Manila, Philippines — With some former pastors or ministers of other religious groups, hundreds of which comprised foreign nationals, 3,977 souls received baptism in the last three months in the Members Church of God International (MCGI).
MCGI or Ang Dating Daan as better known by the public through its popular program is led by Bro. Eli Soriano as its Presiding Minister.
Evangelization in the West was quickened after the 24-hour The Old Path (TOP) channel was launched on September 15, covering North and South America, Middle East, Africa, Europe, and several islands. In less than a month following the first broadcast, Bro Eli received hundreds of emails, mostly about requests for BIble studies and inquiries about membership in the Church
In South America alone, Bro. Eli reported that the interest for Bible studies and indoctrination grew sharply. DVD’s are distributed for free to those who cannot attend Bible Expositions due to constraints in distance. Bible Expositions are an MCGI service where people can ask Bro. Eli about matters of faith and spirituality live. These expositions are filled with Portuguese- and Spanish-speaking natives, and usually take more than eight hours to finish.
Recently, the program The Old Path started to air over Fox Channel. With this latest broadcast development for the Church, MCGI will eventually saturate most of the South American countries, especially in 20 countries where Fox is seen.
Bro. Eli said this is one big reason to thank God because the small efforts of the Church to spread the Gospel yielded fruit.
Several topics were delivered and new biblical knowledge were taught to the congregation. The topics ranged from discussions about time, significance of the Lord’s feast, and prophecy about God’s people in the last days.
Bro. Armi Policarpio, a Church pioneer and Bro. Eli’s contemporary, attested to the many differences of the teachings of MCGI from those with the Iglesia ng Dios Haligi at Suhay ng Katotohanan (Church of God Pillar and Support of the Truth) where he was formerly affiliated. He described MCGI’s teachings as “better, more profound, and far advanced.”
Bro. Eli also opened consultations for all Church members who have questions and needed clarifications about the topics and those with problems concerning faith; there were even non-members who lined up to ask Bro. Eli and learn new things about the Bible.
MCGI anticipates a bigger and grander attendance in the next quarter thanksgiving on December 23 to 25 as the number of new members will continue to rise within the next three months.
Meanwhile, Bro. Daniel Razon, the Vice Presiding Minister, is grateful for the continuous support of the Congregation to the charity projects they have begun in the past. The latest is the new mobile clinic which has more advanced features. It is ready to serve the rural areas in the Philippines where medical assistance is inadequate. The other public service programs they have set off are still up and running.
(Written by: Cecile Vizcaya)