MCGI Overall Servants Dedicate a Day of Charity Works to Nueva Ecija Brethren

About 400 brethren received medical and dental care on February 10, the day when Bro. Eli
 Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon dedicated a whole day of charity works for Church members in the
 Nueva Ecija province.

The Overall Servants to the Members Church of God 
International (MCGI) also extended health care checkups for both adults and children and 
gave eyeglasses and dentures, all for free.

Both in tears, a member in Nueva Ecija Province hugging Bro. Daniel Razon during his visit on February 10, 2013.
Both in tears, a member in Nueva Ecija Province hugging Bro. Daniel Razon during his visit on February 10, 2013.

Bro. Daniel visited the brethren in Nueva Ecija, a province north of Manila, to personally
 oversee the charity outreach, including the distribution of gift packages that include food,
 money and health supplements.

MCGI gives special consideration to the widows, orphans and the elderly with James 1:27 as 
basis when mounting charity works.

In the evening, Bro. Eli gave time to hear about the members’ 
problems in life and faith during the Consultation segment of the program. The international evangelist heard and addressed members’ concerns via live video streaming.

Rendering his voice to inspirational songs of praise, Bro. Daniel held a concert to the sincere delight of the brethren.
Rendering his voice to inspirational songs of praise, Bro. Daniel held a concert to the sincere delight of the brethren.

Bro. Daniel, who is also himself a singer and songwriter, capped the day by throwing a
 concert for the brethren. Crooning songs of praise and encouragement, Bro. Daniel rendered
 musical numbers of faith that brought many smiles and tears to the members. He was joined
 on stage by the ADD Band, the Music Ministry Core, and the Teatro Kristiano.

The whole-day event ensued as a follow-up activity after Bro. Daniel’s visit to the Church
 region on January 27 this year, as part of MCGI Overall Servants’ duty to visit the brethren and know their condition in faith.

Doing good to others especially to members is one of the Church’s doctrines, as written in 
Galatians 6:10. Hence, its various daily public service works through media network UNTV and the ADD Foundation.

(Words by Rigor Arellano, Photos by Kenji Hasegawa)

With Relaunch, Gears for Growing Mobile-based Users

Members Church of God International website now for mobile users.
Meet the new, for the mobile you., the official website of the Members Church of God International (MCGI), has metamorphosed into something bigger and better, sporting a responsive web design, more features and content.

Launched in February this year, the redesigned marks another milestone in the propagation efforts of the group to provide users with the tools and content they will need in understanding the Church of God’s beliefs, teachings, and answers to questions around faith, religion, spirituality, relationships, parenting, and more of the likes.

Seeing the need to go the extra mile in mobile technology by adopting responsive web design, this means the new will work well in different platforms such as mobile and tablet computer devices.

As well as the award-winning website’s content where users get to learn more about the Church of God’s general doctrines, gatherings and Church news, the revamped has updated the site with the materials culled from Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro Daniel Razon’s social media presences.

One such feature is the “Words of Wisdom,” where users may read a collection of sensible and Bible-based quotations from Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, the MCGI’s Presiding Minister and Vice-Presiding Minister, respectively.

Visitors of the site can watch heart-warming stories of MCGI’s new members in the Video Testimonials section, as well as download inspirational desktop wallpapers, and read Bible verses. In addition, there is a Blogs Section that comes in the redesigned site that will initially feature a weekly Thanksgiving and monthly Bible Exposition blogs.

Sharing of content on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube are now easier with the adition of social networking buttons. Users may also visit the organization’s Facebook and Twitter official accounts to receive regular streams of news and events updates posted at the site.

In extending the Church’s advocacy of spreading God’s words and empowering people to read the Bible, through the site, MCGI provided an outlet for people to request for free Bible. Giving of free Bible is a regular service of Bro. Eli and Bro Daniel since starting the Ang Dating Daan or The Old Path television program as well as Bible Expositions. was first launched in 2009. Within its first year, the official website of the organization bagged the People’s Choice Award when it joined the Philippine Web Awards, an annual web competition showcasing the finest Filipino-made websites.

(Written by Pauline Arellano)

Bro Eli Offers Thanksgiving For A Thousand New Members in the Church of God, Broadcasting Milestones

For the more than thousands newly-baptized during the first Mass Baptism of 2013, new broadcasting facilities, and more, Bro. Eli lead the brethren in offering the sacrifices of thanksgiving last January 26 this year.

Newly Baptized Members

Around 1,200 new members were added in the fold, mostly coming from so many different religions and nationalities. This was accounted to by Bro Eli as the primary reason of his thanksgiving offering that day. Hence, loud cheers and appreciation greeted the announcement of thanksgiving by the Presiding Minister to the Members Church of God International (MCGI).

A Mass Baptim in the Church of God is held twice a month, following after more or less two weeks of Mass Indoctrination. The latter is a series of Bible Study sessions of Christ’s complete doctrines that anyone who wishes to be a member of MCGI needs to undergo. Mass Indoctrinations are officiated in all Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path) coordinating centers worldwide.

Some of the newly baptized Members of the Church of God from the Mass Baptism of January 2013 singing an offering to God at the ADD Convention Center stage.
Some of the newly baptized members from the Mass Baptism of January 2013 singing an offering to God at the ADD Convention Center stage.

The phenomenal growth of the membership in MCGI is hardly surprising. Every Mass Indoctrinations that are being opened, Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel Razon said that they are receiving reports of overwhelming response, especially abroad. Hence, new members in faith are added in more than a thousand every month.

As it is written in the Bible that the heavens rejoice for even a single soul that repents (Luke 15:7), it is but expected for members of the Church of God to be celebratory. In his thanksgiving offering for the baptism of a thousand from the Philippines and other parts of the globe created a grand celebration, Bro.Eli acknowledged God who made this all possible.

New Satellite for English Speaking Countries

Television remains the top reason cited by the newly-baptized for learning of the Truth that Bro. Eli is preaching. Hence, if not for the programs like “Itanong Mo Kay Soriano, Biblia ang Sasagot” (Ask Bro.Eli, the Bible will Answer) and “Ang Dating Daan” or The Old Path in the Philippines and English speaking countries, awareness about the existence of MCGI would not be possible.

With the addition of a new satellite dish that were installed, enabling the broadcast of MCGI programs geared for the English-speaking countries, the Church will be able to reach more people.

Bro Eli Soriano teaching Members of the Church of God a biblical topic via live video streaming during a Thanksgiving service in January 2013
Bro Eli Soriano teach the Members of the Church of God a biblical topic via live video streaming during a Thanksgiving service.

God’s Protection to His People

Bro.Eli also mentions another reason for his thanksgiving – protection. Four members of the International Evangelist’s household staff offered thanksgiving after encountering a road accident also in January that had their vehicle spinning and toppling over .

The household members recounted how scary the situation was at the time. Miraculously, the driver and passengers survived the accident left with only few bruises and scratches. Surprised yet thankful that they did not suffer any major injuries, they realized right then and there that God protected and saved them from harm.

In everything, the congregants of the Church are taught to be thankful. And Bro. Eli’s thanksgiving was a soaring example why in every achievement and progress made, there’s a loving God behind.

(Words by Apple Arco)

(Photography by Rovic Balunsay)