Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo officiated a special worship service in Jerusalem, the center and birthplace of Christianity, according to Edwil Zabala, the spokesman of the religious group.
Zabala said the service held last week coincided with the 20th anniversary of the registration of the INC in Israel.
“This was a historic event for us. It was like a spiritual homecoming for our Executive Minister, to be at the heart of where Christianity started and blossomed,” Zabala said.
Manalo’s Israeli visit also coincided with the ordination of 10 new ministers, proof of the growing reach and influence of the Church in Europe and parts of the Middle East, the spokesman said.
Both the service and the ordination were streamed live via video link to various INC chapels in the Philippines and throughout the world.
Manalo also inaugurated several new chapels in North America earlier this year.
In February and March this year, Manalo led the opening of 300-seating capacity edifices in Bakersfield, California, Jersey City, New Jersey, and Orange Park, Florida.
A chapel in Lubbock, Texas can accommodate 484 people for the main worship hall and another 150 people for the function hall, while the chapel in Regina, Canada can accommodate 250 people in its main hall and 100 in its function hall.
“The INC leadership is doing its best to fulfill the requests of our members to build new houses of worship in their areas. Our goal is to serve our brethren wherever they are and make them feel Christ’s and the Church’s presence in their own localities,” Zabala said.