2017 Yearbook of Jehovah’s Witnesses

Read about the activities of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the country of Georgia and around the world.

A Letter From the Governing Body

They express their love and appreciation for Jehovah’s Witnesses around the world.

Giving Priority to the Global Preaching Work

How have former members of the Bethel family adapted to new circumstances in the field?

“You Are the Best Neighbors”

On the weekend of May 7 and 8, 2016, an open house featuring a historical Bible display gave a fine witness to the neighbors of Brooklyn Bethel.

A New Meeting for Our Christian Life and Ministry

In January 2016, changes were made to the format of midweek congregation meetings worldwide.

JW Broadcasting ‘Gives Us Strength and Refreshment!’

JW Broadcasting was launched in 2014 and now reaches audiences in over 90 languages. How have viewers reacted?

Branch Dedications

The dedications of new branch facilities in Armenia and Kyrgyzstan were thrilling occasions for local Witnesses.

2016 Legal Report

What legal issues did the Witnesses face during 2016?

Dispatches—News From Around the World

Updates on the activities of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Argentina, Belize, Burundi, Congo (Kinshasa), Germany, Italy, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, and Uganda.


Read personal experiences and highlights of the Bible education work being done by Jehovah’s Witnesses in Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Malawi, Togo, and Sierra Leone.

The Americas

Experiences from Brazil, Haiti, Mexico, the United States, and Venezuela.

Asia and the Middle East

Highlights from Hong Kong, Mongolia, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka.


Read experiences from Azerbaijan, Britain, Bulgaria, Georgia, Denmark, Hungary, Norway, and Ukraine.


Highlights and experiences from Australia, Guam, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, and Timor-Leste.

An Overview of Georgia

Get a quick summary of the geography, people, customs, and unique language of this country on the Black Sea.

Early Truth-Seekers

Appreciative persons who learned Bible truth elsewhere came to Georgia and spread the Kingdom message.

Meetings Help All to Grow in Faith

How did Christian meetings and Georgian-language publications lay the foundation for future growth?

I Yearned for a Change in My Life

After completing his military service, Davit Samkharadze prayed for help to improve his life. The next day, he met Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Looking to Jehovah for Guidance

Tamazi Biblaia sought and received God’s help before relocating to a new town.

“With God All Things Are Possible”

When she assisted fellow Witnesses to print Bible literature, Natela Grigoriadis faced an “impossible” situation.

The Bible in Georgian

Bible manuscripts in Old Georgian have been dated to the mid-fifth century C.E. or even earlier.

“God Kept Making It Grow.”—1 Cor. 3:6.

After Georgia became independent, Jehovah’s Witnesses enjoyed a period of phenomenal growth.

Caring Shepherds Provide Training

After the fall of the Communist regime, how did Witnesses organize congregations, meetings, conventions, and translation of Bible literature?

My Husband Could Not Stop Reading!

Badri Kopaliani was so eager to read his new Bible, he took days off work to complete it.

Where Have You Been Until Now?

Less than a year after his baptism, Artur Gerekhelia moved to where the need for Kingdom preachers was greater.

I Felt That My Life Was a Success

Once a prominent member of the Communist Party, Madona Kankia made a decision to pursue a new course in life.

True Christian Love Never Fails

During the conflict in Abkhazia, Igor Ochigava and Gizo Narmania helped fellow Witnesses and others to receive material and spiritual relief.

I Saw With My Own Eyes What the Bible Says!

Skeptical of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Pepo Devidze did what her mother told her: “Go and see for yourself what they teach.”

Blessings “in Favorable Times and Difficult Times.”—2 Tim. 4:2.

These years see rapid growth in the number of publishers, but then a wave of opposition comes from an unexpected source.

Threats Did Not Stop Them From Serving Jehovah

How did the public react to violent opposition against Jehovah’s Witnesses in Georgia?

“This Is the Heritage of the Servants of Jehovah.”—Isa. 54:17.

Publishers who make efforts to expand their theocratic activity see Jehovah’s blessing.

They Remembered Their Grand Creator

One third of the pioneers in Georgia are 25 years of age or younger.

Kurdish People Respond to the Truth

God-fearing people are happy to hear the message of truth in their own language.

Love Transcends Man-Made Boundaries

Two grandmothers experience the love of the brotherhood.

One Hundred Years Ago—1917

For many Bible Students, 1917 was a year of testing and sifting. Despite adversity, loyal ones continued to promote Kingdom interests.

2016 Grand Totals

This annual report gives details of the activities of Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide during 2016.

2016 Service Year Report of Jehovah’s Witnesses Worldwide

This report includes members, branches, countries, Memorial attendance, and more.