Jehovah’s Witnesses reflect on a year of no knocking on doors and in-person meetings

Published: May. 4, 2021 at 6:05 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - It was the end of March with Jehovah’s Witnesses closed their Kingdom Halls, moved meetings online and started writing letters instead of sharing their faith with neighbors door to door.

Robert Hendriks, the U.S. Jehovah’s Witnesses Spokesman, said their virtual meetings and letter writing has gone well so far, but it isn’t perfect. They are working on accommodating people on an individualized basis if something isn’t working for them.

Hendriks adds the shift in ministry is still getting through to community members. He shared a story about a member of law enforcement finding inspiration from a letter written by a Jehovah’s Witness. “It’s those kind of experiences that are happening everywhere that are helping us to see that our ministry is still effective,” Hendriks said.

Jehovah’s Witnesses value other’s safety and they plan to keep writing letters and having meetings virtually. “Even when the community spread has gone down and when this is in our rearview mirror we still wonder at what point our neighbors will feel comfortable with us knocking on doors,” Hendriks said.

Hendriks adds they also plan to hold their large summer conference online for the second year in a row.

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