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.

WATCH: UNTV News & Rescue: MCGI, awarded as 2019 Outstanding Religious Christian Organization Worldwide

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

MCGI to Hold Second Feast Dedicated to God on November 24

The Music Ministry and Teatro Kristiano offered songs and dances of praise to God during the first Feast Dedicated to God celebration last February 24.

The Members Church of God International (MCGI) will be holding its second Feast Dedicated to God (Fiesta ng Dios) on Sunday, November 24, to culminate the celebration of Ang Dating Daan’s 39th year. Church members and guests will be treated to sumptuous meals, entertainment, and fun activities. The celebration aims to spread God’s love through the joyous occasion.

The Feast Dedicated to God was first held on February 24 this year, a week after MCGI Overall Servant Bro. Eli Soriano called upon the MCGI congregation to join him and celebrate the event. MCGI coordinating centers around the globe were decked in their most festive, and bountiful meals welcomed the disabled and impoverished guests who were prioritized by the Church.

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

Vibrant colors filled the streets of Apalit, Pampanga, leading to the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center as MCGI brethren paraded and sang songs of praise to God during the first Feast Dedicated to God Celebration on February 24.

“The celebration was enlightening. I felt so much joy! It was the perfect event to bond with family, friends, and brethren. The event helped strengthen my faith,” Frances Poniente, a participant in the first Feast Dedicated to God from Chicago said in an interview.

Brethren and guests who attended the first Feast Dedicated to God in one of MCGI’s coordinating center in Meycauayan, Bulacan were provided with free food and refreshments. Children were the first to be served among hundreds who came to celebrate the event.

“My heart was filled with joy during the celebration. It was a wonderful feeling uniting with brethren from different parts of the world to hear more biblical wisdom and teachings from our preachers,” Erica Borges of Dublin remarked.

With God’s help and mercy, the event is expected to bring in more guests, fun, and excitement to all in attendance.

Written by: Sis Lalluh Adalla

3rd Quarter Special Thanksgiving of God’s People Focused On Service, Life’s Real Purpose

The Music Ministry and the Teatro Kristiano open the three-day Special Thanksgiving of God’s People ceremony with an upbeat song of praise. The huge LED screen in the background complements the presentation with a rain of bright computer-generated light effects.

The Members Church of God International celebrated three days of thanksgiving to God, with delegates from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao congregating at the ADD Convention Center in Pampanga where much of the festivities were held.

From across the globe, brethren in Asia-Oceania, Africa, Middle East, Europe, North America, and Latin America joined in the celebration via live satellite feed in their respective locales.

Songs of praise and messages of thanksgiving were offered to God for the blessings and milestones of the Church in the past quarter. On the first day of the celebration, MCGI Overall Servant Bro. Eli Soriano opened the convention with a message of unity, love, and good works.

Mans Purpose and Existence: Not an Accident but a Fulfillment of Prophecy

Bro. Eli Soriano starts off the second part of the topic with a bright smile and warm to the congregation.

According to Bro. Eli Soriano, there is a reason why man was created. “There is a purpose to our lives and we should not waste it,” he said.

He added that the things written in the Bible are part of the prophecy. When part of that happens in someone’s life, it is not an accident, but “a fulfillment of the prophecy written in the Bible”. Bro. Eli then cited Malachi 1:11 which refers to the fulfillment of what God had said about a people that will offer Him thanksgiving.

“God wants to tell us that our existence is not by accident. We are a part of the prophecy that tells us how important we are in the sight of the Lord,” Bro. Daniel added.

Looking after Each Other in Love

Thanksgiving delegates of Paynesville, Liberia wave and offer their warm smiles for a photo opportunity during a short break. As the Gospel continues to be broadcast in the African continent, more souls are converted to the faith. Though their country is reeling in poverty, the congregation in Liberia hosts charitable efforts to help their fellow Liberians.

Bro. Eli states that when brethren gather, it is “a meeting of the mind, body, and soul.” Coming together in thanksgiving gives the congregation the opportunity to katanoeo (Greek, meaning to observe fully, consider) and to do good to one another.

He explained the importance of maintaining close relationships among brethren, looking after one another and serving one another. “Every time we do good to our brethren, let us always think that we are doing it to Christ,” he remarked.

To emphasize the point, Hebrews 10:24-25 was read in several languages. “This is the duty of each one of us ⁠— to observe one another to provoke us unto love and good works.”

Here are some reactions of thanksgiving delegates about the topics for the third quarter thanksgiving:

“Let us look after one another with good works and love. In doing so, it is like we are doing it to Christ.” – Flor Almanzar, Calgary, Canada

“By simply greeting the brethren face-to-face and asking them how they are, it is a simple way to help them carry their burdens and put a smile on their face.” – Jkaela Maniago, New York, USA

“In our gatherings, let us ask the brethren how they are doing and take time to talk to them. If they have problems, let us take the opportunity to do good and help them carry their burdens.” – Noel Christian Farro, Hawaii, USA

“Looking after one another means being there for each other and always trying to find ways to help. Whether it’s a cup of coffee or simply lending an ear, it is helping the brethren in all possible ways as it says in the Bible ⁠— provoking one another unto love and to good works ⁠— for us to remain steadfast in faith.” – Jelica de la Rosa, Geneva, Switzerland

“One of the most delightful things to be grateful for is that we have a clear manifestation of abiding in love. We remain in God’s love because we keep and obey His commandments. We are taught to hold fast to them because of the very high regard we give to His words.” ⁠— Mary Karen Gargentiel, Vancouver, Canada

The next special quarterly thanksgiving of MCGI happens on the last week of December.

Written by: Lalluh Adalla

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.