New, would-be members in Bohol enjoy ‘Welcome, Kapatid Ko’

By VINCE T. BASCO

Date Posted: May 16, 2023

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“The performances were all enjoyable,” said Lydia Maboloc.

“I feel happy for being warmly accepted here in the Iglesia Ni Cristo,” said Marivic Pide.

“Being welcomed like this wasn’t common in my former religion. I thank my cousin who was instrumental in introducing me the Church Of Christ,” said Pedro Cataga Jr.

Their remarks summed up the collective sentiment of their fellow baptismal hopefuls, as well as the newly baptized members, from the Philippine province of Bohol who participated in the “Welcome, Kapatid Ko (My Brethren)” last month.

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Such socialization activity intended mainly for new and would-be members as well as guests was conducted by each cluster of neighboring local congregations in the entire Ecclesiastical District of Bohol either on April 16 or 23, 2023.

On the first date, the Ubay and Guindulman clusters partnered to hold the event together, gathering all participants at the Ubay Gym in Ubay Town. The first cluster is composed of the local congregations of Ubay, Hambabauran, La Hacienda, Lungsodaan, San Pascual, and Tipolo, and the second cluster, Guindulman, Candijay, Duero, Mabini, and Putlongcam.

Talented brethren presented song and dance performances featuring INC Original Music much to the delight of the audience.

“We strive to follow the example of the Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo Manalo, whose compassion towards our brethren and fellowmen has always been evident, as proven by, among others, his launching of activities like this,” said Lorenzo Noble Jr., resident ministerial worker in Ubay. 

Meanwhile, the Tagbilaran cluster, which comprised the local congregations of Tagbilaran City, Albuquerque, Dimiao, Limokon, Panglao, and Tabalong, held the activity in the covered court at Barangay Tabalong, Dauis, Bohol on the second date.

“There’s so many attendees, and the brethren’s welcoming presence was truly felt,” Jenelle Cassidy from the Local Congregation of Dimiao gladly said. “I’m overjoyed for being with other newly baptized members,” she added.

“Indeed, building the bond among the old and new brethren can help motivate the latter to be more active in serving God,” said Brother Joseph Batuhinay, district Christian Family Organizations (CFO) overseer.

Brother Raul Cervantes, district supervising minister, led the brethren in these activities. “The happy faces of everyone in attendance said it all, that is, a great upliftment in the faith that we, from the Church members instrumental for the conversion of their fellow brethren to the prospective members, all experienced,” he said. — With reports from Liezel Perez and Andrea Dominique Del Cano of INC News Section