Brazil-Hosted MCGI Three-Day First Quarter International Thanksgiving Draws Tens of Thousands Congregants

Members Church of God International (MCGI) concluded its Brazil-hosted thanksgiving from April 3-5, 2015 with thousands of congregants filling multiple venues across the globe.

As in previous quarterly International Thanksgiving to God (ITG), this first quarter edition brought new biblical wisdom for its attendees, this time about some deeper mysteries surrounding Noah’s Ark and Christ’s resurrection.

Members from Latin American countries holding a banner greeting congregants the world over a "Happy Thanksgiving of the Body" as well as congratulating Bro. Eli Soriano on his 51 years of service to God and humanity. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
Members from Latin American countries holding a banner greeting congregants the world over a “Happy Thanksgiving of the Body” as well as congratulating Bro. Eli Soriano on his 51 years of service to God and humanity. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

MCGI Overall Servants Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon delivered the topics that discussed in-depth the wide scope of God’s salvation since ancient times.

Contrary to World Belief

Contrary to common belief, Bro Eli revealed through the Bible the possibilities of people who were saved – during the biblical deluge – other than Noah and his family.

Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel read verses from both the Old and New Testaments to prove the many ways by which God saves man.

Bro. Daniel Razon delivering a biblical topic during Day 3 of the International Thanksgiving to God in Brazil from April 3-5,2015. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
Bro. Daniel Razon delivering a biblical topic during Day 3 of the International Thanksgiving to God in Brazil from April 3-5,2015. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

In light of the topic, the MCGI preachers reminded the entire congregation of the importance of showing mercy to others, citing James 2:13 which reads:

For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath showed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment. (KJV)

Meanwhile, the lesson about Christ’s resurrection touched on how “the greatest Person who ever lived on earth” can remain alive in Christians despite the attempts of many to eradicate or kill Him in their lives.

Other Takeaways

MCGI brethren of various races from different parts of the globe once again met in Brazil, the host venue for the recent ITG.

The first ITG-hosting in the South American country was during the start of the jubilee celebration of Bro. Eli’s service to God on April 7, 2014.

In preparation for the international event, Bro. Leo Santos, a Church member from Brazil, not only prepared physically, but also spiritually – lessons he has learned from Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon in previous Thanksgiving to God topics.

Teatro Kristiano members taking the stage in Florianopolis, Brazil for an opening number during the three-day Thanksgiving of the Membrers Church of God International in April 2015. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
Teatro Kristiano members taking the stage in Florianopolis, Brazil for an opening number during the three-day Thanksgiving of the Membrers Church of God International in April 2015. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

“I learned that we must clean our hearts. We must learn to forgive our brethren if they did something wrong against us, so our sacrifice may be acceptable to God,” Bro. Leo told MCGI.org News.

The Overall Servants delivered the topics in Filipino, English, Portuguese and Spanish with the aid of interpreters, catering to the mixture of races in the South America venue alone.

Exuding joy could be seen from members’ faces, especially from the Philippine delegates who had not seen Bro. Eli personally since he went to preach the Gospel abroad in 2005.

Sis. Bernice Atienza, a sister hailing from the North America division, gushed as she recounted her experience seeing Bro. Eli for the first time. She traveled for 20 hours to reach the main venue in Brazil, all the way from the United States.

“My experience was phenomenal because I was able to see Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel for the first time, and the brethren from all over the world,” Sis. Bernice said in an interview. “Language was not a barrier – everyone spoke with love and happiness.” She was baptized in 2012.

Bro. Eli Soriano brings smiles amongst the crowd that came from different parts of the world for the thanksgiving and to greet the Overall Servant in his 51st year of service to the Lord. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
`Bro. Eli Soriano brings smiles amongst the crowd that came from different parts of the world for the thanksgiving and to greet the Overall Servant in his 51st year of service to the Lord. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Members were also treated to hearing Bro. Soriano’s new composition titled, “Kay Palad Ko” (How Blessed I Am). Bro. Daniel said that Bro. Eli’s song of praise has only been written of late.

As with other Church services, the bulk of time during the ITG was spent on studying the words of God, despite language and time-zone differences.

The Servants expressed that they are exploring new ways to help with the live and direct translation of their preaching from Filipino and English to different languages.

During breaks, Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel opened consultation segments wherein members could ask the Servants their questions about faith or spirituality.

Other remote points worldwide, including MCGI’s Philippine headquarters: the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga participated via Internet and satellite.

(Written by Rigor Arellano)

From the Philippines to Brazil: MCGI’s Last Quarter of 2014’s Big Events and Recognitions

From The Old Path’s 34th anniversary to citations in the Philippines and Brazil, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) left the last quarter of 2014 with much to remember by.

34 Years of Religious Service

Marking the 34th year of its flagship program Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path), MCGI held a month-long celebration of good works. MCGI congregants in different parts of the globe lead public service endeavors like cleanup drives and medical missions. This is apart from the Church’s day-to-day humanitarian activities.

Members in New York launched a clean-up drive in the city’s Belvedere Park. Liberians welcomed patients of MCGI’s free clinic there, while Ghanan members attended to the refugees in its charity home.

In the Philippines similar services took place like the medical missions in Cavite and Bicol provinces, which benefitted about 5,000 indigents.

MCGI topped of its celebration of good works with a Worldwide Bible Exposition on October 30, 2014 that once again challenged The Big Dome’s 16,000-plus seating limits.

Right before the stage, disabled persons seat in front of the huge crowd at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum for the Worldwide Bible Exposition of MCGI on October 30, 2014 in celebration of The Old Path's 34th anniversary. (Photo courtesy of PVI)
Right before the stage, disabled persons seat in front of the huge crowd at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum for the Worldwide Bible Exposition of MCGI on October 30, 2014 in celebration of The Old Path’s 34th anniversary. (Photo courtesy of PVI)

A Song of Praise (ASOP) interpreters like Frenchy Dy, Gerald Santos and Beverly Caimen to name a few, welcomed the massive crowd with a slew of winning songs from the Philippines’ first-ever Gospel songwriting tilt on television.

Bro. Daniel Razon then delivered a keynote speech on the worldwide reach of The Old Path in its 34 years of programming before giving the floor to Bro. Eli Soriano. Soon afterwards, Itanong Mo Kay Soriano, Biblia Ang Sasagot (The Bible Will Answer. Ask Bro. Eli), the trademark question-and-answer segment of the program, took off. Guests at the coliseum and from more than 1,360 remote points across the globe asked their questions of faith live to the MCGI Overall Servants.

Philippine Pride

In the same month, MCGI, together with media partner UNTV, received a citation from the Philippine Embassy in Brazil for their extensive aid to their fellow Filipinos and Brasileiros.

“MCGI or The Old Path is of great help to the embassy because of your widespread outreach to this place, which is seldom reached by our people,” expressed Philippine Ambassador to Brazil Eva G. Betita to an MCGI representative.

The attaché added that with the aid of UNTV, the country’s consular services in the region reaches as many people as possible. The year saw many succesful Filipino registrants for the upcoming national elections, one of the joint efforts of the embassy and UNTV.

The MCGI brethren in Brazil on the other hand have been recognized for their public services to their fellow Brasileiros. Like their Filipino counterparts, Brazilian members are active in donating blood and in caring for the elderly.

“When you sang and dance for them and they clapped, it is different for them… to them it is very satisfying,” told Jeruza Mogarte, Corner of Old administrator of an elderly home in Porto Alegre when MCGI and UNTV visited the residents in their place.

Dugong Bayani Award

For donating over 10,750 blood bags in 2014 alone, MCGI received the Jose Rizal Award from the Department of Health for the third consecutive year.

Philippine Blood Disease and Transfusion Center OIC and Executive Director Dr. Ma. Victoria Abesamis told that MCGI’s efforts are “unceasing”. MCGI conducts blood drives quarterly every year as part of its commitment to saving lives.

In the same breath, church members support UNTV’s pioneering and breakthrough advocacy of Rescue First, Report Later, which puts public safety first before breaking news.

The first ever news-and-rescue team in the Philippines was conceptualized and formed by BMPI Chairman and CEO Kuya Daniel in 2010. Incidentally, Kuya Daniel is the Vice-Presiding Minister to MCGI. BMPI, which stands for Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International (BMPI), is content provider of The Public Service Channel UNTV.

The logo of Ang Dating Daan's 34th anniversary with MCGI Leaders Bro. Daniel Razon (left) and Bro. Elise Soriano (right) being shown on the large LED screen. (Photo courtesy of PVI)
The logo of Ang Dating Daan’s 34th anniversary with MCGI Leaders Bro. Daniel Razon (left) and Bro. Elise Soriano (right) being shown on the large LED screen. (Photo courtesy of PVI)

Marking his 31st birthday in the spirit on November 28, 2014, Bro. Daniel held a charity dinner concert three days earlier to help further MCGI and UNTV’s various public services.

Bro. Daniel sang standards together with Bro. Eli Soriano via live video streaming in a concert aptly called “Double” at the Manila Hotel.

Bro. Soriano and Bro. Razon spearhead the funding of many humanitarian endeavors that the organization has launched in the country and abroad. Doing good to all regardless of race or religion is part of MCGI doctrine (Gal. 6:10).

In the words of the Amb. Eva Betita, “To Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, we are delighted of what you are doing. May God Almighty bless you that you may be able to continue your good works.”

(Written by Rigor Arellano)

From the Philippines to Brazil: MCGI’s Last Quarter of 2014’s Big Events and Recognitions

From The Old Path’s 34th anniversary to citations in the Philippines and Brazil, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) left the last quarter of 2014 with much to remember by.

34 Years of Religious Service

Marking the 34th year of its flagship program Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path), MCGI held a month-long celebration of good works. MCGI congregants in different parts of the globe lead public service endeavors like cleanup drives and medical missions. This is apart from the Church’s day-to-day humanitarian activities.

Members in New York launched a clean-up drive in the city’s Belvedere Park. Liberians welcomed patients of MCGI’s free clinic there, while Ghanan members attended to the refugees in its charity home.

In the Philippines similar services took place like the medical missions in Cavite and Bicol provinces, which benefitted about 5,000 indigents.

Physically disabled persons or in MCGI terms, Very Important Disabled Persons (VIDP), take the front row seats at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum for the Worldwide BIble Exposition on October 30, 2014. (Photo courtesy of PVI)
Physically disabled persons or in MCGI terms, Very Important Disabled Persons (VIDP), take the front row seats at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum for the Worldwide BIble Exposition on October 30, 2014. (Photo courtesy of PVI)

MCGI topped of its celebration of good works with a Worldwide Bible Exposition on October 30, 2014 that once again challenged The Big Dome’s 20,000-plus seating limits.

A Song of Praise (ASOP) interpreters like Frenchy Dy, Gerald Santos and Beverly Caimen to name a few, welcomed the massive crowd with a slew of winning songs from the Philippines’ first-ever Gospel songwriting tilt on television.

Bro. Daniel Razon then delivered a keynote speech on the worldwide reach of The Old Path in its 34 years of programming before giving the floor to Bro. Eli Soriano. Soon afterwards, Itanong Mo Kay Soriano, Biblia Ang Sasagot (The Bible Will Answer. Ask Bro. Eli), the trademark question-and-answer segment of the program, took off. Guests at the coliseum and from more than 1,360 remote points across the globe asked their questions of faith live to the MCGI Overall Servants.

Philippine Pride

In the same month, MCGI together with media partner UNTV, received a citation from the Philippine Embassy in Brazil for their extensive aid to their fellow Filipinos and Brazilenos.

“MCGI or The Old Path is of great help to the embassy because of your widespread outreach to this place, which is seldom reached by our people,” expressed Philippine Ambassador to Brazil Eva G. Betita to an MCGI representative.

The attaché added that with the aid of UNTV, the country’s consular services in the region reaches as many people as possible. The year saw many succesful Filipino registrants for the upcoming national elections, one of the joint efforts of the embassy and UNTV.

A Song of Praise or ASOP Interpreters (from right) Gerald Santos, Jek Manuel, Catherine Loria, Beverly Caimen and Shanne Velasco sing songs of praise entertaining the crowd at the Big Dome. (Photo courtesy of PVI)
A Song of Praise or ASOP Interpreters (from right) Gerald Santos, Jek Manuel, Catherine Loria, Beverly Caimen and Shanne Velasco sing songs of praise entertaining the crowd at the Big Dome. (Photo courtesy of PVI)

The MCGI brethren in Brazil on the other hand have been recognized for their public services to their fellow Brasileiros. Like their Filipino counterparts, Brazilian members are active in donating blood and in caring for the elderly.

“When you sang and dance for them and they clapped, it is different for them… to them it is very satisfying,” told Jeruza Mogarte, Corner of Old administrator of an elderly home in Porto Alegre when MCGI and UNTV visited the residents in their place. [Links to Youtube video about it]

Dugong Bayani Award

For donating over 10,750 blood bags in 2014 alone, MCGI received the Jose Rizal Award from the Department of Health for the third consecutive year.

Philippine Blood Disease and Transfusion Center OIC and Executive Director Dr. Ma. Victoria Abesamis told that MCGI’s efforts are “unceasing”. MCGI conducts blood drives quarterly every year as part of its commitment to saving lives.

In the same breath, church members support UNTV’s pioneering and breakthrough advocacy of Rescue First, Report Later, which puts public safety first before breaking news. [Links to DSR site article about it]

The first ever news-and-rescue team in the Philippines was conceptualized and formed by BMPI Chairman and CEO Kuya Daniel in 2010. BMPI, which stands for Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International (BMPI), is content provider of The Public Service Channel UNTV.

Wide LED screens show  The Old Path's 34th Anniversary logo bearing the photos of MCGI's Overall Servants Bro. Eli Soriano (right) and Bro. Daniel Razon (left). (Photo courtesy of PVI)
Wide LED screens show The Old Path’s 34th Anniversary logo bearing the photos of MCGI’s Overall Servants Bro. Eli Soriano (right) and Bro. Daniel Razon (left). (Photo courtesy of PVI)

Marking his 31st birthday in the spirit on November 28, 2014, Bro. Daniel held a dinner concert for charity three days earlier to help further MCGI and UNTV’s various public services.

Bro. Daniel sang standards together with Bro. Eli Soriano via live video streaming in a concert aptly called “Double” at the Manila Hotel.

MCGI Overall Servants spearhead the funding of many humanitarian endeavors that the organization has launched in the country and abroad. Doing good to all regardless of race or religion is part of MCGI doctrine (Gal. 6:10).

In the words of the Amb. Eva Betita, “To Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, we are delighted of what you are doing. May God Almighty bless you that you may be able to continue your good works.”

(Written by Rigor Arellano)


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