INC members in Cotabato, Negros Occidental clean environs


Date Posted: February 25, 2024

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Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) members from the Ecclesiastical Districts of Cotabato North and Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, both in the Philippines, recently conducted clean-up drives at respective neighborhoods.

Brethren from all the 38 local congregations in the Ecclesiastical District of Cotabato North, Philippines, under the supervision of Brother Cesar Gutierrez, the district supervising minister, simultaneously conducted clean-up activities on February 3, 2024.

Early in the morning of the said date, the brethren, at their chosen sites, went around sweeping the ground, pulling weeds, and collecting garbage propelled by their desire to help clean the environment and foster a concern for their respective communities. Resident ministers and ministerial workers of congregations led the brethren in said activity.

Allyah Grace Ablas, a prospective member in Manongol Congregation, said, “I enjoyed this activity, and it inspires me even more to continue joining the Church Of Christ.” Reynaldo Sollorano, a doctrinal instructee from the same congregation, remarked, “Conducting a clean-up drive is an effective way to promote to the people in the community environmental protection for a better future.”

Jessica Claire Catalan, a choir member from Tulunan Congregation, iterated, “Thanks to the Church Administration for implementing this activity. Not only did it contribute to environmental awareness, but also help uplift bond among brethren.”

“Seeing the brethren united in this activity is so fulfilling,” said Brother Michael John Layno, a resident ministerial worker in Manongol Congregation.

Meanwhile, in the  Ecclesiastical District of Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, brethren from the Local Congregation of Talisay City, conducted their coastal clean-up drive on February 10, 2024.

Led by Brother Ronaldo Canlas, district supervising minister, the brethren aimed at preserving the pristine beauty of their coastal environment, specifically the shoreline of Brgy. Bubog, one of Talisay City’s 27 villages.

“So many brethren in our local congregation enthusiastically participated because we eagerly anticipated this activity,” said Renato Gumban Jr., the congregation Buklod president.

“We express our gratitude to our Almighty God for enabling this activity through the Church Administration, whom He placed in the Church. We will remain united in all endeavors of the Church for we understand and firmly believe that such obedience to the commandments of the Lord God pleases Him,” Brother Carlo Fuentes, resident ministerial worker, said on behalf of the congregation.

The said undertakings were aligned with the INC Giving project aimed at helping people and communities through acts of kindness. — With assistance from Eric Ramirez