May 23, 1999: Toronto (Canada)

Photos: VFB

Setting: Although 17 Apostles did not succeed in obtaining travel visas from their countries, a total of 268 Apostles gathered in Toronto. Approximately 830,000 participants in roughly 2,000 congregations were able to participate live in the divine service, which was transmitted by satellite from the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, located on the shores of Lake Ontario. At the conclusion of the divine service the Chief Apostle ordained ten Apostles for India and Africa, as well as one Bishop. Parallel to the Pentecost festivities, the New Apostolic Church in North America celebrated its 100-year anniversary.

Pentecost greeting: “Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come!” (Revelation 1: 4).

Core thoughts: “Wherever God’s grace is active we find redemption, and wherever the peace of the Risen one is manifest, we find salvation - Redemption and salvation through grace and peace.”