Paths that do not end

This week we pay tribute to two members who passed away, and we join District Apostle Isnugroho on a journey to Malaysia.

Makati (Philippines). Deacon Francisco Equia was 94 years old when he passed away on 31 July 2019. He was the oldest member of the Makati congregation. He became New Apostolic in 1974 and was one of the first members of the Church in the Philippines. He loved music, and sang in the choir until high age. The Makati congregation extends its condolences to the family.

Malaysia: Apostle Fred Wolf is responsible for the New Apostolic Christians in this country in South-East Asia. At the beginning of August, he welcomed District Apostle Edy Isnugroho and the Indonesian Apostle Samuel Hadiwidagdo to Malaysia. Together they celebrated divine services in Kuala Lumpur, Parit Butnar, and Padang Serai.

Then they continued on to Sarawak, a state of Malaysia located in the north-west of the island of Borneo. Borneo is the third-largest island in the world and constitutes three political states: Sarawak and Sabah are constituent states of Malaysia; Kalimantan is Indonesian; and between them is the Islamic sultanate of Brunei. Borneo is mountainous and much of it is covered in dense rainforest. The first congregation which the District Apostle visited was Salambong. The day after he conducted a service in Mengkak. The last congregation to receive a visit from its Apostles on this trip was Pontianak in Kalimantan Barat.

Schwarzenburg (Switzerland): Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider informed the District Apostles in a circular that Hedi Urwyler (née Wenger), the wife of the late Chief Apostle Urwyler, passed away peacefully at the age of 94 years. Hans and Hedi Urwyler were married in 1949. Chief Apostle Urwyler passed away in November 1994. Sister Urwyler was a widow for nearly 25 years. The funeral service will take place in Berne-Ostermundigen.

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Peter Johanning
16.08.2019