At home worldwide
Some 70,000 people have been left homeless as a result of flash-floods, a District Apostle visits a Sunday School class, an Apostle retires, and members in northern Germany are happy about the demolition of an old fire station.
Floods hit Malawi
Flash-floods have destroyed numerous villages in Malawi. The floods surprised the people in south-eastern Africa in their sleep. Scores have been killed, and the numbers are still rising. Some 70,000 people have lost their homes and have been displaced by the floods. A third of the country has been declared a disaster area. Malawi is home to more than 17 million people, of whom 83 per cent are Christians. The Henwood Foundation in partnership with NAK-karitativ is organizing an emergency relief response.
Sunday School in South Africa
District Apostle Patrick Mkhwanazi conducted a Sunday School service in Ga-Rankuwa (Zone 7) on 11 January for 83 children. The District Apostle explained the 2015 motto, “Joy in Christ”, to the children. The children were given a workbook that covers the main theme of the service to take home and complete with their parents.
Retirement in Zambia
Last Sunday, by commission of the Chief Apostle, District Apostle Charles Ndandula placed Apostle Aubrey Sitima Mwanza into retirement. Apostle Mwanza had served as a minister in the New Apostolic Church for over 29 years, eleven of them as an Apostle. Before that Aubrey Mwanza had carried the ministries of Deacon, Priest, and District Evangelist for 18 years. More than 2,800 members attended the service in our central church in Kasama, and used the opportunity to express their gratitude to the Apostle.
Topping-out ceremony in Germany
The congregation in Bargteheide was established in 1929, and gathered for services in the homes of members for many decades. On account of war refugees moving into the area, the membership grew quickly after 1945. In 1978 then, an old fire station was converted and the congregation moved in. This building was demolished last year and the construction of a new church was begun on the same property. The congregation just celebrated its topping-out ceremony. The first divine service in the new church is expected to take place in the middle of this year.