The Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) members from the Local Congregation of Dimbaza, Ecclesiastical District of Southern Africa, gathered on October 14, 2023 to praise the Lord God during the inaugural worship service for their new place of worship, which is a rented property situated at 5468 Polar Park, Dimbaza, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.
Brother Reu-el K. Alvarez, assistant district supervising minister, officiated at the occasion. “We are grateful to our Lord God that, through the Church Administration, the brethren from the Local Congregation of Dimbaza have a place of worship now.”
In his homily, Brother Alvarez taught from the Bible that those who love and thus take good care of the house of worship will remain steadfast until the end. “In this place, we receive God’s teachings that guide us as we continue serving Him in the Church Of Christ,” he emphasized. “Let us maintain the cleanliness and orderliness of this place. Let us always be gathered here to worship the Almighty God,” he added.
For almost five years, the brethren from Dimbaza transferred from place to place, just to be able to conduct worship of God. They even conducted worship services in the nearest but approximately 13 miles away from the Local Congregation of King William’s Town. Fortunately, the rental contract of their place of worship now is renewable, and “a more accessible place that will serve as our house of worship, a great blessing from God,” said Brother Fervehn Carl de Mesa, the resident ministerial worker.
On behalf of the congregation, Brother de Mesa added, “This is our Almighty God’s answer to our devotional prayers. The brethren will be more active in their services. We promise to take care of this place and will continue to intensify the propagational work of the Church.”
Alulutho Ludonga, choir member and the congregation’s KADIWA president, expressed, “I am so overwhelmed with happiness to see our new house of worship, which is much closer to us here in Dimbaza. It’s a beautiful chapel.”
“I feel blessed for having attended our inaugural worship service despite all the hardships and hindrances we faced along the way,” said Liyabona Ntshudu, also a choir member. — With reports from Cara Luzeleine Sanico of INC News Section