The Ecclesiastical District of Nagoya, Japan, conducted baptisms at the local congregations of Okayama, Nagoya, Fukuoka-Ken, and Kurume on January 22, 27, 28, and 29, 2023, respectively. The brethren in the district reaped the fruits of their missionary efforts in the intensified work of propagating the pure gospel.
Brother Manny Benedicto, district supervising minister, officiated the baptismal service at the house of worship of Nagoya Congregation. Brother Herbert Lazala, assistant district supervising minister, traveled for days to officiate at the remaining three congregations. Through the Holy Scriptures, the officiating ministers preached to the baptismal candidates the invaluable blessings that await those who will receive the baptism in the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ).
“Through the Bible-based lesson, we reminded the baptismal candidates to remain steadfast in their faith and obey God’s commands taught to them, especially during the congregational worship services. If they hold fast their divine election until the end, they will have a sure hope of salvation on Judgment Day,” enthused Brother Benedicto.
Brothers Taichi Makino and Koji Yamane were happy because their parents received baptism in the Church Of Christ. Taichi’s mother, Chizuko Makino, was 81 years old when she received her baptism. She said in Japanese, “I am thankful to God because even in my old age, I was able to serve Him inside the true Church.”
The 88 years old, Sadami Yamane, mother of Koji, expressed so much joy in her heart. “I will worship the Almighty Father, the only true God. I will thank Him for all the good things He did for me,” she said.
“The Church Administration encourages members to be tireless in inviting their friends and loved ones to listen to the teachings upheld inside the Church Of Christ. Brethren in our district promise to help to share the faith to many people as possible. This is the best way to show our love for our fellowmen and to give glory to the Almighty God,” said Brother Lazala. — With reports from INC News Section