In the early stages of 2018, the congregation of Falkland Islands was informed that District Apostle
J Kriel had planned his first visit to the area; a first visit of a District Apostle to members on the Island.
The District Apostle of Southern Africa is also responsible for the members on the Falkland Islands - located almost 500 kilometres off the east coast of Southern Argentina in South America. The congregation of Falkland Islands is situated furthest west of the District Apostle area.
The divine service was scheduled to coincide with the travelling schedule of the District Apostle on his return journey home, after accompanying Chief Apostle J-L Schneider on his visit to Argentina from 16-21 March 2018.
The District Apostle was due to arrive on the Island from the United Kingdom on Thursday 22 March 2018, and the divine service was scheduled to be conducted at 8pm the same evening. However, due to windy conditions on the Islands, the flight was delayed by 24 hours, and therefore, the planned activities were rearranged to take place on Friday 23 March 2018.
On Friday, after a 16-hour plane commute over the Atlantic Ocean, the District Apostle landed at Mount Pleasant Airport just after 5pm. Here he was heartily welcomed by the Rector of the congregation, Community Evangelist D Benjamin and Brother Pedro de Wet.
Once immigration formalities were concluded, the District Apostle checked in at his overnight accommodation in Stanley, the capital of the 12 173 square kilometres Island. He made the most of his 18-hour stay on the Island. Shortly after checking in at the Malvina Hotel, he conducted a Soul Care Visit to the Rector of the congregation.
Being just over two hours on solid ground, the District Apostle proceeded to hold the midweek evening divine service at 8pm. The congregation of Falkland Islands attends divine services at the home of Community Evangelist Benjamin.
The Bible word for the divine service was taken out of Matthew 13:24-26, “Another parable He put forth to them, saying: ’The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared.’”
The Community Evangelist Benjamin was also called upon to serve. The seven members and two visitors who attended the divine service were filled with indescribable joy that the District Apostle served them in their own congregation. A joyous fellowship followed after the conclusion of the service.
Early on Saturday morning, the District Apostle made his way to the Mount Pleasant Airport to check in for his return flight to the United Kingdom. After the long flight he arrived at around 9am on Sunday 25 March, at the Brize Norton Airport, Britain. District Apostle Krause who cares for the congregations in the UK made use of the District Apostle’s transit in London by asking him to conduct the Palm Sunday divine service in the afternoon at Camberley Congregation. The divine service brought to an end an extensive schedule of activities, whereafter the District Apostle could return to Cape Town, where the congregation of Scottsdene in the Kraaifontein area, await his serving on Good Friday.