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To Ease COVID Fatigue and Reignite Hope, INC Distributes 500 Care Packages in British Columbia, Canada

young people smiling for a group photo while holding up their care packages that they received from the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) a global church

Everyone was all smiles at the Iglesia Ni Cristo’s “My Countrymen, My Brethren”, held in Surrey, BC, where 500 care packages including food items, and home lifestyle products were received by visitors aiming to uplift the spirits of all age groups in the community.

Crowd gathered with the Iglesia Ni Cristo at Aria Convention Centre in Surrey, BC, Canada while facing podium where Minister of the gospel, Moriel Cadacio stands giving a message of hope based on the Bible

Attendees listen closely to a message of hope based on the Bible at the Aria Convention Centre (Surrey, BC), during the “My Countrymen, My Brethren” event of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ).

Friends and neighbors crowd for a group picture at the Church Of Christ’s chapel compound in Burnaby, British Columbia on May 1, 2022. This was one of the lead-up events to the “My Countrymen, My Brethren” held on May 9 to reach out to families and indivi

Friends and neighbours were invited for fellowship and fun at the Church Of Christ’s chapel compound in Burnaby, British Columbia on May 1, 2022. This was one of the lead-up events to the “My Countrymen, My Brethren” held on May 9.

Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) or Church Of Christ holds event to inspire new hope, while giving out 500 care packages to residents in British Columbia free of charge.

B.C., CANADA, May 16, 2022 / -- The Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) recently held a series of outreach programs called “My Countrymen, My Brethren” in British Columbia, Canada, which aim to uplift and help members and non-members alike amid the lingering COVID-19 pandemic.

The Aria Banquet and Convention Centre, with a seating capacity of 2000, was the venue for the event held on May 9, 2022. This occasion was a successful continuation of the INC outreach events held simultaneously on May 1 at the worship buildings of the INC in Surrey, Burnaby, and Victoria on Vancouver Island.

During the activity, the INC shared a message of hope based on the Bible with those in attendance, along with various uplifting video presentations. After the event, complimentary food was served while care packages—consisting of snacks, personal hygiene items, towels, and a Pasugo: God’s Message magazine—were handed out as well.

A total of 500 care packages were distributed during the event.

Supervising Minister of the Ecclesiastical District of British Columbia, Brother Moriel D. Cadacio acknowledged that many people were hit hard by the pandemic.

“Today, life is really difficult. A simple gesture of help can give people joy in their hearts. What we gave today is not much, but it will make them happy,” he said.

Such activities of the INC were in fulfillment of the Biblical teachings to show care and love for one’s fellowmen.

“Receiving things like [these] from you guys, it’s something good for me, it’s helpful,” said Andre Mahoro, a guest and a recipient of a care package. He said that such gestures were uplifting. “Keep a heart like this.”

Another guest, Laica Atete who was originally from Rwanda, shared how the act of kindness made an impact on her. “It made me feel seen and valued because it’s thoughtful. You don’t get these kinds of care packages every day.”

The INC maintains multiple socio-civic platforms, such as “INC Giving” and “Aid to Humanity.”

“My Countrymen, My Brethren” is a project launched in 2013 to link different cultures and communities to the Church. The Felix Y. Manalo Foundation, the charitable arm of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) also holds “Aid To Humanity” events worldwide.

“We will continue to do these acts of kindness. We will continue to give tokens of appreciation, care packages through the 'Aid To Humanity' to those who are in need, with the help and mercy of course of our Almighty God,” Brother Cadacio said.

The Iglesia Ni Cristo was registered in the Philippines on July 27, 1914, by its first Executive Minister, Brother Felix Y. Manalo. In 107 years, the INC has spread to 159 countries and territories with its members belonging to 147 nationalities and races through the dynamic leadership of the Church’s Executive Minister Brother Eduardo V. Manalo.


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