The Jehovah’s Witnesses announced that large international conventions will be held in various locations throughout the earth during the 2014 calendar year in addition to the normally scheduled district conventions. You will also be happy to learn that the Governing Body is arranging to assist field missionaries, traveling overseers in foreign service, Bethelites in foreign service, international servants, and selected other special full time servants in foreign service to return to their homeland at the time of these conventions.

“What they told me is the decision has been made nationally to downsize the number of conventions from 400 to 100. They’re simply consolidating,” said Kris Watkins, president and CEO of the Tri-Cities Visitor & Convention Bureau in Kennewick.

Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2013/08/01/2500842/jehovahs-witnesses-convention.html#storylink=cpy

What exciting news we all received in our congregations recently about International conventions being planned as shown below. Even though the IDCs are for approved delegates only, the BCT excursions are for everyone; delegates and Non-delegates:

Athens Greece – June 2014
Frankfurt Germany – July 2014
London England – August 2014
Melbourne Australia – October 2014
Mexico City Mexico – October/November 2014
Quito Ecuador – January 2015
United States – Arlington Texas June & July 2014
Houston Texas June 2014
Maryland, Atlanta Georgia August 2014
(more information forthcoming)

Those who qualify to be assisted will receive further information in the coming months. By 2014, five years will have passed since similar arrangements were made by the organization.

The Governing Body is pleased to make this arrangement for these brothers and sisters who have willingly left homes, parents, and an accustomed way of life for the sake of the good news.(Mark 10:29, 30) Their attendance at conventions in 2014 will lead to an interchange of encouragement.-1 Thess. 5:11.

To learn more about the dates and locations visit http://www.jw.org (78)