District Apostle Noel Barnes visited the Zambezi region of Namibia over the weekend of 5-7 June 2015.
On the Saturday he held a conference for rectors in the morning and attended a choral concert the afternoon. The visit was rounded off with a divine service held in Katima Mulilo on the Sunday morning.
The District Apostle’s arrival in Katima Mulilo on Friday, 5 June 2015 was greeted by celebration from the local youth who had waited for him. The young people dressed in traditional attire welcomed him while dancing and singing local songs. Much to their delight and excitement the District Apostle joined them in their dance.
The following morning 250 rectors assembled in the Katima Mulilo church for a meeting chaired by the District Apostle. He shared with them important information on topics that were discussed recently during the Pentecost Conference for Apostles working in Africa held by Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider in Lusaka, Zambia.
A special emphasis was placed on the need for having Sunday school instruction in place in every congregation, even in the village congregations. The rectors were also encouraged to increase religious education in the circle of ministers. This could take the form of improved biblical knowledge or instruction in preaching. A special appeal was made that all members be cared for spiritually so that they feel at home in the Church and are joyful to be part of the congregation.
Upon conclusion of the meeting the District Apostle gave a black tie to every rector present and handed out 117 bicycles to 117 to specific rectors and district / congregational administrators to assist them with the work they do in their respective districts or congregations.
At 16:00 that afternoon a choral concert took place in the Katima Mulilo church. The programme of 16 musical items had been prepared by 80 choir members, 30 Sunday school children and 20 orchestra members. This served as a wonderful preparation for the festive divine service which would take place the following day and the District Apostle thanked the music leaders for their dedicated work.
The congregation that had gathered for the divine service on the Sunday morning consisted of the rectors who had attended the meeting and members from congregations in the Greater Katima Mulilo. The District Apostle was accompanied by Apostle J Kriel and Bishop L Masule and the sermon was based on the text word in 1 Corinthians 13:11 “When I was a child, I spoke as a child; I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” Those present were encouraged to grow in faith, love and offering and an appeal was made to them not to sell the love for Jesus for temporary, earthly things.
As is the custom, the District Apostle served Holy Communion for the departed and two district rectors, District Elder D Sankwasa and District Evangelist D Muyunda stood as proxy. The moving moments were concluded with the hymn ‘Somewhere beyond the sunset’ which was sung by a soprano soloist accompanied by the organ.
The choir concluded the divine service with an energetic rendition of ‘Thy goodness Lord’, and was sung in Lozi. After the divine service the District Apostle accompanied by Apostle J Kriel immediately left on their journey back to Cape Town.