Since the beginning of the renovation of the Compostela Congregation’s house of worship in April 2022, the town of its namesake where it is located in the Province of Davao de Oro (formerly Compostela Valley) has experienced several magnitude-5.0 plus earthquakes. The most recent of these occurred on March 7, 2023, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), few weeks before the completion of the renovation.
With God’s help, the resiliency of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) members in this part of Eastern Mindanao, Philippines amidst calamities is truly evident as they zealously serve the Almighty God. As a proof, they dedicated to Him on April 2, 2023 their newly renovated house of worship, which can now accommodate 500 worshipers.
“We were so excited to attend the special worship service in the new house of worship. In fact, we’ve already prepared everything we needed the night before it,” enthused Diosdado Calpo, a deacon.
The sacred gathering was officiated by Brother Arnel T. Verceles, minister of the gospel overseeing the INC Central Office Personnel Department. He biblically pointed out to the brethren how God manifests His power and abiding help to His faithful servants who always trust in Him.
One of those blessed to attend the dedication worship service was Renier Montealto, deaconess. She expressed, “I’m so overjoyed; my heart is filled with gladness to see our new house of worship. Although we’ve experienced so many challenges, God allowed us to reach this blessed day.”
“Whatever happens in our lives, may it be an earthquake or a storm, we are unhindered to worship the Lord and perform our duties before Him,” said Raquel Telin, choir member.
Brother Felix Baliling Jr., resident minister, promised they will “take care and love this holy edifice. The brethren will remain active in the worship services for they firmly believe that such occasions open doors to all of God’s goodness to them.”
Situated in Prk. 8, Crossing Gabi, Compostela, about 26 kilometers away from the district office in Nabunturan, the newly dedicated edifice was also furnished with a Johannus Organ, CCTV, LED TV videoconferencing, and state of the art sound system. Also renovated were the pastoral house and single-storey office building.
The Compostela Congregation is one of the 29 congregations, along with four extensions, and seven group worship services (GWS), of the Ecclesiastical District of Davao de Oro, which is under the care of Brother Nicanor Bernardo Jr., district supervising minister. — With reports from Jovel Cutamora of INC News Section