The heartwarming embrace of kindness has enveloped the close-knit communities of Cobram and Barooga as members of the Church Of Christ from the Local Congregation of Melbourne, Ecclesiastical District of Australia West, extended their compassionate support through a Care for Humanity program on July 30, 2023.
Under the guidance of the resident minister, Brother Manuel Villapañe Jr., the dedicated brethren embarked on a journey spanning several hours to carry out the said humanitarian endeavor to the residents of the twin towns in the borders between Victoria and New South Wales in the land down under.
Held at The El Sierra Motel along Golf Course Rd, Barooga NSW, the outreach activity mostly benefited migrants from the Solomon Islands living in the said communities.
The guests listened to the preaching of Brother Villapañe about the sole basis of faith and service to God of the Church Of Christ, which is the Holy Scriptures and the power of God unto salvation to those who believe.
Afterwards, the guests received free sumptuous meals. They also received crafted blankets to ward off the winter weather in the country.
Robert Kaia, one of the beneficiaries, extended his thanks to God and to the Church Of Christ for being part of the said event. “On behalf of the people here in Barooga and Cobram, thank you so much and we appreciate it,” he expressed. “We would like you to come here again next time. Everyone was very happy. You’ve been a blessing to us for helping us a lot.”
For a newly baptized member like Calvin Rakeitonu, attending such activities launched by the Church Administration was an honor for him. He said, “Thank you very much to Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, the Executive Minister, for allowing us to visit our fellowmen here and hold a Care for Humanity. It’s important to participate in this activity because it’s what the Bible is teaching us to help our fellowmen and share to them the words of God.” — With reports from Jennelin Guanzon and Emmylou Sanchez of INC News Section