Some 1,100 people from the United States, including several Mainers, were among 46,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses who attended the group’s first international convention June 26-28 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Attending from Bangor were John and Brenda Riggs, and Richard and Kim Luciano.
The theme of the convention was “Light Bearers,” based on Matthew 5:14,16, “You are the light of the world. … Let your light shine before men, that they may see your fine works and give glory to your father who is in the heavens.”
Delegates came from Russia, from 12 western countries, and several countries in East Europe and Asia. Jehovah’s Witnesses from Finland brought some 97 tons of food as a present for Russian members of the denomination.
Highlights of the convention included a biblical drama, “Doing What Is Right in Jehovah’s Eyes;” baptism of 3,256 people; and a public talk, “Does God Really Care About Us?”
It was reported that on April 17, the day marking the Lord’s death, some 11 million people gathered in more than 66,000 congregations worldwide to celebrate the Lord’s evening meal. According to a report of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Finland, some 300,000 new Witnesses are baptized each year.
Public meetings are held at 9:30 a.m. Sundays at the Kingdom Hall, 2029 Broadway, Bangor.