Jehovah’s Witnesses Resume Public Ministry Two Years After Going Virtual
If you happen to be in Tha Phae Gate this week, you may notice that a pre-pandemic fixture is back on the sidewalks: smiling faces standing next to colorful carts featuring a positive message and free Bible-based literature.
Thousands of these carts will be rolling down the streets of communities all across the world this week as Jehovah’s Witnesses recommence their global public preaching work some 24 months after putting it on pause due to the pandemic. Jehovah’s Witnesses in Thailand happily participate in this activity in many areas such as public parks, markets, shopping malls etc. “Our public ministry has given us the opportunity to spread a positive message to our neighbors on their own terms. When they see the positive message on our sign, many want to come up and talk. We’ve had the chance to meet so many people who appreciate the work we are doing and have been positively affected by it,” said one local volunteer.
“While we understand that the pandemic is not over, we are entering into a phase of learning to live with COVID. We are sensitive to the risks that still face our communities and our volunteers. That is why we would like to be very cautious.” said Mr.Sattaya Phongsri, spokesperson for Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Mobile displays of Bible-based literature have been part of Jehovah’s Witnesses’ public ministry in the U.S. since 2011. While “cart witnessing” began in large metropolitan areas around the world, they quickly spread to the tens of thousands of smaller communities, becoming a fixture in rail and bus stations, airports, harbors and main streets.
To learn more about Jehovah’s Witnesses, their history, beliefs and activities, visit their official website jw.org, featuring content in more than 1,000 languages.