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Jehovah’s Witnesses program set for this weekend

Karen Markus finds reasons for optimism about the future. Photo submitted

In the face of widespread economic strain, national conflicts and social unrest, surveys indicate that confidence in the future is at an all-time low in many countries including Canada. According to the 2023 Edelman Trust Barometer, 24 of the 28 countries surveyed are seeing “all-time lows in the number of people who think their families will be better off in five years.” 

Against this backdrop of pessimism, a special global program featuring the theme, “You Can Face the Future with Confidence!” will be held on the weekend of April 1-2, 2023. The free 30-minute presentation will be hosted locally at Prince George Kingdom Halls of Jehovah’s Witnesses, with a videoconferencing option available. Please check the “Attend a Meeting” section on the homepage of JW.ORG for local addresses and meeting times.  

“The challenges keep piling up: pandemics, wars, and inflation to name a few. However, the Bible holds out a real hope for the future that can help us right now,” said Paul Andersen, spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses. “This global program is designed to give all those who attend solid reasons why they can face the future with confidence.”  

Karen Markus of Prince George struggles with anxiety.

“I fight negative thinking and feeling overwhelmed,” she said. Yet she can look confidently to the future. “The Bible’s hope for the future helps me to see that any challenge I face is temporary. People in this area face challenges in life too, and I hope they will attend this special program. To learn that there is a genuine hope solidly based on God’s word the Bible will give them comfort, and the courage to keep going.” 

The special talk is the first of two free programs that will be held in all 118,000 congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses during the first week of April. The public is also invited to join nearly 20 million other global attenders for the annual observance of the Memorial of Jesus Christ’s death, to be held on the evening of Tuesday, April 4, 2023.   

Admission to both programs is free, and no registration is required. Details on when and where these events will be held locally are available on JW.ORG, the official website of Jehovah’s Witnesses.  

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