When the Members Church of God International (MCGI) celebrates its three-day quarterly International Thanksgiving to God next month, the whole congregation will look back to a quarter filled with a series of relentless evangelization and charitable activities efforts mounted locally and internationally.
Spearheaded by MCGI Overall Servants Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon, the ITG will be held simultaneously in different corners of the world from July 3 to 5 this year.
This event draws thousands of congregants from various parts of the world to offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving and to praise God for all His guidance and blessings.
For the past quarter, the Church’s Youth Ministry teamed up with the Bible Readers Society International (Bread Society) and participated in the “Brigada Eskwela” campaign being held by the Department of Education (DepEd).
With the goal of gearing and sprucing up classrooms for the opening of another school year, the Youth Ministry and Bread Society members donated materials, cleaned and repainted rooms in several public schools across Metro Manila.
The MCGI’s Youth Ministry, Bread Society and the DepEd have been partners in this project since 2003.
Locally and abroad, MCGI has made a name for itself for its blood donation efforts; and the past quarter has proven to be as fruitful as before.
Blood drives have been scheduled in various points in the country, with the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga as one of its major event venues. For the past quarter, the effort kicked off on June 14, 2015.
MCGI coordinating centers abroad also joined the charity effort by conducting blood donation drives in their respective locations.
Church members from Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore and the U.S., to name a few, participated in the Church’s scheduled blood donation drive programs, in partnership with government and non-government associations.
Due to the concerted efforts of the brethren in Asia during its blood drive in Southeast Asia, MCGI was recognized by Singapore’s Red Cross Society and awarded the group the Top Donor Prize last June 6, 2015.
Meanwhile, medical missions reached even more indigents as the Clinic ni Kuya Daniel branch located in the UNTV Motorpool in Congressional, Quezon City, has gone mobile this quarter.
This mobile effort aims to cover one barangay area on a daily basis – both near and far – to bring free medical assistance to more citizens daily. The effort has been going on since May this year.
MCGI, through UNTV, also continues its People’s Day visits in baranggays across Metro Manila. The outreach project provides medical support, such as general, dental and eye check-ups, as well as free pharmaceutical drugs to those in need.
The Church’s official social networking pages have launched a PNK or Pasalamat ng Katawan Countdowns, where different brethren share what they are most thankful to God for.
Meanwhile, brethren looking forward to the event took to social media to express their reasons for giving thanks to God.
Also utilizing the web to do good is Bro. Soriano, who had written more than 10 blog articles on his ControversyExtraordinary.com blog during the past quarter.
Apart from blogging, the international televangelist also conducts weekly Bible Expositions for his constituents in South and Central America, particularly Brazilian and Spanish-speaking audiences.
The Bible-based symposium is being streamed through the Church’s official Youtube channels.
For his global work in bringing God’s words to people of different nations, Bro. Eli was conferred the Outstanding Global Evangelist award by the National Consumer Affairs Foundation (NCAF).
The multi-awarded Bro. Soriano also continues to frequent Twitter, answering spiritual Q&As of his growing number of Twitter followers.
Twitter is also the birthplace of his successful invitation to launch a benefit concert for the Fallen 44’s families and loved ones – the “Songs for Heroes” concert. The first “Songs for Heroes” concert gathered more than six million pesos for the families of the brave soldiers who fought for the nation’s safety.
Marking the end of the quarter will be the follow up concert entitled “Songs for Heroes 2: To Die for Thee,” to be held at the Mall of Asia Arena on June 30, 2015.
The International Thanksgiving to God celebration of the Members Church of God International will be participated by different points across the world, with the ADD Convention Center in Pampanga serving as its main venue. The event will commence at 6 a.m. (PHT).
(Written by Yanna Faye Ferrera)