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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 the
United States. 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.”

Courtesy JW.org

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 1st and 2nd.
The free 30-minute presentation will be hosted locally at a Baltimore area Kingdom Hall
of Jehovah’s Witnesses, with a videoconferencing option available. Please check the
“Attend a Meeting” section on the homepage of jw.org for local addresses and meeting

“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 Robert Hendriks, U.S. spokesman for
Jehovah’s Witnesses. “This global program is designed to give all those who attend
tangible reasons to face the future with confidence.”

As a single mother who experienced homelessness, Krystal Andrews of Owings Mills felt
overwhelmed by the challenge of raising her three children with special needs. However,
her outlook gradually changed when she began studying the Bible. She found hope. “I
look forward to the day when I can talk and play successfully with my children,” Andrews
said. She added, “Having a home and a safe environment for my children is truly a
blessing I look forward to experiencing in the near future.” Andrews eagerly anticipates
attending the upcoming special program.

The special talk is the first of two free programs that will be held in all 118,000
congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses during the first week of April. The public is also
invited to join nearly 20 million other global attendees 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.

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