“Houses of worship are necessary, especially now that hardships are prevalent, because the brethren need the strength from God which they receive when they worship and pray to Him,” said Brother Rodrigo Reyes, the district supervising minister, after he officiated at the first worship service of the brethren from Balaybay in their refurbished 200-seater house of worship.
During the study of God’s words written in the Bible, Brother Reyes encouraged the brethren to always have faith, trust, and hope in the Lord as He promised that He will listen to the prayers of His servants.
Situated in Brgy. Balaybay, Castillejos, Zambales, Philippines, about 23 kilometers away from the district office, the house of worship was also furnished with a Johannus Organ, LED TV videoconferencing system, and state of the art sound system. Renovated also were the pastoral house and single-storey office building.
“We excitedly yearn for this day so we can render our thanksgiving and praises to God for His goodness to our congregation,” Rodel Asuncion, a deacon, enthused.
His wife, Magdalena, a deaconess, shared, “God answered our devotional prayers that He allows us to reach the day of the first worship service in this new and beautiful chapel.”
“It has been proven in my life so many times that God listens to my supplications whenever I hold my devotional prayers inside the house of worship,” attested Anna Gabriel Binuya, a finance officer.
Brother Dennis Ryan Guleng, resident ministerial worker, expressed, “We thank God for, through the instrumentality of the Church Administration, our house of worship underwent major renovation. This is a holy place where we worship Him, give our praises worthy of Him, and say our prayers.”
Established on June 9, 1985, the Balaybay Congregation just recently turned 37 years. — With reports from INC News Section and Mae Anne Macapagal