TROY — Troy, Ohio, will be one of the thousands of communities around the globe that will receive a message of hope this November as Jehovah’s Witnesses embark upon a special 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 the Bible book of Psalms where it promises that 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.
Monica Tomasulo, of Troy, who was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, has experienced firsthand how learning about God’s Kingdom can change lives.
“Chaotic. My life was chaotic. I wasn’t comfortable in my own skin, and I didn’t like myself. I had questions such as ‘What is the meaning of life?’ I was searching for more, because where I was, wasn’t where I wanted to be,” Tomasulo replied when asked about how her life was before getting to know about God’s Kingdom promises.
Tomasulo experienced a complete shift in her thinking and outlook on life which has helped her through the recent and difficult challenge of losing her beloved husband to leukemia.
“I know I can pray to Jehovah about anything. I thought I was alone before, but I’ve learned that He’s always there. When I have negative thoughts, I turn to Jehovah, and tell him about it.”
She also expressed of her late husband Joe, “I’m still sad, I miss him and I have a lot of rough periods, but I know God’s Kingdom’s hope for the future. I know that we will be together again.”
Tomasulo enjoys helping her neighbors learn about God’s Kingdom and to give them hope for the future.
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 number two edition is available free online at jw.org, where anyone can also request a free printed copy by scrolling down on the homepage to “Request A Visit.”