Bataan District conducts back-to-back baptisms
By PAULA JANINE DIMACULANGAN and RONNIE H. MUTYA
Date Posted: June 10, 2021
“God never abandoned me and so, through His help, I was able to reach the day of my baptism.” Thus said Jolita Aplacador, a former Catholic member and now an enlisted Church Of Christ member in the Mt. View Local Congregation.
Just like her, the newly baptized brethren in the Ecclesiastical District of Bataan, in the Philippines, also expressed how they experienced God’s grace so, despite various trials they faced when they decided to join the Church, they are now full-fledged members of the Church through the recently held back-to-back baptisms.
On May 24, 2021, two simultaneous baptisms were held in the district. One in the house of worship of the Local Congregation of Mt. View while the other was held in Dinalupihan Local Congregation. The district supervising minister, Brother Jobert Esguerra, and the assistant district supervising minister, Brother Manolo Viloria, officiated the sacred occasions, respectively.
Six days later, on May 30, another simultaneous baptism of converts were held in the district. The first one was conducted in the house of worship of Balanga Local Congregation which was led by Brother Esguerra while the other baptism was led by Brother Viloria held in Hermosa Local Congregation’s house of worship.
Before the baptismal proper, the candidates for baptism were taught about the importance of having a firm conviction and solid faith in God to endure trials and persecutions in order to remain active in fulfilling His commands.
Now that Myka Jane Ortea from Mariveles Congregation is a full-fledged member, she expressed, “My worries in life were gone because I now have the privilege to call upon God and Jesus Christ, Who can truly help me overcome any hardships to remain in my membership and attain the salvation promised to us, members of the Church Of Christ.”
Along with other provinces in Region III, Bataan was placed under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) for the entire month of May. Doing their part to combat Covid-19, the brethren strictly observed the minimum health protocols. — With reports from INC News Section