Christian Family Organizations (CFO) officers from the Ecclesiastical District of Italy North organized and hosted the district-wide INC Unity Games at the Centro Sportivo Schuster in Padre Lodovico Morell, Milan, Italy, on November 1, 2023. The love for the brotherhood was evident in the conduct of the sporting activity.
The program began at 8:00 a.m. with the parade of players from their respective local congregations and group worship services (GWS). They were joined by fellow brethren enlisted in their respective congregations. The opening prayer by Brother Stefan Ericson Villarico, district secretary, followed.
Afterwards, Brother Randy Macalinao, district supervising minister, gave his opening remarks. Before the games started, the players took an oath of sportsmanship administered by Brother Herbert Taguines, assistant district supervising minister.
First of the day’s events were the cheering competition between the Local Congregations of Milan, Milan South, and Monza. Afterwards, the CFO officers facilitated sporting events including basketball, volleyball, football, table tennis, badminton, darts, chess, track-and-field, and group relay.
“The INC Unity Games did not fail to live up to its purpose, that is, strengthening unity among Church members as they uphold their love of the brotherhood,” said Brother Taguines in an interview. “We are grateful to the Church Administration for supporting these activities. Our district will continue to work together in all Church activities for the glory of God.”
“The love of brotherhood has been truly evident. I could attest to that as I assisted the brethren who wanted to participate in badminton,” said Zavina Balcita, KADIWA officer from the Local Congregation of Milan, who is among the organizers of this district-wide activity. “Though the players were rivals as the games should be, but each of them could be seen cheering for everyone. Indeed, we are all winners having managed to participate here.”
“I played volleyball and basketball,” shared Jeremy Gugno, KADIWA member from Bologna. “My experiences today were amazing and inspiring. I had a chance to meet youth members here in our district, and I met new friends and acquaintances.”
Mike Angel Perez, Binhi player from Milan, said in Italian, “I’m happy that I once again met my fellow brethren to play and remain united as brothers and sisters in the faith.”
The awarding ceremony started at 4:00 in the afternoon. Brother Gillian Nuguid, district record custodian, said the closing prayer. — With reports from Kate Maximo Luistro of INC News Section