In the face of widespread economic strain, national conflicts and social unrest, surveys indicate that confidence in the future is at an all-time low in many countries, including the Unites …
In the face of widespread economic strain, national conflicts and social unrest, surveys indicate that confidence in the future is at an all-time low in many countries, including the Unites States.
According to the 2023 Edelman Trust Barometer, 24 of the 28 countries surveyed are seeing “all-time lows in the number of people who think their families will be better off in five years.”
Against this backdrop of pessimism, a special global program featuring the theme, “You Can Face the Future With Confidence!” will be held on Sunday, April 2. The free 30-minute presentation will be hosted locally at the Westover Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, with a videoconferencing option available. (Check the “Attend a Meeting” section on the homepage of jw.org for local addresses and meeting times.)
“The challenges we face may seem overwhelming, but the Bible holds out a powerful hope for the future that can help us right now,” said Robert Hendriks, U.S. spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses. “This global program is designed to give all those who attend tangible reasons to face the future with confidence.”
Theodore Bivens of Crisfield felt devastated when he was diagnosed with cancer a few months ago. Because of his study the Bible, however, his outlook has remained steady and increased with hope despite six weeks of radiation and chemotherapy.
“I feel hopeful and look forward to a good future,” said Bivens, who is 83 and looks forward to attending the upcoming special program. “The Bible strengthens my faith and moves me to be confident!”
The special talk is the first of two free programs that will be held in all 118,000 congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses during the first week of April. The public is also invited to join nearly 20 million other global attenders for the annual observance of the Memorial of Jesus Christ’s death, to be held on the evening of Tuesday, April 4.
Admission to both programs is free, and no registration is required. Details on when and where these events will be held locally are available on jw.org, the official website of Jehovah’s Witnesses.