As the world continues to fight against Covid-19, MCGI Assistant Overall Servant Bro. Daniel Razon continues to serve the MCGI brethren needing comfort and support. Through his one-hour program Serbisyong Kapatiran which airs weekdays from 10 to 11 pm PHT via Instagram, Bro. Daniel extends services to all the brethren throughout the world.
This week, Serbisyong Kapatiran saw several services and charitable efforts roll for the congregation.
Endure until the end
July 20 episode
The brethren from the United Kingdom were the main guests in Monday’s edition of Serbisyong Kapatiran. They virtually met with Bro. Daniel who checked on their health condition and their other concerns.
Brethren from different parts of the UK were able to receive solutions and guidance about their medical problems and other challenges confronting them during the pandemic. A brother who has aphasia and is struggling with emotional stress was given not only spiritual and medical advice, but also words of encouragement by Bro. Daniel and the doctor who was with him during the program. Since he lives alone, the brethren will provide him with his necessities and some assistance to support his recovery.
In addition, a few brethren who are distressed due to serious medical conditions worsened by fears brought about by the pandemic were given timely advice through Bible verses read. Bro. Daniel reassured that the brethren will be helped in all possible means, including prayers for their healing. It was at this point when he said that Christians must endure until the end.
Posting negative comments or content on social media that sparks misunderstanding even among family members was the theme of the Kristiano Drama video skit. In the episode, a son became disrespectful to his father who posted an opinion on a sensitive issue. This caused the rift between them, but later the son realized it was wrong to disrespect his father for whatever reason. Both father and son made peace in the end.
July 21 episode
The brethren from the East District of Rizal were featured on Tuesday night’s episode of Serbisyong Kaptiran for the virtual meet-and-greet with Bro. Daniel. The East District of Rizal includes locales in remote areas such as Sitio Magata. Brethren in that place have to travel by foot and traverse rivers to attend Church gatherings. Communication signals are also a challenge, but these do not discourage them from fulfilling their duties to God. As of this writing, all brethren there are still safe from the coronavirus.
An elderly sister who was the first nun to become a member of the Church in 1986 had the opportunity to speak with Bro.Daniel. She reminisced the time she encountered Bro. Eli in 1985 during a Bible study in front of her house. Now 83 years old, she remains steadfast in faith despite her ailing condition. Bro. Daniel discussed with fellow brethren to find a way on how this sister can be provided with proper care, medicines, and health supplements.
Another concern was solved for a locale that has a dysfunctional generator set. Bro. Daniel quickly contacted brethren who have access to the equipment to provide the locale with a better model so that they can continue attending gatherings with full power on.
Another episode of Kristiano Drama reminded everyone not to be vindictive or revengeful even to enemies. Instead, Christians have to do good to them and to all men, as written in 1 Thessalonians 5:15. The skit centered on a bullied student who came to his offender’s rescue when the latter was wrongfully accused of bringing a knife to school. The bully later regretted his ill behavior, and the real culprit admitted his guilt. In the end, the bully and the bullied made amends.
Acts of good deeds
July 22 episode
The brethren from Cali, Colombia had the opportunity to speak with Bro. Daniel through video conferencing. Cali has one of the highest reported cases of Covid-19, with some brethren testing positive with the virus. Bro. Daniel then advised them to take all precautions and health measures. One sister is thankful for the 24/7 Digital Clinic and to the doctors who are offering time and services for free, and for constantly giving them pieces of advice.
As some brethren lost their jobs due to the pandemic, the other members of the Church decided to dole out basic commodities for them They were also provided with DVD players so that they can continue listening to topics discussed during Church gatherings, as the local Churches in Colombia have been closed due to the lockdown, and there is no way for brethren to gather face-to-face.
Loving one’s enemies and doing good unto them is the theme of Wednesday’s Kristiano Drama. The episode featured a closed-minded town official who refused to grant permission to open a small medical clinic in their place even though all the requirements have been met. In the end, he ended up being treated in the clinic he refused to help when he passed out because of drunkenness. Ashamed and realizing his fault, he allowed the clinic to formally open.
Fruits of broadcast propagation
July 23 episode
The brethren from Ilocos Norte were the main guests of Thursday night’s episode of Serbisyong Kapatiran. Despite the pandemic, the brethren are continuously giving service to their fellows by distributing food staples and grocery packs. None of the brethren were infected by Covid-19 as of this writing.
The preaching of the Gospel reached Ilocos Norte in the 80s through television and radio programs. A married couple in Laoag who became members in 1998 recalled the story of the time they heard Bro. Eli engage in debate on television.
Another brother who became a member in 2000 remembered how he was very pleased to hear Bro.Eli answer questions in the Bible Expositions he attended. He then invited his wife to attend the mass indoctrination, after which they were both baptized on August 8.
The Kristiano Drama episode is based on John 7:24 which says “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge the righteous judgment”. The skit showed two sales agents handing out marketing brochures. One of them has a stereotyping attitude, and regards physical appearance as a basis of financial status. Both meet two clients, one plain-looking and the other rich-looking. In the end, the sales agent who made a reckless judgment on the plain-looking client lost a sale. Embarrassed, he apologized to the client and realized he should not judge people based on how they look.
Reminiscing good old days
July 24 episode
Serbisyong Kapatiran on Friday night was another special episode with Bro. Eli Soriano as he conversed and shared stories with some brethren from Ilocos, Rizal, Cavite, and Davao. He met with some of the Church’s elder members who helped him during the beginning of the Gospel propagation in the areas mentioned.
Bro. Eli pledged to build a house of worship in Punta, Rizal in response to the wish of the brethren. Then, a new locale in East Rizal will be inaugurated this year, God willing. Bro. Daniel Razon was invited to spearhead the special event.
Before the program ended, Bro. Eli Soriano asked the brethren to pray for the elder brethren who have assisted him in those crucial early days of propagating the word of God. “Let us include these brethren in our prayers. They have helped me, they have supported me, they have given me solace. And my prayer to God is that God’s favor remain in you.”