Convention Binds a Thousand Couples Worldwide

“Jealousy means having no trust, therefore no love, and respect towards your husband or wife. True love does not get jealous, but endures,” Bro. Eli Soriano explained in MCGI’s recent mass marriage, refuting the common belief of many people that jealousy is a sign of love.

The Presiding Minister to Members Church of God International emphasized this biblical wisdom when he bound in marriage a thousand couples in the Philippines and hundreds more abroad last Sunday (December 5) at the ADD Convention Center in Pampanga, Philippines. MCGI couples in other countries participated in the event through live video streaming.

Bro. Eli Soriano officiates the mass wedding for couples at the ADD Convention Center last December 5, 2010.

Bro. Eli Soriano officiates the mass wedding for couples at the ADD Convention Center last December 5, 2010.

The mass marriage is part of MCGI’s annual event for couples — the International Couples’ Convention — that includes other activities such as sports, legal and medical seminars, and a consultation with Bro. Eli for solutions to couples’ marital and spiritual problems.

Before finally bounding the couples in holy matrimony, Bro. Eli delivered a biblical topic about the sanctity of marriage. He explained that when couples agree to be bound, they enter into a peace pact — a contract between husband and wife to live together for better or worse.

He added that a love that is of God must be the kind that should glue couples, for it can take away the hatred and disputes that usually put a relationship at risk. And the only way to keep their marriage vows ‘till the end of their lives is to stay in the teachings of Christ.

This year’s Couples Convention started at 7am and ended at 8pm.

At a mass wedding held at the ADD Convention Center, more than a thousand were bound in marriage.

At a mass wedding held at the ADD Convention Center, more than a thousand were bound in marriage.

On December 11, the newlyweds offered thanksgiving to God in gratitude for the success of the event and another year of guidance.

(Written by: Hazel Chavez-David)

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