Australia East District recognizes frontliners

By CHARLYN ARCENAL and MARK ANDRO T. MILAN

Date Posted: November 30, 2020

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Thanking the frontliners for their vital role in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, Church members from the Ecclesiastical District of Australia East conducted online a districtwide Frontliners’ Appreciation Day on November 2, 2020.

The district supervising minister, Brother Felix Santos, spearheaded the activity. Reading from the Bible, he commended the frontline workers for using their God-given abilities to be of help to the community.

With the change in their work schedule since the outbreak of Covid-19, Nurse Armielyn Martin, KADIWA member from the Local Congregation of Carlingford, shared, “The pandemic made me and a lot of my co-workers anxious. There definitely are weeks when I’ll have seven shifts or six days in a row.”

Dr. Frenn Aben, Buklod member from the Local Congregation of North Sydney, New South Wales, also shared, “My job has been more difficult because I have to be extra cautious and practice strict infection control. So that complicates things, a lot, for my practice during ward rounds and seeing patients in the clinic.”

Despite the toll of helping Covid-19 patients day in and day out, both Frenn and Armielyn stay motivated. Nurse Armielyn said, “Being a member of the Church Of Christ is what really gets me through. I find so much consolation and comfort in knowing that God is looking after me, and that whatever anxieties that come along my way … I have God right there.”

Dr. Frenn said, “As a member of the Church Of Christ, I place my whole trust in God to guide me, protect me and my family, and the Church. There has never been a time when we miss worship services. We continue to praise and worship God despite the pandemic, despite the lockdown measures.”

On behalf of the frontliners, he added, “Thank you very much to the Church Administration, especially to the Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, for recognizing not only me but also other frontliners.” ― With reports from INC News Section

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