursue Peace” Convention.

After an absence of over two years, Jehovah’s Witnesses across Canada and the world will soon be returning to their in-person public ministry. The Witnesses’ Bible literature mobile display carts, frequently seen pre-pandemic on busy street corners, will be rolled out worldwide. Their door-to-door ministry remains suspended.

“Rising costs of living and the on-going war in Europe continue to dominate people’s attention. Many wonder what the future holds,” said Stefan Freudentheil, a media representative for Jehovah’s Witnesses in British Columbia. “We are excited to be able to return to the public ministry to share the Bible’s comforting message of hope with our neighbours.”

The Witnesses’ return to the public ministry comes just in time to invite the public to view “Pursue Peace”, a six-part online Bible education program. The content was designed to help viewers develop inner peace and learn the art of making peace with others. It will show how people can have peace of mind and heart even while suffering from illness, economic problems, natural disasters, personal tragedies, or distress over world conflicts.

“We are thrilled to be out there again to invite people to enjoy this convention,” said Sterling Hedberg, of the Prince George Spruceland congregation. “People have noticed that we haven’t been on the streets. I’m hoping the community will see our carts and appreciate our efforts to share a message of positivity and hope.”

“There’s no pressure for the public,” said Sterling’s wife, Shar. “I’m just happy to be the person that says ‘good morning’ and who’s available to answer a question.”

The Hedbergs anticipate this year’s program will again provide help for their family.

“Peace in the family can be an incredibly difficult thing to have,” said Sterling. “Our marriage hasn’t always been smooth sailing, but we know our success is because we try to apply principles that we’ve learned from the Bible – and that is something you want people in the community to be able to benefit from as well.”

Like the Hedbergs, we all face problems that can rob us of peace. That is why they will join the millions of Witnesses worldwide in the return to the public ministry as they invite friends, relatives, and neighbours to view the “Pursue Peace” 2022 Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Jehovah’s Witnesses have been holding global conventions for more than 100 years. Sessions of the program will be available for streaming or download on jw.org, released incrementally over six weeks starting June 27. The program is free and accessible to all without login or registration.

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