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Large Gisborne group to travel to Jehovah's convention

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ABOUT 200 Gisborne residents will travel to Auckland next weekend for one of 12 annual Jehovah’s Witness conventions taking place across the country.

“It’s a highlight of our theocratic year,” said Stewart Walker, an elder at the local Matthews Road congregation.

“It’s an important part of our worship, a great opportunity to meet up with old friends, and a nice time for our young people to meet other young people,” he said.

Organisers are expecting an attendance of more than 15,000 at the conferences which are part of a world series organised by the international group Jehovah’s Witnesses.

The three-day convention, which focuses on loyalty, will feature guest speakers, discussions and a full length video drama.

“We usually have one or two overseas speakers but we normally do not know who they are until the event. This is because what is said is normally much more important that who said it,” said Per Anderson, conference media services overseer.


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