May 31, 2009: Chicago, Illinois (USA)

Photos: NAC USA

Setting: The Rosemont Theatre near Chicago’s metropolis of millions was fully occupied for this special event, the Pentecost service 2009. This year, Chief Apostle Wilhelm Leber was accompanied to Chicago by District Apostles Michael Ehrich (Southern Germany), Leslie Latorcai (Canada), Shadreck Lubasi (East Africa), and Guillermo Vilor (Bolivia, Brazil). The host for the weekend was District Apostle Leonard Kolb (USA). The service was transmitted to North and South America via satellite. For the first time, it was also be available through live audio-video streaming over the internet.

Pentecost greeting: “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!“ (1 Corinthians 15: 57)

Core thoughts: “It begins with thanks,” said Chief Apostle Leber of this year’s greeting word. “All our work is to begin with thanks!” The Chief Apostle explained “the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” as follows: “Christ not only gives us the victory over death and sin, but also allows us to be victors in daily matters. What victories are these? They are: the victory over unbelief, the victory over self-centredness and egoism, the victory over despondency and downheartedness, and the victory over idleness.” During the service, Chief Apostle Leber gave the congregation the following advice: “Let us strive to gain a little victory every day! That is how we will learn to overcome.”