The first baptism conducted by the Ecclesiastical District of Tarlac City, Tarlac for this year’s second quarter saw a total of over 200 new members added to the Church in this Philippine province of the same name.
The baptismal service was held at the Local Congregation of Aguso’s house of worship on April 22, 2023 and was officiated by Brother Emil Santiago, district supervising minister.
In his homily, Brother Santiago emphasized to the candidates for baptism that as members of Christ’s true Church, they are expected to always keep busy in the works of the Lord, among which is sharing the gospel of salvation with their fellowmen while faithfully living by it, even amid persecution.
“My wife and I experienced persecutions, especially from our loved ones,” disclosed Elmer Dumayas, who, with his wife Lailani, was among the newly baptized. “They kept on asking, ‘Why do you have to be an Iglesia Ni Cristo?’ I would always tell them that I have found the true faith here, and this is where people can attain salvation.” He added, “My goal is for my entire family to be inside the Church Of Christ.”
Also present during the occasion were the brethren instrumental in introducing the would-be members to the true Christian faith and Light of Salvation (LOS) officers who assisted and guided them in the process of joining the Church.
“It’s really fulfilling whenever those who were once doctrinal instructees and prospective members would reach the day of their baptism. That itself is a reward,” said Bryle Miguel Mapili, LOS officer. “I’m decided to continue fulfilling my duty as a secretary in the LOS, as well as inviting many more people to join the Church.”
The assistant district supervising minister, Brother Jhavern Gindoy, shared that the victorious works of propagation, as the Church Administration has taught, was the result of, among other biblical tenets, “always holding devotional prayers to ask for God’s help, and trusting in what He can do for us.”
“The Church Administration can rest assured that our district will always be one with their aim of intensifying the works of propagation,” he said. — With reports from INC News Section