Jehovah’s Witness Convention Brings Big Business to NEPA

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WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP – The first of four Jehovah’s Witness Conventions have started at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, but some people are already talking about where the event will be held next year.

Organization spokesman Larry Andrews of Jersey Shore said the four weekend-long events are expected to attract 30,000 people from dozens of congregations this summer.

“We`re going to focus on how that kingdom can be part of our lives and make us better families, better humans, able to cope with things. Even help us with stresses of daily life,” said Andrews. "We've got every hotel filled from Hazleton to Scranton, plus the restaurants will benefit. And we love the way they show us hospitality every year in this area.”

Andrews said the convention-goers from parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York will bring in at least $12 million in revenue to the region.

"I’m very happy that this little town was able to host us,” said Charlyn Thompson of Norrisville. “We really appreciate it.”

Kherisma Smith of Philadelphia said she was excited to see two new hotels under construction near the arena because her group couldn’t book rooms nearby.

"It’s 40 minutes away,” said Smith.

Officials at the Luzerne County Convention Center Authority recently announced plans for an expansion, in part, to compete with a new arena being built in Allentown.

Officials with the Jehovah’s Witness Convention said they have not yet decided where next year’s event will be held.


  • Alex

    Watchtower 1938 Sep 1 pp.269-270
    “To be sure, no man can say precisely what day or yearJehovah’s battle at Armageddon will be fought, but it is easy to be seen that now conditions among the people are such as to indicate that a great crisis is near. … God’s kingdom has begun to operate. His day of vengeance is here, and his terrible battle at Armageddon is near and certain to fall upon ‘Christendom’, and that within an early date. God’s judgment is upon ‘Christendom’ and must shortly be executed….”

  • Alex

    The Watchtower Organization and the Jehovah’s Witness religion is only 140 years old. Started by Charles Taze Russel. This group is like the Mormons but both claim that they are the modern Organization of Christians.
    All one has to do is Google to find out all the false teachings, flip flops and twisting of scriptures but this group forbids you from doing any research outside their current Watchtower material.
    Shunning is the outcome if you disagree with the low profile leaders. They call themselves the ‘governing body’ a term that is found nowhere in the bible. These handful of men claim only they can understand the bible (they are the real organization) and therefore they are definitely a high control group.
    First lie you will hear is ‘would you like a free bible study’? It turns out to be a lifetime of Watchtower publications you study. This way things that are not important can be made to appear as such, things that are can be diminished and other strange teachings can be mixed in to the unsuspecting convert.

  • Bryan

    To all the dedicated and devout Jehovah’s Witnesses, may Jehovah continue to bless you and to guide you with His holy spirit. You are truly a class organization and an inspiration to all those seeking to serve the One and only true God,,Jehovah and to follow in the footsteps of his son Jesus Christ.

  • Anna

    Isn’t it fantastic to see such a variety of people all getting along with one another? They completely cleaned the arena, no one smokes, no fighting. Peace and love. An example for everyone!

  • BastiatRules

    Morons? You don’t have to talk to them, you know. You don’t even have to answer the door. I’m not a big fan of their religion either, but it’s not like they’re sticking a sack over your head, and throwing you in the back of a van. I find that people who like to stuff their progressive agendas down our throats(white privilege, global warming, etc.) are far more irritating, pushy, and relentless than these folks.

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