Danlag Bla’an community receives aid from the Church

By AMMIEL GALAPON and MARK ANDRO T. MILAN

Date Posted: September 6, 2021

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The Ecclesiastical District of Koronadal City, South Cotabato held an Aid to Humanity on August 22, 2021 at the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) housing and eco-farming community in Danlag, Tampakan, South Cotabato, Philippines for the benefit of its Bla’an residents. Health and safety protocols were strictly followed.

District supervising minister, Brother Apolinario Seacor, led the humanitarian event. “In this way we heed what the Church Administration taught us from the Bible, that is, to love the brotherhood, and care for our fellowmen, they be Church members or not,” he explained.

The beneficiaries, among whom were prospective Church Of Christ members, expressed their gratefulness to the Church Administration. Jeanriel Tsaple said, “Thank you so much to our Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, for his unwavering love and care for us.”

“We may be far from distance yet we still received these aid,” Dominique Vasquez added.

On behalf of the Local Congregation of Danlag, Brother Viergos Juradas, resident ministerial worker, said, “We will continue with our wholehearted unity, and activeness in our worship and services to God to safeguard our election and thus be worthy of the promised salvation.”

Danlag, which literally means “a forest,” has been home to the Bla’ans, a Lumad (Cebuano term for indigenous) group, for a long time in their history. In 2002, the Local Congregation of Topland established an extension in Danlag for the growing number of Bla’an brethren. Tribal chieftain Dalena Samling was the first Bla’an to embrace the true faith.

On May 27, 2016, the Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, led the inauguration of the INC eco-farming and housing project for the Bla’ans­—both for Church members and nonmembers alike. — With reports from INC News Section

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