- Posted February 23, 2014 by
Palayan City, Philippines
302,311 hunger-relief packs distributed in 8 hours made it to the Guinness World Records!
Confirmed by Guinness adjudicator Seyda Subasi-Gemici, this is the 6th record awarded to the Iglesia Ni Cristo by Guinness World Records for helping our fellowmen. “I have the pleasure to announce that the world record attempt for the most number of hunger relief packages distributed in eight hours, with an achieved number of 302,311 hunger relief packages. Mabuhay ang Iglesia ni Cristo. You are all officially amazing!” Gemici said, to the cheers of an enthusiastic crowd at the Unlad Kabuhayan Garment Factory in Barrio Maligaya.
Gemici herself documented the distribution, to ensure that the strict guidelines laid down by Guinness were observed. Another success of the Iglesia Ni Cristo and a record for the Philippines!
The said activity is linked to the commemoration of the 49th anniversary of “Barrio Maligaya,” the first resettlement community or housing project for members which was established by the Church Administration in 1965. During that year, a group of brethren who working for Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac were heavily persecuted because of their staunch stand on the unity of the Church. The Church Administration came over and showed support to our brethren in dire need. They were relocated to Laur (now Maligaya), Nueva Ecija.
What made this celebration more meaningful is the Special Worship Service led by no less than the INC Executive Minister Brother EDUARDO V. MANALO. In his homily, the Executive Minister enjoined all the members of the Church to be dedicated in serving God whatever they shall encounter in this life. He mentioned the early Christians during the time of Apostle Paul who testified that:
We don’t want you in the dark, friends, about how hard it was when all this came down on us in Asia province. It was so bad we didn't think we were going to make it. We felt like we’d been sent to death row, that it was all over for us. As it turned out, it was the best thing that could have happened. Instead of trusting in our own strength or wits to get out of it, we were forced to trust God totally — not a bad idea since he’s the God who raises the dead! And he did it, rescued us from certain doom. And he’ll do it again, rescuing us as many times as we need rescuing. (2 Cor 1:8-11, THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language)
A glaring example of such resiliency in the face of adversities and troubles was exemplified by the pioneer members of the Church in Barrio Maligaya. That’s same type of conviction is also exhibited by the members of the Church all over the world during these times of economic hardship and poverty.
As early as Friday morning, the venue was already filled with anxious brethren coming from the different ecclesiastical districts in the island of Luzon. Thousands traveled by buses, cars, vans, passenger jeepneys and motorcycles which clogged the highways going to Palayan City. A rough estimate of members who attended the special worship service is around seven hundred thousand while the number of those who participated in the Lingap (humanitarian mission) is close to a million people.
The worship service started with the singing of hymns by the 2,000 strong combined-choir from the ecclesiastical districts of Nueva Ecija South and Nueva Ecija East. Brother Bienvenido C. Santiago Sr., the General Evangelist of the Church led the opening prayer. After the homily, Brother Mathusalem V. Pareja led the closing prayer. After the benediction of the Executive Minister, Brother Glicerio B. Santos Jr., the General Auditor of the Church, led the flag-waving and the cheers of the brethren who attended the Special Worship Service.
So far, this Special Worship Service today is the biggest gathering of brethren in a single venue as thousands of brethren from various ecclesiastical districts in Luzon came to attend the spirit-filled gathering. Not only that the members came home invigorated but are eager and are also looking forward to participate in another giant gathering like this which is just one of the preludes to the Centennial celebration of the Church this coming July 27, 2014.
For more information on this event and other church-related activities, please visit www.kabayankokapatid.org