Saturday 25th February for the chief apostle and his companions’ stay in Durban was reserved for an excursion and congregation visits.

In the morning session the Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider, accompanied by District Apostle John Kriel and several other Apostle's and bishops visited Durban's famed Golden Mile beach front.

To the church leaders surprise, beach sand sculptors had carved out the church emblem in the sand along with the church motto for 2017 - "Glory be to God, our Father!”

Later in the morning, the Apostles were enthralled with a performance by Zulu Dancers.

Thereafter the chief apostle and his entourage took the Moses Mabhida stadium cable car and enjoyed Durban's majestic view from a 106m-high vantage point.

The next stop was the Umbilo congregation, Durban's oldest New Apostolic Church. The chief apostle told the congregation to remain in the first love. He implored the members to serve the Lord and follow Him and to be witnesses of the Lord by inviting our neighbours and friends because we love them and want them to have eternal fellowship with God, he said. We want them to be saved with us, he added.

Another stop-over was the Mariannridge congregation. It is Durban's newest Church building. The chief apostle addressed the congregation by saying to the members that the church building should be a house of prayer.

Later in the afternoon a meeting for Apostles takes place to round off the day’s events.

For the members that were in attendance at the various venues it was a joyous precursor for the special Sunday of 26th February: Chief Apostle Schneider will serve them for the first time in their home area! All congregations around Southern Africa will be connected via audio-visual transmission to witness and experience this special service.