Notwithstanding the distance and current pandemic, the Ecclesiastical District of Masbate conducted the inaugural worship service of the Calanay Group Worship Service (GWS) on December 30, 2020.
Brother Miamino Miclat, district supervising minister, officiated at the special worship service.
In his Bible-based homily, he highlighted the importance of attending the worship service no matter what difficult circumstances God’s servants may be in.
The brethren from Brgy. Calanay, Aroroy used to attend worship services at the house of worship of the Local Congregation of Luy-A where they formerly belonged.
By land, they travel for an hour and a half via truck or habal-habal (a motorcycle for hire that even up to six passengers have to make do), either of which is slightly faster than traveling by sea via motorboat from Aroroy Port.
But as time passed, the muddy roads on rainy days have made the almost two-hour travel more difficult. Not only that, the current pandemic has made the ride so costly that they cannot afford it anymore, because there are still restrictions on fishing, their means of livelihood.
Thankfully, the Church Administration approved their request to have their own house of worship as their number has also increased.
Organized as a group worship service, the brethren built their house of worship in their barangay, on a piece of land owned by Reynald Sabang, which he voluntarily offered for the sake of their worship of God.
The brethren in Calanay GWS affirmed that they will all the more be active in worshiping God and united with the Church Administration in the activities being launched. — With reports from INC News Section