On Sunday 29 April 2018, District Apostle J Kriel served the congregation of Kolonyama,
along with the invited congregations of Maseru and Ladybrand. This occasion marked the first visit of a District Apostle in 24 years, with the last visit taking place in 1994. The divine service was conducted by the late District Apostle JR. Kitching (Jnr.).
The members of the area live in remote areas, and the Rector of the congregation travels to them by horseback. The District Apostle was welcomed into the village by the Rector, the local chief and herdsmen on horseback. The horse brigade escorted them through the mountain slopes to the congregation where he was officially welcomed by the local chief of Kolonyama at the arrival point. As tradition the District Apostle was presented with a Basotho hat.
The Bible word which served as a basis for the divine service was taken out of Luke 24: 27: “And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself”. The service, attended by 180 members and visitors, was conducted in English and translated into Sesotho.
Apostle Nene and Bishop Von Schaeffer assisted in serving the congregation.
After a joyful culmination following months of preparation, there was great joy after the divine service, and the members had an opportunity to greet the District Apostle.