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Apostle Area - ARENDSE MA

On Sunday, 19 February 2017, the youth of Elsies River Bishop Area gathered in Lavistown Congregation for a special Youth Service held by the Bishop A Witten.
As basis for the divine service, the Bishop read a Bible word from James 2:15 – 17, “If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,’ but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”
The youth were encouraged to live their faith; to reach out and help those in distress, even if their perception of things might be different to those they wish to help.
The Priest J. Charles, Shepherd W. Hendricks and Community Evangelist R. Overmeyer were called to serve along.
The divine service was fittingly concluded with the hymn, “When He cometh”, after which the Bishop greeted those present.

An exciting new project to upskill small business owners has been launched in the Elsies River Bishop Area.
The Young Entrepreneurs Skills-Development (YES) Project was launched in Connaught Congregation on Thursday, 16 February 2017.
The programme is designed to develop business owners and to match them with unemployed youth from surrounding communities. In this way both the business owner and unemployed person gain skills and opportunities.
The project is presented by the Cabanga Foundation in collaboration with service providers ESIA (Pty) Ltd and CHASSE (Pty) Ltd. The duration of the programme is six months (fully funded) with sessions every Thursday from 09:00 – 12:00 at our Connaught Congregation. More than 20 SMMEs attended the first session.
Prior to the launch, the Bishop A Witten met with business owners from congregations across his area to explain the value of participating in the project. The support was overwhelming.
“The comments from business owners were that they are excited to be part of this process and wish to express their thanks to the New Apostolic Church, the Cabanga Foundation and all those involved," said Mario Daniels, the Bishop Area well-care coordinator.

On Sunday, 12 February 2017, Apostle M Arendse served the congregation of Strand Gustrouw. For this divine service the Apostle used a Bible word out of Psalm 34:8, where it reads, “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;” (NKJV).
During his serving the Apostle elaborated on the goodness of God and that the members should show the same goodness to one another and to their neighbour.
A special grace was also bestowed upon souls who received the gift of the Holy Spirit out of the hand of the Apostle. Some 45 members were added to the fold.
After the serving of Holy Communion was concluded, more joy was experienced by the congregation, when Apostle Arendse ordained four priests and four deacons.
This was followed by the retirement of three faithful servants. Community Evangelist Gavin Adriaans was placed into retirement after serving 20 years as a minister, Priest Dawid Koert retired after 29 years as a minister and Deacon Marlon Paulse retired after six years in the ministry.
The moments of bliss experienced at the altar of grace will linger in the hearts of the congregation till the Lord comes again.