Porterville is one of the thousands of communities around the globe that's receiving a message of hope this month as Jehovah’s Witnesses have embarked on a campaign focusing attention on the Bible’s hope for a better world.

The goal of the campaign is to distribute a special edition of The Watchtower magazine containing the cover series, “A Better World is Near.” More than 36 million printed copies of the magazine are expected to be distributed in some 230 languages to communities in 240 lands around the globe. In addition, the digital publication is

available on various platforms in nearly 400 languages.

People are longing to hear a positive message and this is the best news possible,” said Robert Hendriks, U.S. Spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses. “A better world is not just a dream, it’s inevitable. In fact, it is the central theme of the entire Bible.”

The magazine addresses the age-old “doomsday” question “Is this world going to end?” with a comforting answer that may surprise many readers.

While many religions have predicted the “end of the world,” the magazine reveals the Bible’s clear message: the earth is here forever and will never end. However, the magazine also explains the powerful truth that wickedness will soon be gone, quoting Psalms where it promises the “lawless one” will be no more. (Psalm 37:10, Rotherham translation).

This positive message has been the hope of millions around the world who have prayed for God’s Kingdom to come, a familiar refrain of many Christians taught by Jesus in what some refer to as the Lord’s Prayer.

Born and raised in Central California, Leon Richardson III knows how the Bible’s message of a better world can save lives. As a young man, Richardson often gave in to fits of anger, overdrinking and drug abuse.

His family was most affected by his actions. One poor decision in his teenage years resulted in a bullet in his back, consequently restricting him to a wheelchair.

Richardson longed for a better life but didn't think it was possible. “I always wanted a

happy family — to be peaceable,” he expressed. “I believed in God, but I had no

relationship with him.”

Three years ago, Richardson started to study the Bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses. He

began to apply the Bible’s advice, and his personality began to change. Instead of

reacting in anger, he learned to be peaceable. His daughter recently told him, “I like you better this way.”

Richardson spends most days calling or writing to his neighbors to share the Bible’s

message of a brighter future. Sharing his faith with others brings him great joy. “I look at what’s ahead and what I can give to others.”

Seventeen years later, Richardson struggles with chronic pain. He comments, “Every day I wake up to the wheelchair, but I know it’s temporary, so I deal with it the best I can.”

The Bible’s message has given him hope for a better world ahead. A world filled with

happiness and free from pain.

The Watchtower has been carrying a similar message about God’s Kingdom for more

than 100 years and remains the most widely translated and circulated magazine in the

world. The 2021 No.2 edition is available at no cost online at jw.org, where

anyone can also request a free printed copy by scrolling down on the homepage to

Request A Visit.”

For more information, call (718) 560-5600.

Click on the following for a direct link to the online version of the magazine: https://www.jw.org/en/library/magazines/watchtower-no2-2021-may-jun/

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