Iglesia Ni Cristo donates 10,000 face masks to students of 12 schools in Southern Canada
Date Posted: September 21, 2020
In Aid To Humanity events on September 8 and 9, the Church Of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo or INC), through its socio-civic arm, Felix Y. Manalo (FYM) Foundation, in partnership with the INC Giving Project, donated over 10,000 face masks to a dozen selected schools in the Prairie Provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan and one in Alberta.
This was in time for the resumption of in-class learning in schools in these said provinces, but with safety protocols in place, such as wearing face masks, for the students and teachers to avoid contracting and spreading Covid-19.
This timely effort provided additional supply of the said PPE for the teachers and students of the following institutions: (Manitoba Province) Andrew Mynarski VC School, Ecole Leila North Community School, Greenway School, Sargent Park School, and St. John’s High School; (Saskatchewan Province) Carlton Comprehensive, Hope’s Home Child Care, Humboldt Public, O.M. Irwin School, Pleasant Hill Community School, Winston Churchill, and W.P. Bate Community School; (Alberta) Wainwright School.
Brother Sidney R. Santos, supervising minister of the Ecclesiastical District of Manitoba, oversaw this project, leading the volunteers—all members from the District—in preparing, transporting, and distributing the donations.
Rhonda Dickenson, the Student Service Coordinator for Beautiful Plains School Division in Neepawa, Manitoba conveyed her thanks for the “very generous donation of over 1000 masks” that will help nearly 1,300 students in their school division.
This is the first-time donation on behalf of the Church Of Christ, and we are very appreciative of the efforts made by the local folks to make this happen for the children in our schools. I would just like to express my appreciation to Brother Eduardo Manalo (Executive Minister of the INC) for this generous donation to our school division,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Pleasant Hill Community School in Saskatchewan, through their social media platform, extended their appreciation to the Church Of Christ for the said donation.
Recently, the Iglesia Ni Cristo, through its member-volunteer from Manitoba donated goods and clothing to the Indigenous Peoples in the communities of Berens River Watershed. Councillor Clinton Keeper of the Little Grand Rapids First Nation, Manitoba expressed his gratitude on behalf of his community.
“We hope our students get back to school this fall and many of our students will be clothed head to toe with your very generous donations,” he said in a letter. “Our people at Little Grand Rapids greatly appreciate these gifts and your generosity. It is surely a lesson for all of us to learn from your efforts and how an act of kindness and giving such as this brings so much light into the world.”
The Church Of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo), led by its Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, has established a strong presence in 158 countries and territories. Aside from its primary mission to proclaim the pristine gospel of salvation as recorded in the Bible, the Church conducts Aid to Humanity to extend medical and financial assistance to people affected by calamities and disaster and to those in need. — Courtesy of INC Public Information Office
The Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) continues to intensify its outreach projects amid the Covid-19 pandemic
Date Posted: September 10, 2020
The Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC or Church Of Christ), an international religious organization now established in 158 countries and territories, continues to help communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
From the distribution of goods, food, care packages, including face masks, to the establishment of eco-farms to help create job opportunities, the Church continues to extend a helping hand to those in need in the United States and other countries.
After the Aid To Humanity event on May 9 and 10 this year, which saw the donation of essential goods to 525 beneficiaries in the local communities, an INC Giving event for the distribution of 5,000 reusable and washable face masks and other care packages followed on July 22 to 27 to commemorate the Church’s 106th founding anniversary. Both events were held in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
The Church, during the July 22 to 27 event, channeled donations to public schools, nursing homes, and elderly facilities, including the United States Postal Services (USPS) office in Fort Washington, Maryland. It benefited at least 688 recipients.
The INC Giving event was done to support the implementation of the mask requirements among states’ residents to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
On August 12 to 16, the Church Of Christ marked the first anniversary of the Aid To Humanity US and Canada Tour, with the distribution of 3,000 face masks and 680 care packages filled with groceries, hand sanitizers, and paper towels, in the DMV region (Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia).
Following the shutdowns and complying with the stay-at-home orders issued across the country, Church members continued to practice their faith, promptly shifting to online worship services. All congregational gatherings and activities remain virtual, and individual members continue to observe health restrictions and protocols in public places. They are also active participants in the contact tracing efforts launched by the states’ health departments to help in isolating those infected with the novel coronavirus.
In Shoshoni, Wyoming, in a 163-acre eco-farm developed by the Church, about two grow rooms of mushrooms are harvested per week, providing a source of income to many residents. This site and its counterpart in Scenic, South Dakota, with a capacity for 16 indoor grow rooms, are the first eco-farm projects established by INC in North America.
Aside from these, there are 37 other eco-farms worldwide, which include a 1,255-acre site in Ladybrand, South Africa, under the Felix Y. Manalo Foundation, the charitable arm of the Church Of Christ. According to the Church’s General Auditor, Brother Glicerio B. Santos Jr., these eco-farm projects aim “to give work or livelihood and housing to those in need in different countries.”
The Iglesia Ni Cristo, under the stewardship of its Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, and through the help and guidance of the Almighty God, is unceasing in its socio-civic projects globally, reaching out to the different sectors of the community, especially the marginalized.
The INC is now established in 158 countries and territories, and its members belong to 147 races and nationalities worldwide. Its members continue to be exhorted to live according to the biblical teachings the Church upholds, which include respect for the law. — Courtesy of INC Public Information Office
Port Moresby aids stranded OFWs
By BUNNY QUINOLA and VINCE T. BASCO
Date Posted: September 7, 2020
Brethren from the Local Congregation of Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea aided stranded Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) in the country by donating basic necessities at the Filipino Association of Papua New Guinea (FAPNG) clubhouse on August 10, 2020.
The OFWs were affected by the current Covid-19 pandemic as some companies closed.
Donations of the brethren included pails, wash basins, dining wares, and cooking pans, among others.
Brother Regino Manangan Jr., resident minister, led the brethren in giving aid to the recipients. “The brethren and Church officers united in helping the Filipino workers here in Port Moresby, many of them lost their jobs, others got their visas and contracts expired,” he said.
The recipients were thankful for the help extended to them. “Thank you so much to our brethren in the Church Of Christ here in Port Moresby for the help you gave to our fellowmen. This can ease the homesickness they are feeling … they want to go home but cannot with the current situation as some lost their jobs and thinking how they will go home. God bless, Church Of Christ,” Jonathan Plasabas, the Press Release Officer of FAPNG, said.
The brethren said that they will continue to unite in helping those who are in need as this is one of the commandments of the Lord God. ― With reports from INC News Section
International Religious Organization Church Of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo) holds Aid to Humanity for Indigenous Communities in Canada
Date Posted: August 28, 2020
August 19, 2020 — Iglesia Ni Cristo volunteers collected used clothing for all genders and ages, and toys for children, to be donated in Berens River Watershed communities of Pikangikum, Ontario and Pauingassi, Manitoba, Canada.
The socio-civic and charitable reach of the Church Of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo or INC) continues to positively impact residents in Canada with an Aid to Humanity event through the Felix Y. Manalo (FYM) Foundation that aims to help indigenous communities in the Berens River Watershed.
The four communities in the Berens River Watershed are mainly accessible by airplane. Church Of Christ volunteers donated clothes for all genders and ages, and toys for children. In total, 700 lbs were sent via Northway Aviation to the communities of Poplar Hill First Nation, Ontario (300 lbs) and Little Grand Rapids, Manitoba (400 lbs).
Receiving the donations on behalf of the Indigenous peoples, Mr. Gerald Neufeld thanked Church Of Christ Executive Minister Brother Eduardo V. Manalo.
August 19, 2020 — Mr. Gerald Neufeld gives a brief history of Indigenous Peoples to FYM Foundation representative.
“I'd like to take the opportunity to give my heartfelt thanks to Brother Eduardo V. Manalo for some very significant contributions that are being made by the brothers and sisters of the INC here in Winnipeg. The contributions have a significant impact to these fly-in communities. They’re very remote. On behalf of the leadership and the people who live in these communities, I’d just like to share with you my most heartfelt thanks. It’s very much appreciated.”
Mr. Neufeld grew up in the First Nations community of Pauingassi, Manitoba and has become a lead volunteer in helping Indigenous peoples.
August 19, 2020 — Mr. Gerald Neufeld, lead volunteer of the First Nations community in Pauingassi, Manitoba with representatives of the Iglesia Ni Cristo who distributed relief packages at the Turtle Island Community Centre.
In an ongoing commitment to help their fellowmen in need, Church Of Christ volunteers in Winnipeg have also prepared another 900 lbs of goods for the Berens River Watershed communities of Pikangikum, Ontario and Pauingassi, Manitoba.
Councillor of Poplar Hill First Nation, Eli Moose, sent a letter or thanks to the Church Of Christ District Supervising Minister of Manitoba, Sidney Santos.
“My people and I from Poplar Hill wish to give you our heartfelt thanks for the clothes you have sent to our community. We greatly appreciate this message of sharing that you send to us along with the generosity of these gifts. We were told that you and your organization worked hard to gather these items and please know that it is amazing how far this caring and sharing can go. Thanks so much,” he said.
Statistics Canada provides the following data concerning poverty in Indigenous communities:
“According to the market basket measure (MBM), Canada’s official poverty line, approximately one-quarter (24%) of Indigenous people living in urban areas in the provinces were in poverty. While 30% of Indigenous children and youth under the age of 18 in urban areas were living in poverty, the percentage was higher for those in lone-parent families. According to the 2016 Census, 38% of Indigenous children and youth in urban areas were living with a lone parent (most often with a female lone parent), and more than half of them (51%) were in poverty.”
Through the INC Giving Project and the FYM Foundation, INC members and volunteers aim to build positive relationships in the communities in which they serve. — Courtesy of INC Public Information Office