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Chief Apostle Visit Blessing for India

05.03.2010

A joyous congregation in Bangalore

District Apostle Helper David Devaraj (right) next to Chief Apostle Wilhelm Leber (Photos: NAC Canada)

Zurich/Bangalore. A six day visit of Chief Apostle Leber to India began on Friday, February 19th, 2010. He arrived in Bangalore to join the District Apostles Latorcai, Andersen, Brinkmann, Hebeisen and District Apostle Helpers Woll and Dzur. After lunch the group left for the Bangalore Central Church, where the Indian Apostles and Bishops greeted them. The Chief Apostle delivered a spiritual address to the group, after which they divided into four groups for discussions with the Chief Apostle and the District Apostles in rotation.

The following day the Chief Apostle joined the Youth at the Claret Nivas retreat center. The arrival was highlighted by traditional costumed dancers, and included the lighting of a traditional lamp, which underlined the DOTY motto “Let your light shine!” The Chief Apostle shook hands with all 700 youth and watched the final match of “Kabbadi”, a favorite national game.  

On Sunday Chief Apostle Leber addressed the youth, who gathered at Jothyi Nivas College with a text word out of James 4:8 “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you, cleanse your hands and purify your hearts”. The Chief Apostle commissioning of Apostle David Devaraj as District Apostle Helper for the district of India. Finally he dispensed a 25th wedding anniversary blessing to Apostle and Sister Michael Naik.  

The next day, the Chief Apostle addressed another group of more than 200 youth in Udaipur, Rajasthan. Thereafter he met with the Apostles, Bishops and ministers of this district.  

On the final day Chief Apostle Leber and guests visited a NAC Kherwara School where almost 400 students from the poor cast attend free of charge. After touring each classroom from Junior Kindergarten to grade 10 and meeting with the teachers, the Chief Apostle addressed the children in an assembly and watched a heart warming performance by the children.