“Resonate,” the a cappella singing competition in the Ecclesiastical District of New Zealand, reached its finale on February 6, 2022 with the virtual awarding ceremony.
The Local Congregation of Auckland emerged as the champion in the competition. The local congregations of Papakura and Hamilton landed first- and second-runner up places, respectively, while the Christchurch Local Congregation bagged the People’s Choice Award.
Recorded performances of the participants representing their respective local congregations were aired over a span of two weeks from January 23, 2022 on the district’s INC Radio program. During the airing, the brethren cast their votes online, one of the criteria the judges considered in choosing the winner of the special award.
“I feel proud of the performances of the brethren in this activity. It feels good to participate and be one with the Church Administration in this activity and I am happy to use our God-given talent in singing this beautiful song about fighting for our faith,” Jenna Agamata, a choir member from Papakura Local Congregation, expressed.
Alicia Ordonio, the music production director from Hamilton Local Congregation, shared what the participants had to do. “We gave the brethren five weeks to shoot and edit their entries. We could tell that the brethren were so excited because it was not something we have done before and it was a challenge for them.”
The musical event fostered zeal not only in the performers and the production crew but in the brethren who watched the performances as well.
“This activity is another way of giving praise to God through Iglesia Ni Cristo original music,” said Brother Edgar Hernandez, district Christian Family Organizations (CFO) overseer. “It can help to strengthen our faith in God and also give us hope when we are facing challenges in our lives, especially in this time of pandemic. We are very thankful to the Church Administration for approving this activity.” — With reports from INC News Section