Pastoral Visit of the Executive Minister: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
March 9, 2019
Written by Rowena Sikopit
SABAH, MALAYSIA is one of the 13 states that make up Malaysia. Many foreigners from various countries are attracted to work here as the economy of this Southeast Asian country is set for robust growth (www.thestar.com.my). Nevertheless, being away from their families, workers here face different challenges and hardships in life. Words of encouragement are of great help for them to go on with their daily tasks.
On March 9, 2019, the Executive Minister of the Iglesia Ni Cristo, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, imparted an inspirational message in a gathering attended by foreign workers and local residents held at the Grand Ballroom of the Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel in Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Sabah, Malaysia.
“We were reminded that whatever hardship we face in life, we must remain strong and endure,” said Sister Catherine Ladra, a congregation secretary and a Christian family organization officer in the Local Congregation of Kota Kinabalu. “As someone who provides for my family, I feel life’s burdens weighing heavily on me. That is why it’s such a relief to receive words of inspiration, pushing us to continue working hard,” says Brother Norbert Ladra, a head deacon.
Meanwhile, Sister Marchie Ladra, a congregation secretary, considers, Brother Eduardo Manalo’s visit as such a great blessing to them. “What he reminded us is true,” she said. “It is hard to live in this world because we always face trials in life. There are times when problems come one after another. But we can overcome all of these. We should not give up; we should not lose hope; and we should not resort to evil means.”
Before they went home, the attendees watched an entertainment program and were given goodwill packages. Brother Harold Sikopit, a Malaysian national who is a head deacon, attested that the pastoral visit of Brother Eduardo V. Manalo gave him and his family renewed courage, strength, and hope in facing whatever challenges that come into their lives. He added, “It has all the more been engraved into our hearts that although we go through hardships, there’s always hope.”