Australia East, New Zealand youth celebrate 50th anniversary of KADIWA, Binhi via special gatherings

By PIERRE ANTHONY M. RACSAG

Date Posted: November 14, 2023

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Young members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) from the Ecclesiastical Districts of Australia East and New Zealand held special gatherings on October 8 and October 15, 2023, respectively, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of KADIWA and Binhi organizations.

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The young brethren from Australia East District held the said gathering at the house of worship of the Local Congregation of Minchinbury, New South Wales, which served as the host site. Their fellow youth from other local congregations gathered at respective places of worship, which were connected to the main site through livestreaming.

Brother Seth Gutierrez, district supervising minister, led the preaching of the words of the Lord God. From the Bible, he taught that the young members of the Church should not allow themselves to be influenced by the wickedness in this world. Instead, they must continue being active members of the Church.

“If the Church’s youth remain ‘active and diligent,’ they will all the more receive God’s favor,” Brother Gutierrez highlighted.

“We will stay active in all our services to our Lord God, through our participation in the different activities inside the Church, not only in the edification of our faith, but also in the propagation of the gospel,” said Liza Marie Cacnio, district KADIWA president, from the Local Congregation of Sydney.

“I will continue guiding the youth of the Church, and I will do my best so that none of them may compromise their membership inside the Church Of Christ,” said Brother Mark Tongol, resident minister of Logan, Queensland Congregation.

In New Zealand District, the said gathering was mainly held at the house of worship of the Local Congregation of Auckland, with the Local Congregations of Wellington, Invercargill, and Christchurch connected through livestreaming.

The study of God’s words written in the Bible was led by Brother Dennis Dahunan, the district supervising minister. He emphasized that the Church’s young members must be careful in the way they live. They must ensure that they remain faithful and loyal to the Lord God amid the many temptations and trials.

“I feel blessed and thankful. I’ve been reminded to always do the right thing to receive God’s blessings,” said Nicole Bedrijo from Invercargill Congregation.

Also in this activity, some members took their oath as Children’s Worship Service (CWS) teachers. Faye Anne Awa, from Local Congregation of Waikanae, was among them. “I believe that being a CWS teacher, I’m of help in guiding my fellow younger brethren,” she said.

“Brother Eduardo Manalo, our Executive Minister, so desires that all members of the Church remain strong in their faith for them to be assured of receiving God’s promised salvation,” said Brother Benito Sumang III, district edification overseer, “which is why we thank our beloved leader for his true love and concern for all the young members inside the Church Of Christ.” — With reports from Ann Coline Muros and Lorrie Kate Salomon of INC News Section