“Activities, like this, especially in these trying times, help the young members of the Church remain strong in the faith and also give them a clear and good direction in life,” Brother Vem Canlas, Christian Family Organizations (CFO) overseer of Oregon Ecclesiastical District said about the KADIWA and Binhi special gathering for the organizations’ 49th anniversary.
The sacred occasion was held on October 23, 2022. KADIWA and Binhi members from the local congregations of Portland, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Oregon City, Vancouver, Washington, and Saint Helen Group Worship Service (GWS) gathered at the house of worship of Portland Local Congregation, which served as the host site. Attendees from other local congregations, including those in the states of Idaho and Montana connected through videoconferencing.
In the gathering, which was officiated at by Brother Dernilo Pascua, district supervising minister, the attendees were reminded through a Bible-based lesson to work hard for a better future, help in strengthening the bond of their respective family, and, more importantly, uphold their activeness in serving the Almighty God. He further exhorted them to always prioritize their relationship with God by means of prayer.
“I will keep on attending the activities of my family organization and I will remain faithful to the Lord God,” said Janee Noel, KADIWA member from Vancouver, Washington Local Congregation.
“The challenge nowadays is how to keep the youth spiritually strong considering the fact that they are also being affected by violence, calamities, and hardships,” Brother Canlas added. “That’s not difficult for us members of the Church Of Christ because the Church Administration leads us in many activities to help in applying the words of God in our life. We’re so thankful for Church activities that all the more help counsel, guide, and prepare young members to face problems with a strong faith.”
“The special gathering is a blessing because through it the youth in the Church are reminded of God’s teachings, for example, that children should be respectful of their parents; that they should accept Church duties to be of help to the Church Administration,” reflected Fernando Tubiera, a parent. — With reports from INC News Section