The Ecclesiastical District of Central Europe conducted baptism twice last month in Germany in which the first Belarusian to join the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) was baptized. These were held at the house of worship of the Local Congregation of Berlin on September 16 and that of the Bonn Congregation on September 23.
“Led by the ministers and ministerial workers, the Church officers and members here in Central Europe are united in the intensified works of propagation, which is one of the reasons that Church membership continues to increase in this part of the world,” said Brother Joel Catalan, district supervising minister, who officiated at the baptism in Bonn.
Among those baptized was Elizabeth Viacherskaya, the first Belarusian member of the Iglesia Ni Cristo. She received her baptism in Berlin, where Brother Jason Dulalas, assistant district supervising minister, officiated at.
“When I came to Church on the first day, I just felt something special. I saw and heard how people sincerely believe, pray. I felt that God was next to them, protecting and listening to them. It was a moment that I felt how faithful people spoke and prayed, how wholeheartedly the Church members sang and how much the words of God from Bible that were preached gave them strength and guidance to walk on the right path. That’s when I decided that I, too, wanted to be a part of this Church,” said Elizabeth, as she shared her reason for joining the Church.
During the biblical homily in both baptismal gatherings, it was reiterated to the candidates for baptism the immense blessings that come with receiving the true baptism—becoming a true disciple of Christ, forgiveness of sin, and above all, salvation.
“We promise God as well as the Church Administration that we will continue to guide our fellowmen to listen to the teachings of God, so that they will also come to the knowledge of the truth, be baptized, and be counted among those who will be saved,” said Brother Catalan on behalf of the brethren in Central Europe. — With reports from Eva-Marie Krause of INC News Section