Iglesia ni Cristo celebrates 40 years in Guam
The Philippines based Iglesia ni Cristo celebrates 40 of existence in the tiny island of Guam. The Iglesia ni Cristo is Christian religious organization independent of Catholic or Protestant churches. Established in the Philippines in 1914, the Iglesia ni Cristo is now in more than 90 countries, it's members belonging to 102 nationalities.
This week, the Church of Christ will celebrate the 40th year of its March 17, 1969, registration as a religious entity on Guam.
The church's presence on Guam for four decades reflects how the face of the local community has evolved, according to some of its members.
"Our membership comes from all walks of life," said Frank G. Santos, head deacon of the Church of Christ in Harmon. He joined the church in the 1960s and regards himself the first Chamorro to have joined the church.
Santos said he decided to join the church after realizing that its teachings are all based strictly on teachings from the Holy Bible.
"We do not do anything here in this church that is contrary to the teachings and the doctrines of the Holy Bible," said Santos, a harbor master at the Guam commercial port. He's been harbor master for about 33 years after having retired from the U.S. Navy.