The brethren from Toyama used to travel 150 kilometers in order to attend worship services and other Church activities either in Fukui or the Niigata GWS. Now they have their own place of worship, a rented hall at 468 Ogino, Takaoka City, Toyama Prefecture, where they held the inaugural worship service on July 3, 2022, which marked their GWS’ formal establishment.
Officiating at the inaugural worship, Brother Amante Rodriguez, the district supervising minister, in his Bible-based sermon reminded the brethren of the importance of prioritizing worship services to God as it is man’s primary duty to His Creator. He exhorted them to be thankful for all the wonderful blessings God continues to bestow on them, including having a place of worship that is close to their homes.
Rejoicing at this blessing, Joan Pops Melanie Busmeon, a finance officer, expressed, “With a shorter period of time in travelling, I can allot more of my time in participating to other Church activities. I’m very happy and overwhelmed that I was able to fulfill my duty in the inaugural worship service.”
On behalf of the brethren in the new GWS, Ryan Haight, head deacon, said, “We thank God, through the instrumentality of Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, for establishing a new GWS in our place. It is a great help and comfort to all of us here.”
Brother Charles Swank has been assigned by the Church Administration as the resident minister of the Toyama GWS. It is under the supervision of the Nagoya, Japan Ecclesiastical District. — With reports from INC News Section