On August 4 and 12, 2023, the Ecclesiastical District of South America held two events under the Care For Humanity, the Church’s humanitarian program, in Reriutaba and Petropolis in the country of Brazil, wherein residents received food packs.
“Many people in Brazil are suffering because of the worsening poverty, which was further aggravated by the pandemic. But through the Church’s work of helping people, the residents are very thankful. They say that we helped at the right time, when they needed the most,” said Brother Rene Manansala, district supervising minister.
In the previous months, the district had conducted also nine other outreach programs in Brazil, handing out hundreds of food packs. According to Brother Manansala, the district will continue to hold these events in other countries as well in the South American continent.
During these programs, the supervising minister took the opportunity to introduce the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) to the natives, as well as the teachings it upholds.
“This outreach program that we hold is in obedience to the commandment of God to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. He commands us to help those in need whenever we can,” said Brother Manansala. As a result of the effort of the brethren in South America, the residents “are expressing their heartfelt thanks to our Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, for remembering the people of Brazil,” according to the supervising minister. He also said that many of those who received aid “are now attending Bible studies and worship services. They are very interested why we are able to help not only the people in Brazil but throughout the world.” — With reports from Joshua Reyes of INC News Section