The first visit of District Apostle J Kriel to Polokwane, Limpopo took place over the weekend of 1-2 July 2017 where he was accompanied by Apostle Joubert and Bishop Naude.
Polokwane, which means Place of Safety, is situated in the farthest northern part of South Africa, and, the area of Limpopo is under the guidance of District Elder Jacobs which forms part of Apostle Joubert’s area. It consists of many rural congregations, stretching over a vast area, with congregations close to 200 kilometres from the closest ministerial serving point.
The weekend started off with a light lunch at the home of District Elder Grobler. A number of senior members of the Limpopo district were invited to attend. The District Apostle shared some thoughts with the senior members, amongst others, his thoughts about changes in the church. The District Apostle took the opportunity to thank the senior members for all the work they did in establishing and growing the faith in Limpopo.
After meeting the senior citizens, the District Apostle attended a function with the youth of Limpopo. The function started off with a talent showcase. This was followed by a team building exercise with the theme being ‘fruits of the Holy Spirit’. After the festivities, the District Apostle and Apostle conversed with the youth.
On Sunday morning, the divine service for the departed was held at Bolivia Lodge in the Limpopo Hall. The District Apostle used the Bible word from Psalm 40:17, “But I am poor and needy; Yet the Lord thinks upon me. You are my help and my deliverer; Do not delay, O my God.” 518 members were in attendance. Some of the members had to get up at 04:00 am to be in time for the divine service. After the divine service, all members partook in fellowship and shared in some light refreshments. Thereafter, the District Apostle joined the ministries and their wives, as well as the retired minsters and wives for lunch. The members of Limpopo expressed their joy and thankfulness that the District Apostle and Apostle visited the area and are already looking forward to their next visit.