MANILA, PHILIPPINES —
The Member of Parliament for Scarborough North, Shaun Chen commended the “great work” being done by the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) after witnessing first hand the recent food drive done by the Church in the Greater Toronto Area.
“The great work being done by the (INC) congregation, by the volunteers … really shows the true meaning of true compassion,” Chen said.
MP Chen personally witnessed the ongoing humanitarian efforts of INC in the Aid to Humanity Food Drive held on April 14, 2019 to help those in need in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
Through the Felix Y. Manalo (FYM) Foundation, INC volunteers in the GTA helped gather 250 boxes of non-perishable food items such as canned goods, baby food, fruit juices, and other necessities for the less fortunate to donate to the North York Harvest Food Bank.
“We’re the primary food bank in Northern Toronto. We have about 40 member agencies. We raise food, we raise funds, so that we can distribute food to our member agencies to look after the people in need in our area,” said Henry Chiu, the Director of Development and Marketing for the North York Harvest Food Bank.
Mr. Chiu added, “When our organization raises this much food … it helps us to serve the people … This food will [really come in] handy.”
This effort is one of many ongoing outreach projects of the INC held in communities in which it serves. This need to service both the spiritual and basic needs of its neighbors is reinforced by the INC Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo.
Just this last April 9, Brother Eduardo Manalo emphasized in a homily delivered at a special worship service how important it is to always remain obedient to God’s commands and to “not extinguish the flame of the holy spirit.” (I Thess. 5:19, Plain English Translation)
In that same gathering marking the INC International Officers’ Day, Brother Eduardo also stressed that members of the Church Of Christ should continue to possess the spirit of helping and caring for others — both our fellow Christians and all our neighbors.
This special worship service was attended by more than 55,000 Church officers at the Philippine Arena (main site) and thousands more through live streaming in more than 1000 remote sites scattered in more than 150 ecclesiastical districts worldwide.
Indeed, INC members in 151 countries are unequivocally united in their obedience to God’s commands one of which is to “help those who are in need” (II Car. 8:13-14, Good News Translation).