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The INC Reaches Remote Regions of Hispaniola

The true faith reaches remote regions in Hispaniola; INC volunteers reach out to their fellow neighbors in need amidst the cold winter season in Maryland.

 

THE INC REACHES REMOTE REGIONS OF HISPANIOLA

SHANNON SANTAMARIA: This week on INC News World, the INC reaches the remote regions of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. And communities in the Washington, D.C. region receive winter essentials from volunteers. Your INC News World starts now. 

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SHANNON SANTAMARIA: Welcome to INC News World, I’m Shannon Santamaria coming to you from the INC Media studios in the San Francisco Bay area and we hope everyone is continuing to stay safe wherever you are today. Hispaniola, the island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic, has already experienced disasters in this year of 2022.

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HOST CONTINUED: Floods damaging thousands of homes in both countries as well as the recent 5.3 earthquake that rocked the southern region of Haiti. 

SHANNON SANTAMARIA: But even with these circumstances, the true faith continues to spread, to reach remote areas. Michael Robinson has the story.

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EDOUARD ALCIDE (RESIDENT – LAS CACAOS, HAITI): I feel very good. It’s because for the first time, I see a Church conducting the true baptism like that; it’s different from other churches.

MICHAEL ROBINSON: Meet Edouard, one of many villagers in the remote mountain area of Las Cacaos, sitting at the border of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. And in his village, he would have no idea what he would bring back to his community after a recent trip to the Dominican Republic. What started as a trip taken by Edouard to see his cousin in La Romana, Dominican Republic, over 100 miles away and even being a former pastor for a Pentecosal church at the time, he was invited by his cousin to Bible studies being conducted in the Church Of Christ, in La Romana and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic at the time.

EDOUARD ALCIDE (RESIDENT – LAS CACAOS, HAITI): Through my cousin [in the Dominican Republic] who helped me find the [Church Of Christ]. She had a sick brother in Haiti and after I traveled to the Dominican Republic to see her, I was leading as pastor over another church known as the First Foundation of the White Temple. But when I was introduced to the Church Of Christ, I believed in what I heard.

MICHAEL ROBINSON: After accepting the truth, he eagerly requested  from the resident minister, Brother Jerry Parocha in hopes to have Bible studies in Las Cacaos, which entailed a five-hour drive one way to the remote mountainous region. This included passing through the severe damage left by the recent 5.3 earthquake in Haiti and the severe floodings reported as well in the Dominican Republic. Yet, it didn’t stop the true faith from making a new home in Haiti, for more to learn and believe in the truth. 

BROTHER ESTEBAN INOCENCIO, JR. (SUPERVISING MINISTER, ECCLESIASTICAL DISTRICT OF CARIBBEAN): The Church Of Christ has set foot here in Los Cacaos. 

MICHAEL ROBINSON: And now in Los Cacaos, many proud like Edouard, becoming a part of history through a special worship service led by the Supervising District Minister, Brother Esteban Inocencio, to receive baptism and be added as new Church Of Christ members. Changing their lives for the better.

EDOUARD ALCIDE (INC MEMBER – LAS CACAOS, HAITI): I feel proud to be a member of the Church Of Christ

BROTHER ESTEBAN INOCENCIO, JR. (SUPERVISING MINISTER, ECCLESIASTICAL DISTRICT OF CARIBBEAN): We were able to reach a new place here in Haiti, Las Cacaos, Haiti, wherein many have come to know the truth about the Church Of Christ and they have embraced the true faith. Now, they receive the holy baptism here. 

MICHAEL ROBINSON: Receiving the true baptism in the mountain areas of Las Cacaos, Edouard saw the fruits of his labors through others in his village now part of the true Church.

JOCELYN FELIX (NEWLY BAPTIZED MEMBER – LAS CACAOS, HAITI): Edouard invited me to the Church Of Christ. I want salvation for my soul and it makes me feel very happy.

ROSSELET SAINT-FLEUR (NEWLY BAPTIZED MEMBER – LAS CACAOS, HAITI): I feel very proud. I thank our Almighty Lord God.

MICHAEL ROBINSON: And it wasn’t only in Haiti that growth was witnessed, but even back in Santo Domingo where more members were baptized the following day. More like Zackari who once were part of other religions, but now with the true faith, and the desire to share it with others.

ZACKARI SAINT-NELIEN (FORMER BAPTIST PASTOR – SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC): Before I became a member of the Church of Christ, my religion was Baptist church. He invited me to listen and then I accepted all the doctrines by believing them through my love. By always obeying them. I have to share these true teachings I have received in the Church Of Christ so that I can help others understand until they become a member of the Church Of Christ and receive the true baptism.

MICHAEL ROBINSON: The work of salvation in Haiti and the Dominican Republic is evident as members continue to share the true faith even throughout the most remote areas in the region. If you live in Haiti or the Dominican Republic and want to learn more about the Church Of Christ, visit us at incmedia.org and click the “Worship with us” tab and type in Haiti or the Dominican Republic and find a congregation near [you] to speak with a Minister Of The Gospel. Michael Robinson, Iglesia Ni Cristo News Network.

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SHANNON SANTAMARIA: As winter temperatures continue to dip below freezing, people experiencing homelessness tend to lack access to vital resources, including insulated winter clothes and warm shelter. As of January 2020,

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HOST CONTINUED: There were over 580,000 people experiencing homelessness in America.

SHANNON SANTAMARIA: But in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, help was provided by one organization for those in need during this winter season. Ayra Rosella Ayhon has the story.

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SASHA SEENATH (CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER – THREE OAKS CENTER): There were homeless men sleeping in alleyways and whatnot, they said, you know, we need to do something, it’s cold outside, there’s hypothermia.

AYRA ROSELLA AYHON: Sasha of the Three Oaks Center in Patuxent River, Maryland has seen firsthand the increased needs of those in her community.

SASHA SEENATH (CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER – THREE OAKS CENTER): Because of the pandemic, everything has kind of amplified significantly. People don’t have employment, I mean, the need is real, and it happens every single day.

AYRA ROSELLA AYHON: But recognizing this need in their community are Church Of Christ volunteers who, throughout the Ecclesiastical District of Washington, D.C., are donating winter clothes through the Aid To Humanity Outreach program to a variety of organizations.

BROTHER PIERRE PEREZ (MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL): Every year they look forward to the Church reaching out to them and helping their community.

AYRA ROSELLA AYHON: Reaching out are many Aid To Humanity volunteers, like  Alfredo and Rocelle who also assisted with preparations for these outreach events.

ALFREDO TRINIDAD (INC MEMBER – PATUXENT RIVER, MARYLAND): They’re sorting the hand sanitizers, the chapsticks to go along with the jackets and the blankets that we’ve already prepared.

ROCELLE FÉRIA (INC MEMBER – ANNE ARUNDEL, MARYLAND): We were here today at Stony Hill Senior Community Center. We are giving out winter essentials.

ALFREDO TRINIDAD (INC MEMBER – PATUXENT RIVER, MARYLAND): While we are blessed and fortunate, it’s important for us to give to those who need. 

AYRA ROSELLA AYHON: Providing not only winter essentials, volunteers are also taking this opportunity to share their faith.

BROTHER PIERRE PEREZ (MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL): Through these Aid to Humanity projects and events, we are able to introduce the Church and more people are able to learn the teachings and the doctrines that we uphold.

ALFREDO TRINIDAD (INC MEMBER – PATUXENT RIVER, MARYLAND): It gives them hope because they know that they’re not alone and there are people out there that care about them. 

BROTHER PIERRE PEREZ (MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL): It’s important that we continue to hold our Aid to Humanity events or projects for the Church, so that we can continue to show our love and our concern for the community around us.

ROCELLE FÉRIA (INC MEMBER – ANNE ARUNDEL, MARYLAND): We’re going to be building up a good relationship to the rest of the community and to be able to invite more people to listen to the words of God.

SASHA SEENATH (CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER – THREE OAKS CENTER): Thank you so much for everything you’ve done. Thank you so much for everything you’re going to continue to do. Keep trucking forward because we need people like you.

AYRA ROSELLA AYHON: As local communities continue to be assisted through Aid To Humanity outreach events, more people are introduced to the Church Of Christ. If you want to learn more about the humanitarian efforts happening here in Maryland and many other places around the world, visit us at incmedia.org/inc-news-world. Arya Rosella Ayhon; Iglesia Ni Cristo News Network; Patuxent River, Maryland.

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SHANNON SANTAMARIA: In the continuation of this week’s episode of INC News World: one man in Canada becomes a student again, years after school, this time learning about the true faith. A simple invitation introduces residents in Italy to the true faith. Stay tuned. 

 

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The INC Reaches Remote Regions of Hispaniola