Church extends aid to Maui residents
By JOSE PRIMO RIVERA JR.
Date Posted: October 6, 2023
Through the Ecclesiastical District of Hawaii-Pacific, the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) extended aid to the residents of Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii who were affected by the wildfire that devastated their community in early August 2023.
On August 23 and September 15, 2023, the district, led by supervising minister Brother Gem Baitan, conducted Care For Humanity events at Napili Park, Lahaina and at the Wailuku Congregation compound, respectively.
In unity with the Church Administration, brethren from all over the district took part in organizing the humanitarian effort, whose beneficiaries included fellow members from the local congregations of Lahaina and Wailuku.
Aside from essential foods, the care packages distributed to the beneficiaries included new sets of clothing, toiletries, portable lighting, and cooking set.
Danilo Saldua, head deacon of the Wailuku Congregation remarked that the outreach programs’ organizers “managed to put together everything that the residents need to help them recover.” He added, “We thank the Church Administration for always remembering us even if we are afar. Their care is not only for us members but extends to those yet to enter the Church.”
“The pain for our losses is still fresh. We couldn’t do anything to save what we had,” shared one of the beneficiaries from Lahaina, Erika Erickson. “Seeing your Church welcoming us, extending help for our needs, and your warm company really makes bearing with the past calamity better. I thank you so much. I hope for the continuous success of your works.”
Amid their harrowing experience, the Church members from Maui has remained fully trusting in what the Lord God could do for them. “Time and again, like what we witnessed, God never abandoned us. When we evacuated, I instructed my household to pray before we make our way to safer areas. We thank the Church Administration for their swift response for our safety and needs,” said Antonio Palacio from Lahaina. — With reports from Sean Adam of INC News Section