2014 Yearbook of Jehovah’s Witnesses
Read highlights from the countries of Sierra Leone and Guinea, and enjoy encouraging experiences from around the world.
Our yeartext for 2014 is “Let Your Kingdom Come.”
You will be encouraged by the warm and spiritually upbuilding letter from the Governing Body.
Jehovah’s direction is evident on moving the world headquarters out of New York City.
Our website is helping the good news of God’s Kingdom reach “all the nations.”
Users of this valuable Bible research tool send letters of appreciation.
Note the positive effects these videos are having on children and families around the world.
Read an inviting overview of the new exhibit that includes the history of Jehovah’s Witnesses and a timeline of Christianity.
These legal reports from 12 countries show that Jehovah’s Witnesses still face many issues regarding freedom of worship.
Jehovah’s Witnesses make great efforts to build and attend dignified places of worship.
Enjoy some of the highlights from these joyful international events.
People in Africa are welcoming Bible truth, and it is having a powerful effect on their lives. Read about an alcoholic who smoked 60 cigarettes daily.
The following experiences show that helping in practical ways, and sharing Bible truth despite opposition, can have positive results.
Persistent effort in the preaching work is rewarding. Consider the effort made to help a man who is blind, deaf, and mute to understand that God cares about him.
Prejudice can be the result of misinformation. Learn how a talk show broke down prejudice against Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Writing letters is one way that Bible truth is spread in Christchurch, New Zealand. Why do some call these letters “Letters from God?”
Learn more about these lands, their people, religion, and language.
In 1915, the first baptized servant of Jehovah arrived in Freetown. Many were interested in the Bible.
The clergy had schemed to silence God’s people, however, Jehovah had ‘turned back their hurtfulness upon them.’
The Freetown congregation became ‘intensely occupied with the word.’
Twice a week Zachaeus Martyn walked five miles, up and down a mountain, to attend Christian meetings. What convinced him that he had found Bible truth?
William R. Brown preached throughout the Caribbean Islands and in West Africa. Learn why he felt that he had one of the highest privileges that a human can have.
The preaching work would be greatly expanded. Missionaries were sent to stimulate growth.
In 1956, the film The New World Society in Action was screened in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Would anyone come to see it?
Jehovah’s Witnesses are well-known throughout Sierra Leone and Guinea as a people who honor marriage.
Why did Poro politicians submit a motion in Parliament to ban the work of Jehovah’s Witnesses?
What influence do secret societies common in West Africa have on the lives of men and women?
To help others advance spiritually, congregations conducted literacy classes. As more people learned to read, the need for translation increased.
How did delegates without proper travel documents, or a passport, cross the border into Guinea to attend the convention?
Jay Campbell, a polio victim, wanted to attend a congregation Bible study. She said that she would walk there on her wooden walking blocks. Did she succeed?
Despite the war, material aid and spiritual comfort was provided for fellow Witnesses and others. What helped them to display strength and courage?
In the midst of conflict, Jehovah’s Witnesses “continued without letup teaching and declaring the good news.”
A young rebel soldier remembered the warm welcome he received when he attended a meeting of Jehovah’s Witnesses. What motivated him to change his ways?
Amid killing and chaos in Pendembu, why were the lives of several Witnesses spared when war broke out in 1991?
One of Jehovah’s Witnesses served as a courier during the civil war. How was he able to carry correspondence and supplies from Freetown to Conakry, Guinea?
Tamba Josiah worked in diamond mines before becoming one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Why does he feel that he found something more valuable than diamonds?
After the civil war, congregations were formed, Kingdom Halls were built, and special pioneers were assigned where there were few Witnesses.
Today, Jehovah’s Witnesses in both countries are convinced that many more people will yet respond to the good news of the Kingdom.
Philip Tengbeh and his wife fled for their lives while rebel soldiers overran their hometown, Koindu. They helped build five Kingdom Halls while living in refugee camps.
Cindy McIntire has served as a missionary in Africa since 1992. She tells why she especially enjoys preaching in Sierra Leone.
1914, the year the Bible Students had been proclaiming had finally arrived.