Further reaching out to people in South America, the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) conducted a Care For Humanity in Santiago, Chile on September 16, 2023. Brother Rene Manansala, supervising minister of the Ecclesiastical District of South America, led the activity.
“We are commanded by God to help those who are in need, especially that many people in this country are in such condition. It is our goal that through the Care For Humanity, we can help them with some of their daily needs,” said Brother Manansala.
Prior to giving out the care packages, Brother Manansala took the opportunity to introduce the Church Of Christ to the residents of Santiago who were present during the event.
“More important than material need is that which is spiritual. This is why we also shared with them God’s words, which hopefully, the residents in Santiago would also believe in for their salvation,” conveyed Brother Manansala.
Among the attendees was Ms. Jennifer Cespedes, a local government official from the public relations division in Santiago. Expressing her gratitude to the Church for such humanitarian efforts, she said, “I believe that this is a big help to the community especially that we had gone through some hard times in recent years. I am thankful to the Church Of Christ.”
The following day, September 17, 2023, was the inaugural worship service of the newly established Local Congregation of Santiago, Chile. Officiated at by Brother Manansala, he pointed out how the Church continues to flourish in all parts of the world and build many houses of worship. One of the reasons, according to his Bible-based lecture, is the voluntary contributions of the Church members. To this growth, brethren in Santiago are first-hand witnesses.
Brother Manansala said, “It is our hope that the Church will further expand here in this country, as we continue to unite with our Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, whom God utilizes as His instrument to lead all of us towards our salvation.” — With reports from Brother Joshua Reyes of South America Multimedia