By Alfred Acenas with reports from Margarita Tecson (EBC Micronesia)
Eagle News Service
HONOLULU, Hawaii (Eagle News Service) – Members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) recently conducted an Aid to Humanity outreach event in Pohnpei, Micronesia as part of the Church’s global efforts to help those in need.
The event took place at the Kolonia-China Friendship Center in Pohnpei where INC volunteer members distributed goodwill bags to the guests.
These bags contained rice, cup noodles, canned meat and sardines, which were donated by Church members, according to the organizers.
The event was held by the INC members, together with the Felix Y. Manalo (FYM) Foundation, the Church’s charity arm.
Those in attendance expressed their gratitude for the Church’s generosity.
A registered nurse from the island’s state hospital brought his entire family to avail of the free goods, while a police officer said he was very impressed with the orderliness of the event despite the presence of hundreds of people in one venue.
A pastor from an apostolic church, Maioriko Menge, also attended the event, and noted how many poor residents were helped by the Church.
“We are thankful to the Iglesia Ni Cristo for the assistance to the poor here in our community. We hope for more help in the future. Again, thanks very much,” Menge said.
The Aid to Humanity in Pohnpei is part of the global church effort to extend aid to the poor and those affected by recent calamities done by Church Of Christ members all over the world.
Pohnpei and its surrounding islands make up one of four states of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), an independent country located 2,154 kilometers northeast of Papua New Guinea. Pohnpei, together with the states of Yap, Chuuk, and Kosrae, are known for their rich and diverse natural environments, both on land and more so underwater, making the FSM a favorite tourist destination.
Like most remote islands in the South Pacific, Pohnpei is also vulnerable to calamities such as typhoons or cyclones. (Eagle News Service with photos contribued by Bro. Jeffrey Nusug from Micronesia)