Great was the anticipation for the visit of District Apostle J Kriel to the congregation of Middelburg on 12 March 2017 in the Eastern Cape.

His visit was preceded by intense preparation and loving sacrifices made by the members. Excitement filled the hearts of all, including those of the smaller congregations of Grootfontein, Rosmead and Noupoort who were also invited. 

At the dawn of the long awaited day, one could sense the joy and excitement. From early in the morning, members started filling the church to make sure that they had a suitable seat since the expectation was that the church would be filled to capacity. 

As basis for the sermon, the Bible word from Revelation 3: 18 was used, “I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.”

With the words: “Do whatever you can for the Lord’s work …” the District Apostle greeted the congregation and spent a few special moments with the members. 

The visit of the District Apostle will be remembered by all present as an unforgettable experience and indeed a highlight of God’s work in Middelburg.