Full Immersion Baptism Marks Special Day for Many
Philipsburg, St. Maarten – Latoya James of Philipsburg, St.Maarten, eagerly anticipates August 5th, 2023, the day she will step into the pool on site of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Cayhill to get baptized.
“My mom has taught me the truth from young and I have longed to become a baptized servant of Jehovah so I am happy and joyful for this day to come, even though I know it will come along with its challenges,” said 11-year-old Latoya James, who studied the Bible with her mom for [three] years before making this decision.
Hundreds will look on as Latoya joins other congregants who will also be fully immersed in the baptismal pool, a highlight of the three-day “Exercise Patience”! Regional Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses. The Saturday morning session begins at 9:20 a.m. and culminates with a talk preceding the baptism event. Another highlight of the convention’s second day will be the first of a two-part prerecorded Bible drama.
“The Saturday program at our annual conventions is always a highlight of the three days,’” said Ange Cheraldini, spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses. “The significance of the baptism and the powerfully compelling drama in the afternoon make quite an impact on those attending.”
Jehovah’s Witnesses have been holding public conventions in stadiums, arenas, convention centers, and theaters around the world for more than 100 years prior to April 2020, when the organization canceled all their in-person events around the world. After resuming smaller in-person meetings and their public ministry during 2022, the summer of 2023 marks the first time they will gather at much larger regional events around the world.
The convention is open to the public and no collection is taken. For more information on the program or to find other convention locations and dates, please go to jw.org and navigate to the “About Us” tab.