The following year, the church reached Mexico and Aruba.
From 2000 and beyond, congregations rose in the Central and South American countries.
By the end of the 1980s, congregations and missions could be found in the Scandinavian countries and their neighbors.
The Rome, Italy, congregation was established on July 27, 1994; the Jerusalem, Israel, congregation in March 31, 1996; and the Athens, Greece, congregation in May 10, 1997.
Manalo left Adventistism in 1913 and associated himself with atheist and agnostic peers.
After a month, the King William’s Town congregation, in South Africa was established. In Australia, congregations have been established since mid-1970s.
In 1987, UMPIL expanded its representation by including into the Board of Directors representatives from recognized writers’ organizations in languages other than English and Filipino.
Among those represented were authors in the Philippine languages such as Ilocano and Bisaya, as well as Spanish and Chinese. After his resignation in 1992, the chairmanship was given to Michael Bigornia.
He later registered his new-found religion as the Iglesia ni Cristo (English: Church of Christ; Spanish: Iglesia de Cristo) on July 27, 1914, at the Bureau of Commerce as a corporation sole, with himself as the first executive minister.
A Cebu congregation was built in 1937—the first to be established outside of Luzon, and the first in the Visayas.