Hundreds receive baptism in Southern Africa
By ERIKA OIRA and RONNIE H. MUTYA
Date Posted: July 15, 2021
Members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) in the Ecclesiastical District of Southern Africa still proved that the crisis brought about by the pandemic is not a hindrance to fulfill God’s will. With His help, their joint efforts in helping out in the Church’s intensified work of propagation bore fruit as hundreds of new members received baptism last month.
On June 19, before leading the baptism proper, the district supervising minister, Brother Sheridohn Santos, led the worship service at the host site, the house of worship of the Local Congregation of Cape Town, South Africa. The Local Congregation of Lusaka, Zambia and Nelspruit, South Africa Group Worship Service (GWS) connected via videoconference, as they also held baptisms, officiated by assigned ministers, on that same day.
A week later, on June 27, Brother Jackson Liwanag, a minister of the gospel, led another baptism on the following day, at the house of worship of the Local Congregation of King William’s Town, South Africa.
The day before this, as part of preparing the candidates, congregations in Manyatseng, Petrusburg, and Qwa Qwa, all in the Free State Area, connected to the host site, the house of worship of the Ladybrand Local Congregation for the worship service Brother Vilson Vidallon, a minister of the gospel, officiated. He taught from the Bible the importance of membership in the Church Of Christ in attaining the promised salvation.
The newly baptized members expressed joy and gratefulness for the great spiritual blessing they received from the Lord. One of them, Nkepe Anna Mbongo, from the Qwa Qwa Congregation, said, “I feel so blessed to be baptized inside the Church Of Christ. I thank God for calling me and having the right to worship Him and be saved on Judgment Day.”
“To our dearest Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, we thank our Almighty God for placing you inside the Church Of Christ and continues to teach and guide each one of us, especially during these times of pandemic,” said Brother Jeisi Cabe, district Light of Salvation (LOS) overseer. — With reports from INC News Section