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The following are inspiring stories of Iglesia ni Cristo converts from around the world. Many of these true to life stories are from many years back but  their stories are still relevant, most particularly, to those who are presently studying the Iglesia ni Cristo. We hope that by reading their stories people may come to understand the workings on "how God calls people", that is,  how God move, draw and give people the desire to study His words written in the Holy Bible; and that by these convert stories other people may also be inspired to continue their search for the true Church of Christ.

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"My search for the true faith is over" Pauline Barton Sydney, Australia Anglican Church Former Religion:
       From childhood, I was a worshipper and member of the Anglican  Church in Australia. The  breakdown of my marriage after 17  years and subsequent divorce brought a crisis in my life―not a weakening of love for God and our Lord Jesus Christ, but a loss of faith in my church and its attitudes.   I then proceeded on the path of searching for a church wherein I could find the true faith.  Along the way, I met many  good souls, each trying their best to live a life acceptable to God, but still I felt I was travelling in wilderness. . . . . As the  discord between churches grew and as I witnessed doctrines and policies being  bent to serve people rather than God,  I  felt  even more disheartened. By 1983, I had all but abandoned my search.
Iglesia ni Cristo:
       It was then that I met Brother Elmer Cacha at my place of work, and first heard of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ).   I resisted the idea of a church from a foreign land, whose origin lies in a culture quite different from my own   Anglo-Australian background. . . . For 9 years, I regularly read the God's Message magazine, often deeply moved by the stories of conversion, the poetry, the theological discussions, and the doctrinal articles. . . . . I think I always knew the day would come despite  my reluctance,  when God would require me to overcome my personal  reservation and fully submit myself to His will. . . .  I attended a Bible exposition . . . . I found myself swept into atmosphere of faith and brotherly caring. That night at home as I opened the Bible to find my daily reading, my eyes fell upon the book of Hebrews 10:38-39. . . . . . . Amazed, I realized at that moment, God was telling me that my prayers of so many years―asking for the right road to travel,  was now answered, and I must not be among those who shrink back.
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"I found the way to eternal life" Chieko Matsushita Manuel Auckland, New Zealand - Japan Shintoism and Budhism

Former Religion:
     BORN AND RAISED a Shinto and a Buddhist which are the predominant religions in Japan, my faith and beliefs are a mixture of Shintoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. Our beliefs were based on the teachings of our ancestors which my parent learned from their parents and passed on to us. I haven’t tried to read the books of my former religion which were written in classical languages. At school, we just learned historical things and morality. Typical Japanese don’t think about religion. We just followed customs and traditions handed down from generation to generation. For instance, I asked all I needed from our ancestors and from Shinto gods. I said ‘gods’ because we have plenty of gods corresponding to the sun, mountains, trees, land, etc.

Iglesia ni Cristo:

In 1991, I worked in Hyatt Regency Hotel in Auckland, New Zealand as a Japanese interpreter. There, I met Roberto Manuel—a Chef de Cuisine in the same Hotel. I learned that he is a member of the Church of Christ or the Iglesia ni Cristo in Auckland, New Zealand. He introduced to me to this Church. I became curious about the nature of God and Jesus Christ. . . . .  When my visa expired I was obliged to return to my hometown in Japan. . . .  I returned to Auckland in September 1994. . . . I started attending Bible study on doctrines with Brother Nolly. During the Bible study sessions, I had so many questions but brother Nolly answered them clearly by reading verses from the Bible. I was enlightened that there is but one true God—the Father—and the Jesus Christ is a man and not God. I saw proof that the Church of Christ which reemerged in the Philippines in 1914 is the fulfillment of the prophecies in the Bible. This was realized through Brother Felix Y. Manalo, the messenger of God in these last days. . . . Every time I attended worship services, I became more interested in listening to the teachings upheld by the Iglesia ni Cristo. I felt something in  my heart which strengthened my faith in God.
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"My true wealth" Gary Haack Brisbane, Australia Anglican

Former Religion:
     During my early days of schooling, I would attend religious instruction classes conducted by the minister of the local Anglican Church with which my family was affiliated. . . . . The teachings I heard seemed to make sense back then. But, what bothered me was the fact that the members, including the minister, were teaching one thing but were doing another! . . . .  Therefore, it was difficult for me to take religion seriously, let alone become a major part of my life.
. . .   All throughout the period of my schooling and even when I joined the workforce, I wondered if there was a God, though, I had always imagined a being superior than man. . . .      I continued to observe and listen to other religious organizations, but none of them seemed to adhere to the teachings written in the Holy Bible.
Iglesia ni Cristo:

One day, I was invited to attend a gathering of the Iglesia ni Cristo or the Church of Christ. We listened to a tape-recorded sermon because at that time, Brisbane was only a committee prayer group. The supervising minister then, Brother Romeo Maglaya, visited the group monthly. I met Brother Romeo and heard him preach the words of God. His conviction in the teachings he was preaching and his sincerity touched me. I needed to hear more of the words of God. I searched for reasons to doubt the Church’s doctrines, but I could not find any. I have found the true Church. I have found fellowship with God.
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