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|Jehovah's Witnesses' Year Without Knocking On Doors by Janosky: 8:03am On May 15|
Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Year Without Knocking on Doors
April 18, 2021, 1:16 pm | in
Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Year Without Knocking on Doors
It’s been one year since Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide adjusted their hallmark methods of sharing comfort and hope from the scriptures due to the pandemic.
For many, the change from ringing doorbells and knocking on doors to making phone calls and writing letters expanded and invigorated their ministry.
“Witnesses have embraced this shift, finding the good in these trying times,” said Joseph Castano, who reports a 30 percent increase in the Witnesses’ preaching activity in his region of northern Virginia and nearby parts of West Virginia. “In fact, I hear many saying, ‘I’m able to do more now.’”
In March 2020, the some 1.3 million Witnesses in the United States suspended their door-to-door and face-to-face forms of public ministry and moved congregation meetings to videoconferencing.
“It has been a very deliberate decision based on two principles: our respect for life and love of neighbor,” said Robert Hendriks, U.S. spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses. “But we are still witnesses and, as such, we must testify about our faith. So it was inevitable that we would find a way to continue our work.”
In the bitterly cold winters of Arden Hills, Minnesota, Terri Whitmore normally bundles up for the door-to-door ministry in a long down coat and snow boots—sometimes with removable cleats to help navigate icy sidewalks.
Now she sits at her dining room table, sips on hot tea, and calls people on her cell phone to share the same message. In December, she conducted more than twice as many Bible studies than in any prior month. “I’m having a blast,” she said. “After a nice phone call, it energizes you. You can’t wait to make the next call.”
Her “go-to” topics for conversation with her neighbors are COVID-19, civil unrest, and government. “Some people feel like they have nothing secure to hold on to,” she said. “The power of God’s word is amazing. You can just share a scripture and you feel like they’re settling down.”
Nearly 51,000 people in the United States last year made a request for a Witness to contact them, either through a local congregation or jw.org, the organization’s official website, according to Hendriks. Since the outbreak, the Witnesses have followed up on these requests via letters and phone calls instead of in-person visits.
“Our love for our neighbors is stronger than ever,” said Hendriks. “In fact, I think we have needed each other more than ever. We are finding that people are perplexed, stressed, and feeling isolated. Our work has helped many regain a sense of footing – even normalcy – at a very unsettled time.”
Jayne Barnard, a central New Jersey native, frequently visited her neighbors as part of her public ministry prior to the pandemic. At the age of 83, she has spent the last 43 years preaching in nearby towns and hamlets. Barnard said she misses seeing her neighbors in person. “Before the lockdown, I spent much time going door-to-door,” she said. But at times she could not engage in this part of her ministry as much as she would like.
Now, Barnard participates in virtual ministry groups, reaching out to others via phone calls and letters. “We are still going strong,” she said. “There is no interruption in our ministry.”
Barnard said at first, not seeing those she was speaking with was difficult, but she found she can spend even more time in her ministry from home. “I appreciate that we are still reaching people,” she said.
In the rural areas of Salina, Kansas, where the wheat and corn fields stretch for acres, the Milbradt family sometimes drives miles from one house to the next to reach their neighbors. Now, instead of buying gasoline to fill up their vehicle for the ministry, they spend money on paper, envelopes, stamps, and crayons.
“We look for ways to add variety to our ministry,” said Zeb Milbradt. He and his wife, Jenny, help their boys—Colton, 8, and Benjamin, 6—write letters to children’s book authors, local police, and hospital workers. Sometimes the boys even include with the letters hand-drawn pictures of the Bible’s promise of a global paradise.
“We’ve been able to get the message to people who we wouldn’t necessarily reach otherwise,” said Jenny Milbradt.
A letter Benjamin sent to nurses at a regional health center included a quote from the Bible’s prophecy at Isaiah 33:24 of a coming time when no one will say, “I am sick.” The center’s marketing secretary replied to Benjamin, informing him that she scanned and emailed his letter to 2,000 employees. It “made so many people smile,” she said.
Witnesses have also made a concerted effort to check on distant friends and family—sometimes texting links to Bible-based articles on jw.org that cover timely topics, such as isolation, depression, and how to beat pandemic fatigue.
“Former Bible students have started studying again,” said Tony Fowler, who helps organize the ministry in the northern portion of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.
“Colleagues at work have now started to show interest. Some have started Bible studies with family members who showed very little interest before the pandemic.”
Castano has been reaching out to Witnesses who had long ago stopped associating with fellow Witnesses. “The pandemic has reignited their spirituality,” he said, adding that many are attending virtual meetings with some sharing in telephone witnessing and letter writing even after decades of inactivity. “It’s been pretty outstanding,” he said.
Fowler and Castano both report about a 20 percent increase in online meeting attendance. But perhaps the most significant growth is in an area that cannot be measured by numbers.
“I think we’ve grown as a people,” Fowler said. “We’ve grown in appreciation for other avenues of the ministry, our love for our neighbor, and love for one another. We’re a stronger people because of all of this, and that’s a beautiful thing to see.”
For more information on the activities of Jehovah’s Witnesses, visit their website jw.org, with content available in over 1,000 languages.
|Re: Jehovah's Witnesses' Year Without Knocking On Doors by stupidmod3: 8:12am On May 15|
this yr they reduce well
cause of insecurity
n people belive less in their crap
|Re: Jehovah's Witnesses' Year Without Knocking On Doors by Janosky: 8:19am On May 15|
stupidmod3:More people than ever before now request for Bible study online through JWs official website.
You no dey see the fulfilment of Matt 24:3-14 korokoro?
You can continue DECEIVING yourself.
|Re: Jehovah's Witnesses' Year Without Knocking On Doors by stupidmod3: 8:21am On May 15|
deceive ur self also
|Re: Jehovah's Witnesses' Year Without Knocking On Doors by OceanEye: 8:32am On May 15|
Jehovah witnesses guys are admirable and I remember how I almost fell into them during my naivety.
|Re: Jehovah's Witnesses' Year Without Knocking On Doors by chatinent(m): 8:34am On May 15|
The world most peaceful people.
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|Re: Jehovah's Witnesses' Year Without Knocking On Doors by Janosky: 8:44am On May 15|
Stupidity raised to the third degree.
|Re: Jehovah's Witnesses' Year Without Knocking On Doors by stupidmod3: 8:45am On May 15|
look at the fool preaching here.
|Re: Jehovah's Witnesses' Year Without Knocking On Doors by DappaD: 9:19am On May 15|
Truly remarkable I tell you how Jehovah enabled his people to make use of world‘s technologies to continue meeting together to remain spiritually strong(Hebrews 10:24-25) so Jehovah’s promise to us that we’ll drink the milk of the nations has not gone unfulfilled since then. Isaiah 60:16
Jehovah’s Witnesses continue to share comfort and hope from the Scriptures(Romans 15:4) through their preaching and teaching work in the difficult and unfavorable times we have found ourselves in. 2Timothy 4:2
|Re: Jehovah's Witnesses' Year Without Knocking On Doors by Janosky: 9:30am On May 15|
stupidmod3:Sifia pains of a bigot.
Matthew 24:14,JWs love & obey Jesus.
Real fools don't.
|Re: Jehovah's Witnesses' Year Without Knocking On Doors by stupidmod3: 9:36am On May 15|
lol extremist spotted, u sound like the pastor say pastor say type.
like d one with a pastor who sleeps with female in church but will find nothing wrong with it.
someone opposes u n u quote bible but don't seem to know what u talking about.
u are the fool.
a fool won't know he/she is a fool until u been made aware of.
slowpoke with a bible.
|Re: Jehovah's Witnesses' Year Without Knocking On Doors by Janosky: 9:41am On May 15|
stupidmod3:Bros, you have the right to shout upandan and expose your bigotry.
I won't stop you.
|Re: Jehovah's Witnesses' Year Without Knocking On Doors by stupidmod3: 9:48am On May 15|
hold ur head n say this prayer, i(say ur name).
am a failure, lord i cant preach ur word without insulting those who oppose me give (say ur name) sense, so i can b less stupid
|Re: Jehovah's Witnesses' Year Without Knocking On Doors by MaxInDHouse(m): 11:39am On May 15|
Kicking off from 1919 after the release of the Governing Body from prison and order to stop going from door to door was issued at exactly 100 years later due to Covid19 made one of my Bibles studies suspicious, he asked me Please what will happen next?
|Re: Jehovah's Witnesses' Year Without Knocking On Doors by Propheticdavid: 12:47pm On May 15|
i observed that jehoval witness dont engage in house to house anymore in my area
|Re: Jehovah's Witnesses' Year Without Knocking On Doors by LordReed(m): 12:49pm On May 15|
|Re: Jehovah's Witnesses' Year Without Knocking On Doors by LordReed(m): 12:52pm On May 15|
How is 2020 exactly 100 years from 1919? You don't know how to count again?
|Re: Jehovah's Witnesses' Year Without Knocking On Doors by haddeylium(m): 1:47pm On May 15|
We've stopped calling from house-to-house for about a year due to the Pandemic. This is out respect for keeping free of contaminating either our loving neighbor or ourselves with the corona virus. But, we still engage in other forms of preaching like letterwriting, on media, phonecalls.
The end has not yet come, so we'll continue spreading the Goodnews about God's Kingdom.
You can visit Jw.org for more information
|Re: Jehovah's Witnesses' Year Without Knocking On Doors by achorladey: 2:57pm On May 15|
No allow am surprise you oooo. Na their mode of operations be that. Awon the only true religion people
|Re: Jehovah's Witnesses' Year Without Knocking On Doors by achorladey: 3:03pm On May 15|
You know am now. No be today you Sabi Max. One begin to wonder, what is the correlation between year 1919 and Covid-19 that brought lockdowns all the world in year 2020?
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|Re: Jehovah's Witnesses' Year Without Knocking On Doors by achorladey: 3:04pm On May 15|
Provide him with the history of your organization from then till now. He will understand your question very well
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|Re: Jehovah's Witnesses' Year Without Knocking On Doors by achorladey: 3:05pm On May 15|
Janosky follow the instructions and directions oooo. Just like I too dey tell you before this time.
|Re: Jehovah's Witnesses' Year Without Knocking On Doors by achorladey: 3:15pm On May 15|
Even without statistic you know. See below the last bullet point and see indeed that they reduce well.....
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|Re: Jehovah's Witnesses' Year Without Knocking On Doors by achorladey: 3:31pm On May 15|
Instructions captured like this in the image below shows how indeed request for Bible study online is increasing and the minutes required at the end of every month from "publishers" is increasing in multiples too. Well, what do I know?
|Re: Jehovah's Witnesses' Year Without Knocking On Doors by Propheticdavid: 3:32pm On May 15|
haddeylium:ive noticed it b4 the pandemic like 3years now if not more
|Re: Jehovah's Witnesses' Year Without Knocking On Doors by stupidmod3: 3:45pm On May 15|
they are like extremist only without the bomb on their chest
|Re: Jehovah's Witnesses' Year Without Knocking On Doors by KNOWMORE56: 4:14pm On May 15|
[/b]"this yr they reduce well..."[b]
This is the very reason for this article... they are looking for a way to console themselves.
|Re: Jehovah's Witnesses' Year Without Knocking On Doors by KNOWMORE56: 4:27pm On May 15|
The same experience with me... some times I would say may be it's because the Catholic communities in my area have told their members to always reject them ( JWs).
|Re: Jehovah's Witnesses' Year Without Knocking On Doors by Janosky: 6:03pm On May 15|
KNOWMORE56:You can't point to anything untrue in the Original Post.
Be DECEIVING yourself.
|Re: Jehovah's Witnesses' Year Without Knocking On Doors by Janosky: 6:07pm On May 15|
stupidmod3:Your claim is FALSE.
You don't have to label baseless accusations even though you disagree with our beliefs.
JWs are the most peaceful, law abiding group in the world.
|Re: Jehovah's Witnesses' Year Without Knocking On Doors by Janosky: 6:08pm On May 15|
KNOWMORE56:See this Bros DECEIVING himself
|Re: Jehovah's Witnesses' Year Without Knocking On Doors by MaxInDHouse(m): 6:16pm On May 15|
Do you still remember the name given to the Pandemic that made JWs order all members to stop what they began in 1919?
Well let me remind you that it's called Covid19 because it surfaced in the year 2019.
So from 1919 that they were released, something strange happen exactly a 100 years later to make them give another order for all members to stop going from house to house!
You are looking at the matter from the viewpoint of an atheist but my Bible student knew that it's a spirit that's giving the order not just the Governing Body that we're seeing!
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