The month of September saw the Ecclesiastical District of Negros Oriental, Philippines conducting three baptismal services in two separate dates.
This showed the Church’s continued success, through God’s help, in the said province of the same name in the work of propagating the pure gospel in which the brethren carry on with their active participation.
“It is so great to see the brethren here in our district actively participating in the intensified work of propagation of the Church,” said Brother Marcelino Magtalas, Light Of Salvation (LOS) district overseer. “Because of their earnest response to this endeavor of the Church Administration—to share the true faith—many people in our district were added to the fold and gained hope of salvation on Christ’s second return.”
A number of prospective members from various local congregations who had completed the requirements for admission into the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) received baptism on September 10 and 30, 2023.
Brother Renato Callejo, district supervising minister, officiated at the baptismal services held at the Dumaguete City Congregation’s house of worship on both dates. Brother Jasper James Villanueva, assistant district supervising minister, presided over the sacred occasion held at the house of worship of Bayawan City Congregation also on 30th.
During their preaching of the words of God, they reminded the would-be members of the importance of holy baptism in the true Church in attaining salvation on Judgment Day, exhorting them to remain steadfast in the faith and obedient to God.
It is for that grace, among others, that Merly Zerna, a newly baptized member from the Pamplona Congregation, said she strived to reach the day of her baptism even if at first “my family hindered me from joining the Church.”
“However, I continued to attend Bible studies because I believe that the teachings upheld by the Church are the true words of God,” she said. “I thank God for … He called not only me to the Church but also my three children.”
Michael Altabarino, a deacon from FYM-Batinguel Congregation, was also thankful to God regarding his mother. “I am grateful to God for my mother received baptism today. I have been constantly praying this to God and He answered my prayer; my mother is now a bona fide member of the Church,” he said. — With reports from Sandara Dinanoy of INC News Section