New converts baptized in British Columbia District


Date Posted: May 14, 2024

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Many prospective members in the Ecclesiastical District of British Columbia, after some months of undergoing doctrinal instruction, and fulfilling other requirements for Church membership,  received baptism at the house of worship of the Local Congregation of Burnaby on April 22, 2024.

Brother Glendo Baitan, district supervising minister, officiated at the baptismal service prior. In his homily, he encouraged the would-be members to treasure their God-given calling and election as part of Christ’s true Church by faithfully observing all His teachings that were taught to them and being active in their services of Him.

In their oath-taking prior to their much-awaited baptism and formal admission as full-fledged members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ), the candidates for baptism vowed to uphold all their duties as true Christians throughout their lives, even amid hindrances.

Indeed, like many people who have joined the Church, Joshua Balonggay from the Local Congregation of East Vancouver, said he faced difficulties in informing his family, who were devout Catholics, of his newfound faith. “They celebrate Christmas. Last year, I had to talk to my family that I can no longer participate as I do not believe in it [anymore],” he said.

One of the biblical truths that led him to pursue doctrinal instruction in the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) is that “There is only one true God. Then I understood that what were taught in my former religion were wrong.”

“He endured a lot,” said Terence Blancas, from the East Vancouver Congregation, who introduced Balonggay into the Church. “I am happy he pushed through and made it to the day of his baptism.”

For this, Blancas resolved to “Always give it a try to invite nonmembers. It doesn’t hurt if someone says ‘No,’ for I can ask again or someone else. I just keep on trying. And God knows I do my best in doing so.” — With reports from Kiara Sahagun of INC News Section