35,000 to attend Jehovah’s Witness convention at Miller Park

CREATED Jun 20, 2014

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MILWAUKEE -- There will be massive crowds at Miller Park this weekend, but they're not there for baseball. About 35,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses are in town for a convention.

Allen Butler, who traveled from North Dakota to attend the convention, wants to dispel myths about his religion and their mission.

“The main thing is we're not trying to forcibly convert people,” explains Butler. “We're just here to help people try to understand what the Bible has to say."

Several people attending said the three day convention will keep them busy and they don't plan on doing door-to-door ministry. Instead, they'll spend their days at the convention watching theatrical productions of a Bible story and enjoying Bible readings.

“It strengthens me and helps me go through my days,” said Shanique Carter of Milwaukee. “It's always good to lean on Jehovah."

Carter said she became a Jehovah’s Witness a year ago.

"It changed me a lot, because of my attitude. A lot of things I used to do, I don't do anymore," Carter said.

Kellie Kaml from Minnesota has a similar feeling, just being here at the convention.

"I can't even describe it,” Kaml said. “I mean, it's the best joy - it would be like the day you get married - that kind of joy. It’s that good."

Kellie said the convention is free and open to the public, and anyone is welcome to learn more about their beliefs.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses are staying at dormitories and hotels. The convention gets underway at 9 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.