After being a group worship service (GWS) for eight years, the group of brethren from Lae City have been organized into a full-fledged local congregation still bearing the name of the city of their residence.
On April 25, 2021, the brethren together with their guests conducted the Lae City Local Congregation’s inaugural worship service with the Ecclesiastical District of Australia West’s supervising minister, Brother Romeo Beltran, leading them via livestreaming.
“It is a great blessing and inspiration for us, being among those who have witnessed how the Church flourished here,” Brother Victor Enegente Jr., a pioneering brethren and the fifth head deacon of the Lae City Congregation, said of this development. “This momentous occasion is yet another proof that God never forsake us, He upholds this work of salvation.”
The GWS in Lae City, Morobe Province, which is 304 kilometers away from Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea started with nine brethren.
In the GWS’ nascent years, the brethren listened to audio tapes of worship service sermons and hymns sent from the Church’s Central Office in Quezon City, Philippines. From 2016, their spiritual welfare was catered for through livestreaming worship services officiated at the Central Office.
Despite meeting challenges, such as having to transfer their place of worship from time to time, the members continued to increase in number. Now, with God’s help, the new local congregation has settled in a rented building unit at Big V, Lae Top Town. Their current resident ministerial worker is Brother Edmark Velasco. — With reports from INC News Section