Time was of the essence after the Friday morning divine service in Nelspruit. The next destination on the chief apostle’s itinerary almost 500 kilometres south was waiting and ready to receive him and his accompaniments.

There was no time even for a change of clothing - therefore, in festive attire, the Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider, along with District Apostle John Kriel, District Apostle Helper Patrick Mkhwanazi, and District Apostle Helper Arnold Mhango of Malawi headed from Nelspruit to arrive in Durban in the afternoon of the same day, 24th February 2017. The church leaders were met at the King Shaka International Airport by Apostle Abrey Page.

This is the first visit of Chief Apostle Schneider to this seaside city in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. Durban, being a prime tourist destination, is a natural paradise known for its beautiful stretch of sun-kissed beaches and subtropical climate, situated on the eastern coast of Africa. Tourism however is not the main reason for the chief apostle’s presence so far from his homeland, France – he will only have a glimpse of the spectacular vistas. His presence is intended to bring joy to his Southern Africa brethren in a Divine Service he will be conducting at Durban's Greyville Convention Centre on Sunday, 26 February.

Earlier in the day Bishop L Naidoo was on hand to welcome several Apostles who had arrived from various cities in Southern Africa to be part of the weekend’s festive events.

On Saturday, the Chief Apostle will meet with members and ministers, and on Sunday, 26 February 2017, the Chief Apostle will conduct the divine service that will be audio-visually beamed to all congregations in Southern Africa. In this service, Bishop Patrick Simataa Liwakala will be ordained an Apostle.