The Iglesia Ni Cristo of the Philippines

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As immigrants enter the United States, they bring along with them their unique traditions and religions. These beliefs further help diversify America's cultural and religious melting pot. Churches that were once limited to preaching in their native homeland were now able to reach people in another country. By becoming strong influences internationally, followers are able to seek the assistance and guidance from their church/religion as they immigrate to the United States. One example is a Christian church which originates from the Philippines: the Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ). The history of the Iglesia ni Cristo began with its founder, Felix Manalo. Manalo first began preaching in Manila, the Philippines's capital. The Iglesia ni Cristo was eventually accepted as a church by the Philippine government on July 27, 1914. A year later, Manalo became the Executive Minister of the Church and began to train ministers in order to help him spread his religious message. After 25 years, "...the Church had already expanded to as far as llocos Norte province in Northern Luzon to Cebu province in the Visayas with the addition of 14 districts" (incmedia.org). By 1963, Iglesia ni Cristo had spread to over half of the Philippines. On July 27, 1968, the first international worship service occurred in Ewa Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii. On the same day, the Honolulu congregation was created. A month later, a worship service was performed in San Francisco, California (leading to the

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