With Faith, Hope, and Love, MCGI’s Covid-19 Journey Continues

News about the increasing number of people who die and get infected with Covid-19 globally, with millions of people losing their jobs, have led to the rise of other problems like domestic violence, hunger, depression, and more. 

Consequently, this has created a strong feeling of uncertainty that leaves many anxious and disquieted. However, the world now is also seeing the emergence of “a shadow pandemic of psychological and societal injuries.”

And while Covid-19 continues to affect the lives of people, directly and indirectly, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) have learned to seek and find comfort in biblical truths, especially in these dark times:

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 

(Philippians 4:6-7, King James Version)

The coronavirus continues to take its toll on everyone around the world — physically, mentally, and financially.

That is why on May 25, 2020, MCGI launched the Global Prayer for Humanity so that those who are in distressful situations may find hope, comfort, and solace in praying to God. Everyone is invited to participate regardless of their religious affiliation.

“A prayer said with love is very loud to be ignored by the Almighty.” —@broelisoriano  

Another important message of the Scriptures that MCGI hopes to impart is to keep on doing good to one another, which is highlighted on this special page that narrates the Church’s journey as it navigates through this global pandemic.

In Words and In Deeds: Continuing the Advocacies

The page shows how and why MCGI Overall Servants Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon have been doubling their efforts in preaching the Gospel during the pandemic.

“On our end, our primary aim is to share with the people the teachings of God and the Lord Jesus Christ written in the Bible,” said Bro. Eli.

MCGI’s Special Covid-19 Page goes online. The web page highlights stories of front-liner Church members, MCGI’s relentless relief efforts during the pandemic, and even biblical facts related to good hygiene and quarantine measures.

In reaching out to their fellowmen, MCGI also continuously conduct Covid-19-related relief efforts, such as distributing food supplies and sponsoring personal protective equipment for front-liners.

Upon the instruction of Bro. Eli, Bro. Daniel Razon — who is known in the Philippines as a trailblazer in the field of broadcasting with UNTV news and rescue and drone journalism as his brainchildren — also set up a digital clinic that runs 24/7. 

He also launched the program Serbisyong Bayanihan (Service Through Cooperative Efforts) on UNTV, which aims to assist callers with their various concerns during the lockdown.

“We know that we have a moral obligation to do good deeds unto all men. That is why we in the Church of God International, with God’s help, are doing our best in augmenting the needs of our fellowmen,” said Bro. Eli.

To know more about MCGI’s Covid-19 journey, click here.

12 Years of Praise: MCGI 24/7 Chorale Celebrates Anniversary with First Digital Convention

For twelve years now, the MCGI 24/7 Chorale has been continuing the practice of the first servants of God more than 2,000 years ago — of singing songs of praise to God nonstop. 

And these are the singers, chief of the fathers of the Levites, who remaining in the chambers were free: for they were employed in that work day and night.

(1 Chronicles 9:33, KJV)

The group held its first digital convention this August for its anniversary celebration since the launch of the endeavor on August 9, 2008. Taking inspiration from 1 Chronicles 9:33, MCGI Overall Servants Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon set up the means and schedules needed for the task. 

Regional choral groups from different parts of the globe sing during their set schedule for each day, so that in a span of 24 hours, there is unceasing singing of praises unto God.

The digital assembly featured a video flashback to see how far the chorale has come in 12 years with the Lord’s help and guidance. In his opening remarks, Bro. Daniel recalled how the chorale started with only eight members and eventually grew to 12,000 and expanded to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, and North America as the years passed by.

Audio-video presentations from different regions of the globe were played as choir members participated online from their homes via live video conferencing.

“The best part was when we were singing our song of praise “Wala ng Iba” (No Other), because this song is very timely considering the situation we are facing right now. Wala ng Iba means that in these trying times, there is no other person we can lean on and can help us to get through this difficult situation but only our Father in the heavens,” said Bro. Redgie Tuazon, a choir member from  Melbourne, Australia.

Old Practice, New Means

Amid the world’s ongoing pandemic, MCGI chorale members have also learned to be adept not only with the melody, lyrics, and choreography of a song, but their technical knowhow in mobile apps as well. 

They have also equipped themselves with white backdrops, sturdier phone stands, and better recording equipment as part of their commitment to their duties before the Lord. 

Choir members from New York, USA performing their 24/7 duty during their designated times lot through video conferencing app, Zoom.

Despite their distance from each other and though in different time zones, participants of the digital convention on August 2 were glad to share their time and talents with their fellow choristers. 

“I have always been taking part in the MCGI Chorale’s 24/7 Anniversary for 5 years now, but the 12th Anniversary was different, because we get to feel singing together by spirit, and it was an emotional experience knowing that I’ve made the right choice in remaining in this committee,” said Sis. Allizon Grace Dorosan from Laguna, Philippines

The High Notes of the Convention

“My favorite part of the event was when Kuya Daniel started to share new learnings and wisdom from the Bible with God’s help in relation to singing praises. We all have the right to sing praises to God, even if we don’t have a good voice. As long as we sing praises to Him from our hearts, He’ll always be delighted,” remarked Bro. Edward Ballecer from Bulacan, Philippines.

Bro. Daniel reminded the brethren of the importance of singing, because music is something that will go on in heaven, and that singing is a God-given talent whose purpose should be used properly.

He also stressed the virtue of humility, that no matter how many achievements people receive, they must always remain humble. “Let us be humble in the sight of God, let us ask for His help constantly,” said Bro. Daniel. 

In MCGI, each gathering begins and ends with a song of praise to God. As Bro. Eli said during one of MCGI’s weekly Thanksgiving celebrations, “This is a way for us to delight God in heaven.” 

The event drew to a close with participants seen on screens cheering and clapping, reminded of and reinvigorated by the biblical reasons for what they have been doing nonstop.

MCGI Hosts Second Online Live Mass Indoctrination

The Members Church of God International (MCGI) has begun the second batch of online Live Mass Indoctrination through its YouTube channels, Ang Dating Daan and The Old Path, on August 3. Through this, MCGI Overall Servants Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon hope to reach more people wanting to learn God’s teachings in the Bible and become part of the Church.

It was on June 2020 that MCGI had its first-ever online Mass Indoctrination. Through its YouTube channels and other social media pages, the event was broadcasted and translated in some of the world’s major languages.

The online mass indoctrination enables people staying at their homes to listen to Bro. Eli’s discussion on the fundamental Christian doctrines written in the Bible without much hiderances and distractions.

Knowing the truth

In the Live Mass Indoctrination, the listeners are taught of the true teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ, which are all being observed by the members of the Church of God International. It is a must that those who want to be members of the Church of God understand and accept all the doctrines of Christ. Complete attendance in the indoctrination sessions is also a requisite before they could accept the Holy Baptism.

The month-long indoctrination sessions cover discussions of different topics that teach people how to lead a life that is in accordance with the teachings of God and the Lord Jesus Christ — a kind of life that is expected of a real Christian. In his discussions, Bro. Eli, as always, never fails to cite verses from the Bible to prove his point.

With the help of God, the listeners will also be able to see the glaring differences between the biblical truths that Bro. Eli discusses and the erroneous teaching of false preachers as he cites the unbiblical doctrines of other religions who claim to be Christians. This way, the listeners are able to compare the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ being upheld in the Church of God.

Gospel propagation unhampered

Writing notes about the topic, whether by pen-and-paper or typing onto electronic gadgets, is a usual sight in MCGI gatherings. 

Apart from the online Mass Indoctrination, MCGI’s Overall Servants have spearheaded many other propagation efforts for mankind such as the Worldwide Bible Expositions and a weekly Worldwide Bible Study online.

The online Mass Indoctrination follows the format of these regular events; Bro. Eli will be discussing indoctrination topics from Monday through Thursday, and come Friday, he will answer questions coming from his listeners about the topics that were discussed, in real-time.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, MCGI has imposed safety measures to shield the congregation and the non-members from possible infection. Propagation efforts, as well as major and minor Church activities, are all conducted online.

The Live Mass Indoctrination is now ongoing and is streamed on all of the Church’s official social media platforms. For questions about indoctrination, please reach MCGI here.

MCGI Sends Relief to Pandemic-Stricken Latin America

The Members Church of God International (MCGI) has conducted a series of relief operations in pandemic-stricken countries in Latin America where cases of Covid-19 continue to surge. Although the Church is also reeling from the brunt of the pandemic, it continues to dole out basic necessities to communities which have been hit hard by the health crisis, especially on households that have lost their source of income.

Help reaches Central America

MCGI volunteers in Central America have brought food and supplies to families in La Majada, Honduras where Covid-19 is getting worse, following the collapse of the health care system. The volunteers, all Church members, delivered relief assistance using their own vehicles, observing all the safety protocols while distributing the goods.

The MCGI locale in Tegucigalpa, Honduras was kept open so that the members and the non-members who passed by can get free food. Although road travel was restricted, brethren were still able to conduct food relief operations for those who cannot come to the locale.

“Suministros de socorro” (relief goods) neatly packed and arranged, ready for distribution.

In Mexico City, MCGI volunteers handed groceries to families in Ixtapaluca and Villa Victoria. Brethren who joined the cause in San Jose, Costa Rica observed the proper wearing of PPE. The brethren in Managua, Nicaragua also offered help in the relief operations in their area.

Efforts replicated in Western and Northern Latin America

The Western and Northern parts of Latin America also suffered from the impact of the pandemic. Both La Paz and El Alto Bolivia are under quarantine and strict curfew hours. Persons and vehicles are not allowed on the streets beyond 6 pm. Food relief operations were not hampered, however. MCGI workers and brethren teamed up to reach remote areas and donated groceries both to members and non-members of the Church.

Similar efforts have been done in the districts of Barranquilla and Santa Marta Colombia, Barcelona, Bogota, Cali, Giron, Medellin Colombia, and Riobamba Ecuador.

A few of the many recipients of groceries and food items in Latin America. Most who were given supplies are the elderly and those who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic.

In Brazil where the highest number of Covid-19 infections in South America is recorded, many people have decided to stay at home due to fears of getting infected. Nevertheless, MCGI conducted similar efforts of relief distribution. Coordinating centers in Benfica, Campo Grande, and Jacarepagua were opened to accommodate both members and non-members in need of food. In Florianopolis, MCGI worked with SOMAR Floripa in ensuring that food assistance will be given to the neediest in the city.

About 300 bags of ‘basico necessidade’ (basic necessities) were donated to SOMAR Floripa, a government office in Florianopolis that carries out voluntary works.

Outreach programs are a part of MCGI’s public service activities. Across the world, MCGI chapters organize on a regular basis various charitable and relief efforts, which include medical and dental missions, blood donation, disaster relief missions, orphanage visitations, soup kitchens for the homeless, to name a few. All these are free of charge.

MCGI Uses Instagram as Virtual Outreach Platform for Members

While many turn to Instagram for their daily fix of photos and videos from people and brands they love, members of the Church of God International (MCGI) can now use the social media app to give and seek help for fellow members in need through MCGIOnline.

MCGIOnline is a private account exclusive to church members. It serves as a virtual outreach for brethren through the Serbisyong Kapatiran (Brotherly Service) program  livestreamed on weeknights from 10 to 11 PHT.

MCGI Overall Servants Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon launched the service in their desire to deliver the Gospel’s message of hope to all men, especially in these trying times. It also serves as an avenue in helping church members around the globe.

The program, which premiered on June 29, 2020, and offers various segments that range from the medical to the musical.

Physically Distant, Spiritually Close

One of the program’s segments is where doctors from the UNTV Digital Clinic assess a member’s health condition for free through the platform’s video conferencing feature. 

Whether it’s the flu or something that requires more medical attention, members get the full benefits of expert opinion coupled with biblical advice on health practices.

On the A Song of Praise segment, a selected member gets to sing their favorite song of praise and express the reasons why the song resonates with them.

Brethren from Australia send Bro. Daniel warm greetings during the Serbisyong Kapatiran on July 14, 2020.

There is also a Kristiano Drama (Christian Drama) series, also called KDRama that shows how biblical lessons can improve everyday situations and solve problems in life.

From different parts of the world, members are also able to send messages of love to one another and to Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, all in one platform. 

Bro. Daniel hosts the program from the Philippines and is joined by Bro. Eli on Fridays when the international evangelist is free after a series of Bible Exposition and Mass Indoctrination services in Latin America during the week. 

Modern Means, Same Old Brotherly Love

Citing Hebrews 10:24-25, Overall Servants of MCGI stress the importance of staying connected to help strengthen one another’s faith, especially in these trying times. 

And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

(Hebrews 10:24-25, KJV) 

Because of the advancement of technology and social media, members are able to see each other and find out their conditions even if they are in the opposite sides of the world. 

While the Bible mentions that the Apostle Paul communicated and learned about the members’ conditions through the exchange of hand-written letters, Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel have expressed their gratitude to the Lord because of the modern means of communication available now. 

Through the advancement of technology, they can not only hear the members’ voices, but also see the smiles on their faces.