Annual convention brings Witnesses together
Monday, 30 July 2012 by Ashley Corn
Saturday at the Bell County Expo Center was a very special day for members of the Jehovah's Witness community.
"Brothers" and "Sisters" of all ages were baptized in front of more than 5,000 on-lookers and proud family members.
"This baptism is a very significant event in all of these people's lives," Jehovah's Witness News Service member Jaie Simon said. "It's an outward symbol to show that they have made a dedication in their hearts to serve Jehovah from here on out."
Baptism is an important part in their lives and is required to become an official witness of Jehovah. Each person climbed into a pool set up inside the Expo Center, and were baptized by Greg Williams from Copperas Cove and William Foster from San Antonio
One 16 year old young man's day finally came.
"I feel pretty great...I feel amazing," Nick Vanhook from Lampassas said. "I've been looking forward to this for a long time."
Vanhook said that when you have matured spiritually, then you're ready to be baptized.
"This is a very special and delightful part of the program," Tad Curtis, Convention Overseer said. "It's such an encouraging time for families. Hopefully they all leave refreshed."
The bible is used as a mirror to see how we are viewed by God Curtis stated.
"No one is perfect. We all have areas we can work and improve in," Curtis said. "We interact with families, touch base on life decisions, how we communicate with others, the way we see things. This whole program leaves everyone feeling encouraged and happier."
Simon mentioned that their way of baptizing differs from other religions because rather than getting baptized as a baby, the person decides on his or her own when they're spiritually ready.
"It gives them a better understanding of the whole thing so they can fully grasp it," Simon said.
The Jehovah's Witness convention will be at the Expo Center until Aug. 19th.
"We are being treated so well here in Belton. Our stays are always great," Curtis said. "The value of community here is much appreciated and we are truly, truly grateful of the kindness we have received from everyone."
For more information on event dates and times call David Murray at (210) 602-2200.