A Quarter-Filled with Heightened Global Evangelization and Charity Efforts to Culminate in MCGI’s 3-Day International Thanksgiving to God

When the Members Church of God International (MCGI) celebrates its three-day quarterly International Thanksgiving to God next month, the whole congregation will look back to a quarter filled with a series of relentless evangelization and charitable activities efforts mounted locally and internationally.

Spearheaded by MCGI Overall Servants Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon, the ITG will be held simultaneously in different corners of the world from July 3 to 5 this year.

This event draws thousands of congregants from various parts of the world to offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving and to praise God for all His guidance and blessings.

 An elderly brother repairing a worn-down classroom chair during a Brigada Eskwela project held in Maria Concepcion Cruz High School in Pateros, Manila. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
An elderly brother repairing a worn-down classroom chair during a Brigada Eskwela project held in Maria Concepcion Cruz High School in Pateros, Manila. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

A Quarter-full of Charities

For the past quarter, the Church’s Youth Ministry teamed up with the Bible Readers Society International (Bread Society) and participated in the “Brigada Eskwela” campaign being held by the Department of Education (DepEd).

With the goal of gearing and sprucing up classrooms for the opening of another school year, the Youth Ministry and Bread Society members donated materials, cleaned and repainted rooms in several public schools across Metro Manila.

The MCGI’s Youth Ministry, Bread Society and the DepEd have been partners in this project since 2003.

Sis. Rhea Jane Lopez, a youth member of MCGI, donates blood for the first time during the Church's blood donation drive event in New York, USA, in partnership with Elmhurst Hospital Center, held on June 21, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
Sis. Rhea Jane Lopez, a youth member of MCGI, donates blood for the first time during the Church’s blood donation drive event in New York, USA, in partnership with Elmhurst Hospital Center, held on June 21, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Locally and abroad, MCGI has made a name for itself for its blood donation efforts; and the past quarter has proven to be as fruitful as before.

Blood drives have been scheduled in various points in the country, with the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga as one of its major event venues. For the past quarter, the effort kicked off on June 14, 2015.

MCGI coordinating centers abroad also joined the charity effort by conducting blood donation drives in their respective locations.

Church members from Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore and the U.S., to name a few, participated in the Church’s scheduled blood donation drive programs, in partnership with government and non-government associations.

A brother from Angeles, Pampanga, volunteers to donate blood in the simultaneously held Mass Blood Letting Drive in June 2015. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
A brother from Angeles, Pampanga, volunteers to donate blood in the simultaneously held Mass Blood Letting Drive in June 2015. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Due to the concerted efforts of the brethren in Asia during its blood drive in Southeast Asia, MCGI was recognized by Singapore’s Red Cross Society and awarded the group the Top Donor Prize last June 6, 2015.

Meanwhile, medical missions reached even more indigents as the Clinic ni Kuya Daniel branch located in the UNTV Motorpool in Congressional, Quezon City, has gone mobile this quarter.

This mobile effort aims to cover one barangay area on a daily basis – both near and far – to bring free medical assistance to more citizens daily. The effort has been going on since May this year.

MCGI, through UNTV, also continues its People’s Day visits in baranggays across Metro Manila. The outreach project provides medical support, such as general, dental and eye check-ups, as well as free pharmaceutical drugs to those in need.

Sharing the Anticipation, Spiritual Propagation on the Web

The Church’s official social networking pages have launched a PNK or Pasalamat ng Katawan Countdowns, where different brethren share what they are most thankful to God for.

Meanwhile, brethren looking forward to the event took to social media to express their reasons for giving thanks to God.

Also utilizing the web to do good is Bro. Soriano, who had written more than 10 blog articles on his ControversyExtraordinary.com blog during the past quarter.

Apart from blogging, the international televangelist also conducts weekly Bible Expositions for his constituents in South and Central America, particularly Brazilian and Spanish-speaking audiences.

The Bible-based symposium is being streamed through the Church’s official Youtube channels.

For his global work in bringing God’s words to people of different nations, Bro. Eli was conferred the Outstanding Global Evangelist award by the National Consumer Affairs Foundation (NCAF).

The multi-awarded Bro. Soriano also continues to frequent Twitter, answering spiritual Q&As of his growing number of Twitter followers.

Twitter is also the birthplace of his successful invitation to launch a benefit concert for the Fallen 44’s families and loved ones – the “Songs for Heroes” concert. The first “Songs for Heroes” concert gathered more than six million pesos for the families of the brave soldiers who fought for the nation’s safety.

Marking the end of the quarter will be the follow up concert entitled “Songs for Heroes 2: To Die for Thee,” to be held at the Mall of Asia Arena on June 30, 2015.

The International Thanksgiving to God celebration of the Members Church of God International will be participated by different points across the world, with the ADD Convention Center in Pampanga serving as its main venue. The event will commence at 6 a.m. (PHT).

(Written by Yanna Faye Ferrera)

For Three Years Running, MCGI Named Highest Blood Contributor at Dugong Bayani Awards 2014

Bro. Ricky Ledesma,  one of the qualified MCGI youth blood donors, donates his blood at the Elmhurst Hospital in New York to help save the lives of others. (Courtesy of PVI)
Bro. Ricky Ledesma, one of the qualified MCGI youth blood donors, donates his blood at the Elmhurst Hospital in New York to help save the lives of others. (Courtesy of PVI)

Quezon City, Philippines — For the third consecutive year, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) earned the Jose Rizal Award from the Philippine Blood Disease and Transfusion Center (PBDTC) and the Department of Health at the Dugong Bayani Awards.

The Jose Rizal Award, which aims to feature groups or organizations that gave the most number of blood donations for the year, was given to MCGI on December 16, 2014 at the Celebrity Sports Plaza in Diliman, Quezon City.

For the year 2014, MCGI was able to donate 5,000 blood bags for PBDTC and their beneficiaries alone. MCGI’s mass blood donation drives in December 2014 produced to 2, 257 blood bags. This figure completes the said year’s total of 10,757 amassed blood bags from nationwide and regular blood donation drives.

PBDTC OIC and Executive Director Dr. Ma. Victoria Abesamis acknowledged the blood donation efforts of MCGI. She then extolled the group’s continuous support, stating that it is “never ceasing.”

“We hope that other groups, other churches, will be as zealous as yours,” Dr. Abesamis said in an interview with local television network UNTV.

During the ceremony, PBDTC featured one of their center’s many recipients: a13-year-old boy who has a blood disorder called thalassemia, a disease that causes the abnormal formation of hemoglobin in the body.

The young boy’s blood disorder requires him to be infused with a blood bag every three weeks, and it is made possible through the blood donations given to PBDTC.

“Thank you very much for continuously donating blood for us who have illnesses,” remarked the young man in an interview.

The quarterly blood donation activities is just one of the ways that MCGI Overall Servants Bro. Eliseo Soriano and Bro. Daniel S. Razon encourage members to always do good towards others.

(Written by Rona Valdez)

For Three Years Running, MCGI Named Highest Blood Contributor at Dugong Bayani Awards 2014

Blood bags lie atop a portable cooler before being stored and brought to the Philippine Blood Disease and Transfusion Center for further processing. (Photo courtesy of PVI)
Blood bags lie atop a portable cooler before being stored and brought to the Philippine Blood Disease and Transfusion Center for further processing. (Photo courtesy of PVI)

Quezon City, Philippines — For the third consecutive year, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) earned the Jose Rizal Award from the Philippine Blood Disease and Transfusion Center (PBDTC) and the Department of Health at the Dugong Bayani Awards.

The Jose Rizal Award, which aims to feature groups or organizations that gave the most number of blood donations for the year, was given to MCGI on December 16, 2014 at the Celebrity Sports Plaza in Diliman, Quezon City.

For the year 2014, MCGI was able to donate 5,000 blood bags for PBDTC and their beneficiaries alone. MCGI’s mass blood donation drives in December 2014 produced to 2, 257 blood bags. This figure completed the said year’s total of 10,757 amassed blood bags from nationwide and regular blood donation drives.

PBDTC OIC and Executive Director Dr. Ma. Victoria Abesamis acknowledged the blood donation efforts of MCGI. She then extolled the group’s continuous support, stating that it is “never ceasing.”

“We hope that other groups, other churches, will be as zealous as yours,” Dr. Abesamis said in an interview with local television network UNTV.

During the ceremony, PBDTC featured one of their center’s many recipients: a13-year-old boy who has a blood disorder called thalassemia, a disease that causes the abnormal formation of hemoglobin in the body.

The young boy’s blood disorder requires him to be infused with a blood bag every three weeks, and it is made possible through the blood donations given to PBDTC.

“Thank you very much for continuously donating blood for us who have illnesses,” remarked the young man in an interview.

The quarterly blood donation activities is just one of the ways that MCGI Overall Servants Bro. Eliseo Soriano and Bro. Daniel S. Razon encourages members to always do good towards others.

(Written by Rona Valdez)

MCGI to Celebrate 3-Day International Thanksgiving to God for the 3rd Quarter on Sept. 26-28

Thousands are expected to attend the International Thanksgiving to God of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) for the third quarter. For three days, beginning this coming Friday until Sunday (September 26-28), the congregation will celebrate three months of blessings and productive works.

The ADD Convention Center, the MCGI headquarters located in Apalit, Pampanga will be the main event venue, drawing thousands of members from the National Capital Region and nearby provinces in Northern and Southern Luzon.

However, MCGI Coordinating Centers nationwide and abroad will be opened to accommodate members and visitors from other parts of the Philippines and abroad. Satellite and Internet facilities allow the seamless and uninterrupted live participation of multiple venues of a worldwide scale for three straight days.

A Quarter of Massive Charity Works

Charity works are part of the Church’s efforts to help the needy. The organization maintains partnerships with government and non-government organizations whose mission is help provide social welfare and development.

In addition, UNTV, the Public Service Channel of the Philippines, is MCGI’s key partner in this endeavor.

MCGI brethren were in full support in a Mass Blood Drive held in numerous remote points across the country last September 14, 2014. In partnership with the Philippine Blood Donors Society, a total of 1,500 donors took part in this public service activity. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
MCGI brethren were in full support in a Mass Blood Drive held in numerous remote points across the country last September 14, 2014. In partnership with the Philippine Blood Donors Society, a total of 1,500 donors took part in this public service activity. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Bro. Eli and Bro Daniel Razon spearhead and support various reachout missions and public services in the Philippines through MCGI for the past quarter. Bro. Soriano is Presiding Minister while Bro. Razon is Vice-Presiding Minister, respectively.

More recently, MCGI partnered with the Philippine Blood Center for its quarterly blood drive nationwide. Last September 14, the event was able to collect blood bags from around 1,500 donors in chosen parts of the Philippines alone.

The United Arab Emirates, Singapore, and the USA, to name a few, also participated in the Church’s concerted blood drive effort.

The Church’s medical missions, which aim to reach out to those living in provinces and areas far away from medical institutions, have managed to bring free health services to Filipinos as far as Leyte, Visayas in the past three months.

In UNTV’s “People’s Day” medical reachout project, MCGI is an active participant, helping provide medicines and volunteer medical health practitioners. This year, a total of 1,786 became recipients of the public service event.

To help the typhoon-affected people of Tacloban following the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda there, MCGI provided a deep-well water supply to residents across the Visayas area. This ongoing project is being completed together with UNTV.

Broadcast Efforts Grow Even Bigger

For the last quarter, the Church of God has successfully held a series of Bible Expositiona. This live question-and-answer session with Bro. Eli is held in major coordinating centers. While there are also set-ups in local towns to accommodate people who want to ask the preacher live, MCGI has deploys its Mobile Coordinating Centers in some provinces.

In an effort to reach more people, the ADD Mobile Coordinating Center traveled to far flung places such as barangays, provincial jails and even universities to give chances to everyone to listen to the words of God. (Photo courtesy of PVI)
In an effort to reach more people, the ADD Mobile Coordinating Center traveled to far flung places such as barangays, provincial jails and even universities to give chances to everyone to listen to the words of God. (Photo courtesy of PVI)

Aside from travelling to distant areas, MCGI also holds Bible Expositions in numerous provincial jails, giving those in prisons a chance to study God’s words.

With MCGI’s non-stop propagation efforts, thousands of individuals have been baptized in the Church during the past three months alone. In last September 19’s Mass Baptism, there were more than a thousand newly-baptized members, apart from other months’ Mass Baptism results.

Glory to God Alone for Achievements, Milestones

On September 22, Bro. Eli was the incontestable winner of a live debate in Brazil after beating Rubens Sodré, a Brazilian pastor. The September-21 debate started at 1 PM, Brazil time, which was 12 MN in the Philippines of September 22, 2014.

While the language used was Portuguese, the Filipino was able to disprove the arguments presented by Sodré, namely: 1) No earthly sanctuary; 2) No more divine worship; and, 3) No more priestly figure.

The live debate, which was aired over the O Caminho Antigo Youtube channel, lasted for more than four hours.

Aside from humanitarian and religious efforts conducted by MCGI brethren, the Church achieved several milestones and garnered achievements.

On August 16, MCGI’s Infant Care Center reached its second year in service, while UNTV’s News and Rescue Team, whose bulk of volunteers are Church members, celebrated their fourth year.

The MCGI Infant Care Center is the brainchild of Bro. Eli and Kuya Daniel that serves as a haven for abandoned and neglected infants. Meanwhile, the UNTV News and Rescue Team serves as a news-gathering group and rescue unit that aims to help first before reporting.

The organization also received the Top Donor award from the Philippine Red Cross recently for actively participating with and continuously supporting the PRC in their blood drive efforts. Awarded in the cities of Nueva Ecija, MCGI, more commonly known as the “Ang Dating Daan” group, was cited to be “a group that always wants to be of help.”

(Written by Yanna Faye Ferrera)

MCGI’s Mass Blood Drive A “Great Help” – Philippine Blood Center

A member of the Church of God International donating his blood with the help of the Philippine Blood Donor's Society on September 14, 2014 at the Quiapo Coordinating Center of MCGI. (Photo courtesy of PVI)
A member of the Church of God International donating his blood with the help of the Philippine Blood Donor’s Society on September 14, 2014 at the Quiapo Coordinating Center of MCGI. (Photo courtesy of PVI)

The Philippine Blood Center (PBC) commended the regular blood donation program of the Members Church of God International (MCGI), saying its mass blood donation drive is of “great help.”

“Majority here in the Church of God, about 70-80%, are previous donors, [to] a project that is of great help, especially now that many hospitals are in need of blood,” said PBC representative Dr. Sergio Denoga Jr.

MCGI started its blood donation run for this quarter on September 12 until September 21, five days before the Church’s International Thanksgiving to God celebration.

MCGI Representative Bro. Danny Navales said that this endeavor by Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon will continue as many people benefit from it. “We support it wholeheartedly,” he added.

“Because it [donating blood] has many benefits for the body. Also, it’s holiness. If life can be given, how much more blood?,” said Church of God member Bro. Jonathan Fajilan upon donating his blood on September 14, 2014 at a coordinating center in Manila.

MCGI’s blood donation efforts have been cited by both the Philippine Blood Center and Philippine Red Cross, as well as by health organizations in Singapore and Canada.

According to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) site, there is a need for a stable supply of safe blood donors as “there are chronic shortages of safe blood and blood products in many countries.”

Regular blood donation is one of MCGI’s advocacies to extend help and the lives of others. To know more about MCGI’s charities, please read here.

(Written by Rigor Arellano)

MCGI Receives Philippine Red Cross Blood Donor Award, Testimonial Plaque

The Members Church of God International (MCGI) received the Top Donor award in the Religious Groups category of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) during the awarding ceremony held recently at the La Parilla Hotel, in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija.

MCGI, also known as the Ang Dating Daan group, received the “First Bloodiest Award” in its category for its continuous support in blood donating endeavors.

Led by Bro. Eliseo Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon, the group actively initiates and maintains public service efforts such as nationwide quarterly blood donations events.

“The Red Cross family thanks Bro. Eli and greets our brothers and sisters of the Ang Dating Daan [group] for your continued and unfaltering support for our programs in the Red Cross,” said PRC Asst. Secretary General Neil Andrew Nocon.

MCGI receives award from Red Cross Nueva Ecija Chapter during the First Bloodiest Awards.
MCGI receives award from Red Cross Nueva Ecija Chapter during the First Bloodiest Awards.

“Apart from our blood [donation] programs and also for other services being offered by the Philippine Red Cross, Ang Dating Daan and UNTV are always there as our partners and stakeholders,” continued Nocon.

Aside from the giving of awards to groups who have helped PRC and made an impact in blood donation, the event’s participants were also given the chance to sign a commitment pledge showing their support for PRC’s programs.

PRC Nueva Ecija Board of Director Chairman Thomas Joson III lauded MCGI for their commitment in giving a helping a hand, and showed his appreciation of the religious group.

“As Chairman, I am counting on you [MCGI] to always support our endeavors since it is clear that your group always wants to be of help,” said Joson. “Maybe in the future, we can also train your group to be responders during calamities.”

Representatives from MCGI Nueva Ecija Chapter during the awarding ceremony.
Representatives from MCGI Nueva Ecija Chapter during the awarding ceremony.

The Top Donor Award is one of the recognitions received by MCGI from the PRC recently. This August, the PRC also granted MCGI Central Visayas chapter the Testimonial Plaque in recognition of the group’s ten years of unwavering support for blood donation programs.

Previous citations received by the group were from the Dugong Bayani Awards, the 5th Dugong Bicol Awards and the citation from the Department of Health for the nationwide blood donation drive last year.

(Written by Rona Valdez)

MCGI’s Blood Donation Drive Donors Reach 1,614 for Third Quarter

MCGI's quarterly Mass Blood Donation drive in September 2013 yields over 1,600 bags of blood in their effort to do good to their fellowmen as mentioned in Galatians 6:10.
A paramount adage in MCGI, “Ang paggawa ng mabuti ay hindi magbubunga ng masama (Doing good will yield no evil)” embodies the Church’s reason for its relentless public charity programs such as the nationwide blood drive. (Photography by Eldon Jose Bite, PVI)

For the third quarter, 1,614 were deemed viable donors out of the 1,900 registrants for the Members Church of God International’s blood donation drive held in 50 remote points across the Philippines on September 15 this year.

Ang Dating Daan Foundation International, the MCGI’s philanthropic arm, mounts this life-saving campaign on a quarterly basis. In this regular endeavor, key partners include the Philippine Red Cross and Philippine Blood Center.

MCGI’s mass blood campaign is a public service work duly-recognized by health organizations for more than two decades. It is also being sustained in different major cities and locations abroad, like New York, Canada and Singapore, to name a few.

“Just the thought of being an instrument in saving lives is enough to give me an unspeakable sense of fulfillment,” shares Geraldine Pajal, a 26, one of the blood donors from Quezon City in Metro Manila.

One of the key health advantages of donating blood includes lower risk of acquiring heart diseases for the donors. But beyond the physical benefits, blood drive participants are motivated by the opportunity to do good, a virtue frequently emphasized by Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon, Presiding and Vice-Presiding Ministers to MCGI, respectively.

Other MCGI-organized humanitarian services in the Philippines and other countries include its regular medical-and-dental missions, free legal consultations, free transport rides, and more of the likes. The free education program is conducted through the La Verdad Christian School and mobile school projects, among others.

(Words by Emmy Borromeo)

MCGI’s 1st Quarter Blood Donation Drive Piles Thousands Donors

More than 1,500 volunteer blood donors participated in the Simultaneous Mass Blood Donation drive by the Members Church of God International (MCGI) last March 17 this year. This activity is part of the organization’s quarterly commitments it maintain with the private and government health agencies’ humanitarian and life-saving initiatives.

Reports culled from the ADD Foundation International showed that a total of 1,630 were considered qualified blood donors out of the 2,168 who registered. Together with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), Philippine Blood Center (PBC) and the Department of Health (DOH), the ADD Foundation held the drive in over 52 remote venues across the country.

A member of the Church of God International donating blood at the Quiapo Coordinating Center on March 17, 2013.
An MCGI member donating blood at the Quiapo Coordinating Center in Manila, Philippines on March 17, 2013.

The recent blood donation drive was the first such massive activity of the current year. It will be recalled last year’s total tally of blood donors that reached 11,930 where 805 people benefitted from the blood bags collected.

The ADD Foundation, which is the charitable arm of MCGI, regularly holds quarterly blood donation drives in different key locations nationwide and across the globe. The Foundation is under the leadership of Bro. Eli Soriano, the Presiding Minister to MCGI, and Bro. Daniel Razon, who is popularly-known as Mr. Public Service because of his public service works on television and radio.

Volunteers from the Philippine Red Cross and Philippine Blood Center collected and tested blood samples across 52 locations nationwide on March 17.
Across 52 locations nationwide, volunteers from the Philippine Red Cross and Philippine Blood Center collected and tested blood samples to determine each donor’s blood type.

According to culled medical researches, even just a single bag of blood can already save three lives. The benefits of donors include reduced stress and protection against developing cancer because blood cells are being refreshed and replenished.

A regular donor can also donate as often as every 56 days (which is roughly 2 months), and first-timers may start donating blood at the age of 17.

(Written by Yanna Faye Ferrera)

(Photography Mark Santillan)


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