“This is a great blessing for us, especially in this city. We have been praying to God for a long time. And we have been asking Him, through our devotional prayers, that He will answer our prayers,” said Devy Rodriguez.
The second head deacon was referring to the recent elevation of a group worship service (GWS) of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) in Brandon, second largest city in the province of Manitoba in Canada. The then GWS, after seven years of being so, is now the Local Congregation of Brandon.
“For the brethren, this is a huge blessing, because if we are to look at the history of what the brethren had to encounter and to go through, before there was a GWS in this part of the world. The brethren had to travel over 200 kilometers for two hours, sometimes even three hours, depending on the harsh weather conditions to make it to the closest local congregation that was near to them,” shared Brother Felman Lopez, resident ministerial worker.
Marking this development was the Brandon Congregation’s inaugural worship service, which its members held at their place of worship on December 17, 2023. Brother Roland Andrade, supervising minister of the Manitoba District, led them.
During the study of God’s words, Brother Andrade taught the importance of being members of the true Church. He then reminded the brethren that as true Christians in these last days, they must fulfill their duties to the best of their ability. No matter what hardship or sacrifice that they will encounter, they must strive to continue on until the day of their salvation.
Afterwards, an oath taking was led by Brother Rodrigo Malacad Jr., assistant district supervising minister, to instate the additional officers in the Church for the local congregation’s welfare.
“We thank our Lord God because the growth of the members of the Church Of Christ in this part of the world is truly immense and evident. We could see the hard work of the ministers, ministerial workers, and also the officers who took care of our brothers and sisters inside the Church,” expressed Brother Andrade.
“We will fulfill our divine duties. We will wholeheartedly devote ourselves in caring for our fellow brethren here in Brandon. So that they will also be with us upholding the proper way of worshiping our Father in heaven,” Rodriguez added on behalf of fellow Church officers. — With reports from Eric Perey of INC News Section