What a blessed preparation for the service for the departed!
“I do not need to know you, to love you.”
This underlined heading was a phrase coined by the District Apostle during the divine service on Sunday, 28 October 2018, in preparation for the service for the departed.
In hindsight his trip to the Kimberley area was marked by preparing our brothers and sisters, wherever he met with them, for the feast that awaits us on Sunday 4 November 2018.
Shortly after landing in Kimberley on Friday 26 October, he had fellowship with the Kimberley Apostle Area co-ordinators and their wives. The evening was filled with fun, laughter and special moments of blessings.
The next day the District Apostle left to conduct a divine service in Ga-Mopedi, some 272 kilometres from Kimberley. This divine service commenced at 15:00 with the temperature gauge pitching at 37 ͦCelsius. As basis for this divine service, the Bible word was taken from Psalm 147:1-4. Despite the heat and it being a Saturday, 517 members enjoyed a blessed divine service. After the divine service the members gathered at the gate of the church and expressed their happiness in song and dance.
Thereafter, the District Apostle was transferred to Kathu. After checking in at a guesthouse his next appointment was with the local leaders and their wives.
The next morning the District Apostle served the members of Kathu, Postmasburg, Danielskuil and Olifantshoek. The Bible word for the divine service was taken from Isaiah 58: a portion of verse 9. In addition, the District Apostle gave an insightful teaching in order to reach out to the many in the beyond: I do not need to know you, to love you. Often we only love because we know, but God loves us in a special way. And if God made you, that is enough reason for me to love you. Adding to this festive experience was the moving rendition of “I have a home beyond the river.” A visibly moved congregation sang the closing Amen with joy and conviction.
After the divine service the congregation greeted the District Apostle. The members sincerely enjoyed greeting him, with many still remembered him when he served the area as an Apostle. Then it was time for the District Apostle to travel back to Kimberley to return from there to Cape Town.