From the inside out
Charity begins at home and should not stop inside our own Church. This is an approach that many congregations across the globe practice.
Finding the right balance
“Strong families build a strong church”. This was the motto of the first divine service to which all ministers of the recently created District Church Southern Africa were invited. District Apostle John Kriel addressed his co-workers, who had gathered in various congregations throughout the district, in a video transmission. He based his sermon on 1 Timothy 5: 8: “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith.” District Apostle Kriel encouraged the ministers to find the right balance between church, work, and family. After all, “charity begins at home”.
Vision is online
Many district churches communicate developments to their members by publishing newsletters. The New Apostolic Church USA has been issuing Vision since 2009. It is published four times a year in print form as well as a PDF on the website of the NAC USA. The most recent issue, Spring, has just been posted. The publication can be downloaded free of charge. On 16 pages readers will find a letter by District Apostle Leonard R. Kolb, interesting reading on the Passion of Christ, and articles that explore the subject of giving and original sin.
Working to stop hunger
The number of people who suffer from extreme hunger went from 28 million to 108 million in 2016, NAK-karitativ reports, the charity of the New Apostolic Churches in Germany. “According to estimates by the World Health Organisation, every five seconds a child dies of hunger.” The causes are many, but so are the ways one can help. Priority countries for NAK-karitativ on the African continent are Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Gambia, and Niger. The charity is concentrating on introducing sustainable methods of cultivation, keeping small domestic animals as an alternative to generate income, and providing access to clean water. This way they were able to help thousands of small farmers on their way to independence in the last few years.