On his first journey to India, Chief Apostle Schneider visited the Shadnagar congregation near Hyderabad. More than 800 members
attended the Divine Service for ministers and wives, and the sermon was based on the bible verse from 2 Timothy 4:5, “But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”
The Chief Apostle’s sermon was simultaneously translated into Hindi. Since India is a land with many languages, translation into Kannada and Telugu was possible when the District Apostles Brinkmann and Hebeisen were called up to serve.
During the Divine Service, the four Indian Apostles – Jayawanth Amathi, HKK Jacob, Morris Lal and Vinod K Sahae – were retired, as well as Bishop Sunil Minzee from Bangladesh.