Care for Humanity events thrive in New Zealand

By VINCE T. BASCO

Date Posted: November 30, 2023

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The Ecclesiastical District of New Zealand conducted a series of Care for Humanity events in October 2023.

First off was that of the brethren from Ba, Fiji Islands Group Worship Service (GWS) which was held at their house of worship compound on October 1; then, that of Tavua GWS the next day, at Naivuvuni; and Nuku Alofa, Tonga Local Congregation at Popua Village Hall, Tonga on October 5.

On October 21, the brethren from the Local Congregation of Hastings and Palmerston North Group Worship Service (GWS) unitedly handed over care packages to their fellowmen at Ebbet Park School in Raureka, Hastings; those from Tauranga Congregation at Matua Hall on October 28.

Majority of other local congregations and GWS held theirs on October 29, the venues of which were Coronation Hall in Mosgiel (Rakaia Local Congregation with two GWS, Dunedin and Timaru), Little Theatre in Lower Hutt (Hutt Valley, Wellington), Mangapapa Scout and Guide Hall in Riverdale (Gisborne), Metu Hall in Kingswell, Invercargill (Cromwell, Invercargill, Invercargill South, Queenstown), Pascual Residence (New Plymouth), Shirley Intermediate School (Christchurch, Christchurch East), and Westlake Girls High School (Auckland, Hamilton, Manukau South, North Shore, Papakura, Rotorua, Te Kuiti).

Asked what is the firm zeal of Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) members in the district in participating with these socio-civic activities, Brother Dennis Dahunan, district supervising minister, replied, “Upon extending help to our fellowmen, we are in effect giving glory to our Lord God, as what is written in Proverbs 3:27, ‘whenever you possibly can, do good to those who need it’.”

“It’s a very organized activity, and many people are here today. I’m thankful for the help,” Lovelle Schroder, a guest, remarked.

“People are very appreciative of the help from the Church Of Christ,” said Michael Fowler, Hastings Councilor. That is because not only it is “very difficult economically at the moment in New Zealand, the cost of living is so high” but also, recently the “cyclone (Gabriel) has done a lot of damage, many people find it difficult and have struggled under the circumstances, some have lost their homes and livelihood,” he explained. — With reports from Roxanne Rosquita of INC News Section

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