Recognition for Outreach in Guam and Canada
Canadian government officials join the Church Of Christ during recent Aid to Humanity events held in Saskatchewan and Manitoba and applaud the INC for the impact the Church is making on Canadian residents. The Governor of Guam recognizes the INC for their humanitarian efforts. Choir members brave Storm Dennis, a major storm that recently hit the UK, to attend a special gathering.
Learn how the Church Of Christ continues to impact communities around the globe through their work in the community and various Aid to Humanity projects.
MICHAEL GUERRERO: This week on INC News World: from Winnipeg to Prince Albert, Aid to Humanity events continue in Canada; the Governor of Guam delivers a commendation in response to humanitarian aid; a special worship service of the choir in the United Kingdom; your INC News World starts now.[VIDEO END]
MICHAEL GUERRERO: Welcome to INC News World, I’m Brother Michael Guerrero, coming to you from the INC Media studios in the San Francisco bay area. The most recent decade is on record for having an explosive rate of immigration to the Prince Albert area of Saskatchewan.[ON SCREEN GRAPHICS]
From 2011 to 2016 the immigration rate nearly tripled from the previous 5 year period. City of Prince Albert
It has put a strain on local governments and organizations, but with local collaboration there is a group of people who are stepping in. Eric Perey has the details.[VIDEO START]
ERIC PEREY: Prince Albert, Saskatchewan is a small and quiet city. But like so many parts of Canada, it’s not immune to hardship.
KEVIN LAMOUREUX (PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY & MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR WINNIPEG NORTH): There’s a lot of poverty, there’s drugs, it’s an area that needs a lot of attention.
ERIC PEREY: The Lamoureuxs, a father and daughter duo of public servants, have a long standing relationship with the Church Of Christ’s humanitarian efforts across Canada.
CINDY LAMOREUX: We’ve gone on walks at the legislative building.
ERIC PEREY: And have even commended the Iglesia Ni Cristo during parliamentary sessions.
CINDY LAMOREUX (MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF MANITOBA – TYNDALL PARK): And I hoping that today my colleagues will join me in showing appreciation to INC’s service to our province. Thank you.
CINDY LAMOREUX (MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF MANITOBA – TYNDALL PARK): So I believe this is the 3rd year here at this facility and there’s more people out this year then there were last year, and people that are building relationships with one another and investing in our community.
ERIC PEREY: This Aid to Humanity event in Winnipeg was held simultaneously with an event in Prince Albert, organized by the Ecclesiastical District of Manitoba. Both were spiritual investments into these communities.
BROTHER SIDNEY SANTOS (DISTRICT SUPERVISING MINISTER): Whatever background we come from, we pray that this will be able to help as we work hand in hand getting through these times together.
ERIC PEREY: The Church distributed care packages full of daily necessities to these First Nation and migrant populations.
LANA ROY (RESIDENT – PRINCE ALBERT): With the economy the way that it is and the cost of food rising it’s important that people reach out to people that have a need, like you know putting food on the table, it’s important. I think it’s very important.
BROTHER CHARLES DELA CRUZ (MINISTERIAL WORKER): Especially those here in Prince Albert where there are many also First Nations. They lack in essential needs when it comes to food and also when it comes to hygiene. So we took this opportunity to have Aid To Humanity here in Prince Albert in the center of the First Nation tribes so that many more people can avail of these free Aid To Humanity packages.
CINDY LAMOREUX (MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF MANITOBA – TYNDALL PARK): When I think about all these awful things that are happening all over the world, the best thing that we can do as humans is come together, it provides hope, and really the Church Of Christ embodies that. It’s amazing humans coming together hoping for the best.
ERIC PEREY: During a visit to the Philippines in January 2020, Kevin was able to meet with Executive Minister Brother Eduardo V. Manalo.
KEVIN LAMOUREUX (PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY & MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR WINNIPEG NORTH): I had the opportunity to travel to the Philippines and one of the things about the Church Of Christ is it’s not just focused on any one city or any country. It’s a Church that’s all over the world. And here in Winnipeg, both Cindy and I have had the opportunity to experience other things that the Church Of Christ has done. When you think of the administration as a whole you can tell by working with the congregation they’re having a real impact on the lives of real people and that is what’s so nice to see it’s truly a blessing.
ERIC PEREY: The Church Of Christ in Manitoba continues to have a close relationship with its community in Winnipeg, as well as its community leaders. To see more news out of WInnipeg, Manitoba, stay tuned to INC News World on incmedia.org. Brother Eric Perey; Iglesia Ni Cristo News Network; Winnipeg, Manitoba.[VIDEO END]
MICHAEL GUERRERO: On the island of Guam,[continued in on screen graphic] [ON SCREEN GRAPHIC]
an estimated 23% of the population live below the poverty line. Index Mundi
But we take a look at a group of people who’ve taken action to extend help in these communities. Milli Maloto has more.[VIDEO START]
GOVERNOR LOURDES LEON GUERRERO: We want to also present your Executive Minister, Mr. Eduardo Manalo for his vision and foresight, and also for his guidance in bringing your ministry here in Guam. And we appreciate all the work that you do. So on behalf of the people of Guam, thank you so much. And yes, we will continue working very closely.
MILLICENT-JOY MALOTO: Just recently, the governor of Guam, Lou Leon Guerrero, presented the Executive Minister Brother Eduardo V. Manalo and the Church Of Christ a certificate of recognition for its continuous outreach programs to the people of Guam, accepted by District Minister Brother Noel Gasmen on his behalf.
BROTHER NOEL GASMEN (DISTRICT SUPERVISING MINISTER): Of course, we’re so very happy because people in different places, including those in the government, those leaders of different countries, different places, they do recognize the efforts of the members of the Church Of Christ when it comes to helping the community.
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR JOSHUA TENORIO: We look forward to continuing our friendship with you. And also when there are ways that we can be helpful, we want to be of that assistance.
MILLICENT-JOY MALOTO: And just as the Church Of Christ, under the leadership of the Executive Minister, conducted outreach event after outreach event, the honor they received was more inspiration to continue this work of assistance to their neighbors around them in the District of Micronesia. A week later, they found themselves united with other Church Of Christ volunteers all around the world in conducting a series of Aid to Humanity events that aimed to reach out to communities in need. And in the western Pacific Islands, this Aid to Humanity event, conducted under the banner of the My Countrymen, My Brethren project, was particularly special as this was also in commemoration of the District of Micronesia’s 4th anniversary. Relief goods and daily necessities were given to the many residents in need. And musical performances were put on to uplift and inspire all who attended. But the most inspiring of all was the preaching of God’s words that enlightened more to know about the true gospel inside the Church Of Christ.
BROTHER NOEL GASMEN (DISTRICT SUPERVISING MINISTER): When it comes to public service of course, we continue to unite with our Executive Minister in upholding or carrying out the commandment of God and of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that is to love our fellow men.
MILLICENT-JOY MALOTO: Through events like these, volunteers are tirelessly at work to help their fellow men all around the world. More and more people recognize the light that is shone in communities around Micronesia, but it’s God’s power and mercy truly at work that attest to these triumphs by the Church Of Christ. To keep up with all the humanitarian events inside the Church Of Christ, visit incmedia.org/incnews world. Millicent-Joy Maloto; Iglesia Ni Cristo News Network; Hagåtña, Guam.[VIDEO END]
MICHAEL GUERRERO: Recently, the United Kingdom experienced extreme weather conditions. A windstorm named Storm Dennis brought
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more than 200 flood warnings in places across the country, including nine severe, or “danger to life,” warnings. BBC
Despite the weather condition, we see a group of people braving this storm for something truly important to them. Judicel Eslao has more on this report.[VIDEO START]
KEN ALVIN MARTINEZ (RESIDENT – LIMERICK, IRELAND): We were about to land, there was strong winds so the airplane really couldn’t land so then we had to circle around til’ we were safe to land.
JUDICEL ESLAO: With high winds and flooding all over England, Storm Dennis made travel almost impossible for residents like Ken.
BROTHER DARREN MATTHEW RUBIC (MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL): We all know about the weather condition this weekend, there was a great storm and many flights were cancelled and many accidents happened.
JUDICEL ESLAO: Despite the devastating weather conditions brought by Storm Dennis, choir members dressed in their choir robes ready to perform their duties.
KENNETH DASALLA (CHOIR MEMBER – NEW PORT WALES): We are all singing together and it was really, really uplifting that the hymn singing isn’t just coming from the choir loft but it’s as if we are all calling ourselves to the Father, “please take away whatever we’re feeling, whatever troubles or burdens that we’re going through, please take it all away.” That’s what I felt.
BRYAN PAGDILAO (CHOIR MEMBER – BOURNEMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM): As the weather is also very bad at the moment, those things although they may be seen as hindrance by some, I took it as this is going to be the way that I can prove to our Lord God that despite all of this, it’s not going to stop me.
JUDICEL ESLAO: Besides Storm Dennis, Bryan was also experiencing physical pain.
BRYAN PAGDILAO (CHOIR MEMBER – BOURNEMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM): I had an operation on Friday. Today is Sunday so it was only just a couple of days after my surgery but it hasn’t hindered me in performing my duty to come here in the special worship service today.
JUDICEL ESLAO: And because of the love for their duty nothing stopped Ken and Bryan from showing the true value and importance of their services to God.
KEN ALVIN MARTINEZ (RESIDENT – LIMERICK, IRELAND): I’m excited.I really wanted to go here, especially since I’m a new one. Singing with other choir members was really motivating for me to persevere on and fulfil my duty as a choir member.
BRYAN PAGDILAO (CHOIR MEMBER – BOURNEMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM): It’s more important for me to be able to attend such worship services because it really is an inspiring message that we have received from the Church Administration.
JUDICEL ESLAO: A lesson that resonates in lives of choir members of the Church Of Christ.
BRYAN PAGDILAO (CHOIR MEMBER – BOURNEMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM): It was taught in the lesson during our special worship service to love our Lord God wholeheartedly. Put Him as priority over anyone and anything in this life. And this world that we live in it’s not gonna get any better but we take it as members of the Church Of Christ as a challenge for us to see that as my way to prove to our Lord God that none of these things are gonna hinder me. You can put me down, as long as I am breathing, as long as I can stand, as long as I can put my toga on and put my hymnal book to perform my duty as a choir member, I will do it.
JUDICEL ESLAO: Though life gets tough and challenging, it’s holy gatherings like these that give Church Of Christ members and officers the inspiration they need through the holy words of God. To watch more inspiring stories log onto incmedia.org. Judicel Eslao; Iglesia Ni Cristo News Network; Battersea, United Kingdom.[VIDEO END]
MICHAEL GUERRERO: Now it’s time for the segment “Solid Through the Ages.”[VIDEO START]
MICHAEL GUERRERO: Today we’d like to greet Alfredo Mariano with a happy birthday. He celebrates his 64th birthday this month. Not only is he able to celebrate his own birthday this month but he shares the same birth month as his wife. So, happy birthday as well to Amelita Mariano. Together they have raised 4 boys and now grandparents to two wonderful grandkids. Having such a big family is not always easy but by remaining strong in their faith they were able to overcome whatever came their way. Alfredo and Amelita never forget to perform their duty as head deacon and deaconess. This is Alfredo’s advice: “First, be prayerful, that’s the best. Second, be strong in all adversities. That is what’s going to strengthen you no matter what happens in life.” If you see Alfredo and Amelita in the local congregation of Anne Arundel, remember to greet them. And if you know of anyone celebrating a milestone birthday or anniversary, let us know at email@example.com with the subject “Solid Through the Ages.”[VIDEO END]
MICHAEL GUERRERO: Well, that does it for us on INC News World. Tune in every Friday for new episodes of INC News World on incmedia.org. I’m Brother Michael Guerrero. On behalf of the entire INC News World team, thank you for joining us. Have a great weekend and God bless!