MCGI Concludes 2019 with Thanksgiving to God

The opening presentations of MCGI’s Teatro Kristiano and Music Ministry Choir are always a sight to behold with their colorful uniforms and bright energy.
The opening presentations of MCGI’s Teatro Kristiano and Music Ministry Choir are always a sight to behold with their colorful uniforms and bright energy.

The Members Church of God International (MCGI) will offer its fourth quarter Special Thanksgiving of God’s People on December 28 to 30, 2019, marking the close of 2019 for the congregation with God’s help.

As of this writing, brethren from around the globe are preparing to make their way to major coordinating centers to celebrate the occasion.

Here is a short look back to MCGI’s milestones, works, and reasons of thanksgiving for this year.

Feast Dedicated to God

With God’s help, the year 2019 saw many significant firsts for MCGI.

On February 16, during the weekly Thanksgiving of God’s People, MCGI Overall Servant Bro. Eli Soriano announced a feast dedicated solely to God. The festivity aimed to spread God’s love and kindness to all people, most especially the disabled and the impoverished.

“Ours is a biblical feast,” Bro. Eli explained. “We will do this because we want to obey the whole doctrine of Christ.”

The first Feast Dedicated to God was celebrated on February 24. Members welcomed guests in coordinating centers that were decorated with colorful flags and other festive motifs. Free sumptuous meals were served to both members and guests while live entertainment, games and a few bags of canned goods, clothes and toys to take home were provided.

This was followed by another feast held on November 24, coinciding with the celebration of Ang Dating Daan’s 39th anniversary in broadcasting the Gospel.

The Feast Dedicated to God (Fiesta ng Dios) celebration offered a sumptuous feast to all who attended, especially the less fortunate who were treated as esteemed guests.
The Feast Dedicated to God (Fiesta ng Dios) celebration offered a sumptuous feast to all who attended, especially the less fortunate who were treated as esteemed guests.

International Consultation

Prior to the first quarter International Thanksgiving last April, Bro. Eli mentioned that there should be a day devoted to brethren’s questions about faith.

The first International Caucus, held on March 30, focused on answering the congregation’s questions about topics that they have previously learned. The event also addressed whatever doubts or questions members had in order to prepare them for the upcoming Special Thanksgiving.

Gospel Propagation

MCGI’s Mass Indoctrination took on a new format in 2019, which included a portion wherein those undergoing indoctrination can ask Bro. Eli things about the Church, the Bible, and the Christian faith as a whole. Thousands received the holy baptism conducted in the baptistery, which resides inside the newly-constructed MCGI Multipurpose Hall.

Worldwide Bible Expositions and Worldwide Bible Studies also became frequent. Most were held in cities around the world using the language that guests are familiar with. These were streamed live on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and the hashtag #ThusTheBibleSpeaks became a trending topic worldwide.

The string of Bible Studies discussed topics like the Bible’s authenticity, its connection with science, and biblical evidence that bust myths and generally-held beliefs in the world.

Thanksgiving to God

The First Quarterly International Thanksgiving celebration was held last April 7-9 in Florianopolis, Brazil. MCGI thanksgiving delegates who came from around the world filled the thanksgiving site with songs and dances of praise. They also had the chance to greet Bro. Eli in person who celebrated his 55th year of service to God.

MCGI was presented with wisdom-filled topics throughout 2019. Every week, Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel shared new biblical wisdom to the delight of the congregation. Wave after wave of revelations from the Bible kept the members excited for each new topic the MCGI Overall Servants delivered every weekend.

Bible Expositions and Mass Indoctrination sessions are still regularly held in South America as MCGI’s propagation efforts in the continent intensify.
Bible Expositions and Mass Indoctrination sessions are still regularly held in South America as MCGI’s propagation efforts in the continent intensify.

A Year of Fruitful Works

With God’s help, the MCGI congregation participated in the round-the-clock public services spearheaded by Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel.

Feeding programs, blood donation drives, medical missions, charity home and elderly care visitations, free public transport rides, environmental awareness campaigns, were just some of the many activities that the congregation conducted throughout 2019.

As the fourth quarter comes to a close, the MCGI congregation offers thanksgiving to God for a year full of guidance and care for His people.

Written by: Lalluh Adalla

MCGI Receives 2019 Outstanding Religious Christian Organization Award from Gawad Amerika

The Members Church of God International (MCGI) was recognized as the 2019 Outstanding Religious Christian Organization Worldwide by the Gawad Amerika Awards during its 18th annual awards night held on November 23 this year at the Celebrity Centre Hollywood in Los Angeles, California, United States.

In a letter to MCGI, Gawad Amerika CEO and founding president Charles Simbulan cited the success and remarkable achievements of the religious organization led by International Televangelist, Bro. Eli Soriano and veteran broadcaster Bro. Daniel Razon.

“Your success and remarkable achievements has been recognized not only by this organization but most of all by local community,” wrote Simbulan. “We are proud to have you in our list of honorees and we hope you continue your sincere dedication and commitment in all your future endeavors.”

MCGI is an international Christian religious organization with headquarters in the Philippines.

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MCGI’s Evangelization and Charitable Efforts

The group is widely known for its flagship radio and television program, Ang Dating Daan (translated in English as The Old Path), now hailed as the longest-running religious program in the Philippines. The radio-television religious program commemorated its 39th year on air last November, marking another milestone in MCGI’s global evangelization efforts.

Throughout the 39 years of the program’s presence in local and international airwaves, as well as Bro. Eli’s much earlier preaching and propagation works in the Philippines and abroad, MCGI has now grown into a global religious organization and has established over 1,360 coordinating centers around the world.

To this day, guided by the words of the Almighty written in Matthew 28:19, MCGI relentlessly continues its propagation efforts worldwide with the hopes of bringing more and more people to salvation.

Constant Bible Studies, Bible Expositions, and Live Mass Indoctrination Sessions are counted by MCGI in the Philippines, South America, Europe, Israel, Africa, and North America. As of September 2019, MCGI has already hosted over 70 Bible Expositions and Bible Studies worldwide.

Bro. Eli Soriano answers questions of faith during the LIVE question-and-answer program of MCGI Bible Expositions in Brazil but he also welcomes guests to consult with him even after the event.

Meanwhile, MCGI also upholds what is written in Galatians 6:10. It sustains various charitable works that Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel have launched throughout the years.

With the help of God, medical missions, which also include free legal consultations and free medicines, are regularly administered in different provinces and remote areas in the Philippines and in MCGI Coordinating Centers abroad.

MCGI is also a regular partner of Red Cross in conducting blood donation drives. In the Philippines, the group is recognized as the number one blood donor by the Philippine National Red Cross.

Orphanages, an Infant Care Center, and Homes for the Elderly located in Apalit, Pampanga and in key areas in the Philippines, are also maintained and managed by the group to aid anyone in need, particularly the abandoned and less fortunate.

Another Gawad Amerika Award

In 2006 and 2011, the Gawad Amerika Awards similarly honored MCGI’s “Ang Dating Daan” as the Most Informative Religious Program and the Best Religious Program, respectively.

Meanwhile, Assistant Overall Servant to MCGI, Bro. Daniel Razon, also received the Most Outstanding Global Newscaster of the Year award from the same award-giving body in 2017.

In 2017, Bro. Daniel Razon was hailed Most Outstanding Global Newscaster of the Year 2017 by the Gawad Amerika Awards.
In 2017, Bro. Daniel Razon was hailed Most Outstanding Global Newscaster of the Year 2017 by the Gawad Amerika Awards.

The Gawad Amerika Awards, founded in 1996, honors individuals and organizations which “excel in their respective chosen careers and have done remarkable achievements in their communities.”

Written by Elizabeth Borromeo


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