An Austrian radio station brought a short report about Geoffrey Jackson first visit to Vienna. He spoke to delegates from the USA, Germany, Balkan States and the Czech Republic.
Jackson said in many parts of the world JW would be a growing religious community.
"Its true that worldwide we are seeing good growth, but perhaps in countries were people have still a strong respect for the bible. Africa, Central America and South America.
Those countries that no longer consider the bible a sacred book .... perhaps our growth is a little slowing in those countries."
Behind the ban in Russia Jackson assumes a low tolerant climate in Russia.
"Maybe the traditional belief systems there in Russia find it very challenging when people dont follow the same type of belief systems."
David A. Semonian, a speaker of the headquarter in Warwick announced that last year 13 millions attended the conventions worldwide. (press text)
Further it was reported that about 21.500 persons served last year active in the missionary service.
Over 100 new members would baptzied on Saturday according the radio report.
On Friday 16.6.2017 - 26.241 delegates were counted, according to a paper
In Austria the number of JW in the 299 communities would have remained stabil, while other churches would face a shrinkage of members
However it is strange that a province paper from the district in which the convention took place wrote about an awaited talk of a brother Zimmermann about child abuse, what would be the scandalous subject that would actually now stress the community. But nothing heard about this again.