At the start of the last quarter of year 2023, the propagation efforts of the brethren in the Ecclesiastical District of Isabela West once again bore fruits as more candidates for baptism in their district became full-fledged members of the Church on October 28, 2023.
“Those who received baptism not only learned the fundamental teachings upheld by the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ), but also proved their faith in these teachings during the period that they were waiting for the day of their baptism,” said Brother Ronilo R. Delos Reyes, district supervising minister. “They may have encountered many tests to their faith, but with God’s help, they have reached this day that they have been longing for.”
Before receiving baptism in the house of worship of the Local Congregation of Roxas, the then prospective members received biblical reminders through the homily of Brother Benigno Esguerra Jr., assistant district supervising minister. He reiterated to the newly baptized what they were taught during their doctrinal instructions, which is the importance of remaining obedient to the words of God and enduring as members of the true Church until the end in order to be saved.
Sheryl Rapirosa, one of the newly baptized from the Local Congregation of Binarzang, shared her experiences before becoming a Church member. “Before, I didn’t want to become a Church member. What piqued my interest to listen to the teachings in the Church was my husband who became a Church member before I did, and an active one at that. Eventually, I decided to join the Church because of the words I heard from the Bible which were taught to me,” she said.
Recounting her trial before her baptism, Sheryl added, “Just this past Tuesday, my child was hospitalized, something that I didn’t expect to happen. But I didn’t allow that to hinder me in reaching the day of my baptism. Instead, I prayed for my child’s welfare, and now that I am a full-fledged member of the Church, I still continue praying that soon, we will be together in our worship services to God.” — With reports from Ashley Dorothy Agbayani of INC News Section