The Ecclesiastical District of Hawaii-Pacific conducted on January 19, 2024, an evangelical mission and ‘Welcome, My Brethren’ activity in six venues throughout the district: five in the islands of Hawaii and one in American Samoa.
“For this activity, 11 local congregations in O’ahu, Hawaii brought their guests, at the house of worship of the Local Congregation of Ewa Beach. Those in Big Island, at the Keaau place of worship; in Kauai, at the house of worship in Kalaheo; and congregations in Maui, at the Wailuku place of worship. Our brethren in American Samoa rented a venue specifically for this propagational activity,” said Brother Gem Baitan, district supervising minister.
Evangelical missions are held to “propagate God’s words,” said Brother Dontae Thompson, resident minister in Ewa Beach. Regarding the ‘Welcome, My Brethren’ activity, “it strengthens our new brothers and sisters in the faith,” he added.
The ministers assigned in the different venues taught a Bible-based lesson regarding the importance of the Church Of Christ for people to receive salvation. In their preaching, they gave emphasis on the truth that “the Church Of Christ is the one that our Lord Jesus Christ will save on the Day of Judgment.”
After the evangelical missions, the ‘Welcome, My Brethren’ followed, during which brethren and guests alike participated in interactive games that paved a way for them to socialize.
Ryla Valerio, a choir member from the Local Congregation of Kaneohe, was able to invite and bring along her friend, Soseiki Higuichi, in the evangelical mission. She gladly reported that “he decided to undergo Bible studies on doctrines.” “The teachings I received today were heartwarming, encouraging me to cherish my faith,” Higuchi said. “I will continue to accompany him in other activities of the Church, and introduce him to our fellow brethren,” Valerio shared.
“I want my family and friends to be saved on Judgment Day. So I actively invite them to listen to the teachings in the Church,” said Kayla Muñoz, Children’s Worship Service (CWS) teacher and local secretary in Kaneohe Congregation. She was instrumental in bringing along her friend Jaren Chun.
“I felt the Church’s warm welcome, like I am not an outsider but as one among the members. They treated me the same way they do as with their brothers and sisters in the faith,” Chun observed. — With reports from JC Galang of INC News Section