A MILLION REASONS TO BE THANKFUL: MCGI CELEBRATES FIRST QUARTER INTERNATIONAL THANKSGIVING

The Members Church of God International (MCGI) will celebrate its first quarter Special Thanksgiving of God’s People on April 3 to 5 live via streaming and video conferencing platforms.

The Members Church of God International (MCGI) celebrates its first quarter International Thanksgiving on April 3 to 5 this year. Brethren from all parts of the world will take part in this special event through the aid of satellite and internet technology.

It is during this special occasion that brethren in the Church offer songs of praises, and thanksgiving to the Almighty God and prayers expressive of gratefulness for His graciousness and loving kindness.

Thankful for a Million Reasons

To comply with lockdown and quarantine procedures, MCGI held the weekly Thanksgiving of God’s People via streaming and video conferencing.

Members of the Church of God International from all over the world have more than a million reasons for being thankful to God.

Katleya Melejah Palmejar, from Torino, Italy, is very thankful to God for keeping the brethren safe from the health crisis that the whole world is suffering from.

Forcia Mendoza, from Milan, said she is giving thanks to God for keeping her whole family, as well as our Church Leaders, Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, safe.

Ann Carreon, from Paris, France, said she is grateful to God for the immeasurable love and protection that He has given the whole congregation amid the COVID-19 pandemic. She is also thankful to God because she will be celebrating her first sabbath anniversary in the Church of God International.

“I am most thankful to God because, despite my shortcomings, He has never forsaken me, He has kept me safe especially now when the world is troubled by this fatal coronavirus,” said Sean De Ocampo from Dublin, Ireland.

Gionna Privado, from London, England, said she is thankful to God for the wonderful topics being taught to the congregation during the weekly thanksgiving celebrations. “Those topics serve as reminders to all to be steadfast in our faith, to be prayerful, to be hopeful, to let love reign in our hearts always, and to always ask for God’s help and mercy,” she added.

Julia de la Rosa, from Geneva, Switzerland, said she will always be grateful to God for becoming a member of the Church of God. She is also thankful because, with God’s help and guidance, Brother Eli and Brother Daniel are able to teach the congregation regularly of God’s holy words. “And because of what they teach us, despite the many dangers in our time, peace and hope continue to dwell in our hearts,” Julia said.

Lorraine King, from San francisco, California, is giving thanks to God for the life He has given her, for His continuing guidance, and for her children who give her solace during difficult times.

“I am thankful to God for protecting us from COVID-19,” said Klarenz Shaughnessy of New York. “Although we are situated in different locations, we are one in spirit in giving thanks to the Almighty God for keeping us safe.”

Jeana Zacarias, from Saskatoon, and Elgin Pollarco, from Toronto, both in Canada, said they are thankful to God for keeping the congregation safe and for keeping hope alive in our hearts despite the tribulations brought about by calamities and plagues.

Mar Oliver Lazaga, from Metro Manila, Philippines, expresses his thankfulness to God for the six years that he has been in the Church, for His protection, and for helping him keep His commandments.

Sarah Jane Narido, from Masbate City, Bicol region and John Ray Pangilinan, from Mandani Bay, Cebu, are both thankful to God for keeping them and their respective families safe from the current deadly disease. They are also thankful that they are able to carry out their duties.

[More reasons for thanksgiving can be read in the official social media accounts of the Members Church of God International. Those can be accessed via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.]

Hope in Hopelessness

Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon host nightly discussions on social media delivering words of hope during these trying times.

MCGI is giving thanks to God for the continuous opportunity that He is giving the congregation to do good works, whatever the circumstances are.

On January 12, 2020, a few weeks after the Church celebrated its fourth quarter Special Thanksgiving, several municipalities in southern Luzon were put under a state of calamity due to the eruption of Taal Volcano. This incident devastated homes, properties, and livelihood of many people. To alleviate the sufferings of the residents, Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel spearheaded relief distribution and medical missions to badly affected communities. Some of the Church’s Coordinating Centers in the area also served as evacuation centers for those, whose houses were either situated in the danger zone, or were completely covered with volcanic ashes.

Shortly after, a new strain of coronavirus, currently known as COVID-19, which originated in China, started spreading across the globe, including the Philippines. To prevent the spread of the virus, many governments enforced certain measures like lockdowns and community quarantines, leaving the citizens without a choice but to stay home.

Aware of the impact of the crisis, Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon have taken the necessary measures to see to it that the brethren in the congregation are prepared and properly oriented of the consequences that the pandemic will bring.

The Overall Servants have also mobilized relief efforts to help indigent members and non-members of MCGI.

The Church has also given the frontline personnel and health service providers Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) so that they won’t get infected as they perform their duties.

Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel have also reached out to people through their nightly discussion on social media. Each time, they discuss topics that offer not only useful information but also inspiration and hope as they cite biblical verses which could uplift the spirits of their audience. Also they never fail to encourage people to be compassionate especially in these trying times.

After the three-day International Thanksgiving, MCGI will observe the Lord’s Supper, a yearly solemn event that takes place 13 days after Nisan 1 in the Hebrew calendar. This year, the equivalent of Nisan 13, 5780 in the present calendar is April 7. The celebration of the Lord’s Supper is in consonance with the day the Lord Jesus Christ observed the feast of the Passover, as recorded Matthew 26:1-57.

Aside from the congregation’s observance of the Lord’s Supper on April 7, on the same date, Bro. Eli is also celebrating his 56th year of service to God.

Amidst these trying times, it is only God’s love and mercy that we can count on. As what Bro. Eli told the congregation during a weekly thanksgiving, “In times of hopelessness, we have hope because we have God.” God is our only hope.

Written by: Sis. Lalluh Adalla and Sis. Jenina Bontuyan

MCGI’s 5779 Works and Milestones Remembered

Members Church of God International welcomed the first of Nisan 5780 at dusk of March 25. The solemn event was marked with prayers and offerings of songs to the Lord to highlight the coming of another year.

The Members Church of God International (MCGI) recently welcomed the new year based on the Hebrew calendar. The 1st of Nisan 5780, which falls on the sunset of March 25, signals the beginning of another ecclesiastical year for the Church.

As MCGI starts off with 5780, here are some of the events that had transpired in 5779.

Iyar 5779 (April to May, 2019)

MCGI held the three-day International Thanksgiving in Brazil. The yearly pilgrimage to the South American country invites Church members to personally meet Bro. Eli Soriano who is preaching throughout the continent. The International Evangelist also celebrated his 55th Sabbath anniversary on the third day of the International Thanksgiving.

Sivan 5779 (May to June, 2019)

In May 2019, Bro. Daniel Razon spearheaded an event dubbed “Yesterday, Once More” which aims to reminisce the early days of the different Church committees that he helped to establish. Bro. Daniel called upon the committee pioneers and participants to cherish their God-given duties, and to remember the reason why they are serving the Lord.

Tammuz 5779 (June to July, 2019)

MCGI chapters throughout the world partnered with various non-profit organizations in various charitable events. For the Church’s youth members in North America, June is the Youth Ministry Volunteering Service Month. For this, they organized and participated in charity concerts, food service, clean-up drives, and blood donation drives, to uphold the Bible’s counsel: spend the strength of their youth in service to God through their duties and good works.

Av 5779 (July to August 2019)

The month of July 2019 saw the celebration of MCGI’s 2nd Quarter Thanksgiving of God’s People. Regularly held every quarter, the three-day event gathers brethren and guests to learn biblical wisdom, sing songs of praise to the Lord, and see each other in person.

Photos from events in May, June, and July 2019 are on MCGI’s official Facebook page.

MCGI congregants from various countries filled the venue in Florianopolis as they celebrated the Thanksgiving of God’s People in Brazil during the first quarter of 2019.

Elul 5779 (August to September, 2019)

The tablet version of the Omega DigiBible, a free downloadable Bible application, was released in August 2019. Aside from various translations of the Bible, blogs written by Bro. Eli Soriano can also be accessed and read. Another unique feature of the Omega DigiBible is the Top of The Hour Prayer that allows users to participate in a community prayer any time of the day.

Also during the same month, a convention was held in Melbourne, Australia that gathered members who are based in Oceania and the Pacific. The convention included activities such as the weekly Thanksgiving, Couples’ Night, and Sports Day.

Tishrei 5779 (September to October, 2019)

Every year, Assistant Overall Servant Bro. Daniel Razon personally visits the brethren abroad to check on their situation, hear their concerns, and give counsel. Conventions were held in Vigevano, Italy for the brethren of Europe-Israel-Africa Division from September 14 to 16, and in Calgary, Alberta in Canada for the members in North America and Canada from September 21 to 22. Aside from the weekly Thanksgiving event, other activities such as the Couples’ Night and team building games were held.

Cheshvan 5779 (October to November, 2019)

Aside from the quarterly Thanksgiving of God’s People celebration, charitable and socialization events were held during the month of October, such as the visitation of the elderly in Singapore and New Zealand; the Asia-Oceania Convention in Singapore; Community Service in Saskatoon, Canada; the Locale Fun Day at Christchurch, New Zealand; and the Sportsfest at North Island, New Zealand, among others. Photos of the events can be viewed at MCGI’s official Facebook page.

Bro. Daniel visits brethren abroad to personally check on their physical and spiritual well-being.

Kislev 5779 (November to December, 2019)

MCGI held its second Feast Dedicated to God (Fiesta ng Dios) on November 24, 2019 to culminate the celebration of Ang Dating Daan’s 39th year. Church members and guests were treated once again to sumptuous meals, entertainment, and fun activities. The celebration aims to share God’s love and compassion especially to the less fortunate members of the society.

Also in November, MCGI was recognized as the Outstanding Religious Christian Organization Worldwide by the Gawad Amerika Awards, during its 18th Annual Awards Night held at the Celebrity Centre Hollywood in Los Angeles, California, United States.

Tevet 5779 (December 2019 to January, 2020)

MCGI concluded 2019 with its 4th Quarter Thanksgiving of God’s People celebration held on December 28 to 30. The three-day event featured studies of special biblical topics, the offering of the sacrifice of thanksgiving through songs of praise, and a review of the Church’s works especially in Gospel propagation and charitable missions.

Before the year ended, MCGI was awarded a Plaque of Appreciation from the Philippine Embassy and Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Kuala Lumpur, citing the organization’s initiatives aimed at protecting and promoting the welfare of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Malaysia. It was later received during the Gabi ng Parangal at Pasalamat event hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines and Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Malaysia on January 12, 2020.

Shevat 5779 (January to February, 2020)

In January 2020, MCGI together with the UNTV News and Rescue volunteer group, conducted a week-long medical mission and relief operations in the different areas of Batangas, in response to calls for aid after the Taal Volcano eruption. The public service effort includes free medical, dental, and legal services to families and individuals affected by the calamity.

Relief goods, as well as first aid, were also brought to the different evacuation centers in the province. The region’s least accessible areas were provided a range of free medical services, such as general medicine consultations, optometry, dental, and pediatrics.

Adar 5779 (February to March, 2020)

Thousands of MCGI youth members flocked to the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga for the annual International Youth Convention Bible Festival Edition on February 2. Other members of the Youth Ministry joined in the event via satellite and video conferencing while in their respective coordinating centers.
The youths participated in several activities, including solo-singing competition, spoken poetry competition, mural and poster making, Bible-preaching (English and Filipino), among others.

Nisan 5779 (March to April 2020)

In the early weeks before Covid-19 was declared a pandemic, Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon have already placed mitigation systems to prepare the Congregation should the disease escalate into a global crisis. After the WHO confirmed that the virus had spread to many countries, and quarantines and lockdowns were imposed by many governments, Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel started nightly online discussions via YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook to provide correct information and give comfort to people in the midst of what they called “trying times.”

In time, the simple discussion included consultations with doctors and other health experts who gave real-time advice to people with various medical concerns. It was during this point that Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel launched the Digital Clinic Hotline, a platform for doctors and other medical specialists to answer health queries. The 24/7 service allows healthcare providers to render free consultation services without the benefit of a personal appearance, similar to a call-center set up.

Bro. Eli Soriano also took the time to discuss biblical insight into the rise of the viral pandemic, citing verses in the Scriptures that point to the fulfillment of the prophecies related to the current worldwide crisis. More importantly, Bro. Eli gave timely counsel to people experiencing restlessness, stress, anxieties, and fears, encouraging people to reflect on God’s words and pray to Him night and day.

Bro. Eli Soriano, in one of his nightly online discussions with Bro. Daniel Razon broadcast via YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook, encourages people to pray and meditate on God’s words, now that the world is in the midst of a viral pandemic.

The regular charitable efforts mounted by MCGI has taken a new direction in response to the Covid-19 crisis. The Church has already doled out relief items to help poor communities in the Philippines still awaiting assistance, as quarantines have disabled many to go to work or go out and buy basic necessities. In addition, food packs and personal protective equipment (PPE) were distributed to frontliners working round the clock. As of this writing, Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel are working on additional services that will be of help to individuals, families, and communities affected by the onslaught of Covid-19.

As MCGI faces a new year riddled with challenges, the Church puts faith in God’s grace and mercy, remaining in hope that a new year will also bring more opportunities to do good to fellowmen, and help in the propagation of the Gospel by all means, for the honor and glory of God.

Written by: Sis. Lovely She Cortezano

MCGI WELCOMES YEAR 5780, SETS INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE WORLD

Members Church of God International will welcome the year 5780 of the Hebrew calendar this March 25.

The Members Church of God International (MCGI) will be welcoming the year 5780 of the Hebrew calendar as the sun sets on March 25. Congregants throughout the world will participate in the celebration with the aid of satellite and internet technology.

MCGI observes the new year that is based on the Hebrew calendar. This occasion has a biblical reference written in the book of Exodus chapter 12:1-2 which says, And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying, This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.

The celebration of the biblical new year of the Hebrew calendar is celebrated on the first of Nisan, which in today’s calendar is equivalent to March 25. Instead of loud celebrations and fireworks, MCGI will welcome 5780 with songs and prayers dedicated to God, for another fruitful year spent in charitable works and Gospel propagation, including not a few achievements and milestones for the Church.

Songs of praise, thanksgiving, and prayers will be offered a few hours before the sun sets. As the year 5780 enters, a biblical topic about the event will be delivered by Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon.

Meanwhile, Bro. Eli Soriano, Overall Servant of MCGI, is inviting people to participate in the International Prayer for the World on the same date. He made the invitation on March 23 via KDR TV on YouTube, during the nightly discussions hosted by Bro. Daniel Razon, and is focused on topics and concerns relating to the CoVID-19 health crisis.

“We are inviting you all to our International Prayer for the World this March 25, as we welcome the first day of the first month of the new year in the Hebrew calendar. Whatever your religious belief or affiliation is, we bid you to pray with us. Let us pray for the good of the world. Thank you very much.”

A few days after the new year celebration, MCGI is set for two special gatherings, the first quarter International Thanksgiving of God’s People and the observance of the Lord’s Supper, both coming in April.

Written by: Sis. Lalluh Adalla

Bro. Eli to MCGI Youth: Serve God While You Are Young

The Christian Dance entry of North 2 Division was presented live at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit.

“The best time in life to serve your Creator is at times when you are strong and young,” said Bro. Eli Soriano, when addressing thousands of young Christians gathered to celebrate the International Youth Convention Bible Festival Edition in ADD Convention Center, Apalit, Pampanga.

Through live streaming and satellite broadcast, the Overall Servant to the Members Church of God International (MCGI) reminded the youths that serving God entails hardships.

It was the instruction and advice written to Timothy in his first book, Chapter 4, verse 12, continued Bro. Eli, as he recalled his youthful years when he served the Ministry just days following his baptism in the Church of God. At the young age of 23, the International Televangelist has already been assigned to oversee a whole district.

Bro. Eli Soriano addresses the young brethren at the IYC Bible Festival via satellite.

“Ang pinaka-malaking pagasa sa atin ay ang pangako ng Dios sa buhay na walang hanggan (Our greatest hope is the promise of God in life everlasting),” said Bro. Eli in the vernacular, quoting Titus 1:2.

Bro. Eli recalled that while, at times, he faced loneliness, he knew that this was nothing compared to the peace in Christ and the salvation promised.

Do Not Be Conformed to This World

For his part, the Assistant to the Overall Servant of MCGI, Bro. Daniel Razon urged the young MCGI brethren to be always guided by the words of God, reminding them not to conform to the ways of the world. He then read Romans 12:2 (KJV).

“The words of God should always guide us,” Bro. Daniel stressed. He then elaborated on the biblical standards that the youth must follow when faced with the temptations of the world.

Bro. Daniel speaks to youths of the Church at the IYC Bible Festival in Apalit, Pampanga prior to Bro. Eli Soriano’s opening remarks.

“In every opportunity that we can listen to the words of God, let us listen and keep it in our hearts. Rest assured, there will be a Holy Spirit who will remind us of God’s words during times of hardships,” he said.

“As you go on with your life, as we face hindrances, makipagbaka tayo ng mabuting pakikipagbaka ng pananampalataya, tapusin natin ang ating takbo, ingatan natin ang ating pananampalataya (let us fight the good fight of faith, let us finish our course, let us keep our faith),” Kuya Daniel concluded his opening remarks.

Fun-filled Youth Celebration

The youths were full of excitement and were in high spirits at the start of the IYC Bible Festival.

Organized by the Youth Ministry, the theme of IYC Bible Festival Edition this year was ‘Kabataang Kabalikat sa Pagpasan’. Thousands of MCGI youth members from the Luzon region flocked at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit Pampanga. Other members of the Youth Ministry were able to participate even if they were in their respective coordinating centers via satellite and video conferencing hookup.

The youths enjoyed a range of activities, including Solo-singing competition, Verbal Poetry competition, Mural and Poster-making, Bible-preaching (in English and Tagalog), among others. It was a fun-filled event for participants and audience alike.

Sister Erica Borges, a contestant in the Solo-singing Competition who sang live from Dublin, Ireland, said that that experience was something that she ‘will remember for a very long time.’ “Even though I am not much of a singer, I was given the opportunity by God to praise Him. Even though I did not win, I enjoyed myself, and God-willing will try again in the next IYC. Thanks be to God!” she added. It was her first time to participate as a contestant in the IYC Bible Fest Edition 2020.

Erica Borgess represents the youth brethren in Ireland during the solo-singing competition.

Brother Billy John Gutierrez of Quiapo, Manila said: “One of the many great things that I will remember is realizing the fact that, as the youths inside the Church of God, we have all the reasons to serve Him through our strength, talents, and intelligence. Just like what Bro. Eli said, ‘The best time for a person to serve God is during his youth.’”

For Sister Dorothy Bula of Montréal QC Canada, it was the advice of Bro. Eli Soriano, that struck her. “We should bear the yoke while we are young. We should persevere in doing our duties. God promised that those who do His commandments will attain eternal life,” she further explained.

The National Capital Region Division won as overall Division Champion, while the Cavite Division came in a close second, followed by the LBMR Division.

IYC Bible Festival official tally of winners per division

After giving his opening remarks, Bro. Eli also addressed the concerns of the youth congregants during the consultation segment of the event.

The official hashtag #IYCBibleFest2020 made it to the top 7 Philippine Twitter trends, trending for a few hours during the mid-day, Philippine time.

To see the International Youth Convention Bible Festival 2020 Photo Gallery, follow and like the Members Church of God International’s official Facebook Page.

Written by: Sis. Ma. Therese P. Quita and Sis. Lalluh Adalla

FOR EIGHT CONSECUTIVE YEARS, MCGI RECEIVES GAWAD JOSE RIZAL AWARD 2019

For the eight consecutive years, the Philippine Blood Center and the Department of Health awarded the Members Church of God International with another Gawad Jose Rizal Award.

For eight consecutive years, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) has received another Gawad Jose Rizal Award by the Philippines Blood Center (PBC) and the Department of Health (DOH) during the Dugong Bayani Award 2019.

The Gawad Jose Rizal Award is the highest recognition given by the PBC and the DOH to organizations that have donated 2,000 bags of blood in a given year.

MCGI has been named one of the biggest blood donors in the country. The DOH reported that the organization has donated 5,801 bags of blood to PBC and its beneficiaries in 2019 alone; garnering the most bags of blood donated by any organization in the country for the year.

Support for Other Charitable Organizations

From archives: Captured at an MCGI Blood Donation event at Bajada, Davao City, Philippines on September 9, 2017.

With the help of God, MCGI’s Overall Servants, Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro Daniel Razon, teach the members to live a life filled with compassion and to be of service to others.

MCGI continues to support the DOH’s advocacy in voluntarily giving blood. With PBC, the DOH intends to provide safe and accessible blood for patients across the country. According to the DOH, one bag of blood is able to relieve three people in need of blood transfusions.

Because of this, MCGI regularly holds blood donation drives in different Ang Dating Daan coordinating centers in the Philippines.

Apart from PBC, the DOH, and their other beneficiaries, MCGI is also a regular partner of the Red Cross in conducting blood donation drives around the Philippines. The group is also recognized as the number one blood donor by the Philippine National Red Cross.

From archives: Participants in a blood donation event at Papakura, New Zealand on July 16, 2019 posed for a picture.

From Medical Missions to blood donation drives, and more, with God’s help, the members of MCGI around the globe will never tire in being of service to their fellowmen.

MCGI members in all parts of the world also regularly participate in blood donation events held in their local hospitals, clinics, and Red Cross centers.

Written by: Sis. Lalluh Adalla

An Old-Fashioned Way to Share the Love: MCGI Brethren Share Their Love Letters

Through small and enormous acts, people express their feelings of affection and love in many ways. One of the old-fashioned ways to show admiration to someone special is through the art of writing love letters.

Handwritten love letters are the oldest, yet sweetest, forms of expressing affection. With love letters, you can make a friend smile, melt a father’s heart, and bring back the spark to a dying flame.

Some brethren from Members Church of God International (MCGI) share love letters with our readers. Some were addressed to their friends, to parents and to the special love of their lives telling their truest feelings, their hopes for one another, and the secrets of the heart that the mouth cannot speak.

God’s words have made lasting impacts on the lives of the brethren in the Church. With this, we lovingly share handwritten love letters inspired by the original book of love, hoping to keep sharing the love that has been given to us by the One who loved us first (1 John 4:19).

Ephesians 5:25, 28-29, KJV

25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

28-29 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

Ephesians 5:22-23, KJV

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

Proverbs 17:17, KJV

A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

Psalms 103:17, KJV

But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;

I Peter 5:5, KJV

Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

I Thessalonians 5:12-13, KJV

And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.

Ephesians 6:1-3, KJV

Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)
That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

Exodus 20:12, KJV

Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Proverbs 22:6, KJV

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

I John 4:21, KJV

And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

I John 4:7, KJV

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

Psalms 119:30, KJV

I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me.

1 Timothy 4:14-16, KJV

Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

Romans 12:10, KJV

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

Love Letter from Heaven

“The words of God in the Bible are love letters of God from the heavens to the Earth, and to those people who love Him.” — Bro. Eli Soriano

God’s love transcends from eternity to eternity. His unconditional love can be felt in all things that He created, seen or unseen. In an act of true love, God not only wrote a love letter to His people on Earth but a library of books filled with heavenly words of benevolence and called it the Bible.

Simple and timeless truths are written by God in the Bible to remind His people just how great His love is for those that love Him.

Love letters are the sweetest reminders of one’s fondness for another. No matter the distance, no matter how much time has passed, love letters are physical reminders of adoration that reassure our hearts that we are always loved.

The Bible is the best love letter we can receive. It continuously reminds us, time and time again, of God’s love through His beautiful words, promises, and reassurances.

Do you also want to share your love through hand-written letters? Comment your photos on our Facebook page.

Written by: Sis. Lalluh Adalla

At Bible Festival Edition, International Youth Convention Gathers MCGI Youth

From the archive: A showcase of God-given talent at the Poster Making and Mural Category of the International Youth Convention: Bible Festival held last February 3, 2019 at the ADD Convention Center, Apalit, Pampanga.

The youth congregants of the Members Church of God International’s (MCGI) International Youth Convention (IYC) are counting down the days until the International Youth Convention (IYC): Bible Festival Edition. The annual event is happening on February 2, 2020 at the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

While the MCGI’s Youth Ministry members across the Philippines will gather at the MCGI Headquarters in Apalit, Pampanga, youth members abroad will be heading to their respective MCGI coordinating centers, where the event will be broadcast via satellite.

Aim of IYC: Bible Festival Edition

IYC participants pay close attention to Bro. Daniel’s message to the youth. One of the most anticipated portions of the event is the time allotted for Bro.Daniel and Bro.Eli to speak with the Youth Ministry, and give them heartfelt advices to remain steadfast and faithful.

The Bible Festival Edition of IYC aims to provide a platform for youth to glorify God through different activities that aim to highlight the significance of committing to reading the Holy Scriptures and practicing the Christian way of living.

Speaking before the participants of IYC in April last year, Assistant to the Overall Servant of MCGI, Bro. Daniel Razon stressed one of the important objectives of the event, which is meant to glorify God.

“It is clear to us brethren, as servants of God, that whatever we do, we should do, for the glory of God,” Bro. Daniel explained.

Bro. Daniel encouraged the youth members in putting forth on camaraderie and creating brotherly ties when working together, may it be during group activities or in doing their duties in the Church.

IYC held its Sports Edition last April 21-22, 2019.

To prepare for the IYC’s Bible Festival Edition in January, youth members are encouraged to help one another prepare months ahead of the scheduled event. From Bible verse memorization, Bible mastery, and Bible preaching, among others, the participating Youth members spend weeks and months practicing to be able to do their best in their God-given duties and to be guided on the day of the IYC.

IYC Excitement Among the Youth

A packed Ang Dating Daan Convention Center is proof of how the Youth Ministry strongly supports the IYC and its objectives.

Just days away before the the IYC: Bible Festival, participants from across the world cannot help but share their excitement for the event.

“This event will be full of spiritual wisdom that comes from the Holy Scriptures. It makes my heart overwhelmed because by participating in the IYC, I can glorify and praise God through singing,” said Brother Daniel C. Dequena of Locale of Pasig Bayan in the Philippines. “The IYC is not a competition, it is a presentation to share your God-given talents so that we can show and inspire others to cherish their talents through praising God.”

For Sister Gionna Privado from the Locale of London, United Kingdom, who will participate to the Solo Singing category, “All IYC events are always filled with fun activities accompanied by the wonderful teachings from our very own, Kuya Daniel and Bro Eli. So I will be looking forward to that wholeheartedly. Thanks be to God.”

Meanwhile, Brother Angelo Policarpio from the Locale of San Francisco, California, USA said that IYC is something looked forward to by the Youth there because of the benefits they can derive from it spiritually. “We can be more edified in faith, be more inspired in doing good works, and have ensure that we are on the right track towards perfection.”

According to Locale of Butuan City’s Brother Ferdinand T. Balbin, IYC is the best venue to meet other Youth Ministry members from other districts and locales, beside hearing new wisdom from the Bible that will be delivered by Bro Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon. He said that he look forward to every edition of IYC to bond with brethren, get to know fellow youth and to look after one another.

The IYC Bible Festival will have 10 major categories:

  • Bible Preaching (Filipino and English)
  • Bible Verse Memorization
  • Bible Quiz Bee
  • Chorale and Christian Dance
  • Poetry (Tula)
  • Poster and Mural Making
  • Solo Singing
  • Cooking Presentation

The Youth Ministry members of MCGI are mostly looking forward to convening together to listen to the wisdom Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel has reserved for the Youth to hear.

Registration for the event begins at 5:30 a.m. PHT followed by congregational singing at 6:30 a.m. PHT.

Thousands of MCGI Youth members are expected to participate in Apalit, Pampanga.

Written by: Sis. Lalluh Adalla

MCGI and UNTV Hold Week-Long Medical Mission and Relief Operation

Volunteers from the Members Church of God International (MCGI) and UNTV News and Rescue aid the evacuees from the island of Taal during a medical mission held in Don Leon Martinez Memorial Elementary School, Gumamela, Balayan, Batangas (Photo: Photoville International).

The Members Church of God International (MCGI), together with the UNTV News and Rescue volunteer group, has conducted a week-long Medical Mission and Relief Operations in different parts of Batangas. The public service effort includes providing various free medical, dental, and legal services to families and individuals who were affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano.

On January 12, 2020, the island of Taal was put under a state of calamity after Taal Volcano, the second most active volcano in the Philippines began to spew out lava. Residents near the volcano were ordered to evacuate immediately and make their ways to their respective evacuation centers spread out in Batangas.

Many residents of Laurel and Talisay in Batangas reportedly found their homes destroyed while others lost their livelihood. Some of the affected families and individuals moved to some schools which served as their temporary shelters.

MCGI and UNTV News and Rescue volunteers wasted no time in taking the God-given opportunity to help during the mass evacuation of the residents in the province.

On January 16, MCGI and UNTV volunteers distributed relief goods and first aid assistance in different evacuation centers there. The Medical Mission and Relief Operation served affected residents in Batangas, especially in the province’s least accessible areas.

The Members Church of God International (MCGI) and UNTV News and Rescue offered medical services ranging from medical consultations to optometry, pediatrics and more during the week-long Medical Mission held in different parts of Batangas last January.

The week-long Medical Mission and Relief Operation provided a range of free medical services, such as general medicine consultations, optometry, dental, pediatrics, and more.

The outreach mission also offered psychological assistance through stress and pain management services to the evacuees, especially to children, who experienced trauma from the tragic event.

Aside from the medical services provided, volunteers distributed free meals to the families and toys to children.

Members of MCGI with UNTV volunteers preparing relief goods for Taal evacuees in Barangay San Pedro, Batangas.

Apart from the week-long Medical Missions, congregants in Batangas assisted in packing donated clothes for the evacuees. Brethren from other areas, meanwhile, donated used clothing, canned goods, and other items for the Taal evacuees.

For more, watch the news report from UNTV News and Rescue about the charitable effort:

Written by: Sis. Lalluh Adalla

MCGI Receives Plaque of Appreciation from the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Malaysia

The Members Church of God International (MCGI) received a Plaque of Appreciation from the Philippine Embassy and Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Kuala Lumpur, citing the organization’s initiatives aimed at protecting and promoting the welfare of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Malaysia.

During the Gabi ng Parangal at Pasalamat (A Night of Recognition and Thanksgiving event last January 12 this year, the Philippine Embassy in Malaysia recognized MCGI for its “invaluable support, selfless, and sustained involvement in the implementation of various programs, services, and initiatives for the protection and promotion of the welfare of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Malaysia.”

MCGI receives a Plaque of Appreciation during the Gabi ng Parangal at Pasalamat event hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines and Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Malaysia on January 12, 2020.

Many brethren in the Church of God International in Malaysia, who are members of the Federation of Filipino Associations in Malaysia (FFAM) Marshalls, actively participate in many charitable events and notable celebrations held by Overseas Workers Welfare Association and the Philippine Embassy.

MCGI Malaysia also offers free photography services in all events held by FFAM.

Other Notable Awards in 2019

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

The year 2019 was notable for MCGI as the group reaped different awards from different award-giving groups for the religious group’s evangelization and charitable efforts.

Two to note are the 2019 Outstanding Religious Christian organization Award from Gawad Amerika and a Plaque of Appreciation by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology Regional Office- Calabarzon for Ang Dating Daan’s Bible-preaching efforts.

Looking Back: MCGI’s Charitable Efforts

MCGI regularly conducts blood-letting initiatives like this blood donation event at Fort San Pedro, Central Visayas, Philippines held on September 15, 2019. (Photo: Photoville International)

MCGI Overall Servants, Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon teach members to take every God-given opportunity to do good to all as it is written in Galatians 6:10.

For the 39th anniversary of its religious program, The Old Path, MCGI members around the globe took advantage of this God-given opportunity to host and participate in various types of charitable events as a part of their thanksgiving to God.

With the help of God, medical missions and free legal consultations were held in different provinces and remote places in the Philippines.

MCGI, known to be a regular partner of the Red Cross in different parts of the globe, continued its participation in blood drives initiated by the Red Cross.

The group has also partaken in tree planting, feeding programs, clean-up drives, and have been known to volunteer in homes for the elderly and the disabled.

MCGI will never tire in its propagation through philanthropic deeds, with the help of God.

Written by: Sis. Lalluh Adalla

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


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