1996

May 26, 1996: Nairobi (Kenia)

Photos: VFB

Setting: A total of 260 Apostles assembled in Nairobi - never before had there been so many. Four Apostles had been prevented from coming on account of illness. The Chief Apostle spoke of a demonstration of unity and harmony. The service was transmitted by satellite to Europe, North, South, and Central America, as well as to South and Central Africa. The service was broadcast on television throughout Eastern Africa. Well over a million participants were able to join in this divine service, at the end of which Bishop Karamat Khusal (Pakistan) and District Elder Gorre Sunder (India) were ordained Apostles. Apostle Prasad Bhasker (India) was discharged into a well-deserved retirement by the Chief Apostle.

Pentecost greeting: “And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18: 7-8).

Core thoughts: “Do we really cry out day and night? […] This does not refer to our earthly days and nights. When things are going well for us, when we are healthy, when our wishes are being fulfilled, and when we have peace in our own hearts and are at peace with our surroundings, this can be compared to ‘day’. Then it is bright in our lives. But when trials and sorrows come, when there are illnesses and pains to live through, when we must suffer injustice, then it is as though it were darkest night. At such times it is easy to cry out: ‘Lord, come soon!’ After all, who would not wish to be led out of such a night? But when it is daytime, and the sun is shining brightly, when things are going well for us and we are content, then it is a little more difficult to cry out: ‘Lord, come!’”