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Strengthening the faith of God’s people online and in-person

Compiled by JEROME ADONIS P. COMAOAY and ERIC JUN G. RAMIREZ

Covid-19 restrictions were lifted in most countries after the head of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) “declared ‘with great hope’ an end to COVID-19 as a public health emergency,” on May 5, 2023 (news.un.org).

Such news brought joy to Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) members worldwide. With restrictions gone, the various activities for edification which, during the height of the pandemic were only held virtually, can now be carried out in-person. When the restrictions were lifted, the Executive Minister personally led congregations in worship services, and the International Conference of Ministers and Ministerial Workers in-person, thus, fortifying the brethren and his co-workers in the ministry. With all these efforts of the Executive Minister out of his deep love and concern for the welfare of the Church, he has indeed strengthened the faith of God’s people.

In ecclesiastical districts and local congregations worldwide, ministers, ministerial workers, and Church officers also worked hand-in-hand to help the beloved leader further edify the brethren. The following are some of the works of edification held:

Commemoration of milestone anniversaries
As ecclesiastical districts and local congregations mark their respective anniversaries, they never forget to thank and glorify the Almighty God Who never ceases to protect and provide bountiful blessings to His servants in these last days by holding worship services for such special occasions.

69th anniversary of the Ecclesiastical District of Cagayan De Oro City, Misamis Oriental, January 8, 2023
SCAN, CMDPS anniversaries marked in two Central Luzon districts
34th anniversary of the Society of Communicators and Networkers International (SCAN), Ecclesiastical District of San Jose, Nueva Ecija, February 2
Italy South hosts uplifting activities
34th anniversary of the SCAN, and the fourth anniversary of the Christian Medical Dental and Paramedical Society (CMDPS), Ecclesiastical District of Italy South, February 22
Catbalogan Congregation reaches 71st anniversary, holds special gathering
71st anniversary of the Local Congregation of Catbalogan, Ecclesiastical District of Western Samar, March 22
O’Donnell Congregation celebrates 71 years of God’s blessings
71st anniversary of O’Donnell Congregation, Ecclesiastical District of Capas City, Tarlac, April 11
Ninth anniversary of the Local Congregation of Rathwell, Ecclesiastical District of Manitoba, April 23
34th anniversary of the SCAN, and the fourth anniversary of the Christian Medical Dental and Paramedical Society (CMDPS), Ecclesiastical District of Italy South, February 22

Fortifying Church officers, addition of new ones
To better care for and guide Church officers, the Church Administration appointed Brother Romer D. Galang, as the Church Officers Overseer, on March 28, 2023. Soon after, in July, a minister who would serve as Church Officers Overseer was appointed for every district. Through their efforts, more brethren were encouraged to accept duties in the Church, and the current Church officers continue to be inspired in performing their God-given duties.

Ecclesiastical District of Carribean, January 8, 2023
Local Congregation of Sta. Teresita, Ecclesiastical District of Pampanga North, January 10
Ecclesiastical District of Nagoya, January 15
Special gathering for choir members, Ecclesiastical District of Southern Ontario, February 19
Choir members, Ecclesiastical District of Calgary, April 2
Christian Family Organizations (CFO) officers, Ecclesiastical District of Carcar City, Cebu, April 7
Children’s Worship Service (CWS) teachers and officers, Ecclesiastical District of Tarlac City, Tarlac, May 6
Choir members, Ecclesiastical District of Macau, May 21
Ecclesiastical District of Davao del Norte, June 11
Ecclesiastical District of Iloilo South, June 16
Ecclesiastical District of Agusan del Norte, June 25
Ecclesiastical District of San Pablo City, Laguna, June 25
Ecclesiastical District of Quezon North, June 30
Ecclesiastical District of Caloocan North, July 10
Ecclesiastical District of Western Europe, September 4
Local Congregation of Washington, Ecclesiastical District of Manila, September 5
Ecclesiastical District of South Korea, September 24

Inaugural worship services
As membership in the Church continues to increase due to the untiring efforts of the brethren in propagational works, more local congregations, extensions, and group worship services (GWS) also rise.

Local Congregation of Malis, Ecclesiastical District of Bulacan West, January 25
Luqa, Malta Group Worship Service (GWS), Ecclesiastical District of Mediterranean, March 6
El Coco, Panama GWS, Ecclesiastical District of Latin America, March 12
Local Congregation of Royal Oak, Ecclesiastical District of Calgary, April 1
R. Sanchez Extension, Ecclesiastical District of Quezon City, April 5
Local Congregation of Knox City, Ecclesiastical District of Australia West, April 7
Częstochowa, Poland GWS, Ecclesiastical District of Northern Europe, April 15
Kfar Saba, Israel GWS, Ecclesiastical District of Mediterranean, May 29
Sea of Galilee GWS, Ecclesiastical District of Mediterranean, July 3
BM Extension, Ecclesiastical District of Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, August 2
Labac GWS, Ecclesiastical District of Batangas North, August 17
Local Congregation of Pangolingan, Ecclesiastical District of Zambales North, September 29
Local Congregation of Muzon 2, Ecclesiastical District of Bulacan East, September 30
Local Congregation of Limassol, Ecclesiastical District of Mediterranean, October 1
Local Congregation of Invercargill South, Ecclesiastical District of New Zealand, October 14
Local Congregation of Dimbaza, Ecclesiastical District of Southern Africa, October 14
Local Congregation of St. Thomas, Ontario, Ecclesiastical District of Southern Ontario, October 15

Inspiring the youth, elderly
Out of love for God’s people in these last days, the Church Administration never falters in instilling God’s commands to all brethren, be it the youth or the elderly, for their benefit in this life and for the sake of their salvation.

Special gathering for the elderly, Ecclesiastical District of San Carlos City, Pangasinan, March 2023
Special gathering for prospective and new members, Ecclesiastical District of Zamboanga del Norte, April 5
Special gathering for prospective and new members, Ecclesiastical District of Catanduanes, April 23
Special gathering for the 105th anniversary of the Pagsamba ng Kabataan (Children’s Worship Service), Ecclesiastical District of Zamboanga del Sur, May 7
Special gathering for members of the Christian Brotherhood International (CBI), Ecclesiastical District of San Carlos City, Pangasinan, June 24
Special gathering for the 50th anniversary of the KADIWA and Binhi organizations, Ecclesiastical District of Australia East, October 8
Special gathering for the 50th anniversary of the KADIWA and Binhi organizations, Ecclesiastical District of New Zealand, October 15

A sacred vow to care for the Church
With all of the edification activities held this year, Church Of Christ officers are truly inspired to be united with the Church Administration in fortifying their fellow brethren, especially during these trying times. It is their solemn promise that whatever happens, they will continue to perform their Church duties, and to encourage more to become officers as well to be of help to the Church. By doing so, they prove their unwavering loyalty to the Administration placed by God, and immense love for God, for the Lord Jesus Christ, and the entirety of the Church. — With reports from INC News Section

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