South African ambassador makes 2nd courtesy call on INC Executive Minister
posted 10-Apr-2019  ·  
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SOUTH AFRICA’S ENVOY. to the Philippines, HE Martin Slabber, made a farewell courtesy call on INC Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo (right) last Mar. 27, 2019 before departing to his home country. The outgoing ambassador expressed his desire to visit an INC House of Worship in his country, particularly in his hometown of Pretoria, when he comes home.

South African Ambassador to the Philippines H.E. Martin Slabber visited the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) Central Office on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, to make his farewell courtesy call to INC Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo.

The first time that Ambassador Slabber went to the INC Central Office was in 2016, after hearing about Brother Eduardo V. ManaIo's pastoral visit to INC members in South Africa in 2014 and the rapid growth of the Church in his country.

This second courtesy call by the outgoing South African Ambassador further strengthened the friendship between South Africa and the Church Of Christ, said INC protocol officer minister Joel San Pedro. He described the outgoing South African ambassador as a "good friend of the Church."

After Brother Eduardo Manalo's 2014 visit, the INC's presence in South Africa expanded further. The Church now has 15 congregations in South Africa, as well as a extension campus in Ladybrand for its School for Ministers, one of 20 that the Church has around the world.

In its efforts to provide assistance to the less fortunate, the Church also established two eco-farming projects in South Africa: in Ladybrand and in Petrusburg. During his conversation with the Executive Minister, Ambassador Slabber also asked if there was a house of worship in his hometown of Pretoria, saying he would want to visit an INC House of Worship when he returns to South Africa.

"The Executive Minister hopes that he will have many fruitful years to come," INC minister San Pedro said. After his courtesy call, the South African Ambassador was warmly greeted by a crowd of INC Central Office ministers and other volunteer workers who waved small flags of South Africa and the INC

In September 2016, Ambassador Slabber sent a video message congratulating the Executive Minister's leadership of the INC which, he said, "has an important role to play not only in the lives of the members of the Church, but in the lives of the Filipino people, and people elsewhere in the world."

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