GRAYSLAKE -- 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 United 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 the weekend of April 1-2. The free 30-minute presentation will be hosted locally at Kingdom Halls of Jehovah’s Witnesses throughout northern Lake County, with a videoconferencing option available. Please 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. spokesperson for Jehovah’s Witnesses. “This global program is designed to give all those who attend tangible reasons to face the future with confidence.”
Brian Cousins of Grayslake was searching for spiritual guidance at a critical point in his life. “I felt ill-equipped to handle the problems I faced,” he said. “I wondered where I could go that would help me cope with life’s problems but also provide hope that things would get better.”
Then Cousins began to study the Bible and found a basis for optimism about the future. “My study helped me to see that a personal relationship with the Creator is possible and that he wants all people to enjoy the beautiful hope that he promises,” he said. “My goal now is to share that same hope that helped me through rocky times.”
That desire is motivating Cousins, now one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, to invite as many as possible in his community to the upcoming special talk and Memorial of Jesus Christ’s death.
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.