Jehovah's Witnesses hold 3-day global event in Bicol
NAGA CITY-5/19/23 - After a three-year pandemic pause, one of the largest convention organizations in the world has once again chosen Daet Camarines Norte, Naga City and Pili Camarines Sur to host its global three-day event, the 2023 "Exercise Patience"! Convention.
Prior to 2019, mid-year months in Daet Camarines Norte and Naga City were marked by Jehovah's Witnesses filling hotels and restaurants as they attended their annual conventions at the JMR Coliseum and CamNorte Agro-Sports Center. In 2020, the pandemic interrupted that tradition when the Witnesses canceled their in-person events throughout the world and held their convention programs as virtual events in more than 500 languages. Beginning June 2-4, June 9-11, June 16-18 and July 28-30 2023, the Witnesses will bring that tradition back to Daet Camarines Norte, Naga City and Pili Camarines Sur respectively.
"As much as we loved the convenience and quality of our virtual conventions, nothing can replace being together in a large group setting," said James Morales, spokesman for Jehovah's Witnesses. "While our online conventions reached millions around the world and kept our communities safe, we long to get back to our joyful fellowship at these large gatherings."
Some 6,000 conventions will be held worldwide as part of the 2023 "Exercise Patience"! Convention series. In the Philippines alone, more than 170 conventions will be held in about 90 host cities. From Friday through Sunday, six convention sessions will explore the quality of patience, highlighting its modern-day relevance through Scriptural examples. A live baptism will be performed following the Saturday morning session and a prerecorded drama will be featured in two parts during the Saturday and Sunday afternoon sessions.
"Patience is a beautiful quality that all Christians desire to display in their daily lives," says Morales. "Despite our good intentions, however, maintaining patience in the face of life's many challenges can be a daily struggle. Spending three days exploring aspects of this quality will be very timely for all of us."
Jehovah's Witnesses have been holding public conventions in stadiums, arenas, convention centers, and theaters around the world for more than 100 years. After resuming smaller in-person meetings and their public ministry during 2022, mid-year 2023 marks the first time they will gather at much larger regional events around the world since the lifting of pandemic restrictions.
The convention is open to the public and no collection is taken. For more information on the program or to find other convention locations and dates, please go to jw.org and navigate to the "About Us" tab.