North Island New Zealand
The Members Church of God International (MCGI) in New Zealand was given another opportunity to strengthen their minds, body, and spirit as they held another Family Day and SportsFest in the North Island. This first event for the year 2019 was held on the 28th of January at Otara Pool and Leisure Centre, Auckland.
While Auckland & Northland celebrate its birthday on this same day, brethren from different chapters gathered together for another chance to exercise not only the physical body, but more importantly, the spirit of love and unity among the brethren as described in the scripture from I Timothy 4:8 “For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come."
There were four teams represented by different colours (Teams Gold, Blue, Red, and Green). All of the teams performed calisthenics prior to the programme proper to increase body strength, fitness, and flexibility.
The friendly battle then began as each team showcased their dance moves and agility in the “Just Dance Challenge” and “Dodge Ball”, where the Red Team bagged the win in both these games. Succeedingly, the Blue Team won the “Rock-Paper-Scissors” relay, while the Gold Team nailed the “Glass Pong Game”.
Before the second half commenced, the Teatro Kristiano (TK) group graced a modern dance number while the Anytime Soon Band (ASB) and Brother Niño Miranda shared their talent in singing. This was followed by a group photo.
The excitement continued as the players competitively aimed to win in the Basketball and Volleyball Division. Red Team won the Mix Volleyball. Meanwhile, the Blue team defeated the Red team in the elimination round of Men’s Basketball whereas the Gold Team enjoyed the same victory over the Green.
The overall status of ranking was favored by the Red Team, followed by the Blue Team, next was the Gold and the Green Team filled in the last spot. Everyone went home with prizes for all the members to enjoy.
The MCGI brethren give back all the glory and honor to God for another successful and fun-filled event in North Island, New Zealand.
Written by: Sister Joane Caselene Custorio and Sister Amity Caco
North Island New Zealand
Members throughout the North Island of New Zealand took part in the quarterly held Family Day and Sportsfest Event at the Lagoon Leisure Centre on October 22, 2018 (Labour Day in New Zealand).
Various types of recreational activities, revolving around the theme “Labours of Love“, were held throughout the day. Not only did the brethren partake in the activities, they also had the chance to converse and interact with brethren from distant locale chapters.
The brethren were split into four different teams, each having specific team colours (Red Team, Green Team, Blue team and the Gold Team). Even though the teams are different and the colours vary, the brethren are still one in spirit.
Before officially commencing the event, brethren participated in the warm-up Zumba exercise to lift the spirits of the brethren.
Throughout the day, brethren partook in various recreational sports activities prepared beforehand which included Zumba, Follow the Leader, Patintero, Table Tennis, Volleyball and Basketball
The KNC (Kawan Ng Cordero) were also able to participate in the games prepared for them which included Chinese Garter and other various Filipino Games.
Brethren who were present were able to actively participate and experience the event.
As it is written in Hebrews 10:24, “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:”, together as one body, we must uphold the value of love. Love will always prevail if you have faith in God, if you strive hard in spirit and most importantly if you do good deeds.
To God Be The Glory!
Written by: Bro. John Gabriel Alovera
North Island New Zealand
Brethren from all Locale Chapters in the North Island of New Zealand participated in the much awaited Family Day and Sportsfest Event held at the Otara Pool and Leisure Centre last August 18, 2018.
The activities revolved around the theme “New Zealand Kasama Sa Paggawa”. Through the act of participating in the activities held on this day, not only have the brethren exercised their bodies physically, the brethren found the need to become closer with one another, and were able to see each other and bond despite coming from farther places.
Brethren from different Locale Chapters and Groups in the North Island were divided into different teams of which they played for. There were a total of four teams, each being represented by a specific team colour (Green Team, Blue Team, Gold Team, Red Team). In preparation for the highly anticipated Sportsfest event, brethren from the Locale Chapters in the North Island made the additional effort to come together with one another to practice before the event took place.
Throughout the day, brethren participated in various sports activities prepared for the event which included Zumba, Cheerdancing, Dodgeball, Volleyball, Basketball and challenges which required vital skills such as teamwork and cooperation. With the variety of events planned for this day, all present brethren were able to gladfully participate in the event.
Isaiah 40:31 King James Version (KJV)
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Finally, the results for the overall winning team were announced, the awarding ceremony took place and a picture taking session commenced to conclude the event.
Written by: Brother Mel Quitaleg
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