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AUGUST 23, 2019

St. Louis, United States—2019 “Love Never Fails”! International Convention

  • Dates: August 16-18, 2019

  • Location: The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis, Missouri, United States

  • Program Languages: English, Croatian

  • Peak Attendance: 28,122

  • Total Number Baptized: 224

  • Number of International Delegates: 5,000

  • Invited Branches: Argentina, Australasia, Britain, Canada, Central Europe, Colombia, Croatia, Czech-Slovak, Finland, France, Japan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Scandinavia, Serbia, South Africa

  • Local Experiences: Martin Gulley, external communications manager for Metrolink, commented: “You can say you love someone. You can say you love something. But until you put it into action, it’s not [love] necessarily. You are showing love in action. What you are doing is humbling yourself, and love humbles you, it doesn’t exalt you. I am identified as a Metrolink employee by this badge. You are identified as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses by the love.”

    Jerry Vallely, external communications manager for Bi-State Development (a transit agency focused on encouraging economic growth in the St. Louis region), adds: “You are not just looking at tasks on a checklist. You are really thinking about the people at the end; whether it’s the friends that are coming in to town, whether it’s the city that you are working with, or whether it’s us here at Metrolink. You are thinking about the entire experience for everyone that you are working with and doing what you can to make things nicer, to make things better.”


Local brothers and sisters await the arrival of convention delegates at the St. Louis Lambert International Airport

Delegates participate in cart witnessing with local brothers and sisters in downtown St. Louis

Brothers and sisters clean “The Dome,” as the venue is called, before the start of the convention

Three of the 224 new brothers and sisters being baptized

Brother David Splane, a member of the Governing Body, delivers the concluding talk on the third day of the convention

Delegates smile with joy as they listen to the program

On Sunday, international special full-time servants wave to the audience from the field

Delegates and local brothers and sisters pose for a photo

Delegates enjoy watching some of the animals at the Saint Louis Zoo

Delegates view a Bible—a rare original first edition of the 1611 King James Version—opened to Psalm 83:18, on display at the St. Louis Public Library. The library arranged for the Bible to be opened to this page specifically with the delegates in mind

Young brothers and sisters sing during the evening gathering