PNG congregations, GWS share faith with neighbors, far-flung fellowmen

By ANTONIO G. CAÑAVERAL JR.

Date Posted: June 30, 2023

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Near or far, Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) members from local congregations and group worship services (GWS) in Papua New Guinea, that are under the supervision of the Ecclesiastical District of Australia West, are willing to go to different places in order to share their faith.

On June 6, 2023, Brother Edmark Velasco, resident minister of the Local Congregation of Lae City, Papua New Guinea led the brethren in an evangelical mission at the place of worship of the Honiara Group Worship Service situated at Unit 5, Capital Parks Creek Area, Henderson, Honiara. Honiara is the capital city of the Solomon Islands.

After the evangelical mission that he officiated, about 100 guests decided to become doctrinal instructees. The brethren in Honiara GWS promised to continue inviting their guests to attend the worship services and more evangelical missions in the future.

Nonmember neighbors in Lae City were not overlooked. Three days after, on the morning and afternoon of the ninth of June, Brother Velasco and fellow minister of the gospel, Brother Mark Jayson Montes, led two consecutive evangelical missions at the house of worship of the Local Congregation of Port Moresby. There, brethren and guests from the Local Congregation of Lae City connected via videoconferencing.

In both occasions, Brother Montes preached God’s words in English, which Brother Velasco translated in Tok Pisin, one of the three official languages widely used in Papua New Guinea.

Also on June 9, Brother Darhley Pataweg, minister of the gospel, and Brother Alvin Gale Santos, ministerial worker, likewise conducted evangelical missions at the places of worship of Mount Hagen Group Worship Service (GWS) and Wewak GWS, respectively.

Hundreds of visitors learned through the officiating ministers the proper way of serving the one and only true God to receive salvation come Judgment Day.

“I understood the biblical message. It’s clear. I even listed all the verses quoted from the Bible. When I got home, I looked at it in the Bible,” shared Yvonne Kave, a guest from Port Moresby who enlisted as doctrinal instructee. “I’ve left the church I’m formerly a member of, and soon started going to gatherings of the Church Of Christ. It feels good. I am happy to be in the Iglesia Ni Cristo. With me are my three children, we’ll now go to the house of worship together,” she added. — With reports from Bunny Quiñola of INC News Section

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