‘Kabayan ko, kapatid ko’

Iglesia embraces poor folk in Manila outreach mission


‘GOD’S WORK’ With the pictures of Iglesia ni Cristo Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo as backdrop, Glicerio Santos Jr. (center) explains the principle behind the newly launched project of the INC and the Felix Y. Manalo Foundation Inc. dubbed ‘Kabayan Ko, Kapatid Ko.’ The event drew about 15,000 people on Saturday in Binondo, Manila RICHARD A. REYES

Grace Radin arrived early at P. Guevara Elementary School in Manila’s Binondo area Saturday morning. She knew many would come and wanted to be among the first in line.

Seven months pregnant and like any excited mom, Radin just wanted to know the child’s gender in advance. But coming from the slums of Parola, Tondo, she could not afford an ultrasound examination which could cost between P800 and P1,000.

And so waiting in line was worth it for Radin, one of the 15,000 Tondo residents who flocked to the “Kabayan Ko, Kapatid Ko” (My countrymen, my brethren) project of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) and the Felix Y. Manalo Foundation Inc.

The project offered free medical, dental and relief services. In Radin’s case, it brought joy to the mother after the ultrasound exam revealed that she will soon give birth to a boy.

Minister Glicerio B. Santos Jr., general auditor of the INC, said Kabayan Ko was launched in response to the needs of those living in extreme poverty, whether or not they are INC members.

“Our Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo sees the growing number of our countrymen living in extreme poverty. The Iglesia ni Cristo and the FYM Foundation have long been responding to the needs of those victimized by disasters, both natural and manmade. This time, we have expanded these efforts as we want our poor countrymen to feel that they are not alone, that there is someone aware of their needs. They are our brothers, too,” Santos said.

The INC traces its humble beginnings to Punta, Sta. Ana, in Manila, in July 1914. Now a year shy of its centenary, it believes that its history, present-day accomplishments and future direction are all in fulfillment of Biblical prophecies.

“This is the work of God. This victory is a victory of the Holy Scripture,” Santos told Saturday’s gathering.

Kabayan Ko, Kapatid Ko was launched a day after the 50th death anniversary of INC founder Felix Ysagun Manalo, whom Iglesia members revere as God’s Last Messenger.

The event was broadcast nationwide through the facilities of NET-25 and INC-TV.

The project will soon go to other parts of Metro Manila and other regions across the country.

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  • http://twitter.com/Olibo2 Olibo

    If all religions are like this, who would be an atheist? Mabuhay ang Iglesia ni Cristo. Mabuhay si Reverend Manalo!

  • http://twitter.com/evm4 Angelo Ysagun

    the writer of this article is a known INC member/reporter.

    research about the disapointing credibility of Arlyn de la Cruz.

    the religious dynasty of Manalo family is undeniable.

    Only INC members will be saved?

    good luck.

    • http://thoughtborders.blogspot.com Edgy Dulds

      in noah’s time, only those who get in the arc were saved from the great flood. those outside were like, “only those in the arc will be saved? good luck!”

      • http://twitter.com/evm4 Angelo Ysagun

        in Lot’s time,

        Sodom and Gomorrah were burned to death.

        in the future,

        cults and evil doers are going to be thrown in the fire of hell.

        No luck should be expected to all Manalo believers condemning other religions.

      • epal_ako

        I’d welcome an act like this anytime rather than too much politicking by the catholic bishops. As for condemning other religion, I think they’re just standing up for what they believe in. And aren’t catholic bishops condemning candidates who voted for the RH bill and those who do not follow their whims and caprices? What the INC is doing this time is an act of kindness, at least let’s be appreciative and save our unfounded tirades on other topics befitting it..

      • http://twitter.com/evm4 Angelo Ysagun

        Hypocrisy is a better word.

        INC condemns people to hell,

        while helping them for publicity stunts.

      • epal_ako

        It’s a win-win situation. Publicity for INC and the much needed help for the poor. If it’s their way of inviting people to their religion then why take it against them? Don’t you realize that if all religions will follow their lead then more help will be given to the poor people of this nation and will ease the burden on the government. Too much hatred is eating you up Angelo..

  • http://twitter.com/sisonyaparinito paul richard

    i’ve been to INC bible study and worship service. i was surprised that everyone who i talked with addressed me as ‘brother.’ i felt like they counted me as member of their big family. i found out that there’s no contract or commitment to join meaning it is up to the person who comes to decide. INC people are just so happy to share what they know or their beliefs but they don’t coerce anyone to believe them. since then, i was convinced that they just really want to help people especially the poor as their share to the society. to me if what they do is good for the poor like this one, why not just appreciate it and forget that what they believe is different from the mainstream. this kind of gesture they show for the poor does not cause anyone any cent to spend even the government. swallow our pride even for a while and give them credit for what they did for our countrymen. peace to all

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