Barely a year and four months after establishment, the Espiritu Santo Group Worship Service (GWS) conducted a baptism on October 23, 2020 at Awa’s pool in Luganville town in the Republic of Vanuatu, thus adding to the Church the first fruits of its work of propagating the pure gospel.
The Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) reached Espiritu Santo Island in the Republic of Vanuatu in early 2019, with a series of evangelical missions. It was led by Brother Felix Santos, Australia East Ecclesiastical District’s supervising minister, and Brother Ress Timbang, minister of the gospel.
Within the next months, other ministers from the district were sent to build on the work of propagation they had begun. On July 8, 2019, the Church Administration approved the establishment of the Espiritu Santo GWS.
The Church Administration sent two ministerial workers, Brothers Arnold Christian Cabatan and Jayson Cayabyab to oversee God’s work of salvation in the island. Many of those listening to God’s teachings, particularly in Luganville town, registered as doctrinal instructees. They were eventually baptized in the Church Of Christ on October 23, 2020, adding to the growing membership of the Espiritu Santo GWS.
On that sacred occasion, Brother Felix Santos preached God’s words and led the oath taking of newly baptized members through video conferencing. Brother Lennil Lucky Puzon, minister of the gospel, performed the baptism at the Awa’s pool in Luganville.
Salyline David, one of those newly baptized, recalled why she joined the Church Of Christ: “I wanted to know the truth and receive eternal life on the Day of Judgment. I have never felt this happy. Now, I am a member of the true Church.”
She resolved to continue encouraging her town mates to also join the Church Of Christ. “It is not yet too late for them to also have the chance to be saved,” she said. “I thank the Church Administration, especially Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, for sending ministers and ministerial workers to Vanuatu to preach God’s words upheld in the Church Of Christ.”
“It is indeed very important that even in these trying times, amid the pandemic that the world is still experiencing, many people are continuously added to the Church. Through this, we help them have the firm hope of receiving salvation and at the same time we praise and glorify our Almighty God,” said Brother Arnold. ― With reports from INC News Section