Iglesia Ni Cristo celebrates 50th year in the West
House of worship dedication and ordination in Ewa Beach, Hawaii
By ADARA PINEDA and CHASTITY MALAPIT
HONOLULU, HAWAII – Blessed. Inspiring. Moving.
These are some of the words that describe the momentous occasion in Honolulu, Hawaii.
On the 50th year of the Iglesia Ni Cristo’s mission in the West, the Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, led the dedication of the new worship building of the Local Congregation of Ewa Beach, Ecclesiastical District of Hawaii–Pacific.
In the said worship service, 50 ministerial workers were also ordained as full-fledged ministers.
As Church Of Christ members around the globe celebrated this milestone, they remembered how the Church’s mission began in the West 50 years ago, when the late Brother Eraño G. Manalo, the previous Executive Minister, officiated at the first worship service in Hawaii, one of states of America in the Far West.
The actual location of the plantation home along Bond Street, where the first worship service in Hawaii was held, lies just a few blocks away from where the new house of worship of the Local Congregation of Ewa Beach stands.
Speaking about the historic occasion, Brother Erman Vem Canlas, one of those newly-ordained, said, “We thank the Almighty Father for blessing the Church another year. This is another radiant victory for the Church.”
“We were still here when this was just a lot. And now, there’s this beautiful, new chapel. It’s incredible. It’s truly God’s work,” Vernee Dizon, who flew all the way from Tempe, Arizona, said.
Right after the worship service, the brethren proceeded to the Blaisdell Arena for the musical program commemorating the Golden Anniversary of the Iglesia Ni Cristo’s (Church Of Christ’s) mission in the West.