Praise the Lord! These are the words out of the Bible text read by Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider that anchored the message of the divine service he held in the Greyville Convention Centre, Durban on Sunday, February 26th 2017.
The service was the high point and last stop on the itinerary for his first visit to the new District Church Southern Africa that he established in December 2016.
The chief apostle was accompanied by the District Apostle John Kriel, District Apostle Helpers Arnold Mhango and Patrick Mkhwanazi together with all the Apostles of South Africa.
The chief apostle’s visit was met with much anticipation from the various congregations, both in KwaZulu-Natal and the rest of the countries connected via audio-visual transmission, especially the countries of Namibia and Botswana who was blessed with an Apostle, ordained in the service.
Joyous moments unfolded when the chief apostle visited an overflow hall ahead of the service, adjacent to the main auditorium where the service was conducted. He greeted members that consisted mainly of Sunday school children, their parents and parents with small children. The Chief Apostle thanked them for their sacrifices and told them that children were an important part of the church, while wishing them God’s blessings.
The Bible word chosen for the service served a dual purpose; to accentuate the international programme of the year, namely “Glory be to God, our Father!” – and to prepare the congregation for the service for the departed that takes place the next Sunday 05th March 2017.
“Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful. The LORD builds up Jerusalem; He gathers together the outcasts of Israel. He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds. He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name” (Psalm 147: 1-4), The Bible word reads.
The District Apostle Helper Arnold Mhango from Malawi and Apostles Sipho Mogane and Peter Lambert were called upon to serve the congregation as well.
After the celebration of Holy Communion the Bishop Patrick Simataa Liwakala was ordained into the Apostle ministry for the countries of Namibia and Botswana. He will succeed District Apostle John Kriel and Apostle Page who were responsible for Namibia and Botswana respectively. The chief apostle also thanked Apostle Page for the work he did in Botswana.
At the end of the service, the Chief Apostle and his guests waved and shook a few members’ hands as they exited the auditorium.