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Jehovah’s Witnesses returning to door knocking after 2 pandemic years off

Washington Post : By Adelle M. Banks,August 24, 2022

Robert Hendriks, a U.S. spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses, said the decision, announced earlier this month, was the “next logical step in this ‘living with covid’ phase.” The Sept. 1 return of door knocking will join other outreach efforts the group has maintained over the past couple of years.

“Even though we have had a very productive two and a half years — letter writing, virtual Bible study, telephone witnessing — we recognize that the primary way that we reach our neighbors is by going to their door,” Hendriks said in an interview. “And when we do that, we have meaningful conversations and meaningful follow-up conversations, which is much more difficult in other aspects of our ministry.”

Door knocking has been not only a physical mainstay for Jehovah’s Witnesses but also a practice they have fought for in courtrooms. Most notably, they recently marked the 20th anniversary of the 8-to-1 Supreme Court decision Watchtower v. Village of Stratton, in which they — and other groups that stand on strangers’ stoops — were victorious in protecting the right to continue door knocking without governmental permission.

The faith group’s decision to return to people’s doorsteps is a global one, but the way conversations will take place will depend on the people having the interaction, said Hendriks, whose branch is based in the Hudson River Valley town of Wallkill, N.Y.

Will people be masked? Will they be socially distant? Will they be invited in?

“It’s really going to be a very individual decision based not only on the feeling of the congregant, but also on the feeling of the householder,” he said.

The return to door knocking comes at the same time that Jehovah’s Witnesses are launching a global campaign about an interactive Bible study program that was developed during the pandemic and involves an instructor and a student. Bible studies can be held in person as of Sept. 1 as well, Hendriks said.

While congregants gathered online for two years before April, the faith group said there were more than 400,000 newly baptized Witnesses who joined some of the 120,000 congregations across the world.Like other faith groups that had to resort to new ways of conducting baptisms, Jehovah’s Witnesses found alternatives to the rituals that usually occurred at their conventions, where hundreds were baptized in a facility.

“Our baptisms for the last three years have all been done at private locations, following covid protocols, at outside pools” and other sites, Hendriks said. “Some have happened in lakes. Some have happened in bathtubs.” Sometimes they were live-streamed to a local congregation.

Hendriks said Witnesses hope baptisms will soon return to the convention setting. Such large events are expected to restart in 2023.

The faith group claims 8.6 million adherents in its congregations, known as Kingdom Halls, across 239 countries. Hendriks said there are 1.3 million adherents attending about 12,800 Kingdom Halls in the United States, usually twice a week for midweek and weekend gatherings.

Ahead of the door-knocking decision, on May 31, Jehovah’s Witnesses leaders restarted the “cart witnessing” ministry, in which people stand on corners and offer the faith’s magazines or answer questions posed by passersby.

Hendriks called the door-to-door visits the most courageous form of ministry in his faith — and one that now, “in a very different world,” will be even more so.

“There’s no doubt that this mixture of excitement and a level of anxiety is there for all of us, and we’re looking forward to getting back in our communities and seeing the reaction of our neighbors and being able to meet them once again,” he said. “Once the first few months happen, I think the anxiety will kind of abate a bit and we’ll be back in our normal routine.”



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Watchtower seems inconsistent with their rules. The shot has had tons of adverse events but they say to trust the GB, that the shots are from God! Really? Or do you rather mean Sa...n? Any shot has some adverse events, but the GB deny it! These shots have many times more! Obviously Watchtower has an agenda and is doing everything like Main Stream Media is, but they need Hendrix here to drum up the attention to the religion that isn’t doing its “signature activities.” So I guess it’s go time, throw caution to the wind! Let’s hope the JWs do their research before they mask up and get more jabbed than a pin cushion! Oh yeah, CDC has admitted lots…

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I just think it’s really weird that they announce this when the WHO is acting all concerned, declaring Monkey Pox an “International Threat” but I personally think the pox really is adverse events from the jabs, and the Pfizer documents adverse event pages (29-38, I think) mentions Shingles and Kaposi Sarcoma, and other rashes identical looking to the pox, but being that the WHO said it could be MP, well, and Watchtower follows EVERYTHING THEY SAY...What are they trying to do? Get the people to infect each other? Well, actually, like if they take the Live Atenuated Virus injection for MP, that live virus now injected into you, CAN replicate, and be transmitted to the next person, and unknowingly people…

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