When Chief Apostle Schneider visited Raipur in November 2017, the circle of the Apostles in India changed with four retirements and three ordinations. The following month, all active Apostles met in Bengaluru for a redistribution of working areas which they started visiting from January 2018 onwards. Chief Apostle Schneider and his delegates with the four retired Apostles and their wives (with District Apostle Mark Woll and his Helpers) Chief Apostle before the ordination of Apostles Devadas Basappa, Fred Marihal and Prabhakar Beergi. Following are brief introductions and portraits of our eight active Apostles in India – beginning with the District Apostle Helper – and then in alphabetical order. All figures are taken from our official records (as of December 2017). David Devaraj Being the District Apostle Helper, Apostle David does not have a dedicated working area – the whole of India and Sri Lanka are under his spiritual care. In India, there are around 940 ministers in 560 active congregations. These are organized into 46 District Rector Areas and distributed among seven Apostles. Christranjan Nanda Apostle Nanda’s main working area is in Odisha and parts of Chattisgarh (Jagdalpur and Darbha). There are 66 congregations with 130 ministers which are organized in six District Rector Areas (DRA). He also has a shared responsibility with Apostle […]
During his journey to India in November 2013, Chief Apostle Schneider and his accompaniment visited the city of Udaipur which is located in Rajasthan. This district was looked after for 20 years by the District church of North Rhine-Westphalia under the care of District Apostle Brinkmann. On Sunday, the 10th of November, the Chief Apostle conducted a Divine Service for about 650 members at the hotel “Inder Residency”. Bishop Lazrus Patel was ordained as an Apostle of Jesus Christ for the district which is now being handed over to the care of District Apostle Helper David Devaraj under the District Church of Canada. The service was followed by a fellowship for all the members. After a brief look at the historical background in Rajasthan, our dear Chief Apostle journeyed home, leaving behind much for contemplation and a tremendous blessing. Words: David Devaraj Images: Robert Maier
Only 17 days from today, around 1000 brothers and sisters will gather in Raipur for a very special Divine Service with Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider. While all attendees are looking forward to a tremendous blessing on that day, some may be wondering how everyone can be served Holy Communion in a peaceful, orderly, and efficient way. Video explains the “Rotating System” The planning committees of this year’s Chief Apostle visit have asked themselves not only how it can be done, but also how it can be explained to as many as possible. This has been the wish of Apostle David for a long time, and finally, there is a short video which shows the Procedure for Holy Communion which is called the Rotating System. By following these instructions, it is ensured that every person receives Holy Communion in an orderly, peaceful and calm fashion, and that the serving completes in a very short time. All members who will attend the Divine Service are requested to watch and share this video with as many as possible.