Despite the many heavy and abrupt changes in people’s lives around the globe due to the coronavirus pandemic, some choose to remain unfazed.
“I still go to work every day. Despite the sickening smell of garbage, I must do my job.”
“I can’t leave my colleagues in this battle. Who am I not to engage?”
“To my comrades, before we perform our duties, let us pray for guidance.”
As an organization taught to do good unto all, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) keep on finding ways for its charitable and evangelical works to continue, with the help and mercy of the Lord.
Love in Deed
Days before his birthday on April 4, 2020, MCGI’s Overall Servant Bro. Eli Soriano requested something extraordinary from the MCGI brethren — a gift.
Extraordinary, because it has always been Bro. Eli who gives gifts whenever his birthday comes around.
The gift he requested? Just some rice, canned goods, like corned beef, and other basic necessities — not for himself but for the church members’ loved ones, friends, or neighbors who must be experiencing problems about their day-to-day subsistence because of the lockdown.
Earlier in the same month, Bro. Eli gave a donation of 1M to the City of Manila for its Covid-19 relief efforts.
And that was just part of the beginning. From donating food supplies to personal protective equipment or PPE in different cities and municipalities, MCGI’s desire to maintain its attitude of love towards its members and fellow people strengthened in such a trying time for the whole world.
Love in Word
Apart from sharing Bro. Eli’s financial load with MCGI’s needs and charitable services, Assistant Overall Servant Bro. Daniel Razon also launched a webcast to help fight another disease from spreading: misinformation.
A veteran broadcaster by profession, Bro. Daniel knows that delivering factual, timely information especially during a crisis can help save lives.
The Instagram and YouTube series brought to the public authoritative information on coronavirus prevention, mythbusting, and more.
Upon the instruction of Bro. Eli, Bro. Daniel also put up a 24/7 Digital Clinic overnight, so people can consult doctors on the phone.
People gained easy access to medical practitioners to know whether what they have is Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, or just the flu without leaving their homes.
Meanwhile on his morning program on UNTV, Get It Straight With Daniel Razon, Kuya Daniel interviews city mayors to help keep their constituents abreast with:
- Quarantine updates
- Where to get government financial assistance
- Delivery of relief goods
- Where frontliners can get IDs and passes to go to work
Kuya Daniel also launched a new program called Serbisyong Bayanihan (Service Through Cooperative Efforts) on UNTV, where viewers can seek help about various problems during the lockdown and other Covid-19-related concerns. Kuya Daniel is the CEO of UNTV, the Philippines’ public service channel.
Knowing that not all problems are financial or physical in nature, Kuya Daniel would regularly have Bro. Eli as a guest speaker on KDR TV’s coronavirus coverage to provide biblical insights concerning the crises that the world is facing now.
While the platform is new for Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, the practice however isn’t. In fact, they have been preaching online as early as the year 2000.