Jehovah’s Witnesses are organising 39 regional conventions – in six languages – at 22 different venues across the country, the organisation said yesterday.

The first of the 39 three-day events will kick-start in Harare on July 31 at 0920hrs at the Harare Assembly Hall along Simon Mazorodze/Bredon roads through October 11.

This comes after the Witnesses held their first international convention in Zimbabwe last year which brought over 5 000 international delegates from mainly the United States, Brazil, Germany and other countries.

Convention spokesperson Effort Mugabe yesterday said the theme for this year’s programme was Imitate Jesus! and will be conducted in sign language, Ndebele, Shona, English, Tonga and Swahili.

Mugabe said the organisation was extending an open invitation for all to attend their nearest regional convention across Zimbabwe.

According to Mugabe, the conventions will examine Jesus’ life, as outlined in the Bible, and emphasise how all – regardless of their background, lifestyle or religion – can benefit in practical ways from His example and teachings.

He also said a moving two-part theatrical production will portray significant events in Jesus’ life while interviews and demonstrations will feature practical ways to imitate Jesus today. A special Bible discourse entitled Jesus Christ, World Conqueror—How and When? will be presented on Sunday morning.

“Jesus, the founder of Christianity, is widely considered as one of the most influential and significant men who ever lived. As Christians, a core belief of Jehovah’s Witnesses is that Jesus lived His life as a model for us to follow,” Mugabe said.

“A highlight of the programme will be the keynote address on Friday morning, entitled Concealed in Him Are All the Treasures of Wisdom.”

Starting at the weekend, and continuing for the next 10 weeks, the Witnesses will extend personal invitations to everyone from all over the country to attend the convention.

In addition, all congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses across the country will help distribute printed invitations to the convention.

An estimated 2 500 congregants each weekend will meet at the Harare Assembly Hall for the Bible-based programmes.

“There is no admission fee. Conventions of Jehovah’s Witnesses are supported entirely by voluntary donations,” Mugabe said.

There are over 43 000 Witnesses in Zimbabwe while worldwide there are over 8 million of them in more than 115 000 congregations.