“Life is difficult here,” said Eleno Vidal, a resident of Balabac Island in Palawan.
“This island [Balabac] is much closer to Malaysia than Palawan’s capital city in Puerto Princesa. So, we buy most of our goods there [in Malaysia],” said Kenneth Batalla, Barangay Chairman of Poblacion 1, Balabac, Palawan, Philippines.
On July 30, 2022, the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ), through the Ecclesiastical District of Palawan South, held an outreach-evangelical mission in Balabac. To reach the island, the delegation of volunteers, led by ministers, travelled for hours. From the town of Nara, where the district office is located, they first drove south to Buliluyan Port, a trip that lasted four hours. From the port, it took them another two hours to reach Balabac.
Residents who accepted the invitation of the brethren gathered at the Catagupan Elementary School’s multipurpose hall for the activity. The study of God’s words was led by Brother Armando Ernie, minister of the gospel. He taught that salvation can be found only in the true Church—the Church Of Christ—as attested to by the Bible. Afterwards, the Aid to Humanity event was conducted in the same venue; the residents received relief packages containing several food items.
“Thank you very much to Brother Eduardo V. Manalo and to the entire Church Of Christ because the activity really helped us a lot. Despite the long travels, they were here to extend aid to us,” conveyed Joy Guardiario, a public-school teacher. “I also learned about what the Bible says as to how I can be saved.”
“The Church Of Christ is always welcome here in our island. I’ve seen how they sacrificed just to get here and these are well appreciated. I’m also a witness to their camaraderie and unity,” enthused Brgy. Chairman Batalla.
Brother Carlo Francisco, district supervising minister, explained why the Church continues to conduct humanitarian activities despite the widespread poverty: “These are all but a fulfillment to God’s command and an expression of love by the Church Administration to our fellowmen.” — With reports from INC News Section