Through an activity called Friendship Appreciation held on September 3, 2022, the brethren from the Local Congregation of Port Moresby, in Papua New Guinea, along with guests, got together to fortify long-time friendships and forged new ones.
“Through this activity, the brethren were able to express their respect and care for their friends and their love of brotherhood strengthened,” said Brother Mark Jayson Montes, resident minister.
Hosted jointly by the respective leaderships of the congregation’s Christian Family Organizations (CFO), the activity started, inside their house of worship, with a video presentation about choosing friends wisely.
Afterwards, the attendees stepped outside for the program where they were treated to song performances and enjoyed playing several fun games together.
This was followed with exchanges of ‘Thank-You’ letters, as well as gifts, among friends. Some of them, such as long-time friends Ana Yari-Yari, a Papua New Guinean, and Gemma Ann Caro, a Filipina, were asked to share the stories how their friendship began and blossomed.
“Though we belong to different races, we managed to be friends since we were in grade schools. And now that, with God’s help, we’ve achieved becoming professionals, we still remain the best of friends,” said Ana. “I will treasure our friendship until my hair turns gray,” was Gemma’s rejoinder.
Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) local congregations in Papua New Guinea are supervised by the Ecclesiastical District of Australia West. — With reports from INC News Section