North Island New Zealand
The Members Church of God International (MCGI) in New Zealand have once again held its get together activity where brethren from all throughout the North Island region flocked as one to participate, experience, learn and strengthen both their spirits and bodies as they continue to strive for holiness through the gospel and good works. The team building activity was held on the 28th of October (Labour Day) at the Howick Leisure Centre in Auckland where a total of 160 attendees were present to experience the event.
Gathering together as one is part of what christians do. In this time and age where most people gather for their own personal interests and not for the Lord's, brethren from North Island were given an opportunity to hold the unprecedented team building and sportsfest activity strengthening both their spirit and body as they exercise and listen to the word of God. As it is written in I Timothy 4:8 (KJV), “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." Bodily exercise is beneficial, but practicing godliness through good works is profitable in this life and in the life which is to come. Doing bodily exercise and godliness at the same time is indeed beneficial!
The event kicked off with brethren conditioning their bodies for the day. Psalms and hymns for the Lord were sung not only to unify the brethren but to guide the day that is ahead of them. The congregational singing was followed by a short prayer led by the church workers. The workers afterwards gave their opening remarks to welcome the brethren and guests. After that, the brethren were asked by the organizers to gather around and were grouped into four - each given instructions to do as what they were instructed. This marked the beginning of the team building event.
The KNC’s or the Kawan ng Cordero’s (Flock of Lambs) were given games and activities as their part of the said event. In their activities, the children of the brethren showed that, even how little and fragile one maybe, with God’s help, they can cooperate and unite to achieve a common goal.
Meanwhile on the main hall, the brethren showed their willpower in every way possible to complete the tasks. Through teamwork, each and every team was able to lift their team members one by one using merely strings with which they ran to and fro, back and forth, and successfully completing the task given to them. This shows how members of a team can work together to get the job done. Through sheer willpower, strength and cooperation, no task is impossible to do with God's help.
Brethren also showcased their wit and ingenuity in building a tower made out of scrap papers. Each team used all allowed means possible to build a tower from scratch. This shows that even the faintest idea of how the structure of the tower's going to be, members can collaborate, cooperate and finally, act by carefully putting pieces together to build a tower.
An inspirational message from Brother Daniel Razon was witnessed after the team building event. Giving the brethren a view on how the church must be and how can the brethren help the church in every means possible, through teamwork and most importantly with God’s help and mercy. “...hindi ito ordinaryong team building.”, “...this is not your ordinary team building.” as said by Brother Daniel himself. This event wasn’t held just because the brethren wanted to, but for the brethren to realize that when a whole group works together in unity, any obstacles that may block their path as they sojourn shall be overcome with God’s help.
Intermission numbers were held as the brethren ate their lunch. Songs from different artists and generations were sung to entertain the brethren. May it be old or modern, music speaks to everyone that hears it. As the day nears its end, the brethren took one last picture to remember this day as they not only exercised in body but also in faith. United as one, the brethren parted ways. Even though distance separates us all, faith brings us closer together.
To God be the Glory!
Written by: Brother John Gabriel Alovera
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