MCGI Prepares for its Second Quarter Special Thanksgiving to God

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The Members Church of God International (MCGI) is set to celebrate its second quarter Special Thanksgiving of God’s People on July 3 to 5, 2020, through the aid of satellite and video conferencing platforms. It is a special event where members offer songs of praise to give thanks to God for His loving-kindness. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the prolonged lockdown in many countries, the brethren will observe the event in their respective homes. Despite not being able to gather physically, the brethren are excited for the celebration.

Grateful for Everything

To prepare for the three-day event, Joanna Fuertes of San Juan City, Philippines had already filed for a work leave. She is grateful to God for His continuous guidance and safekeeping. “Despite this crisis, we still have peace in our hearts. With God’s help, we are able to continue in His teachings,” Joanna says. Cnaida Lucena from Taytay, Philippines is grateful to God’s mercy and grace because she is able to remain steadfast in faith even while confined at home with her family. Though she has other responsibilities in life, she puts God first. “Our top priority in life should be Him, more than anything else,” she emphasizes.

As the lockdown continues, brethren in MCGI will continue to attend online gatherings from home to maintain social distancing.

Lourd Teano from San Francisco, California devotes her time singing songs of praise to God. She is thankful that the Church was able to produce a Music Channel on YouTube that streams songs of praise and hope. “I am thankful to God for His protection, and for keeping our household safe amidst the pandemic,” she adds.

Second Quarter Milestones

In spite of the many dreadful news about Covid-19, MCGI continues to give thanks to God for His continuous blessings and for giving the brethren good opportunities to continue in His service. During the first few weeks of the second quarter, Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel hosted daily Bible Studies and Bible Expositions which were streamed via different social media platforms. Viewership spiked on YouTube and Facebook, and inquiries from non-members and religious freelancers flooded chat rooms.

Brazilian participants in the Bible Study attentively listen as Bro. Eli delivers a topic in a session held on May 20. The lockdown in many countries has prompted MCGI to shift to massive online gatherings and events, which are on an “attend-from-home” basis.

After the series of Bible Studies and Bible Expositions, Bro. Eli opened the online Mass Indoctrination. The event was broadcast over MCGI’s official social media and streaming channels, and was made available in several languages. In addition, MCGI started the “Global Prayer for Humanity,” a worldwide prayer initiative that is broadcast every weekdays at 9:30 p.m. PHT. The objective of this worldwide endeavor is to call upon people to pray together and ask for healing as the world battles against Covid-19. Anyone, regardless of nationality or religious belief, is invited to join.

A Father Loves in Many Ways

A father feels no greater love for anyone than for his children, and there are many ways by which he shows them love and affection. The moment a man becomes a father, he leaves a life of freedom to head a family. He guides and helps his children get through difficult situations. A father’s love for his children is boundless and limitless.

In the Members Church of God International (MCGI), mothers and fathers are esteemed highly. They are celebrated every day — a day is not enough to celebrate a lifetime of their love. Watch these brethren and children share their fondest memories of their fathers and their thanksgiving to God for giving them a father like no other.

Kind

From juggling finances, jobs, responsibilities, and personal challenges, fathers bear the burden no one else in the family carries. Despite having worries, a father’s heart will always have a soft spot for a smile on his child’s face.

Little Keisuke Huidem’s fondest moments with his father happen when they play games together. Despite many hardships, his dad is always kind, always finding ways to spend time with him.

The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him.
(Proverbs 23:24, KJV)

Inspiring

A loving father will go the distance to provide for his children. Though a father fears to be separated from loved ones, he will do what it takes to give them a better life.

Loreal Enriquez often spends months without her father, so she is always excited whenever she joins the family to fetch him at the airport. She is grateful because she is inspired by his continuous efforts to provide for their family.

And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
(Malachi 4:6, KJV)

Hardworking

Hardworking is how Patrick Mendoza describes his father. Though he is no longer strong like when he was young, he makes sure that his family will always have food on the table.

We may not know what goes behind such hard work, but a father’s diligence and perseverance is truly one of a kind.

And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
(Luke 15:20, KJV)

Caring

For every grief-stricken moment, Gabriel Luna’s father is the first to comfort him. No matter how difficult life may get, a father will always come to the aid of his child.

Every moment a child spends with his father is a learning moment. A father will always guide his child and teach valuable life lessons.

My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
(Proverbs 1:8, KJV)

God-fearing

A father who is God-fearing leads his family in faith and in service to God. He loves his children wholeheartedly, a duty he has committed unto the Lord.

Sisters Bea and Bezzel Dadula are grateful to God for a father who supports them as they continue to fulfil their duties and obligations in the Church.

(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
(1 Timothy 3:5, KJV)

Loving

The most cherished moments of a child and a father are their adventures together. Nicole Vergara’s fondest memories with her father were their trips to Brazil.

Although her father was able to take her to many places, the best so far was when he brought their family close to God. With the help of God, they are able to serve God as a family.

Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.
(Proverbs 17:6, KJV)

“Every day is a day to love a father and a mother!”
Bro. Eli Soriano

The love of a father surmounts boundaries. He is willing to give his time and strength for the sake of his child. A parent will always give selflessly through constant effort and support, so it is important to show parents that their efforts are well-appreciated. Thank God for loving parents every single day.

Written by: Sis. Lalluh Adalla & Sis. Nicole Oba

MCGI to Hold Feast Dedicated to God on Feb 24

The Members Church of God International (MCGI) launches a people’s day celebration called Feast Dedicated to God (Fiesta ng Dios) on Sunday, February 24, 2019, wherein guests and Church members will be treated to a free sumptuous lunch as well as other fun activities. Through this event, the Church aims to share an enjoyable celebration — and the love of the Lord — to all.

The event’s main venue is at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga, in the Philippines and in select coordinating centers all over the country and in different parts of the world. The Feast of God event is slated to begin at 10 a.m. PHT.

Fiesta ng Dios

Celebrate the "Fiesta ng Dios" with the Members Church of God International!February 24, 2019 (Sunday), 10 a.m. PHTADD Convention Center, Apalit, PampangaAnd selected ADD Coordinating CentersCreate memories with our games, performances and delectable meals! Everyone is invited! See you all, God willing!

Posted by Members Church of God International on Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Fun activities and delectable meals await everyone who will attend the “Fiesta ng Dios” on February 24, 2019.

The special celebration was announced by Bro. Eli Soriano, Overall Servant of MCGI, on February 16, 2019, at a weekly celebration of Thanksgiving of God’s People. He emphasized that this will be a feast dedicated to no other being except the Lord God Almighty.

“We will hold this feast according to what the Bible says — we will invite the poor, the blind, and the disabled,” shared Bro. Soriano to the congregation.

The International Televangelist also imparted that the Feast Dedicated to God is inspired by Luke 14:13-14, which states:

“But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.”

“Ours is a biblical feast. It is not a feast for anybody but for God Almighty,” remarked Bro. Soriano. “We will be the first to hold this celebration. We will do this for we want to obey the whole doctrine of Christ.”

In true MCGI fashion, the people’s day celebration of the Church will provide guests with sumptuous meals and refreshments, games, as well as musical entertainment. In this special occasion, everyone, especially the less fortunate will enjoy delectable meals that are specially prepared for them.

MCGI receives “Salamat Po Award” from DSWD for Yolanda, Marawi Conflict Relief Efforts

Bro. Danny Navalez, MCGI helper of the ministry, accepted the “Salamat Po Award” during DSWD’s “Pagkilala sa Natatanging Kontribusyon sa Bayan (PaNata Ko sa Bayan) 2018.”

The Members Church of God International (MCGI) recently received a special recognition from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), citing the religious organization’s unwavering volunteerism during the agency’s relief operations for Supertyphoon Yolanda and Marawi Conflict, among others.

DSWD organized the 2018 Pagkilala sa Natatanging Kontribusyon sa Bayan (PaNata Ko sa Bayan) held at the DSWD Central Office Auditorium on March 8 this year.

MCGI helper of the ministry Bro. Danny Navalez received the “Salamat Po Award” from DSWD, on behalf of MCGI.

“First of all we are always thankful to our Lord God for every opportunity that He is giving us to be part of doing good under any circumstances,” Bro. Danny said in an interview. “This is because of what we learned with the patient leadership and guidance of Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon.”

In the onslaught of Supertyphoon Yolanda and storm Vinta in Mindanao, in the five-month-long armed conflict in the city of Marawi, and during the restiveness of Mayon Volcano, MCGI consistently worked with DSWD in giving assistance to the victims. MCGI volunteers helped in the repacking of relief goods in the warehouse of DSWD.

Meanwhile, DSWD Under Secretary Luzviminda Ilagan expressed her earnest appreciation to MCGI for its unceasing support in the agency’s disaster response efforts.

MCGI volunteers help repack relief goods in the DSWD warehouse.

“I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude and congratulations to MCGI for having partnered with DSWD. Their work has really been of great help to us especially during the times of calamities when we need more hands in order to deliver the goods”.

DSWD annually gives recognition to its partners and stakeholders who have been supportive of their mission to providing assistance to the poor through this event. It hold itself responsible for the protection of the rights and welfare of the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged Filipinos.

MCGI is known for its humanitarian services, such as medical mission, legal services, and caregiving services through ADD Foundation. Also, MCGI is a consistent Jose Rizal Awardee of Philippine Blood Society, the highest recognition in the field of blood donation in the Philippines.
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MCGI volunteers help repack relief goods in the DSWD warehouse.

Bro. Danny Navalez, MCGI helper of the ministry, accepted the “Salamat Po Award” during DSWD ‘s “Pagkilala sa Natatanging Kontribusyon sa Bayan (PaNata Ko sa Bayan) 2018.”

Written by: Jellyne S. de Ocampo

Thousands of MCGI Youth Join Metro Manila Youth Sports Activity

Manila, Philippines (2 May 2016) – More than 3,000 youth members throughout Metro Manila took advantage of the summer break and participated in the annual Metro Manila Youth Sports Activity (MMYSA).

Congregants  of the MMYSA warm up with Zumba before the sports activities. (Photo By Photoville International)
Congregants of the MMYSA warm up with Zumba before the sports activities. (Photo By Photoville International)

The event was organized by the Youth Ministry of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) on May 2, 2016 at the Marikina Sports Complex.

The event aims to promote camaraderie, synergy, good health and fitness via physical activities — a campaign that MCGI Overall Servants Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon constantly call for, as it is written in 3 John 1:2.

Bro. Christian Anthony Santiago, National Capital Region Youth Ministry Coordinator and MMYSA Organizer, said the event is constantly changing for the better, as it strives to better serve the MCGI youth members in the area.

“The program, throughout the years, has seen a lot of improvements, innovations, and creativity of the Youth Ministry, with the help of the Division Teatro Kristiano and Music Ministry,” remarked Bro. Christian.

Excited Youth Ministry members showed off their team color and pride during the MMYSA held at the Marikina Sports Complex. (Photo by Photoville International)
Excited Youth Ministry members showed off their team color and pride during the MMYSA held at the Marikina Sports Complex. (Photo by Photoville International)

 

The event proper started with MCGI’s congregational singing and an opening prayer. Shortly after, it was followed by Zumba, a popular dance fitness program which served as the participants’ warm-up exercise, and the five districts’ parade of colors.

Despite the scorching summer heat, everyone was in high spirits and competed for the following games: basketball, badminton, table tennis, volleyball, track and field, dodgeball, sackrace, patintero, tug of war, chess, scrabble, games of the general, Pinoy Basketball, Pinoy Gladiator, and the crowd’s favorite cheerdance competition.

A group of Youth Ministry members from Metro Manila pose proudly after finishing their cheerdance entry. Photo by Photoville International)
A group of Youth Ministry members from Metro Manila pose proudly after finishing their cheerdance entry. Photo by Photoville International)

 

Bro. Mark Johnbill Aga, 22 years old from Quezon City, shared how memorable his appreciation of this year’s MMYSA, especially the cheerdance competition.

“I hope we can have cheerdance again next year because we love cheering for our district thru the form of dancing. It is also a way of inviting our fellow youth to be [more] active in the Youth Ministry,” said Bro. Mark.

The event was joined by the Metro’s five districts, which are:

  • North District Ants (Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, and Valenzuela)
  • East District Eagles (Mandaluyong, San Juan, Pasig, Pateros, and Marikina)
  • West District Oxens (Makati and Manila)
  • South District Rams (Muntinlupa, Pasay, Paranaque, and Taguig)
  • Central District Lions (Quezon City)

The MMYSA started on February 15, 2009, and was previously called the Metro manila Sports Activity.

Successive Youth Conventions of the Church’s different divisions are being done all throughout the summer season.

 

(Written by Julie Anne Sabando)

Newly Baptized Testimonials: October 17, 2014

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on October 17, 2014 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Paul Albert Alejo, 22, Former KNC, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

This is the true religion spoken of the Bible.

After I graduated, I immediately underwent indoctrination.

On Being Baptized

I feel light. It’s like you’re flying.

On MCGI Leaders

I hope that they will spread the Word of God more, and may they better keep their bodily strength that God gives us.

~o~

Bro. Gerardo Mendoza, 49, Former Church of Latter-Day Saints Member, NCR

On Joining the Church of God

This is where I found the truth, and what he [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] says about the Bible is true. Also, all of the righteousness he teaches come from the Bible, not from his own intentions nor from his own principles. All are based in the Bible, as the prophets of old have done.

I always watch [The Old Path] on TV. My father is also a member, as well as my eldest daughter; she was the one who told me, “Papa, listen for you to know the true religion.” So I listened nightly since 2013 until now.

I studied the verses because I understand the Bible as I watch [Bro. Eli]. As he explains, the verses and everything he says comes to my mind. Everything he says is true; he doesn’t say anything that doesn’t come from the Bible. He doesn’t reason out from his own, but from the Bible. That’s what I like about him.

On Being Baptized

I felt as if a bird that got free from its cage. I felt like a thorn from my heart has been pulled out.

I also felt as if I were walking, floating over clouds. I felt so blessed; I can’t explain it. It feels light inside, like I’m a new man.

On MCGI Leaders

I hope his life will be longer and that he’ll be able to help more people.

~o~

Sis. Fatima Angelica Cruz, 14, Former KNC, NCR

On Joining the Church of God

I wanted to know the doctrines [my parents] follow. I learned a lot of good teachings, because of that I feel light.

On Being Baptized

I’m happy; I feel light.

On MCGI Leaders

May they continue, that they may be able to help many more people.

~o~

Bro. Noel Merciales, 33, Former Catholic, Rizal Province

On Joining the Church of God

This is the true Church. It’s unlike Catholicism wherein they hide the Word of God. That’s what I realized the first day I listened to the indoctrination sessions, that this [Church of the] true God is better.

Even on just the second day [of the indoctrination sessions], I already learned something; it really pierced my heart. “This is perhaps the true religion that I must join,” I told myself then. So I continued until I completed the indoctrination.

I have a friend who is already a member. One time he invited me, “Bro, why don’t you try going to The Old Path?” I replied, “Okay, let’s try.”

The first day of indoctrination, I could already relate to what is being said. “Perhaps everything that is happening in my life is already here,” I told myself. Because every time I attend…

That day, what happened to me in the morning, Bro. Eli spoke of [in the indoctrination]. I said, “This really seems like the truth.” The second day, the same thing happened. So when my wife asked me, “Are you going to continue in that?” I answered, “Yes, I’ll continue. Because this is the true religion, and I will side with it.”

Ever since then, every time I would go home [from indoctrination], my wife would be bewildered by how kind I was. I said, “This is what The Old Path does to me: To change, to be humble.” Everything changed in me since I knew The Old Path, the Church of God.

On Being Baptized

It felt really light, like so many problems and evil spirits were gone from my body.

On MCGI Leaders

My message to Bro. Eli is, may he be able to continue this until he spreads the Word of God in the whole world. And to Bro. Daniel, the same as well. May they both take care of their health.

~o~

Bro. Noel Merciales, 33, Former Catholic, Rizal Province

On Joining the Church of God

I heard the truth. Also, in my previous religion there really is no true doctrine; this is only where I found the truth through the instrumentality and teaching of Bro. Eli.

My older sister was baptized first; then my parents followed. I learned about [the Church of God] through my parents.

When Papa learned that my older sister became a member, he got curious as to why she did so, because they didn’t know about it. So they tried and watched on [Channel 37]. In the wee hours of the morning, he listens. That’s when we say that it’s right, and Papa got baptized as well.

On Being Baptized

I feel so new. It feels light inside, and the old burdens are no more.

On MCGI Leaders

To Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, many, many thanks. Because of you, we learned the truth. Thanks be to God for giving you as instruments to teach the truth. That’s all and many, many thanks.

~o~

Sis. Marian Joy Hiceta, 17, Former KNC, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

This is where I proved the true Church. I’ve been listening for five years, as my parents are already members. But since I see that the end is nearing and nearing, I thought to myself that I really need to serve God already while I am still young. That should the end come, I will be with Him in heaven, God willing.

Many thanks to God for giving me a chance to serve Him, and thank Him with my whole heart. So I grabbed this opportunity to serve Him.

Before, I got hindered by things like women’s apparel. But I now understand that women should really wear modest apparel.

On Being Baptized

It’s like I saw a light, and I can’t explain what I feel. I really can’t explain the joy I feel.

Thanks be to God for my parents that they lead me here. I found the true Church, and I hope that I will be one of those who will be in heaven. Thanks be to God.

On MCGI Leaders

To Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, may they continue propagating about the Church that many more souls like these will be saved with God’s mercy.

~o~

Bro. Joel Galves, 32, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

It’s our duty to investigate what is being taught to us by our previous religion, and what kind of religion we are joining.

We’ll be able to know which is true, right? As what [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] said, “We’ll know the right teachings from the right preacher; what God wants us to know.”

I was still in high school or college then [when I heard The Old Path], but I didn’t take it seriously. There were also many struggles that happened in my life before I graduated.

I had many ups-and-downs; I had a few ups, but mostly, downs. Then, during the time Typhoon Glenda struck, there were mind-boggling circumstances that happened. It wasn’t [normal] anymore. [I thought] what should you do to change, to be able to encourage others as well to do the same, to find the truth and know what you must do with your life?

On Being Baptized

Well since my eyes were closed, my vision was just dark. At first I saw red, then before the baptism was over, the red shadow [disappeared] and it became lighter. I felt light inside, and while I was walking, it’s what they say that you’re on “Cloud Nine.”

I hope this feeling stays, not only for me, but for others to be moved as well and know the truth.

On MCGI Leaders

I hope that they live longer here [on earth], that while they live, they may be able to lead many more. To those who still feel hesitation, may they be enlightened by Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel.

~o~

Bro. Arturo Jativa, 51, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

Through the program on television, I started listening on UNTV every 10 o’ clock. Sometimes, I started at 9 pm. But sometimes I wouldn’t be able to finish it as I would be so exhausted from work. I loved listening to the question-and-answer portion after work.

I’ve been listening to [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] on television for five years now. Also on radio. I also learned about [The Old Path] through your banners in different places.

Actually, I really don’t like watching TV. I just watch news, but teleseryes (soaps), I’m not really fond of. I don’t have much interest in such as I like watching shows from where I can learn something, something that would help me in my life.

When I lost cable, I got it reconnected because I want to see a clear signal of UNTV. So I can listen to the Word, as I feel different when watching; I feel that I’m happy and enlightened.

There’s a great difference than when I was a Catholic, because there, they don’t really teach who the Lord is. I just knew that God was a statue, and when I go to church, it’s mostly whenever I just feel like it.

The truth is, whenever I have new clothes, it’s like I just go to Church to have them blessed. But when I [heard] the doctrines, I felt something different that I couldn’t explain.

On Being Baptized

Even when I wasn’t yet being immersed, I already felt the Lord’s presence. I don’t know, but I just felt so happy that I cried. I couldn’t express the happiness, the joy I felt. Then, the heaviness [melted away].

When I got immersed in the water, I was still crying. I thank God that I felt the Lord’s forgiveness. After I emerged from the water, a brother assisted me; a little later on, I was given a small paper, and was told that it was my birthday.

I am sure that I didn’t make a wrong move joining the faith I am now in. I acknowledge that that was the Lord [with me in baptism], that I wasn’t wrong in my decision.

On MCGI Leaders

I hope their lives will be longer. May the Lord give them many more years. May they not tire in continuing to share the good words of the Lord. I also hope that they’ll be able to help many more people, that many more will be led to salvation before the Lord returns. May God bless them.

~o~

Bro. Bryan Bolambao, 30, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I joined because I want to increase my knowledge and lessen my sins.

A friend brought me to the indoctrination sessions. It was the first time I heard [Bro. Eliseo Soriano].

In my previous religion, Roman Catholic, I didn’t know much what is right or what is wrong. It’s because they don’t teach whether one thing is right or not. They just want to worship and offer things, etc.

On Being Baptized

I felt light, and my sins have been [forgiven], because when you get baptized your whole being is cleansed.

On MCGI Leaders

Bro. Eli, I hope that your life be lengthened, and be given better [health]. Bro. Daniel, please don’t tire in helping people, people who still don’t know what having God in their lives means.

Newly Baptized Testimonials: May 16, 2014

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on May 16, 2014 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Robin Carpio, 17, Former Catholic, Rizal Province

On Being Baptized
It feels good, like my body has been cleansed. My experience made me feel at ease.

The first time that I heard [Bro. Eli Soriano], I was really okay with what he was saying. I was really listening, but it took a while for me to watch him again as I wasn’t really paying much attention to him before.

After some time I listened again, but it wasn’t really continuous because I was a Catholic then. One day, I went to a coordinating center. It was because of my teacher. She was a member and she invited me there.

The first time she invited me was during a Bible Study. I didn’t attend the indoctrination just yet. About a year passed before I was able to attend again. Then I attended the Mass Indoctrination, since then it was continuous.

On MCGI Leaders
My message to Bro. Eli, he is so kind, awesome. Everything he says is in the Bible; everything is of the truth and not mere fiction.

To Bro. Daniel, he is also very awesome like Bro. Eli. May you continue to be instruments of the Lord for the greater good and for more people to know the true teachings of God.

~o~

Sis. Armelyn Briones, 118, Former KNC, Manila

On Being Baptized
I feel like all that sins I was thinking about before, I feel like I am at ease now like my sins were forgiven by God.

I am happy because I entered the Church; I am now truly a member. When I was still a child, my parents were already members.

When I was still in high school, they invited me [to attend]. I was with bad company at that time; I was really stubborn. I wasn’t listening to my parents.

Before, I didn’t really want to go with them to Church gatherings. It’s not like they were forcing me, but I attended even though I didn’t really want to. But when I got to listen to what Bro. Eli was teaching, I was moved.

I was invited to Bible Expositions, to worship services and prayer meetings in the coordinating centers.

On MCGI Leaders
I am very thankful. Thank you so much for being the ones who taught me God’s teachings. They have genuine concern towards fellowmen so they teach the true Gospel.

~o~

Sis. Analyn Miclat, 37, Former Catholic, Tarlac Province

On Being Baptized
I’m happy; I feel at ease.

I lost all those burdening feelings. My heart was enlightened, so I decided to be a member. My aunts are already members. But I wasn’t ready back then, so I didn’t go with them.

Before, they would always invite me, when I went home to Angeles, then it stopped. Then here at home my uncle was a member and he would invite me. So I accepted it and I listened to the teachings.

[The teachings] are nice to hear. They make me feel at ease. The anger inside me also vanished. It all disappeared.

On MCGI Leaders
I thank them for guiding me through their preachings. I hope that they can guide the whole congregation for a long time.

~o~

Sis. Leazir Sanvictores, 21, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Being Baptized
I feel light. I even have clearer vision, even when my eyes are closed. Everything is so clear. I’m very happy.

When I was walking [in the pool], it’s like I can’t feel the ground, like I was floating. That was what I was really feeling.

My family, my parents, my sisters are members; I followed them. I was able to listen before when I was nine years old. They didn’t force me to be a member; they waited for me to be ready and have the initiative.
I understood the doctrine better even when I was listening before, even when I was younger. Now it’s clearer.

On MCGI Leaders
I thank both of them, and I hope they don’t get tired of teaching and spreading the word of God.

~o~

Bro. Benedicto Antenor Jr., 26, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Being Baptized
When I was immersed in water, it was like I choked when I emerged. [The ill feeling I had] was suddenly gone; I was breathing comfortably. Then I felt so light. I was able to set aside my problems and focus on thanking the Lord Jesus Christ.

Actually when I was a kid, I accidentally changed the channel to Bro. Eli’s. I was curious about [The Old Path] when I was a kid. I got to listen to him again when Sis. Lea brought me to the coordinating center. It was just this year, when I attended the worship service.

The teaching was really clear and accurate. I easily grasped it. All the things that were forbidden were explained really well, and everything was based on the Bible. It was good.

On MCGI Leaders
I hope they will be given longer lives, so they can continue preaching the teachings of God and lead more souls like us.


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