MCGI’s Special Thanksgiving of God’s People: Third Quarter Milestones and Expectations

Countries of the world were featured through their flags in this colorful opening number performed by the Music Ministry and Teatro Kristiano. The theme of the presentation resonates the mission of the MCGI to preach the Gospel unto the world.

The Members Church of God International (MCGI) is set to celebrate the third quarter Special Thanksgiving of God’s People on October 4 to 6, 2019.

The Special Thanksgiving of God’s People is a highly anticipated event for MCGI. Members travel great lengths and distances to join the special occasion alongside brethren from other places.

In the Philippines, members from different provinces are already preparing to flock to the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga, the center of the Church’s special gathering. Those abroad, on the other hand, will be congregating in various MCGI coordinating centers across the globe.

The Ang Dating Daan Convention Center in Pampanga has always been filled with members coming from provinces in the Philippines, even those from abroad who, from time to time, come home to celebrate Thanksgiving in the country.

Thanksgiving Expectations

Jenicka Natividad, a member of the Youth Ministry, is excited to experience her second time attending the Special Thanksgiving of God’s People after her baptism last May 31 this year. She looks forward to listening to the topics that will be discussed by MCGI Overall Servants Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon.

“I will have new wisdom to learn,” she shares.

Before being baptized in MCGI, she expressed how she did not bother to attend her previous congregation’s gatherings. “Before when I had problems, a lot of things were running in my mind. I became depressed,” she related.

But after getting baptized in MCGI, she felt the desire to always attend Church gatherings where she finds comfort and relief in God’s words. “Now that I am a member of the Church of God, I have come to know that the Almighty Father is always there for me. He will not forsake me. Now, whenever I face challenges in life, my faith strengthens,” Jenicka said.

Sheila Cuencaho, a Church member since 2008, expects “new pearls of wisdom to be unraveled.” “The teachings in the Bible [that we learn in our gatherings] show how much God loves us, and these serve as our light and guide,” she quips.

Sheila, an overseas Filipino worker in Hong Kong, further anticipates the time to celebrate the Special Thanksgiving with other Church members there. “Usually, this is the only chance that we all get together for a long period of time because we are busy with work,” she adds.

She capped with the citation from Hebrews 10:24 (KJV), which says: And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works.

Having moved to Australia to work, away from his home in the Philippines, Ronnie Calipez felt the love and concern of a family in a foreign land. “Bonding with brethren is a must if you are away from your home and your family,” he stated. “Here abroad, I witnessed the love of our Lord through our brothers and sisters who care for and tend to one another,” he added.

Meanwhile, Reines Reyes, another OFW who has been in Singapore since 2014, shared that apart from the topics to learn and the bonding time with the brethren to spend, she also looks forward to singing heartwarming songs of praise to God together with brethren from all around the world.

“It is such a humbling experience hearing new revelations from the Bible weekly and it just keeps us yearning for more,” she also said.

Third Quarter Highlights

The third quarter of 2019 saw various significant events accomplished by the Members Church of God International.

MCGI has witnessed and supported many propagation efforts. With God’s help, a dozen Bible Expositions were held from July 12 to September 27. These are apart from the Spanish and Portuguese Bible Studies and Expositions regularly hosted in South America.

Two live mass indoctrination sessions were also held. Religious inquirers around the world were invited to listen to a series of nightly gatherings wherein Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel discussed the doctrines of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Following these indoctrination sessions, two mass baptism events were administered. Over 4,000 souls were baptized and became bonafide members of the Church of God International.

In the last quarter, Assistant Overall Servant Bro. Daniel Razon also took the time to personally visit the brethren abroad. On August 16 to 18, a convention was held in Melbourne, Australia to gather members in Asia-Oceania. Aside from the weekly Thanksgiving event, other activities such as the Couples’ Night and Team Building Games were held.

“It’s nice to see Bro. Daniel in person. We really felt the love and the spirit [of God] in the convention. Thanks be to God,” Sis. Naomi San Jose, a native Australian shares.

Bro. Roel Gerona, an OFW in Australia, also expressed the overwhelming gratitude he felt during the event: “We are thankful to God for the opportunity to be with Bro. Daniel. It feels so good to be with one of the preachers sent by God. He was able to impart to us wisdom through the activities held during the convention. Thanks be to God!”

Part of his duty as Assistant Overall Servant of MCGI, Bro. Daniel Razon visits the brethren in the Church, travelling continents and across countries to visit them and check on their welfare. Conventions, such as the one pictured above, includes activities that aim to address members’ concerns and strengthen their faith.

Conventions were also held in Vigevano, Italy for the brethren in the Europe-Israel-Africa Division on September 14 to 16, and in Calgary, Alberta in Canada for the North America and Canada Convention on September 21 to 22

On one hand, MCGI’s charity efforts also continued during the third quarter of 2019. These include the regular blood donation drives conducted in the Philippines and abroad, specifically in New Zealand on July 11 and 16, and in Canada on July 20 and 27.

Donating blood is a staple activity in MCGI’s roster of charity programs. For its frequent participation in such events locally and abroad, MCGI received many recognitions and accolades from Red Cross chapters all over the world.

MCGI also supported the September 9 Kick-Off Event of the UNTV Cup Season 8 held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay. The basketball league aims to gather public servants from various sectors of the government to play for the benefit of charitable institutions in the Philippines.

Bro. Eli Soriano speaks before players and crowds gathered at the Mall of Asia Arena during the 8th Season opening of the UNTV Cup. For eight years straight, MCGI has been supporting the UNTV Cup without fail. The proceeds of the basketball games go to charity institutions selected by participating agencies.

Written by: Sis. Elizabeth Borromeo

For Giving Spiritual Hope to Inmates, CALABARZON Jail Bureau Honors Ang Dating Daan

Ang Dating Daan receives a Plaque of Appreciation recognizing its charitable works and spiritual assistance in prisons across Region IV-A during the BJMPRO-Calabarzon’s 28th anniversary on August 27, 2019.

Mainly for its Bible-preaching efforts that give inmates spiritual hope, Ang Dating Daan was awarded a plaque of appreciation by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology Regional Office-Calabarzon (BJMPRO-Calabarzon).

“In situations where our inmates are distressed or in strained conditions, there’s no one they can run to but God. Ang Dating Daan is one of those that continues to give hope to our fellowmen in jails,” Lipa City Jail Chief Inspector Jose Esquinas told UNTV News and Rescue in the vernacular.

The jail bureau also cited Ang Dating Daan’s charity works, such as feeding programs and medical missions. Ang Dating Daan is the radio and television program of the Members Church of God International (MCGI).

BJMPRO-Calabarzon, the second biggest BJMP region in the Philippines, gave the award on its 28th anniversary event held at the Lima Park Hotel in Malvar, Batangas on August 27, 2019.

Bro. Marvin Natividad, MCGI’s representative, accepted the award and thanked the jail bureau on behalf of the organization. He also relayed Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon’s intent in preaching and in doing charity works.

“With or without recognition, Ang Dating Daan will continue its service of proclaiming the word of God to all people especially to our fellowmen in jails,” Bro. Marvin stated.

BJMP officials thanked Ang Dating Daan’s contribution to the bureau’s excellent performance in ensuring the physical and spiritual welfare of the officials and inmates in the region.

Ipagpatuloy nila ang magandang sinimulan nila (May they continue the good they have started),” said Jail Director General Allan S. Iral, the guest of honor and speaker in the anniversary event.

Hindi po namin kinalilimutan ang kanilang kontribusyon sa pamamahala ng mga piitan ng Calabarzon (We don’t forget their contribution to the management of penal institutions in Calabarzon),” added Lipa City Jail Chief Inspector Esquinas.

The longest-running religious program in the Philippines to date, Ang Dating Daan received awards and recognitions from various institutions for its unwavering service to our fellowmen through blood donation drives, free medical and legal assistance, feeding programs and more.

Some Awards and Recognitions that Ang Dating Daan received include the following:

  • Salamat Po Award (2018) from DSWD for Yolanda and Marawi Conflict Relief Efforts
  • Hall of Fame Award (2016 & 2017) in the first and second annual Dugong Quezon Awards
  • Jose Rizal Award prize (2015), highest honor award given by Philippine Blood Society
  • Highest Blood Contributor (2015) at Dugong Bayani Awards
  • Philippine Red Cross Blood Donor Award (2014)

 

Written by: Sis. Ravie Harcelen Magalang

Omega DigiBible Now Available on Tablet

Users can now read the Bible on bigger screens by downloading the Omega DigiBible for iPad and Android tablets. The app’s tablet version has more ergonomic design and improved functionalities. Source: VSIONTEQ

Reading the Bible on smartphones can be convenient especially in today’s digital world. But for many people, especially the elderly and visually challenged, studying the Holy Scriptures on 5-inch or 6-inch mobile devices can be challenging.

Users can now download the Omega DigiBible on Android and iOS Tablets after its successful launch of its smartphone version last year. Source: VSIONTEQ

Now, tablet users can enjoy reading the Bible by downloading the Omega DigiBible app for Android and iOS Tablets. Vsionteq, the company that developed the Omega DigiBible, has recently announced the launch of the application’s tablet version. With the new Omega DigiBible App for iOS and Android tablets, Bible readers can now read the Holy Scriptures on bigger screens.

Packed with Great Features

During the launching of the Omega DigiBible’s phone version, Vsionteq founder Ulysses Villamin highlighted the many features unique to the app. 

Omega’s tablet version still has the features of its smartphone counterpart but in a more convenient setting. Because of a tablet’s bigger screen, a user can have easier navigation and experience a more extensive space for Bible reading.

Users can still enhance their Bible reading experience by bookmarking, commenting, or highlighting their favorite verses. They can also copy a verse and paste it on other applications. The app also allows users to share passages on various social media platforms. 

Apart from receiving the app’s Verse of the Day, users can still download multiple versions and translations free of charge from the Omega’s library. Parallel Reading and Reading Plan can also be enjoyed by tablet users. They can also key in their notes using the app’s Smart Notepad that has a more ergonomic design because of a larger keyboard.

People who are visually impaired can download the Audio Bible, which is currently available in English.

Bro. Eli Soriano’s Blog

Omega DigiBible readers can also access the blogs written by International Televangelist Bro. Eli Soriano.

Villamin said the main objective of including the blog is to let the people know Bro. Eli and his preachings. 

Bro. Eli, the Overall Servant of the Members Church of God International (MCGI), is known for his Bible-based preachings and straightforward revelations about different religions. His program, Ang Dating Daan, has translations in English, Portuguese, Spanish, Tok Pisin (Papua New Guinean), to name a few.

Hourly Prayer

Another unique feature of the Omega DigiBible is the Top of The Hour Prayer that allows users to participate in the prayer whichever time of the day they prefer.

“We believe that the Top of the Hour Prayer is a great feature of the Omega DigiBible because users can always talk or communicate with God on an hourly basis,” Villamin said. 

With the Omega DigiBible available for iOS and Android Tablets, people can now use a digital Bible that is convenient, feature-rich and user-friendly.

Readers can download the app for iOS and Android Tablets for free.

Written by: Anton Chua

Christian Camaraderie and More Highlights MCGI International Youth Convention Sports Edition

Assistant to the Overall Servant Bro. Daniel Razon discusses the essence and the goal of the International Youth Convention to the youth delegates.

The Youth Ministry of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) held its annual International Youth Convention (IYC) 2019 Sports Edition at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga. The event gathered thousands of youth participants for the two-day event, which took place last April 21 and 22.

During the event, members of the Youth Ministry were given the opportunity to use and even hone their skills in indoor and outdoor sports. They also participated in the performing arts competitions, like the solo singing, band performances, and cheer dance.

Tungkulin (Duty) Booths were also added by the organizers for all youths who would like to be part of the different Church committees where they could use their skills and talents.

The purpose of the event is to instill the spirit of Christian camaraderie among the MCGI youths while engaging in sports. The IYC Sports Edition is the counterpart of the IYC Bible Festival which was held in February this year, and was organized by the MCGI Youth Council.

The Essence of the IYC

Assistant to the Overall Servant, Bro. Daniel Razon, explained the importance of the IYC. “It is clear to us brethren, as servants of God, [that] whatever we do, we should do for the glory of God. One of the important objectives of this activity is that this is meant to glorify God,” Bro. Daniel stressed.

He encouraged the participants to practice camaraderie and brotherly ties throughout the event, reading Galatians 5:22: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith… “Let us practice the fruit of the Spirit even at play. Whatever you do in this two-day event, let the fruit of the Spirit manifest in you,” he added.

Bro. Daniel also urged the youths to explore the Tungkulin (Duty) booths and join the committees inside the Church. “You have the physical strength as youths. Spend this strength in service to God.”

No Short Distances

Thousands of MCGI youths throughout the Philippines travelled by land, air and sea to take part in the sports activities organized by the MCGI Youth Council.

Meanwhile, MCGI youths abroad and those who were unable to personally make it to the ADD Convention Center were hooked to the event through a live satellite feed, and participated in the games in their respective coordinating centers.

Counsel for the Youth

IYC delegates listen attentively as Overall Servant Bro. Eli Soriano answers questions and addresses concerns of youths

One of the highlights of the IYC is the consultation with Bro. Eli Soriano as he addressed the youth’s concerns and answered each question with verses from the Bible. The consultation, which happened on the second day of the Youth Convention, tackled the youth’s problems in life and faith.

Prior to the consultation, Bro. Eli inquired about the condition of the youths who experienced an earthquake that shook parts of Luzon in the late afternoon of April 22. He was thankful to God that not one participant suffered from any injury.

As a reminder, Bro. Eli told that an earthquake is a manifestation of God’s anger. “There will be earthquakes in different places. It’s what the Lord Jesus Christ prophesied. Strive to be careful that in events such as the IYC, you will avoid dealing with worldly things. You might be enticed and therefore suffer likewise,” he added.

Written by Sis. Angeline Yonzon

Biblical Wisdom and More: MCGI All Set for First Quarter International Thanksgiving on April 5-7

Delegates from around the world fly yearly to Brazil to celebrate the Special Thanksgiving Celebration and to personally greet Bro. Eli Soriano on his Sabbath anniversary.

Thousands will once again flock to the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga, to celebrate the Members Church of God International’s (MCGI) first quarter International Thanksgiving to God from April 5 to 7 this year.

Coinciding with the three-day festivities is the welcoming of the Christian New Year on April 5 and the commemoration of Bro. Eli Soriano’s 55 years of service to God on April 7.

While the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga serves as the main venue for the majority of congregants, Brazil will be hosting the first quarter international event for the fifth time.

Delegates from all over the world have started flying to Brazil to experience the Special Thanksgiving event in Latin America, meet congregants from various countries and nationalities, and offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving together.

The yearly pilgrimage to Brazil is a chance for the Church’s members to meet Bro. Eli Soriano who is currently preaching throughout the South American continent. The preacher will be celebrating his 55th Sabbath anniversary on the third day of the International Thanksgiving.

The event will be streamed in all MCGI locales, and real-time translations will be available for members across the globe.

The Special Thanksgiving of God’s People

Members of the Music Ministry and Teatro Kristiano present a festive opening during Thanksgiving celebrations. The presentation pictured above was taken during the 4th quarter Special Thanksgiving of God’s People in December 2018.

The Special Thanksgiving of God’s People is a time for the congregation to gather and thank God for His mercy and loving-kindness to His people. This celebration fulfills the biblical prophecy written in Zechariah 8:20-21 (KJV), saying:

“Thus saith the LORD of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities: And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts: I will go also.”

The program during Special International Thanksgiving includes the discussion of biblical topics delivered to the congregation by Overall Servant Bro. Eli Soriano and Assistant Overall Servant Bro. Daniel Razon.

In some instances, Bro. Eli opens a forum for brethren who would like to ask questions about the topics discussed during the Special Thanksgiving.

Welcoming the Biblical New Year

The congregation also await for the coming of the Biblical (Christian) New Year (Year 5779) that coincides with the first day of the International Thanksgiving celebration on April 5.

This celebration is based on the Hebrew Calendar that the early Christians used.

During the event, a topic about the Christian New Year is discussed. Instead of fireworks, songs of praise and prayers will close the outgoing year and the incoming year for MCGI.

MCGI started celebrating the Christian New Year in 2004.

Bro. Eli Marks 55 Years of Service to God

On April 7, Bro. Eli Soriano will celebrate his 55th Sabbath Anniversary, simultaneous with the third day of the International Thanksgiving.

As his practice, Bro. Eli and his household in Brazil will be offering songs of praise and thanksgiving. His reasons include the growing work of the propagation in Brazil that continues to reap souls, reaching to other Latin American countries.

Bro. Eli Soriano will be celebrating his 55th year of service to God this April. Currently in South America, Bro. Eli continues to preach the Gospel to Latin American audiences through Bible Expositions, television programs, Bible studies, and mass indoctrinations.

Since he started preaching the Gospel in Brazil several years ago, Bro. Eli had already established programs in many TV stations and held countless Bible Expositions. He also brought to Latin America the charity works he started in the Philippines, offering services like visiting homes for the elderly, free feeding programs for the poor, and blood donation drives.

These charity efforts were supported by the brethren in Brazil who usually served as volunteers. Social welfare workers and non-government organizations in Latin America who have witnessed the missions have lauded the charitable missions.

Bro. Eli to Serve in International Caucus Focused on Consultation and MCGI History

The Members Church of God International (MCGI) will hold a one-day International Caucus on March 30. While Church pioneers will share the various chapters of the history of MCGI, Bro. Eli Soriano will address the concerns of members with biblical advice.

Instead of a regular topic discussion after the offering of thanksgiving songs, the program will shift to accommodating questions from members around the world.

Members who need guidance in dealing with problems will hear answers straight from the Bible through Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon, the Overall Servant and Assistant to the Overall Servant, respectively.

Translations will be available in several languages.

The International Caucus – What to Expect

The International Caucus will serve as a form of spiritual preparation for the members of the Church. Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel expressed that the caucus is one way to help members get ready for the three-day International Thanksgiving on April 5 to 7.

The Overall Servants hope that each member will be spiritually prepared and relieved of their problems before offering the sacrifice of thanksgiving to God.

The consultation is an opportunity for members of the Church to ask Bro. Eli matters that are personal to them. It also serves as a means to clarify things about topics shared during gatherings, such as Thanksgiving.

The format of the consultation portion of the International Caucus is similar to Ang Dating Daan’s (ADD) program segment Itanong Mo Kay Soriano, Biblia Ang Sasagot (Ask Soriano, The Bible Will Answer).

But unlike the Ang Dating Daan program segment which is a biblical consultation for religious freelancers, truth seekers, and people of varied faiths, the International Caucus focuses purely on the concerns of MCGI members.

The Caucus and Its Biblical Roots

The consultation in MCGI had its beginnings in the mid-90s, although it was not held as frequently as the current practice. The present setup includes the consultation as part of the regular International Thanksgiving and is allotted with two hours at most.

The International Caucus will begin in the morning and end in the evening of the same day, a first for MCGI.

The Bible highly encourages listening to and following God’s counsel through his prophets in all matters of life. There are many verses and stories that support this, like the one in the Book of Psalms 55:14, which reads:

“We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.”

Moses in his time sat to judge the children of Israel who went to him for counsel. In Exodus 18:13-26, it can be read that Moses heard the people’s causes from morning until the evening.

Upon his father-in-law’s advice, Jethro, Moses chose able men out of Israel to rule over thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens to judge over small matters. The hard causes they brought forth to Moses to judge.

In the reign of King Saul, when a person would like to know the will of God, he invites company and goes to an overseer, as it is written in 1 Samuel 9:9, which states:

“(Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to enquire of God, thus he spake, ‘Come, and let us go to the seer: for he that is now called a Prophet was beforetime called a Seer.)

The same idea is recorded in Haggai 2:11 that says:

“Ask now the priests concerning the law…”

In the New Testament, specifically during the earthly ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, people asked him on matters of the law. Multitudes of people came unto him to hear his teachings and inquire on the law, even if some were only testing him, especially the Pharisees and the Sadducees.

Even St. Paul, an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, desired to know the condition of the brethren in every city where he preached. In the Book of Acts 15:36, 41 it is stated:

“And some days after Paul said unto Barnabas, Let us go again visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they do…And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the churches.”

The surviving pioneers of MCGI share their fondest memories and experiences during the early propagation efforts of the Church. During the International Caucus, they will be giving details of their chronicles of faith.

Aside from the consultation with Bro. Eli and his answers from the Bible, a portion of the International Caucus will feature MCGI’s pioneers who will share their experiences during the early years of the Church’s existence.

This activity will be for the benefit of the new members in the Church who are yet to learn the extensive history of MCGI from the viewpoint of the first fruits of the evangelization efforts.

MCGI’s 3rd Quarter ITG of 2018: From Thanksgiving to Thanksgiving and Special Reasons to Give Thanks to God

Once again, the Members Church of God International is set to give thanks to God as an entire congregation come October 5-7, 2018 for everything that has happened these past three months since its last quarterly International Thanksgiving to God in July.

MCGI Overall Servant Bro. Eli Soriano delivering a biblical topic during a Special International Thanksgiving in Brazil, April of 2016. (Photo by Photoville International)

One of which is the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) of Singapore’s conferment of its Gold Award to MCGI.

It is the second time that the Church has received the said recognition in light of its efforts in improving the wellbeing of the Southeast Asian country’s senior citizens.

(From right) MCGI Helpers of the Ministry Bro. Efren Baquing and Bro. Resty Reyes receive the certificates of recognition from The Filipino Community Council of Australia (FILCCA) in 2016 for the Church’s humanitarian efforts in the continent.

Attending to the needs of the elderly is one of MCGI’s charitable thrusts. Thus yearly, it consistently renders services like gift-giving and visiting and entertaining elderly communities from Australia to Peru.

The last two months of the present year also saw milestones in the Church’s efforts in broadcasting God’s words and singing praises to Him.

Anniversaries of Truth and Praise

On September 3, the Truth Channel on Digital TV celebrated its first anniversary on air. The channel broadcasts via satellite and requires no subscriptions or fees, and is carried by digital TV service providers.

The Truth Channel produces and features shows and segments about the Bible, faith, belief and religion,” and also broadcasts its diverse programs 24/7 on its live streaming site.

Earlier in August, MCGI choristers revelled in Thanksgiving as they celebrated 10 years of the Church’s nonstop singing of praises initiative.

Be it night or day, there are Music Ministry members singing praises to God at the ADD Convention Center and in different locations via satellite. In photo: MCGI’s Music Ministry performed their Guinness Book of World Records-smashing 15-minute medley of Church praise songs as the Walk of Faith in Apalit, Pampanga was officially opened to the waiting crowd on April 30, 2018 past midnight. (Photo by Mark Santillan, Photoville International)

It began on August 10, 2008 after a Thanksgiving topic that touched singing praises to God. What ensued was an activity that took cue from what the first nation of God did in 1 Chronicles 9:33, where Israelite choir members sang unto the Lord day and night.

On August 4, the Artist Guild National General Assembly was held with the aim of gathering all the artists in the Church gifted with talents in the visual arts.

More importantly, it was to discuss how they could use their time and skills together in bettering their duties.

In the same month, MCGI donated a much-needed cafeteria for the students of the public elementary school of Calumpang, Bulacan, a province north of Manila.

Brgy. Chairman Arnel Faustino (left) shakes the hand of MCGI Helper of the Ministry Bro. Danny Navales as he represents the village in accepting MCGI’ and UNTV’s donated ambulance and public school canteen.

The barangay or village also received an ambulance from the group who worked together with public service channel UNTV to help bring the two projects into fruition.

For the ability to continue its regular humanitarian works and more, MCGI recognizes that it could never be without the help and mercy of the Lord.

Which is why having the opportunity to do good is one of the common reasons resounding during the Church’s weekly Thanksgivings.

But then, there come special reasons to all the more thank God for.

Out of the Usual

After many years, MCGI Overall Servant Bro. Eli Soriano and Assistant to the Overall Servant Bro. Daniel Razon held live Mass Indoctrination sessions which started on July 16, 2018 at 7 pm nightly, Philippine Standard Time.

The three-week event resulted to more than 3,000 souls being baptized on the same day, August 3rd. It prompted a one-day Special International Thanksgiving on August 12th, two days after the next set of live Mass Indoctrination sessions were opened.

Bro. Eli remarked during the said Thanksgiving service that the outcome was reminiscent of the first-century Christians’ achievement written in Acts 2:41.

Via live video streaming, Bro. Eli Soriano conducts the Mass Indoctrination sessions in all The Old Path or MCGI Coordinating Centers around the globe. (Photo by Photoville International)

It was the day of the Pentecost when the Apostles were given gifts so they could speak in languages other than their own. Since a multitude of people coming from different nations were gathered in one place at the time, more were able to understand the Gospel, believe, and be baptized.

Before 2018 ends, there will be two more Thanksgiving of the Whole Nation events with the nearest one on November 30 to December 2, coinciding with Bro. Daniel’s 35th year of service to God.

Bro. Daniel recently visited the brethren in North America. The North America Convention was held in Los Angeles from September 8-9 with Bro. Daniel leading the activities, much to the delight and edification of faith of the members in the region.

Assistant to the Overall Servant Bro. Daniel Razon delivering his part of the biblical topic for the Thanksgiving service on September 9, 2018. (Photo by Photoville International)

Apart from weekly Thanksgiving programs, the entire congregation considers International Thanksgivings as special occasions in the Church, adhering to the admonition of St. Paul in Hebrews 10:24-25, which says:

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.

Written by: Rigor Arellano

MCGI and UNTV Donate School Canteen to Calumpang Elementary School, Ambulance to Brgy. Calumpang

The students and teachers from Calumpang Elementary School in Calumpit, as well as the residents of Barangay Calumpang, province of Bulacan, thanked the Members Church of God International (MCGI) and public service channel UNTV News and Rescue, for the donations doled out by partners in public service.

The Members Church of God International (MCGI), together with UNTV, donated a new school canteen to the Calumpang Elementary School, which the school’s principal quipped as a “great thing”.

“Our school building was demolished including our small canteen. That is why it is a great thing to receive this canteen”, said Calumpang Elementary School principal Nina Sumalabe, adding “Now, this will be our canteen from Kuya Daniel, Ang Dating Daan and UNTV.”

Moreover, MCGI and UNTV donated a new ambulance to Barangay Calumpang, which for 20 years has been using a second-hand multicab to transport sick residents to a nearby hospital.

“This is a rare event in our barangay. Think of it, a brand-new ambulance patrol was given to us! I had not thought of this so I am thankful to Kuya Daniel and Brother Eli. The Sanggunian thanks you,” Brgy. Chairman Arnel Faustino said in thanking the group for their public service.

Brgy. Chairman Faustino explained that their old multicab has already shown signs of retiring, which means maintenance has become more costly.

In details, the ambulance contains a new medical kit, stretcher, backboard, oxygen tanks and BP apparatus.

Along the turnover ceremony, 448 individuals benefited when the group also took the opportunity to conduct a medical and dental mission activity in the area.

Written by: Maikka Dungog

MCGI Welcomes More Than 3,200 After Live Mass Indoctrination Sessions

Worldwide streaming. From South America, Brother Eli Soriano preached the core doctrines of MCGI during the Live Mass Indoctrination. Thousands attended the event held in all the Church’s locales.

Pampanga, Philippines – More than 3,200 were baptized in Members Church of God International (MCGI) on August 3, 2018. This was after the two-week Live Mass Indoctrination began on July 16 this year.

The Live Mass Indoctrination was streamed in all MCGI locales worldwide. Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon, the Overall Servant and Assistant to the Overall Servant, respectively, led all the sessions.

Bro. Eli also answered questions about the basic teachings in MCGI. It was patterned after Itanong Mo Kay Soriano (Ask Soriano).

A Record-Setting Feat

The baptism of more than 3,200 is not the first time for MCGI. Since 2001, the number of those baptized peaked to thousands. One thousand new members in a single day is still modest.

In recent years, more non-Filipinos were getting baptized into the Church. The coming of the Gospel to the West opened doors for Latinos to study the Bible. Bro. Eli spent much for TV airtime and Bible Expositions there. These efforts, coupled with charities, invited truth seekers to learn MCGI’s doctrines.

Preaching in the West was fruitful. There are now 155 locales in Brazil and 267 in Spanish-speaking countries. This number is expected to grow in the coming years, God willing.

The 24/7 broadcast contributed to the increase of members. The Church’s charities also raised people’s awareness about MCGI. All these are with God’s help and mercy.

A Short Story of Faith

Church members also attended the indoctrination. They joined the event to refresh on the doctrines. One of them is Brother Ariel Juaniza, 53, of Pag-asa, Cavite. He has just entered his second year in MCGI.

Brother Ariel is blind and has end-stage renal disease (ESRD). His illness needs either a kidney transplant or dialysis. Currently, Brother Ariel is under individual Church service. Church workers visit and attend to his needs. They also update him on topics during gatherings.

His condition did not stop him from attending. He wanted to respond to Bro. Eli’s call to join.

Brother Ariel’s faith inspired the brethren in Pag-asa. They supported his desire to be part of the event. They fetched him daily to the indoctrination.

Hope Sparks for New Brethren

The new members offered Thanksgiving at the ADD Convention Center on August 5. Among them is Brother Efren Montebirhen, 56, a former deacon of 15 years.

Brother Efren’s interest in Bro. Eli started when he was still active in his former church. He began to doubt the leaders who banned members to listen to multi-awarded international televangelist. He never knew why. His leaders never told the reason.

The lack of care from his church weakened his faith and drove him to do vices. No one, he said, helped nor uplifted him. Worse, he was expelled. This left him depressed and sick.

Brother Efren tried to go back but failed. He tried looking for answers to his problems. He regretted and decided to get serious with his faith. “Nanalangin ako na huwag mawalan ng pag-asa,” (I prayed not to lose hope) he said. “Doon na po ako nagpasimula. Sabi ko ipagpapatuloy ko na, hanggang sa araw-araw na po akong nakinig sa programa ng UNTV.” (That is where I started. I told myself I will continue, until I was listening daily to UNTV.)

From then on, Brother Efren attended Bible Expositions. He also watched Bro. Eli on TV until the late hours of the night.

Omega DigiBible Used in Indoctrination

New Bible app for your phone. The Omega DigiBible, latest offering of VsionTeq, was used extensively during the two-week live mass indoctrination. Kiosks were put up in MCGI locales worldwide to assist guests in downloading and using the application.

The Omega DigiBible was used during the indoctrination. Bro. Eli himself suggested those with smartphones to install the app. Free WiFi kiosks were set up in MCGI locales for visitors to try it.

The Omega DigiBible was developed by VsionTeq, an Android and iOS developer in Singapore. It was launched in April and is available on Google Play and the Apple App Store. The Omega DigiBible comes with many features and is accessible offline.

The Omega DigiBible is a top downloaded app on Google Play. It reached number 1 on July 20 while the indoctrination was ongoing.

Attend the Mass Indoctrination

The Mass Indoctrination is required before baptism. Its aim is to teach future members on faith and discipline in the Church. A person baptized assumes the duties of a member.

Another session of live indoctrination began on August 13. God willing, in two weeks’ time, another batch of thousands will be baptized.

For questions about indoctrination, email addcentral@gmail.com or message +63.943.254.5390.

Written by: Cecile Vizcaya

MCGI’s Special Thanksgiving for 2nd Quarter of 2018 Highlights Good Works, Accurate Bible Translations

“Our good works accomplished on a day-to-day basis are considered a form of worship and service to God. Every good work we do is recorded.” Colossians 3:24 to 25 was read as the biblical reference of the message.

This was the message that resonated as Bro. Eli Soriano, Overall Servant to Members Church of God International (MCGI), wrapped up the Special Thanksgiving of God’s People for the 2nd quarter of 2018.

For this quarter, once again, the congregants’ gratitude to the Almighty God and the Lord Jesus Christ concluded with never-before heard wisdom, and delightful thanksgiving presentations from all over the world.

A Special Thanksgiving of God’s People, held for three days, is called in the vernacular as Special Pasalamat ng Buong Bayan ng Dios.

Glorious Three-Day Convention

Filled with singing, dancing, and encouraging messages, the mirthful affair once again created memorable moments for each and every member of MCGI, as in every Special Thanksgiving celebration.

Tens of thousands of brethren from different regions of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao in the Philippines convened for three consecutive days at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga and in all MCGI coordinating centers nationwide.

Across the world, brethren from Asia-Oceania, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, North America, South America, and Latin America, were unfazed by distances and differences in time zones just to attend the event..

Through faith, physical and spiritual obstacles were overcome just to be able to partake in the glorious event. Traveling stretches of miles and hours, hauling luggages, sometimes with kids and elderlies in tow, were not enough to hinder the spirit of a member longing to partake in the much-awaited celebration. This was evident in live video streams showing packed and crowded thanksgiving sites in various locations.

As the gathering commences, festive song and dance presentations that express how grateful brethren are, were showcased. This was led by the Music Ministry composed of the MCGI chorale and orchestra, and the Teatro Kristiano. These groups, for many years now, have been serving MCGI brethren with their musical and theatrical talents.

Sister Grace Checa of the Music Ministry, a sister in faith since 1998 and a Music Ministry core member for 17 years, shared with MCGI.org why she always makes it a point to sing on stage with the rest of the chorale members every thanksgiving celebration.

“His love and kindness toward us is immeasurable. What my small existence can offer is to honor and praise Him,” said Sister Grace. “To partake in the task of leading brethren in singing songs of praises to God with the Music Ministry is a joy of my heart, that I can express my gratefulness and pay my indebtedness to the Lord Almighty.”

Indeed it is a joy for brethren to use their talents and skills to offer as sacrifices of thanks to God.

One group that also made sure to put to good use their vocal talents is the National Capital Region (NCR) chorale who presented their winning Gospel Show entry “Layag, Kabataan” (Sail, Youth) to MCGI with powerful vocals, impressive choreography and colorful costumes.

Group presentations were also one of the highlights of the event. Special videos and documentaries from the Children’s Ministry, the Youth Ministry, Prison Ministry, Worker’s Ministry, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao regions, Foreign Ministry, Mission Thessalonica, South America and Latin America were shown, recapping activities and events, highlighting charitable projects, evangelical missions and other programs that aim to strengthen members’ faith and spirituality, as written in Philippians 4:8.

A special song presentation of Bro. Eli’s household delighted members as they performed lively song adaptations to convey their heartfelt thanksgiving to God, with a cute video of their group of Kawan ng Cordero (KNC).

Digging Accurate Truths Through Hebrew Translations

Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, both solid advocates of truths in the Bible, put more effort than anyone else in the religious world to study the Holy Scriptures. This quarter, new wisdom were shared to MCGI through the thorough study of God’s words with the help of Hebrew translations.

According to Bro. Eli, not all translations of the words in the Holy Scriptures are correct. Therefore, “As Christians, we must know how to distinguish what’s right and wrong,” Bro. Eli shared.

He adds that truth-seekers must be diligent in studying God’s words knowing that there is what the Bible calls “spirit of error” as written in I John 4:6 (KJV), “We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.”

Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel discussed more accurate and apt translations, not only based on context but also by referencing other verses in the Bible. They made comparisons and analysis to make sure the topic they delivered were clearly understood by brethren.

Intriguing, new truths were revealed as delivered by Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel according to God’s will, including Job’s words in Job 2:10, the mystery of the Great Babylon that many religions claim to be the Catholic church, and about the book of remembrance and the book of life where God records benevolent acts and a Christian’s obedience.

For this heavenly gift, MCGI once again offers another Special Thanksgiving to God a week after the three-day celebration (July 15).

Inspiring Thanksgiving Reasons

MCGI brethren offered the sacrifice of thanksgiving for plenty of reasons. From simple wishes granted, adequate daily provisions, God’s safekeeping and protection, to recovery from illnesses, opportunities to show benevolence to others, incredible wisdom learned in the Holy Scriptures, God’s forgiveness are just a few of the many reasons to thank the Highest.

These brethren graciously shared their reasons for thanksgiving featured on official social media pages of MCGI.org.

Finding the one true religion and God’s messenger in this dispensation amidst the estimated 4,200 religions in the world and thousands of false preachers are indeed a unique blessing one can receive from the heavens.

Understanding God’s deep wisdom that will remain a mystery to non-believers is another reason for brothers and sisters to offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving.


Fervent supplications are also made during the celebration of thanksgiving. In Bro. Haminton Bustillo’s case, he prays for his family to join him in the Church someday.

Material blessings and receiving God’s kindness everyday are reasons to be grateful to God but it is also equally important for MCGI brethren to be good followers of Christ through God’s spiritual wisdom.

Spreading Good Cheer on the Internet

For three consecutive days, official social media accounts of MCGI featured hundreds of thankful tweets from members, in and outside of the Philippines. Through members’ continuous and untiring support to filling the internet world with positive vibes, the official daily trending hashtags from Days 1 to 3 landed the number one spot between 6:29 AM to 6:39 AM PHT in the Philippines.

Trending tweets including unique reasons for thanksgiving, favorite SPBB memories and songs, plus photos of joyful brethren from around the world circulated on Twitter and Facebook from July 6 to 8.

Putting social media to good use for the benefit of many is one of Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel’s reminders, thus producing “thankful” tweets that are both inspiring and heartwarming from brethren.

For the deep wisdom learned and for understanding how God records good works, MCGI dedicate another one-day Special Thanksgiving of God’s People celebration on July 15, 2018.

Written by: Apple Arco


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