Haitians, Dominicans benefit from Caribbean District’s Care for Humanity
By RONNIE H. MUTYA
Date Posted: June 9, 2023
Residents of a community in the Dominican Republic and Haiti benefited from the series of Care for Humanity events carried out by the Ecclesiastical District of Caribbean. The humanitarian pursuits were led by the district supervising minister, Brother Garry Garcia, along with the assistance of the ministers and ministerial workers assigned in the said respective countries.
On May 7, 2023, the delegation went to a community in Puerta Plata, third largest town located in the northern part of the Dominican Republic, to distribute care packages.
“The condition of the world that we are living in is not improving anymore because violence, political turmoil, economic hardships, and the like are all contributing factors why there are people suffering and losing hope. Through the care packages prepared by the Church Administration, we are able to help our fellowmen in their basic needs,” Brother Garcia explained.
During the evangelistic part of the activity, he introduced the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) to the residents by teaching one of the fundamental doctrines it upholds—the importance of joining the true Church in attaining salvation. The preaching of God’s words was translated into Spanish by Brother Cielomar Valencia, a ministerial worker.
Nine days earlier, April 28, there was another Care for Humanity held in a community in Los Cacaos, a village in the Haitian Town of Cerca La Source which is situated about 94 kilometers north-east of Port-au-Prince, the country’s capital city. The beneficiaries received care packages.
Brother Garcia, during the Bible study, expounded on how true faith is achieved to gain salvation, which was translated by his fellow minister of the gospel, Brother Camy Augustin, into Creole.
Ledius Joseph, a pastor of a Haitian Church, was among those who attended the evangelical mission. He expressed his interest in knowing more about the Church Of Christ: “I want to continue attending the Bible studies because the lessons that were preached by the minister touched my heart. I will come again because everything inside the Church Of Christ is true, unlike in other religions, they can say one thing but they cannot prove it.”
“The Christian values that we uphold when we are conducting an outreach evangelical mission are the teachings of God recorded in the Bible, that we must show our love and concern to our fellowmen and we must share our faith with them,” said Brother Garcia. “But if there’s a greatest thing that we can offer to them is God’s will written in the Bible which will guide them in the attainment of the promised salvation.” — With reports from Renee Suarez of INC News Section