About dragons and skyscrapers
There are many New Apostolic congregations around the globe—rich in tradition and their own culture. There is a lot of energy everywhere, the congregations are colourful, and yet they are all united under one roof. Following is a small selection.
South Africa: The annual Dragon Boat Regatta on Canal Walk in Century City right in the middle of Cape Town drew hundreds of participants. It was the second major event in a few weeks, following the amazing Young People’s Convention at Cape Town Stadium in February. The race took place on Monday, 2 April, and was another opportunity to get together. Sixty teams ranging from the outskirts of Langebaan on the west coast (Langebaan Whalers) to Gauteng (Spirit Chasers) in the north-east registered. Thousands of spectators, including District Apostle John Kriel, came to cheer for their favourite teams. The teams battled it out. The final was a close and nail-biting race and, in a matter of split seconds, the Northpine Vikings were once again victorious, defending their 2017 title. Although the competitive spirits were high, fellowship was the winner of the day!
Hong Kong: Church services on the twentieth floor of Reason Group Tower in Kwai Chung. This is probably the highest congregation in the world, says District Apostle Urs Hebeisen, who is in charge of the New Apostolic Church in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, the congregation had to move just recently—from one high-rise to another. Apostle Fred Wolf dedicated the new chapel on 8 April 2018. He based the service on Psalm 27: 4: “… that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.” The multicultural congregation is looking forward to its new home.
Sweden: The rectors from the congregations in the Nordic countries recently met in Sweden’s national capital, Stockholm. The meeting was the second of its kind. The ministers from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and Greenland had come together to share their ideas and talk about their experiences. The 2018 Nordic Day of the Youth is scheduled to take place in Turku in Finland. One observation that was made at the meeting was that the Nordic congregations are comprised of members from many different cultures. Many come from countries in Africa and have found a new home in congregations such as Turku (Finland) or Larvik (Norway). “These differences should be seen as a chance,” District Evangelist Sebastian Jaggi from Oslo said. It injects new life into the congregations and is enriching for all members.