“With the guidance and instruction of our district supervising minister, Brother Romeo Beltran, we have conducted Care for Humanity activities in Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea,” said Brother Edmark Velasco, resident minister of the Lae City Congregation.
Part of the unified efforts of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) in lending a hand to those in need, the said congregation, under the jurisdiction of the Australia West Ecclesiastical District, held outreach activities to two cities in the South Pacific Ocean. Care packages, containing basic necessities and non-perishable food items, were distributed to the residents there.
On July 12, 2023, Brother Velasco, who traveled four hours by plane to Honaria, capital city of the Solomon Islands, led a Care for Humanity event at the Capital Park in Burnscreek Area.
Four days later, on July 16, another outreach activity was held at the Lae City Congregation’s house of worship. With the help of the officers from the district’s Christian Medical Dental and Paramedical Society (CMDPS), free consultation services were given to the beneficiaries. Through this, they were able to avail medical services such as monitoring of their blood pressure, temperature, weight, and pulse rate.
In both occasions, Brother Velasco delivered a short biblical lecture to the guests about the great importance of being counted among God’s true servants who will inherit the promised salvation come Judgment Day.
“I learned a lot about the Church Of Christ,” said Quwen Taoria, a guest. “I’m so happy and blessed to be part of the program. I also thank the Church for the care packages that were given to us. It would help me and my family, too.”
In an interview, Brother Velasco extended his gratitude to the Church Administration for carrying out such activities. He expressed, “We thank our beloved Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo for constantly inspiring everyone to continually pursue kindness and sharing our faith. Above all, we thank the Lord God for His abiding help. Praises be to the Father!” — With reports from Quiza and Loreen Quiñola of INC News Section