As KwaZulu-Natal continues to recover, following devastating floods amid a grim rising death toll, District Apostle J Kriel visited Durban to bring comfort to God’s people by conducting a divine service.
The divine service was conducted in the Umbilo Congregation on Wednesday, 20 April 2022 with members from Bluff, Malvern, Wentworth, Woodlands Durban, Durban North, Phoenix and Sydenham congregations all invited. In addition, all the Rectors from the Durban Central North and South Coast were invited to attend.
The Bible word for the divine service was taken out of the book of John 14:18-19: “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me: Because I live, you will live also.”
The District Apostle’s visit came in the same week that President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a National State of Disaster in the wake of the devastating floods in KwaZulu-Natal. To date, over 400 people have been killed and hundreds remain missing. Thousands have been displaced from their homes, and it is estimated that the floods have caused billions of rands in infrastructure damage.
The District Apostle told the congregation that he had come to KwaZulu-Natal just to be with them during this trying time and to assure them that God has not abandoned them, as the Bible word tells, he will not leave them orphans. “When one feels the pain, we all feel the pain,” the District Apostle said.
The divine service was made even more special when the District Apostle told the congregation that he brings special greetings from the Chief Apostle who is aware of the situation in KwaZulu-Natal and is praying for them.
Dozens of areas around KwaZulu-Natal have been without water and electricity for over a week as critical infrastructures have been damaged by the floods.
To this end, the District Apostle has earmarked R10 000 per district for welfare and social relief plans in KZN. Food, water and related relief are to be handled via the Church’s charity arm, the Masakhe Foundation, using electronic vouchers. While major/minor building repairs will be managed via the Church’s property department and or insurance claims.