The first-ever Christian Society for the Deaf (CSD) Camp was recently hosted by the Ecclesiastical District of Urdaneta City, Pangasinan. It was held at the Laoac Gym in the town of Laoac, Pangasinan, Philippines on October 29, 2022. In attendance were Deaf brethren and guests from ecclesiastical districts in Region 1 and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
“This is already a part of the line-up of activities leading to the 10th founding anniversary of CSD next year. Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, the Executive Minister, and Brother Angelo Eraño V. Manalo, the CFO Coordinator, continue launching projects and programs for our deaf brethren,” Brother Alexander Castillo, minister of the gospel and CSD adviser, explained.
Envisioned as a day of fun and socializing for brethren and guests who are members of the Deaf community, the activity was facilitated by CSD officers from the said districts as well as delegation from the CSD main office in Quezon City. Through their collaborative efforts, CSD members and guests were able to play games such as basketball shootout, chess, Game of the Generals, Stack Tower, Guessing Game, among others.
The delegates were from the districts of Abra; Alaminos City, Pangasinan; Batac City, Ilocos Norte; Benguet; Ilocos Sur; Laoag City; La Union; Lingayen, Pangasinan; Mountain Province; Rosales, Pangasinan; San Carlos City, Pangasinan; and the host district.
“I thank Brother Eduardo Manalo for his continuous help to us who are Deaf,” Zernan Jardinez, from the Local Congregation of Flores, Ecclesiastical District of Rosales, Pangasinan, expressed in sign language.
“The Deafs’ participation in Church activities allows them to be with the brethren, to know each other and other brethren, and to further strengthen their faith, for them to be active in serving our Lord God,” Brother Castillo, also said.
“We thank our Lord God for His love for us. We also thank the Church Administration for approving the first CSD Camp to be held in our district,” Brother Roderick Chulvo, supervising minister of Urdaneta City District, enthused. “The Administration’s concern is truly important especially in these times of anxiety and trouble. The brethren, including those who are differently-abled, receive the care they need for them to be steadfast in the faith.” — With reports from INC News Section