A 16-year-old Jehovah’s Witness from Aylesbury, who is due to be baptised at a convention attended by thousands, has spoken about her life and her religion.
Chantelle Fisher, who lives in Bicester Road, has been an active member of the much-maligned religious movement for the past six years.
She said: “I was brought up in the truth, as we call it, and have often had to defend my faith from my classmates.”
The Aylesbury Vale Academy pupil is being baptised at a large Witnesses convention in Milton Keynes this Saturday.
“I’m not nervous about the baptism, rather I’m excited because it’s my opportunity to dedicate my life to God. I feel more serious than nervous.”
Chantelle’s aunt and uncle, Olivia and Martin Woodhouse, are missionaries in Taiwan but are coming back for her big day.
“They have been missionaries over there for about six years, they chose this time to come back and visit us and to see me baptised,” she said.
A major part of being a Jehovah’s Witness is missionary work and this is something which Chantelle embraces.
“I enjoy it because it’s helping people and teaching them about God and a lot of people don’t know or understand that.
“At the moment we are doing a campaign to tell people about the convention and to get them to come along.
“We want people to come so they can see what we are all about, then if they want to join they can. There is no pressure”
An estimated 7,500 will attend Stadium MK for the weekend, including around 150 members from Aylesbury.
Worldwide, there are more than 7.5 million Witnesses in more than 107,000 congregations.
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