Facing the Future with Confidence

In the face of widespread economic strain, national conflicts and social
unrest, surveys indicate that confidence in the future is at an all-time low in many countries
including Sri Lanka. According to the 2023 Edelman Trust Barometer, 24 of the 28 countries
surveyed are seeing “all-time lows in the number of people who think their families will be better off
in five years.”
Against this backdrop of pessimism, a special global program featuring the theme, “You Can Face
the Future with Confidence!” will be held on the weekend of April 2, 2023. The free 30-minute
presentation will be hosted locally at Kingdom Halls of Jehovah’s Witnesses around Sri Lanka,
with a videoconferencing option available. Please check the “Attend a Meeting” section on the
homepage of JW.ORG for local addresses and meeting times.
“The challenges we face may seem overwhelming, but the Bible holds out a powerful hope for the
future that can help us right now,” said Naleen Wanigasekara, spokesman for Jehovah’s
Witnesses. “This global program is designed to give all those who attend tangible reasons to face
the future with confidence.”
Mathavi Visayaratnam from Skanthapuram felt hopeless after tragically losing both her father and
fiancé in death. When she began to study the Bible, however, her outlook gradually changed. “I
am thankful for the wonderful hope that God has given me,” said Mathavi, who is looking forward
to attending the upcoming special program. “I began to change my thinking and improve my
qualities; this has helped my life to change for the better.”
The special talk is the first of two free programs that will be held in all 118,000 congregations of
Jehovah’s Witnesses around the world during the first week of April. The public is also invited to
join nearly 20 million other global attenders for the annual observance of the Memorial of Jesus
Christ’s death, to be held on the evening of Tuesday, April 4, 2023.
Admission to both programs is free, and no registration is required. Details on when and where
these events will be held locally are available on JW.ORG, the official website of Jehovah’s
Witnesses. Click on About Us > Memorial.

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