Jehovah’s Witness convention draws 24,000 to Honolulu

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Some 24,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses are expected to attend their international convention in Honolulu over two weekends, making it one of the largest conventions this year in Hawaii.

Nearly 9,300 delegates from the mainland and ten countries from Asia, South America and Africa attended workshops and Sunday morning sessions at the Hawaii Convention Center, filling the 205,000 square-foot exhibition hall.

“There’s eight thousand, nine thousand of us here, and all one united brotherhood, and we’re just enjoying ourselves here,” said Michael Canalita, a delegate from Ghana.

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Canalita has visited Hawaii before. But several other delegates are here for the first time, and have been playing tourist.

“It was very thrilling for us to drive off and do the circle island tour and to see the ocean,” said Ilori Ogoruvwe, visiting from Nigeria with his wife. “It was breathtaking.”

“We want to say the people are beautiful, not only physically but also the way that they’ve been treating us has been great,” said Alex Nunez of Mexico.

The delegates are expected to spend more than $100 million dollars over the two weekends of the convention.

There are 8,700 Jehovah’s Witnesses in Hawaii, and many of them have been playing host for the visitors.

“One of the things that’ I’m helping with is the evening programs, where we’re putting on a full show for the friends,” said Golden Piihohia. “A lot of our friends have learned hulas, Hawaii dances, some Samoan dances, Filipino dances.”

The last time the Jehovah’s Witness International Convention was held in Hawaii was 2009. That gathering drew 30,000.

Organizers expect 12,000 delegates for the second weekend of the convention, which begins Friday.

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Most Translated Website, JW.ORG

Most Translated Website, JW.ORG – On August 1, 2014, Jehovah’s Witnesses will begin a month-long global distribution of a new tract entitled Where Can WeFind Answers to Life’s Big Questions? to raise awareness of their official website, Accessible in about 500 languages, with publications available for download in almost 700 languages, is the world’s most translated website.

Over one million unique visitors go to each day. The site features articles and videos offering practical advice to people of all ages, backgrounds, and circumstances. One of these videos, entitled Why Study the Bible?, will be linked to a QR code found on the new tract. This video merges live-action elements and animation to illustrate the practical benefits of studying the Bible. It is currently available in over 450 languages and has been downloaded nearly 4 million times since it was released on November 18, 2013.

According to Wikipedia these are the books most translated:

Title Author Year of Publication Number of languages with source Origin / Language
The Bible See Authorship of the Bible See Dating the Bible 2,798 (at least one book)[1]
1,275 (New Testament)[1]
518 (Comprising the complete Bible, both Old & New Testaments, including the Protocanonical books)[1]
Hebrew, Aramaic, Koin? Greek
Listen to God and Live Forever Jehovah’s Witnesses 2011 583[2] United States English
What Does the Bible Really Teach? Jehovah’s Witnesses 2005 548[3] United States English
Listen to God Jehovah’s Witnesses 2011 483[4] United States English
Universal Declaration of Human Rights United Nations Commission on Human Rights 1948 419[5] England English,France French, Spain Spanish
Pinocchio Carlo Collodi 1883 >240[6] Italy Italian
The Watchtower, Announcing Jehovah’s Kingdom Jehovah’s Witnesses 1879–present 220 as of October 2014 (a semimonthly journal, Public Edition)[7] United States English
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint Exupéry 1943 216[8] France French
Pilgrim’s Progress John Bunyan 1678 200,[9] 70 listed at[10] England English
Andersen’s Fairy Tales Hans Christian Andersen 1835–1852 153[11] Denmark Danish
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Jules Verne 1870 147 France French
Steps to Christ Ellen G. White 1892 >135,[12] >140[13] United States English
New World Translation of the Christian Greek Scriptures Jehovah’s Witnesses 1950–2013 >121 (the “New Testament” portion)
>66 (the complete Bible, identified as New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures [Reference Edition of 1984, including newly released Revision of 2013])[14]
United States English
The Adventures of Asterix René Goscinny & Albert Uderzo 1959–2010 112[15] France French
Awake! Jehovah’s Witnesses 1919–present 99 as of January 2014 (a monthly journal)[16] United States English
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll 1865 97[17] England English

2014 Memorial of the Death of Jesus

Memorial of the Death of Jesus

Once each year in thousands of locations worldwide, we commemorate the death of Jesus. We do so because he commanded his followers: “Keep doing this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19)

The next observance will be on Monday, April 14, 2014.

We invite you to join us for this special occasion. This meeting, like all our meetings, is open to the public. Seats are free and no collections are ever taken.

To learn more about our meeting visit:

Jehovah’s Witnesses World Headquarters Historical Exhibit

Jehovah’s Witnesses Headquarters Historical Exhibit

Discover the Christian heritage of Jehovah’s Witnesses as you take a tour through time at the world headquarters historical exhibit in Brooklyn, New York.

Armenia Releases Conscientious Objectors

Armenia Releases Conscientious Objectors

On November 12, 2013, Armenia released all remaining Jehovah’s Witnesses imprisoned for conscientious objection. This video outlines how a historic legal case culminated in the release of these Witnesses.

Download: Armenia Releases Conscientious Objectors


Russian Court to Ban Popular JW.ORG Education Website

JW.ORG to be ban on Russia

JW.ORG to be ban on Russia

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia—On August 7, 2013, the Tsentralniy District Court of the city of Tver, located 100 mi (approx. 160 km) north of Moscow, ruled that the Bible-education website should be banned throughout the Russian Federation.

Although is consulted by hundreds of thousands around the world and is highly regarded by researchers, the court sided with officials seeking to ban the popular website. The court rendered its decision without notifying or taking any testimony from the publishers of the site, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York. Jehovah’s Witnesses are appealing the decision to the Tver Regional Court. The appeal is scheduled to be heard on January 22, 2014.

If the appeal is denied, the website will no longer be available to the over 160,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia, who regularly use the website for religious services and in personal and family Bible study. Promoting the website will then become a criminal act in Russia. Additionally, some 142 million people living in Russia will be restricted from consulting for free information about the Bible. Commenting on the website, Yekaterina Elbakyan, Doctor of Philosophy and expert in religious studies who serves as a professor at the Academy of Labor and Social Relations in Moscow, says that is “a gift for anybody who is engaged in religious research. It provides comprehensive and understandable material. Significant spiritual and moral issues are presented in a simple way. When you use the website, you feel like you are being openly welcomed into the home of Jehovah’s Witnesses.”

Speaking from St. Petersburg, Grigory Martynov, a spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia, states: “The website is a wonderful tool for those in our country searching for information about the Bible and is not politically or commercially affiliated in any way. We hope that the Tver Regional Court will ensure that this popular educational resource remains available for all Russians.”

J. R. Brown, a spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses at their world headquarters in New York, comments: “The website is valued both as a research tool and as a trusted information source for families all over the world. It is so valued that an average of 900,000 people visit the site every day to access positive information available in some 600 languages. Censoring this material is clearly unwarranted.”

Media Contact(s):

International: J. R. Brown, Office of Public Information, tel. +1 718 560 5000

Russia: Grigory Martynov, tel. +7 812 702 2691

Pregnant Nun, Roxana Rodriguez, Gives Birth

freira“I did not know I was pregnant. I only felt a stomach pain,” Roxana Rodriguez, the 31-year-old native of El Salvador, told Italian news agency ANSA from her hospital bed in Rieti. Other new mothers at the hospital started a clothing and donation drive for the nun, who had no clue that she was pregnant. Rodriguez gave birth on Wednesday, according to Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

Rodriguez belongs to a convent in Campomoro known as Little Disciples of Jesus, which is in charge of a home for the elderly.

The unexpectedly pregnant nun, who took vows of chastity, said she would take care of the baby. Her fellow nuns at the convent said they were “very surprised” that one of their own was pregnant.


Jehovah’s Witness couple and their young children found shot dead.

Jehovah’s Witness couple and their young children found shot dead

Jehovah’s Witness couple and their young children found shot dead in two-story home after grim ‘murder suicide’

jw familice murderSheddrick and Kia Miller and their two young children were found Wednesday morning after police were called around 10:30 to the family’s home near Irmo, South Carolina
The man’s mother came across the grisly scene when she hadn’t heard from her son for a number of days and went to check on the family
She immediately called 911 after discovering the bodies scattered throughout the two-story home
A family of Jehovah’s Witnesses have been found dead in their South Carolina home after what police say was a shocking murder-suicide.

The bodies of a couple – believed to be Sheddrick and Kia Miller – and their two young children were found Wednesday morning scattered throughout the family’s two-story home near Irmo.

Police were called to the home around 10:30 a.m. after man’s mother discovered the grim scene.
The children were found dead in their respective bedrooms, and the two adults were found together in the master bedroom, Richland County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Curtis Wilson told the Charlotte Observer.

Each of the four was shot in the upper body and a handgun, the presumed murder weapon, was found near the father, Wilson said.

He said initial evidence suggested a domestic disturbance. Investigators are checking records to see if there had been any prior domestic violence calls made to the house.
The family has not been officially identified but Richland County property records show the Millers owned the house. Friends also identified the dead as the Miller family.

The children’s grandmother went to check on the young family after she hadn’t heard from her son for a number of days, Wilson said. She immediately called police after discovering them dead.

According to property records, the Millers bought the lovely home in the Riverwalk neighborhood in 2012.

Wilson said the forensic team were trying to determine when the four were killed.
amily friend Rachel Hinson, 25, described them as a good family and said the children were both under the age of five.

She told the Observer she had attended bible study at the Millers’ home and went to Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses with them.

‘It’s confusing, and it’s not understandable why something like that would happen,’ said Hinson, who’s grandmother lives near the home.

South Carolina is the worst of all 50 states when it comes to domestic homicides, according to a report by the Violence Policy Center in Washington.

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