Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on September 18, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.
I was formerly a Catholic and attended mass. Whenever I hear the sermon of the priest, I felt that something was lacking. It’s like they were not obeying the Bible, that they were too lax.
When I was able to hear Bro. Eli on TV, I felt joy. I felt as if I always wanted to hear more. It was like, “It’s over already?”
Then she [pointing to the sister beside him], my fiancé, told me to listen to the indoctrination sessions. I listened until I saw that what is in the Bible is right. So I continued my indoctrination.
As I said earlier, in other churches like in Catholicism, in the Iglesia ni Manalo, there are many things lacking as they don’t teach everything.
That’s why when I heard Bro. Eli, I got enlightened. I said, “It’s really right, especially his Bible Expositions.”
I felt light. It felt also cool and even the breeze felt good.
For Bro. Eli, I hope that he will continue spreading the word of God. I also hope that God give him more courage amidst all the persecutions of other churches towards him.
At first it was because of my mother’s invitation for me to attend. But when I heard the word of God, I thought that: Before I was just obeying [my mother], but now I go voluntarily.
I felt that something had changed. Even when I was just attending the doctrines, my mind was already changed. I thought everything I knew was right, but I learned to be wrong.
There were many [doctrines] that I found really striking: the one in clothing; in rightfully treating others even our enemies, in not bearing any ill feelings towards anyone.
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Now, concerning the doctrine of modest apparel, there are many rape cases in our times. I thought, why wasn’t that taught to us before, or why it was taught but not heeded to by [other religions’ members]?
I often went out in shorts before. Then, I felt shame because I learned I shouldn’t be wearing that.
Secondly, you must also love your enemy. Of course, it’s hard to treat your enemy right. But I thought, the Lord Jesus Christ did it. God willing, I hope I will be able to learn and do the same.
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My mother was also instrumental in my becoming a member.
Last year, I was hospitalized. And the patient in the bed next to me was a member. So I got to listen to the teachings there as well.
Later on, I joined Bible Studies. I then searched in myself and found that I wanted to have a deeper knowledge of things, so I listened.
This is actually the third time I’ve been [indoctrinated], and I’m thankful that God willed for this to happen; I decided to do this because I’m thinking, the end of the world is near.
I felt that I was born again, like I was new. I felt like someone who had just been born without any care in the world. It’s a new start.
For Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, thanks to them because they are instruments in teaching the words of God.
Of course, with the numerous religions that have sprung in our country, it has become difficult to believe immediately. But thankfully they are there, striving, sacrificing their own happiness, and offering it for the members of the Church.
I found the truth. This is where I found the truth, the works of the Lord God that are right. He used Bro. Eli for this to be established, for the message of the Gospel from God reach the whole world.
I heard about this through my neighbor, Bro. Rolando Torda, and I asked him to accompany me to the locale. He was instrumental for me to become a member here and serve God.
I feel happy. After I got baptized, everything felt clear; my mind was clear. My heart feels… All I know is that it’s such a happy feeling. I can’t explain the exact feeling I have.
Many thanks to Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, most especially to the Lord God, that I was given a new life having been taken out of a wicked past.
The way I found the Church was actually through Sister Rochelle and Sister Joanna. I met them through mutual friends in the United States.
What I found was, every Saturday, they would get really excited to come here to Apalit, to the Convention Center. And I mean, it’s really for Saturday; it was a devotion and dedication I never witnessed before.
Where I’m from, church is about one or two hours, and it’s hard to get the congregation to come to Church every Sunday.
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[But] every Saturday, they did not only want to go, but we’re excited to go to Apalit. So my thought was, “Why?”
Why are they excited? Why do they want to go? What makes them that devoted? So I went online, on Facebook; I found MCGI on Facebook, and I decided to send a message.
I wasn’t sure if I would get an answer, as it could take some time. I thought it wouldn’t get a very quick response; so I was surprised when I got a response almost immediately.
Oh, I don’t know how to explain it. I wish I had words for it. I told them when they brought me my clothes, because they asked me the same question. And I said, “I don’t have the words.”
Yeah, I didn’t know how to explain it. And I still don’t, even this far, even after some time that I got to think and reflect on it. I don’t know how to express what I’m feeling.
First things first: Thanks be to God that they decided to do what they’re doing because in all of my years, in all the churches that I’ve attended, different preachers or ministers or pastors, I’ve never had two better teachers than Kuya Daniel and Bro. Eli.
When I started the indoctrination, as Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel started teaching the first doctrine, I immediately, grabbed a notebook and a pen, and I started taking notes.
At the end of that doctrine, I had six pages of notes. At the end of eight doctrines, I had 30 pages of notes for all of the eight doctrines.
I’ve never been taught anything about the doctrines like they have taught me. I was able to understand and know now how I’m supposed to live as a Christian.
I came from what in my country is considered as Southern Baptist. I’m 47 now, so, I started three years old. So, 44 years up to now. I have always been Baptist.
That I may be able to serve God in these last days.
I always listened in Bible Expositions. It’s only now that I’ve heard such kinds of doctrines. It feels good to my ear. It’s very delightful.
I felt happy, so very happy. It feels light inside.
For Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, may God lengthen your days. Stay healthy as well.