Today, July 27, marks the 94th anniversary of the Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ), one of the biggest Christian denominations in the country and arguably an incredible (some would say impossible) success story. The INC was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 27, 1914, the same day World War One broke out in Europe. (The members of the Church believe that the simultaneity of the two events is the fulfillment of the biblical prophecy foretold in the books of Isaiah and Revelation.)
From that little congregation in Punta, Sta. Ana, Manila, the Iglesia has grown and expanded vastly, even establishing a congregation in Honolulu, Hawaii only 50 years after its conception. The Church now has a presence in around 90 countries and territories worldwide. More than 100 different races and ethnicities comprise its population. Truly, the Iglesia has gone far since its early days—farther than its adamant detractors could have ever imagined.
To God be the glory on this auspicious occasion.
[The author is a member of the Iglesia ni Cristo.]