International Religious Organization Transforms Property in the Fort Hood – Copperas Cove Area
AUG 25, 2018 (AUSTIN) – At almost the geographical center of Texas, just north of Austin, the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ), an international religious organization that began in the Philippines in the early 20th century, opened the doors to the recently renovated 312-seater worship building at 510 E. Jasper Drive, Killeen during a special worship service on Aug 25.
The Local Congregation of Copperas Cove, which serves the Fort Hood – Killeen – Copperas Cove corridor, purchased the property from the Global Mission Baptist Church in 2012. In February 2018, needed renovations began and, as proof of meticulous planning and oversight, the renovations were completed in May of this year – just three months later.
The Church therefore continues to purchase properties of religions which are closing their doors due to low membership. From Lubbock, Texas to San Antonio, Texas, and from coast to coast across North America – the Iglesia Ni Cristo is reviving the communities around once-abandoned worship buildings. Voluntary contributions from members all over the world allow for the building and renovation of INC edifices like this one in Killeen, that has elements unique to the local culture and building’s history, but monument to INC chapels seen globally.
In 2018 alone, the INC dedicated over 100 houses of worship worldwide – with an average of three worship buildings a week being built. Additional chapels are currently under construction or renovation to meet the needs of its fast-growing membership worldwide.
“Though the Iglesia Ni Cristo has a global presence, but it’s at the community level where we hope to bring strength to families, and bring them closer to the words of God,” said Arturo Bairan, District Minister of the 26 congregations of the Southern Midwest.
Photos Courtesy of Iglesia Ni Cristo Public Information Office
About the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) or Church Of Christ
The Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) or Church Of Christ is a global Christian Church that upholds Bible-based Christian teachings. It maintains congregations and missions in 143 countries and territories and its membership consists of 133 ethnic groups and nationalities.
The INC continues to fulfill its pledge of sharing the gospel and extending help, to the best of its ability, to strengthen the bond between the congregations of the Church Of Christ and the communities in which they serve – through aid and services, promoting education, socio-economic well-being, environmental awareness and health improvement. This is done with the help of local governments and community establishments, through the Aid For Humanity Program f the Felix Y. Manalo (FYM) Foundation and also the worldwide volunteer force of the INC Giving Project.