Celebrating 20 years of involvement in China – A South African Family’s journey (All Chapters)

INTRODUCTION The year 2019 my family and I celebrated 20 years of involvement in China. This 20 year journey has been filled with countless experiences and encounters that have brought us closer to our Heavenly Father. I therefore decided to share this tremendous journey with you. Since the launch of NACIC over 4 years ago, … [Read more…]

Chapter 4: Celebrating 20 years of involvement in China – A South African Family’s journey

Continued from Chapter 3 A new dawn Studying in China was quite the challenge and I wanted to throw in the towel many a time. However, I couldn’t waste such a golden opportunity and so, I worked especially hard to make sure that my lecturers and the faculty staff had the best impression of South … [Read more…]

Chapter 3: Celebrating 20 years of involvement in China – A South African Family’s journey

Continued from Chapter 2 International Membership of the New Apostolic Church As at 2007 the international membership of the New Apostolic Church comprised mainly of African and Asian members who made up almost 90% of the total membership of the New Apostolic Church, globally. During this time many South Africans went abroad for employment, study … [Read more…]

Chapter 2: Celebrating 20 years of involvement in China – A South African Family’s journey

Continued from Chapter 1 Gap Year When I think back of my teenage years, I immediately feel a deep sympathy for my parents, because to say that I was a difficult teen is a huge understatement. Specifically, I felt sorry for my mum, as my dad was mostly away during my high school years due … [Read more…]

Chapter 1: Celebrating 20 years of involvement in China – A South African Family’s journey

CHAPTER 1 Start of the journey Our family’s 20-year journey began when I turned 11 years old in June 1999. The landscape of my world at that time was changing immensely and as a child, I had no idea what a huge impact these changes would have in our lives. In 1999, South Africa was … [Read more…]

FAITHFUL TO CHRIST: An extremely difficult experience of Youth Members living in China

During a recent interview Chief Apostle Jean Luc Schneider remarked, “Our actions are distinguished by several objectives. Our primary goal is to preach the gospel truthfully and conscientiously throughout the world. For us as Apostles, this means the following. – We need to be careful that Jesus Christ takes first place, and not the institution … [Read more…]

Unity in Christ – Is Segregation or Separation in the Church ever acceptable?

Segregation is broadly defined as “the action or state of setting someone or something apart from others”, whilst separation is defined as “the action or state of moving or being moved apart”. Segregation is also defined by the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance as “the act by which a (natural or legal) person separates … [Read more…]

Teachers Day – Jesus, the greatest Spiritual Teacher of all time!

Sunday 10th September marked Teachers day in China. In China, teachers are highly respected and the teaching profession held in high esteem. It is very similar to the way, we, as Christians, esteem Jesus, as the greatest spiritual teacher of all times. As Teachers Day fell on a Sunday, students already eagerly presented their gifts, … [Read more…]

Social Media and the Church

(Originally published on 11 September 2017 – Before the COVID-19 pandemic) It is with deep interest that we follow the input, from our leaders in the New Apostolic Church as well as Christians, in general, on the impact of social media in our society. We must admit that some of these views come across as … [Read more…]