Special worship gathering for ministers, ministerial workers, and their respective wives:
Ciudad de Victoria, Bulacan, Philippines
May 17, 2019
By Kenneth Ouano
Special worship gathering for ministers, ministerial workers, and their respective wives: Ciudad de Victoria, Bulacan, Philippines
May 17, 2019
By Kenneth Ouano
Raising a family is something everyone wants to succeed in doing. No parent would want to fail in rearing a child. Parents work hard and often make many sacrifices just to give their children a bright future. In turn, as children grow up, they would not want to let their parents down. They do their best to make their parents proud in all aspects of their life.
People of different cultures and upbringing have different views on how to gauge the success of a family. For members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ), true success in family life is not measured by riches or wealth, but by being completely faithful to God and completely obedient to His commandments written in the Bible.
To keep Church Of Christ members guided in the proper way of raising a true Christian family, the Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, teaches them God’s words written in the Bible at all opportune times. One of such occasions was the special worship service he officiated in the Local Congregation of Ciudad de Victoria, Ecclesiastical District of Bulacan South on May 17, 2019. The attendees of the worship service were the Executive Minister’s helpers in overseeing the entire flock—the ministers and ministerial workers of the Church Of Christ, together with their respective wives. The Executive Minister’s preaching of the lesson was witnessed through live streaming in 191 sites around the world (104 in the Philippines and 87 abroad).
The key to God’s blessings in the family, as taught in the biblical lesson preached by the Executive Minister, is obedience to the commandments of the Almighty Father.
“My family understands and faithfully believes that the Lord God gave the Administration of the Church Of Christ the sole right to teach His commandments. That is why from the time our daughter was young, my wife and I already trained her to always obey and be united with the Church Administration,” said Brother Glenn Gomez, district supervising minister of the United Kingdom Ecclesiastical District. “Our beloved Executive Minister taught that the effective way for the youth to learn is teaching by example. Parents should not only teach but also show how to live with integrity, to avoid being materialistic, and to love and care for the Church.”
Teaching the younger generations of Church Of Christ members obedience to God’s commandments taught by the Church Administration is an important role of the parents, especially those in the ministry. With this in mind, Brother Dennis Dahunan, district supervising minister of the Ecclesiastical District of New Zealand, said: “My wife and I make it a habit to teach our children and their friends the proper way of treating others—how they talk to the elderly, especially to their parents, and how they should act when they are with other youth.”
The Church Administration also prepares the biblical lessons that aim to inculcate Christian values in the Church Of Christ youth, which they receive early in their life through the Children’s Worship Service (CWS). “Our children grew up attending the Children’s Worship Service, so the values that Church Of Christ members ought to have were instilled in them. They grew up having trust in our Lord God because they were always with us during our family devotional prayers since they were young,” said Brother Dennis.
Parents are always reminded to teach their children to be prayerful and to always attend the worship services, no matter what the circumstances are. “If parents ensure that their children actively attend the CWS and learn these values, then surely their children will have a good future and remain steadfast in their membership in the Church Of Christ,” Brother Dennis added.
Throughout her years as a mother, Sister Helen Gaper, wife of Brother Reynaldo Gaper who is a minister and senior instructor in the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) School For Ministers in Quezon City, has seen how their children grew up as a result of the way they reared them. She said: “Even when they were still in school, they always stayed away from vices and from people who instigate those vices. They learned the importance of obeying what we taught them, such as observing curfew, keeping away from bad influences, and conducting devotional prayers to God—that all of these are for their own good.”
Now, two of the three daughters of Sister Helen and Brother Reynaldo have their own families as well, one of them is a ministerial worker’s wife.
Members of the Church Of Christ follow the words of God in nurturing their household to become righteous. Sister Juvilyn Guiao, a minister’s wife and mother of two, said: “My husband and I do our best to teach our children what is right and wrong in the sight of God. We instill in them reverent fear of God by making them understand the consequences of doing the wrong things and the blessings in store for them for faithfully obeying God’s commandments.”
Sister Juvilyn and her husband Brother Salvador Guiao, who is assigned in the Local Congregation of Colorado Springs, Ecclesiastical District of Mountain States, continue to fervently pray to God for help in raising their son and daughter.
She said, “We always make them understand that since they are minister’s children, they should serve as good examples to other children.”
Another way that the Church Administration helps parents and their children is through the activities launched by the Christian Family Organizations (CFO). “I believe that it is essential for the Church Of Christ youth to learn how to make firm decisions regarding their faith, so that they will not be influenced or pressured by their peers who are nonmembers. The INC Family Hour should be conducted consistently and parents should be an example to their children in joining CFO activities,” said Brother Jacinto Sangre Jr., CFO district overseer of the Ecclesiastical District of Cebu City, Cebu.
From time to time, the CFOs conduct seminars to help families remain firm in their faith while facing relevant social issues. “Through such activities, our youth learn to appreciate the bond of brotherhood we have in the Church, to be responsible enough to accept a Church duty, and to actively unite with the Church Administration,” Brother Jacinto expressed.
The ministers and ministerial workers and their respective families promise and prove not only to the Church Administration, but, most importantly, to the Lord God, that they and the future generations of their family will remain faithful to God. Brother Glenn stated: “We will not allow any of our family members to do something disgraceful to the ministry and to the Church. We will never tire in teaching and guiding them to be loyal to God and to the Administration He placed in the Church.”
Likewise, Brother Dennis promised to continue “teaching the future generations of Church members to be morally upright and to live with integrity, that is, to live according to God’s words.” Like all the other ministers and ministerial workers who are assigned in various parts of the world, he declared: “I will fulfill my duty as a minister in teaching obedience to God’s commandments, so that the brethren under my care will be all the more prepared for the nearing day of salvation.”