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‘Remain loyal to Jehovah’



Staff Reporter

THETSANE – For the past two weeks, ’Matlotlisang Morake, 44, has been crisscrossing the length and breadth of Thetsane on a special campaign with a simple message.

As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Morake spends 70 hours every month preaching what she says is a positive message from the Bible.

Over the past two weeks, however, she has been engaged in a special campaign to invite her neighbours to a three-day convention to be held at Setsoto Stadium starting next Friday.

The theme of the convention is Remain Loyal to Jehovah.

“The response has been truly phenomenal. This is because the majority of Basotho have a deep respect for the Bible,” she says.

But why knock at people’s doors?

Morake says it is important to preach from house-to-house to obey Jesus’ command to “go and make disciples”.

“I love Jehovah, I love the people. For us, the preaching work is like rescue work, we want to save lives.”

As a full-time preacher of the “good news”, Morake devotes 840 hours a year in the preaching work.

While respecting the people’s individual choices in matters of religion Morake says she feels an obligation to go out and spread the word and help people develop a relationship with God and remain loyal to him.

She says this year’s convention theme will help people develop a closer relationship with their God and will also help family members to be loyal to each other.

“We are encouraging people to attend. Many people are struggling to be loyal to God. The issue of loyalty is also under serious attack in some families. This convention will help us develop this quality of loyalty and show us how we can improve our personality and live a better life even under trying circumstances.”

A spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses, Khotso Pitso, said “loyalty is an essential part of any healthy relationship”.

“The convention will feature talks and videos that will help people develop stronger bonds with friends, family members and with God,” he said.

The three-day programme will feature 49 presentations each focusing on the theme of “loyalty”. There will also be 35 video segments plus two feature-length films which will be shown on Saturday and Sunday.

The film, Hope for what you do not see, a remake of the story of Job in a modern setting, will highlight the practical lessons we can learn about remaining loyal despite intense suffering.

The other feature film, O Jehovah I trust in you, will illustrate how King Hezekiah “held fast to Jehovah” while being besieged by his enemies and the lessons we can draw from his story.

The other highlight of the convention will be a public discourse with the theme, When will loyal love triumph over hatred?

There will also be a baptism session for new converts.

Each morning session will kick off with special music videos. The convention will draw delegates from all the 10 districts of Lesotho.

There are about 4 000 Jehovah’s Witnesses in Lesotho.

Jehovah’s Witnesses Quick Facts

  1. They worship the one true and Almighty God, the Creator, whose name is Jehovah.
  2. They recognise the Bible as God’s inspired message to humans. They base their beliefs on all 66 of its books, which include both the “Old Testament” and the “New Testament.” Professor Jason D. BeDuhn aptly described it when he wrote that Jehovah’s Witnesses built “their system of belief and practice from the raw material of the Bible without predetermining what was to be found there.”

While they accept the entire Bible, they say they are not fundamentalists.

  1. They follow the teachings and example of Jesus Christ and honor him as their Savior and as the Son of God. Thus, they are Christians. However, they say they have learned from the Bible that Jesus is not Almighty God and that there is no Scriptural basis for the Trinity doctrine.
  2. The Kingdom of God. They believe the Kingdom of God is a real government in heaven, not a condition in the hearts of Christians. It will replace human governments and accomplish God’s purpose for the earth.
  3. Jesus is the King of God’s Kingdom in heaven. He began ruling in 1914
  4. Jehovah God, Jesus Christ, and the faithful angels reside in the spirit realm. A relatively small number of people—144,000—will be resurrected to life in heaven to rule with Jesus in the Kingdom
  5. God created the earth to be mankind’s eternal home. God will bless obedient people with perfect health and everlasting life in an earthly paradise.—.
  6. People who die pass out of existence. They do not suffer in a fiery hell of torment. God will bring billions back from death by means of a resurrection. However, those who refuse to learn God’s ways after being raised to life will be destroyed forever with no hope of a resurrection.

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