To our dearest Bro Erano G. Manalo, our prayers are for your continued success as you lead us towards the perfection of our faith. Happy 95th Anniversary po!
In the late 60s, the Iglesia ni Cristo was in all major cities in the Philippines. Not even one province of the country was left without an Iglesia ni Cristo chapel. Since Bro Erano Manalo, the current executive minister of the Iglesia took over the administration of the church after the death of the messenger of God in these last days, the church gained unprecedented success in all it’s endeavors.
The beginning of the end?
What was thought of as the beginning of the end for the church after the death of Bro Felix Y. Manalo was actually the beginning of a new chapter for the Iglesia ni Cristo. These chapters weret to complement the previous successful chapters under the Last Messenger’s leadership.
From the start, Bro Erano raced on o an ambitious vision, that is to prepare the expansion not only nationally but globally. The vision given to Bro Erano was that of a church expanded throughout the world, reaching every nationality and creed and breaking through boundaries. His first move was to set a permanent seat for the administration of the church. Thus born the Central Administration Complex in Diliman. In the same breath, mass media and communication was expanded and improved and propagated. Currently, broadcast media reaches more people than ever imagined especially with the use of the Internet. People who are otherwise not reached by the preaching of God’s word can now avail of it 24/7.
A global Church
In 1968, Brother Erano established the first congregations in foreign lands when he presided over the worship services in Hawaii, San Francisco and New York. From these three congregations the seeds were planted to what we know as the Global Iglesia. The Iglesia is now in over 92 countries in all the 6 habitable continents, counting among it’s members from almost 102 nationalities. It has congregations in Jerusalem and Rome where the seats of world religions are located. The Church of Christ which was first preached by the Lord Jesus Christ in Jerusalem and propagated to the Gentile nations in Rome by the Apostles, was apostatised and and now has gone full circle. It is now back after 2000 years.
A Beloved Leader, a Beacon of our Hearts.
As much as my parents generation had Bro Felix Y. Manalo as the beacon of light that shone their path, my generation has Bro Erano G Manalo. The current Executive Minister of the Iglesia ni Cristo, beloved by his brothers and sisters in the faith, ablest of leaders, our beacon of our hearts. He continues to lead the whole church towards the righteous service of God and the worship of the Lord Jesus.
To our dearest Bro Erano G. Manalo, our prayers are for you continued success as you lead us towards the perfection of our faith. Happy Anniversary po!