Buklod members in New Zealand got together for the districtwide Mr. & Mrs. Chef cook-off on July 29, 2021. The activity was held in each local congregation and group worship service (GWS) in the district. Meanwhile, participants from neighboring local congregations gathered in a single venue for the activity, as was the case for the congregations in Auckland and Christchurch.
During the activity, married couples showcased their cooking skills. From preparing the ingredients, the actual cooking, and to the presentation of their chosen dish, husbands and wives worked hand-in-hand. Some of the dishes that the brethren prepared were Surf ‘n’ Turf (seafood and meat combined), Lomi (Filipino type noodle soup), Ginataang kalabasa (squash with coconut milk), Kaldereta (meat stewed in a pot) and many more.
Brother Dennis Dahunan, district supervising minister, and Brother Edgar Hernandez, district CFO overseer, supervised the activity in North Island while Brother Nolly Esperanza, assistant district supervising minister, supervised the activity in the South Island. In other local congregations, the respective resident ministers supervised the activity.
“This activity brings about activeness among the brethren. Not only were they able to share their skills and talents in cooking but they also learned to unite with the Church Administration through active participation in Church activities,” said Apolo Magbuhos, a Buklod member, from the Local Congregation of Hamilton, New Zealand.
“This activity really united us as husband and wife. We were able to communicate with and help each other. We were also able to prepare something that we could share to others,” said Charina Chanas with her husband Benjie, from the Local Congregation of Hamilton, New Zealand.
Food tasting highlighted the activity in each of the sites. ― With reports from INC News Section