Four Thailand congregations unite for mangrove planting in Chonburi

By CHERRY ROSE B. RIÑOZA and MARK ANDRO T. MILAN

Date Posted: April 24, 2022

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Showing their concern for the environment, Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) members from the Local Congregation of Bangkok, Chonburi Group Worship Service (GWS), Sathorn GWS, and Sri Racha GWS united for a tree planting activity on April 2, 2022.

This was in time for the eighth anniversary of their ecclesiastical district, Thailand.

The brethren planted mangrove saplings at the coastal area of Soi Nartmontasevee, Samet, Chon Buri District, Chon Buri. Environmental studies have established that mangrove forests are beneficial to the coastal ecosystem, prevent shoreline erosion, and provide natural barrier against flooding and tsunamis.

Pornthip Foiwaree, Director of Center of Forestry Academics, presented a certificate of appreciation which Brother Junie Alarin received on behalf of the Church.

On behalf of her fellowmen living in Chonburi, Ms. Foiwaree said, “Thank you to the Church Of Christ, to Brother Eduardo Manalo, and to all the volunteers who came and helped plant trees, making our garden lush again. We really appreciate your help.”

Maileen Vito, a choir member from Chonburi GWS, said, “It has been a great privilege being part in this activity. I felt so happy for such a great experience, especially because it’s my first time to plant mangroves.”

“The Church Of Christ has been helping communities all over the world through socio-civic activities, like coastal clean-up, blood donation, and tree-planting. Whenever conducting these kind of activities, the brethren are happy since they know that participating in these help the communities and, most importantly, give honor and glory to the Almighty God,” said Brother Junie Alarin, district Christian Family Organizations overseer, who led the activity. — With reports from INC News Section

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