Friday, July 27, 2018

Blogging for Jehovah's Witnesses

Rizal Memorial Stadium

   In 1985 the Jehovah’s Witness sister who was giving me a Bible study took me with her to attend the “Integrity Keepers” Convention held at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila, Philippines.  She called it “international convention” because “Many foreign delegates traveled to the Manila convention, and about 80 percent of these were in some form of full-time service.”  

   I was impressed by the global reach of the organization but I was a Mormon at that time and have seen Latter Day Saints conventions attended by international members.  During those days before the internet, it was rare to behold the global Jehovah’s Witnesses organization.  

   Now, there is social media.  It doesn’t take the place of international conventions.  However, those who can’t afford to travel can now associate with other nationalities by joining Facebook groups of Jehovah’s Witnesses.  The Facebook groups allow us to console the bereaved fellow witnesses in some distant continent, seconds upon finding tragedy or death in the family.  With a click, it allows us to rejoice with brothers and sisters getting wed, having children, graduating and gaining privileges in the congregation.  By sending messages at no cost, it allows close friendship with particular brothers and sisters to continue after moving to another congregation or another state or country.  

   Long before the world found commenting in social media, Jehovah’s Witnesses have always been encouraged to comment during the Watchtower congregation meeting.  We don’t always get to comment about all our opinions and personal takes of Bible incidents and characters.  This led me to blogging.  Blogging is easy.  Here are the steps I took.

1. I gave my blog a title and got a domain name from GoDaddy Inc.
2. I started a free blog from www.blogger.com.  I picked a theme or design, then tweaked it a little to conform to my liking. 

   My Bible comments through my blog has reached countries like Ukraine, France, Russia, etc. with a total pageviews of 177,613.  I can walk to doors my entire life and probably not get to talk to that number of people.  

   The blog is an instrument of preaching that is not included in the Watchtower statistics of preaching progress.  However, Jehovah sees our efforts and “searches through all hearts, and he discerns every inclination of the thoughts” (1Chronicles 28:9)


   Jehovah has allowed the blog and social media to exist.  Now all we need to do is use them for His purpose. 

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