PHILIPPINES—To help in alleviating the plight of many which was worsened by the pandemic and recent typhoons, ten ecclesiastical districts in Mindanao simultaneously conducted Aid to Humanity events in two consecutive days, October 30 and 31, 2020. These were the Ecclesiastical Districts of Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental; Misamis Occidental; Cotabato North; Davao West; Maguindanao; Zamboanga del Norte; Zamboanga del Sur; Agusan del Norte; Surigao del Norte; and Bislig City, Surigao Del Sur.
The district supervising ministers led their fellow ministers, ministerial workers, Church officers, and brethren in the turn-over of goodwill bags to the local government units. Right after, these were given as aid to their fellowmen who were severely affected by the recent calamities in the country. Grateful to the brethren, government officials even assisted in the handing out while observing safety and health protocols.
Prioritizing the places hardly hit by the recent typhoons, Zamboanga del Norte District went to two barangays, Dilawa and Serongan, wherein around 400 families benefited including the Subanen tribe. In Agusan del Norte District, more than 2,000 goodwill bags were handed out to the citizens of five areas of Barangay (village) Poblacion.
Misamis Occidental District gave aid at Barangay Tinago, Ozamiz City. Its barangay captain, Mr. Ricky Fuentes, said, “Thank you so much to the Iglesia Ni Cristo. Happy birthday Brother Eduardo Manalo.”
Church members from Bislig City, Surigao del Sur District gave aid to their fellowmen in Barangay Pocto, Hinatuan. In Maguindanao District, brethren strived to reach the far-flung Teduray tribe and handed out 1,400 goodwill bags.
On behalf of the people of Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, Mayor Oscar Moreno, said, “I would like to thank the Iglesia Ni Cristo for your kindness and generosity, turning over these relief goods on the occasion of the celebration of the birthday of the Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo.” ― With reports from INC News Section
Putting to good use the quarantine period to halt the spread of COVID-19, Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) members from the Local Congregation of Taipa, Ecclesiastical District of Macau, bonded through an online seminar and virtual workshop on March 29, 2020.
Their resident minister, Brother Roly Tuazon, and the Christian Family Organizations (CFO) officers led the activity.
A seminar on how to play the “Game of the Generals” was conducted by Arvin Miranda, a Church officer, via online web meeting. He discussed about the board game’s basic rules. He also encouraged the brethren to make their own game board at their homes by using available materials including cardboards.
By the end of the activity, the brethren expressed delight. Notwithstanding the existing restrictions due to the current pandemic, they were able to spend time together, in unity with the Church Administration. — With reports from INC News Section