Congregations in Southern Africa intensify propagation activities
By MARCK ANGELO R. DELOS REYES
Date Posted: October 21, 2023
Seven congregations in the Ecclesiastical District of Southern Africa each held an evangelical mission in the second half of September, further intensifying their efforts in the work of propagation in unity with the Church Administration.
These evangelistic activities were actively participated in by the brethren from the said congregations out of a sense of duty as faithful Christians, according to the district supervising minister, Brother Sheridohn R. Santos.
“The Church Administration can expect that all ministers, ministerial workers, Church officers and members in our district will continue to fulfill our Christian obligations, including the sharing of our faith, so that many people will be called to the Church, for the glory of God,” he said.
Six of the said seven congregations were in South Africa and one in the Kingdom of Lesotho. The Church Of Christ, through the Southern Africa District, also maintains a congregation each in Swaziland and Angola.
The Local Congregation of Kestell held their evangelical mission on September 15. The following day, the Manyatseng and Maseru Congregations conducted their propagational event. On the 18th was the evangelical mission of the Ficksburg Congregation. The Local Congregations of Dimbaza and Qwa Qwa had theirs simultaneously on September 22. On the 29th, brethren from the Ladybrand Congregation and their guests assembled at the house of worship for the evangelistic activity.
“We are conducting these evangelical missions in obedience to God’s will that all people come to the knowledge of the truth in order to be saved on Judgment Day,” said Brother Rolando Garcia II, Light Of Salvation district overseer.
During these propagational events, the officiating ministers and ministerial workers delivered a lesson based on biblical teachings regarding the utmost importance of joining the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ).
“People are searching for what they believe is good for them, especially when it comes to religion. So when the residents here in Africa listen to the teachings upheld by the Iglesia Ni Cristo, they are enlightened by the truth of God’s words. Thus, they decide to embrace His teachings because of their hope to receive salvation,” observed Brother Santos.
In preparation for these evangelical missions, members of each congregation handed out copies of Pasugo: God’s Message magazines by way of invitation. Some of them shared the link of the official websites of the Iglesia Ni Cristo to their prospective guests, thereby already introducing the Church and its basic doctrines.
The Church’s teachings the guests learned from the said media and especially from the Bible studies they attended drew their interest, according to interviewed guests.
“I’m interested to learn more about the Church Of Christ because I found it to be unique,” one of the guests of the Maseru Congregation by the name of Nthato Mokhati from Lesotho said. “It is difficult to find a church like this in our time, especially that other religions rely on miracles and other material things. I love that this Church teaches about salvation and living a holy life.”
Antonette Reyel, an overseas worker in Lesotho for more than 10 years, expressed, “So far, I think your Church is interesting. The study is based on the Bible. So I’m curious to learn more about God’s teachings in this Church.” — With reports from Brother Rolando Garcia II