The number of Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) members in the Ecclesiastical District of Negros Oriental in the Philippines continues to grow as various local congregations continue to reap the fruits of the brethren’s propagational efforts. In fact, back-to-back baptisms were held within the last week of September. These were held on September 23 and 25, 2022.
On the 23rd, Brother Renato Callejo, the district supervising minister, officiated at the house of worship of Local Congregation of Manjuyod; while Brother James Jasper Villanueva, the assistant district supervising minister, officiated at the house of worship of Local Congregation of Mabinay.
On the 25th, Brother Callejo led the baptismal service at house of worship of the Dumaguete City Congregation’s while Brother Villanueva led the holy occasion at Bayawan City Congregation’s house of worship.
During each of the baptismal service the ministers pointed out to the prospective members the importance of receiving the true baptism, as revealed in the Bible. Also, they reminded them to be firm in their election to be certain of receiving the promised salvation.
Among those who were baptized was Ellen Calibgos, a deaf-mute, who learned the doctrines upheld by the Iglesia Ni Cristo through the efforts of Brother Kinjo Abalos, a ministerial worker trained in the use of Sign Language. Through Sign Language she said, “I joined the Iglesia Ni Cristo because I want to receive salvation on Judgment Day. Through the Bible studies inside the Church, I found the way to the Holy City.”
Brother Warren Yee, the district’s Light of Salvation (LOS) overseer, enthused, “Despite of the world’s situation today, we continue to share our faith to the people for them to know God’s teachings upheld by the Iglesia Ni Cristo. Through our propagational efforts, it is our hope that many people will be brought closer to God and be saved on Judgment Day.” — With reports from INC News Section