Jehovah’s Witnesses in Bermuda
We see them in their public ministry but how much do we know about Jehovah's Witnesses and their faith?
It involves so much more than simply knocking on doors said Alexander Mosely, the media host co-ordinator for Bermuda.
Jehovah's Witnesses strive to honour “Jehovah, the God of the Bible and the Creator of all things, and do their best to imitate Jesus Christ, the Son of God”. Members come from “hundreds of ethnic and language backgrounds” and are proud to be called Christians.
“Witnesses around the world seek to connect with the hearts of as many people as possible by sharing with them a message of hope and a brighter future,” Mr Mosely said. “You've probably seen us around door-to-door, trying to convey a message to people. But really, we are trying to assist the community in any way that we can. Even though we are out there talking about scriptural things, we want to share how these principles are practical in everyday life.”
Witnesses regularly lend support to people as they cope with deaths in the family; to kids being bullied at school.
Said Mr Mosely: “Social media is out of whack. People are worried about finances. People are just trying to make ends meet. When we go out and talk to people, we are being exposed to all these challenges and we want to help.”
Last year the organisation embarked on a campaign to make their materials and website as accessible to as many people as possible. Jw.org became the leading faith-based website for translation last November with more than 1,000 language options.
Witnesses in Bermuda are now better positioned to communicate with the people they meet through their outreach efforts.
“To reach their heart, we have to first be able to communicate with them,” Mr Mosely said.
“I don't know the exact number of languages spoken in Bermuda, but you can imagine that the number of languages is increasing.
“We have people from so many backgrounds. Aside from Portuguese, we are encountering people with many different native tongues. We want to be able to communicate with them, too. But the message cannot reach them if we don't speak the same language.”
Last month, Bermuda's Jehovah's Witnesses “completed the entire Bible in sign language”. Members believe it will help their efforts to connect people who speak many different languages with the support they provide. Grief, bullying, divided households, relationships, peer pressure and suicide are among the many other topics addressed.
“Our resources provide tools to assist people in all areas of their life. We provide everything that you need to help you to fell better and cope with life in general,” Mr Mosely said.
“The Jehovah's Witness message is a message of hope. We believe that Jehovah has a plan for this earth, and He continues to work to make sure that soon this world will get back to His original plan. This is our hope and you can imagine why it is so important to us to go out and share it. The opportunity that we get to share this message is huge and we take it very seriously.”
•Anyone interested in learning more about the Jehovah's Witnesses faith are encouraged to visit jw.org or attend the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Hamilton, Southampton or St George's