AMARILLO,Texas (KAMR/KCIT) - Jehova's Witnesses from all over gathered at the Amarillo Civic Center to take part in their global convention.
This is the first day of the three-day convention.
There was an estimated 48-hundred people are expected to be in attendance.
"The love aspect that's described as the theme of this year's convention is awesome, "Joshua Reeves, an attendee, stated.
For many, the convention helps people to grow spiritually as they connect with others by listening to speakers, watching videos, and meeting other like-minded people.
"I go to be encouraged by all the talks that we receive and especially all the dramatizations, the videos they're very helpful and very faith strengthening," Salina Davila, an attendee, said.
This year's theme was Love Never Fails.
"Something that a lot of people notice about us is that we show a lot of love for each other. You know we feel like a very close family," Lance Hatley, a convention attendee, said.
This convention is for those in or near the panhandle region, but they take place all over the world.
"We span over six different continents and it will be held in over 200 different countries and we also present the convention in over 400 different languages, "John Lopez, the Media Coordinator, explained.
With so many people coming to the event and visiting Amarillo, it provides a great way for the city to benefit economically.
"We expect roughly over 3,000 rooms to be used. Even just through food and restaurants were able to create revenue for the community," Lopez said.
For 17-year-old Lance Hatley, this year's theme and message will be applied to his everyday life.
"Love does not seek its own advantage. So it's a good council for me to apply that in my family to keep seeking their advantage rather than my own," Hatley said.
The projected attendance for the conventions taking place worldwide is estimated at around 4-million.
Lopez said this year's convention is expected to give the city over $1 million with hotel stays and eating out.
Volunteers say people of all faiths are welcome to attend. The event is free of charge and will continue until Sunday.
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