With God’s guidance and help, the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) continues to grow in the “Land Down Under.” Ten days prior to the Church’s 108th anniversary, its district in the western half of the country opened an extension in Hastings, a town in the Mornington Peninsula, Melbourne, Victoria, for the Local Congregation of Dandenong.
The Hastings Extension’s inaugural worship service was held on July 17, 2022 at a rented hall within the Hastings Community Hub, where, as approved by the Central Office, the extension would, thereafter, hold regular worship services.
The Ecclesiastical District of Australia West’s supervising minister, Brother Romeo E. Beltran, officiated at the sacred occasion, during which he delivered a sermon that underscored God’s promise of safekeeping in this life and salvation on Judgment Day, which He gave to His chosen people from whom He expects wholehearted devotion and unswerving trust.
Besides greater efficiency in providing for the spiritual needs of the brethren residing in and around Hastings, the extension’s founding was also perceived as an impetus for a more robust work of spreading the true gospel of salvation among the town’s growing population.
“The leadership of the Local Congregation of Dandenong saw the great potential of propagation here in Hastings,” said Marlon Villamil, a deacon and a pioneering member of the Hastings Extension.
“Seeing the brethren holding tight to the teachings upheld inside the Iglesia Ni Cristo no matter the persecutions they faced made a big impact to me to keep participating, together with my household, in all the Church’s endeavors,” Villamil added. — With reports from INC News Section