Bro. Eli Answers Most Commonly Asked Questions About Faith on His New YouTube Channel


Bro. Eli Soriano uses his newly-launched YouTube channel as another digital means of giving the Bible’s answers to people’s most commonly asked questions about religion.

The BroEli Channel premiered on June 27, 2020, coinciding with a Mass Baptism of the Members Church of God International or MCGI earlier in the day. The event, which added about 6,000 new members to the MCGI fold, capped off the online Live Mass Indoctrination sessions that began on June 1st.

While the Mass Indoctrination sessions allowed time to address questions coming from social media platforms — apart from the event’s main purpose of serving a doctrine of the Lord Jesus Christ for each session — there was still a high volume of questions coming from people of different religious backgrounds.

Hence, the Bro. Eli Channel aims to help answer those matters of faith one video at a time. And with the whole world virtually spending more time online due to lockdowns in many countries, a channel where people can satisfy their religious curiosities anytime proves not only timely, but convenient.

The channel debuted with four videos that discuss finding the true church written in the Bible and why there are so many religions existing today:

Which church is the one mentioned in the Bible?

Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

(Acts 20:28, KJV)

What will become of the churches established by men?

Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

(Mark 7:7, KJV)

Why is there an increasing number of churches?

For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

(Romans 10:3, KJV)

Is there still a true Church of God in our time?

To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:

(Ephesians 3:10-11, KJV )

Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path) made its radio and television debut in the early 80s and has continued its propagation efforts through the use of technology to reach more people seeking the Bible’s answers.

In 2001, MCGI’s flagship program launched its 24/7 streaming service so that people can watch Q&A videos anytime, anywhere using the World Wide Web.

From Bible Studies to Bible Expositions and Mass Indoctrinations streamed via the internet and satellite, MCGI hopes to reach as many people as possible in studying the words of God written in the Bible.

Sing Along to Uplifting Songs of Praise Online on MCGI’s New Music Channel


Sing along to uplifting songs of praise anytime on the MCGI Music Channel, the official Scripture-inspired YouTube music channel of the Members Church of God International.

The channel premiered on the streaming platform on May 16, 2020 and has over 50 MCGI-original praise songs uploaded since then. The channel aims to make songs of hope and trust in God available online to anyone who needs inspiration and spiritual upliftment.

“When I feel fear, when I am in pain, I always make it a point to sing to God. And it is very effective. I am relieved,” said Bro. Eli Soriano on Twitter.

It also features multiple playlists that range from joyful to solemn songs. Among them is a collection of songs for children under a playlist titled, KNC or Kawan ng Cordero (Flock of Lambs). 

There is also a compilation of Bro. Daniel Razon’s original compositions. With God’s help and mercy, the Assistant Overall Servant of MCGI has a steady offering of new songs of praise to God each November, the month of his baptism in the Church of God.

More Than Just a Sing-Along

Bro. Eli emphasizes in his preaching the importance of praying and singing songs of praise to God in combating sickness and anxieties that people may have during trying times.

And since most families are together at home due to quarantine measures, Bro. Eli even encourages families to dedicate at least an hour of their day to gather with their loved ones and offer hymns and prayers to God to ask for His mercy and guidance. 

MCGI’s Overall Servants emphasize that God is pleased when God’s people offer songs to Him. In return, He protects them from sorrows, troubles, and evil. 

In Colossians 3:16 it says, 

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 

Every MCGI gathering begins with singing songs of praise to the Lord. 


And even during quarantine, church members take every God-given opportunity to thank the Almighty through songs of worship for His never-ending love and care for His people with the aid of modern technology.

“Praise music to the Lord does something for people. It can strengthen our faith. It can give us hope and other people as well.”

— Bro. Eli Soriano, A Song of Praise Festival, October 13, 2015

Subscribe now to the MCGI Songs of Praise channel on YouTube for a daily dose of inspirational music from the Lord. 

Bro. Eli: “Let Us Propagate the Word of Hope”


“Let us propagate the word of hope,” encouraged Bro. Eli Soriano, Overall Servant of the Members Church of God International (MCGI), in the Weekly Thanksgiving of God’s People celebration on May 30, 2020.

Instead of sharing and kindling negativities on social media, Bro. Eli suggested that brethren share words of hope — especially words that are written in the Bible. Sharing Bible verses for people to read, like Lamentations 3:22-23 and Psalms 91:7-8,  may help uplift dampened spirits and bring hope in these trying times.

It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23, KJV)

A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. (Psalms 91:7-8, KJV)

Humanity is going through a lot illnesses,  pains, sufferings, hunger, and deaths.  Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are also experiencing social, political, and economic distresses. But through all these, God and His words are more than enough to give us relief.

“Words are powerful, especially the words of God.”

Bro. Eli Soriano

Hope in Togetherness


Members Church of God International (MCGI) advocate reading of the Holy Bible. Daily Bible verses are posted on their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.

When lockdowns, home quarantines, and curfews were imposed, MCGI immediately complied with government restrictions and conducted Church gatherings through the use of livestreaming and video conferencing platforms.

With the ongoing threat of Covid-19, Bro. Eli Soriano and Assistant to the Overall Servant of MCGI Bro. Daniel Razon constantly made sure to check on the congregation’s well-being through MCGI’s regular online gatherings. Church ministers, workers, and officers were also directed to help in ensuring that each member’s health and wellness are closely monitored.

“May all of you be kept safe, brethren. You are in my thoughts day and night.” 

Bro. Eli Soriano

Aside from the aforementioned, more importantly, MCGI’s Overall Servant always reminds the congregation to be hopeful: “In despair, we have hope — there is God.” 

MCGI have long been ready for online gatherings. In fact, even before the global pandemic, Church services have been held with the aid of satellite and internet connectivity accessed in MCGI local churches worldwide.

Hope in Prayers


MCGI recently initiated the Global Prayer for Humanity, a worldwide prayer that can be joined by anyone and everyone who wishes to pray for the current predicament that humanity is facing. It was launched on May 25, 2020, and is currently held every weekday at 9:30 p.m. (Philippine Time).

The launch of the global prayer saw more than 58,000 viewers connected to the prayer livestream. Now on its third week, the global prayer continues to gather people from around the globe to ask for God’s help and mercy and to inspire trust and hope in God during these trying times.

A special web page dedicated to the global prayer was also created which is available in a number of languages including English, Portuguese, and Spanish, among others.

North America Division’s Entry “Since My Younger Days” Triumphs in ASOP Year-End 5775 Finals

Apalit, PAMPANGA (July 3, 2016) — Praise song titled “Since My Younger Days” bagged the Song of the Year-End title during the A Song of Praise Music Festival Year-End 5775 Finals night held at the ADD Convention Center, Apalit Pampanga.

Sis Crystal Cruz smiles as she finishes interpreting the Song of the Year-End titled "Since My Younger Days" composed by Bro. Nonie Ramos and Bro. Pabemazar Atienza of New Jersey, USA. (MCGI-Photoville/ Christian Diversion)
Sis. Krystal Cruz smiles as she finishes interpreting the Song of the Year-End titled “Since My Younger Days” composed by Bro. Nonie Ramos and Bro. Pabemazar Atienza of New Jersey, USA. (MCGI-Photoville/ Christian Diversion)

Composed by Bro. Nonie Ramos and Bro. Pabemazar Atienza of New Jersey, USA – North America Division, the song triumphed in the Church-exclusive ASOP event. The winning entry was sung by first-time ASOP interpreter Sis. Krystal Cruz.

“I Sing My Heart To You,” a praise song composed by Sis. Marje Pelayo of Singapore – Asia/Oceania Division, won the 1st Runner Up prize, as interpreted by Sis. Marianne Liwanag.

Two entries took home the 2nd Runner Up prize — the first of which is a Kapampangan praise song titled “Kapatad Kung Tune” (My True Brother) composed by Bro. Juanito Dimalanta from Pampanga Division and interpreted by Sis. Patricia Guiao.

“Pagibig na Wagas” (Eternal Love), composed by Sis. Loida Del Rosario of Brazil, South America Division and interpreted by Bro. Nestor Torres, completed the winning pair. Incidentally, Bro. Nestor Torres won the Best Interpreter award for the evening.

The 3rd Runner Up prize was awarded to the praise song titled “Dahil Sa’Yo” (Because of You), composed and interpreted by Bro. Anton Estrella Jr. of NCR, Luzon Division.

Songwriting, Biblical Takeaways

Overall Servants to MCGI Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon spearheaded the judging of the song entries and provided useful songwriting and biblical takeaways for the participants and the audiences alike.

Overall Servant to MCGI Bro. Eli Soriano is all smiles as he announces the winners of the ASOP Year-End 5775 via live streaming.
Overall Servant to MCGI Bro. Eli Soriano is all smiles during the ASOP Year-End 5775 via live streaming. (MCGI-Photoville/ Christian Diversion)

The preachers commented on the technical aspect of each entry, encouraging the composers to better improve their craft.

“The lyrics and the melody may be better improved to make the song really ‘take off’, as composers say,” commented Bro. Daniel on one of the competition’s entries.

Bro. Eli., who expressed his musings on what he is looking for in a song of praise to the Almighty, said that it should “have wisdom, is not redundant, and has recall.”

Songwriters must also avoid writing lyrics that are too lengthy, according to Bro. Soriano, presenting the Bible as a good example.

“The Bible is written in full brevity. If there are repetitions written in the Bible, it is just to emphasize something very important,” stated Bro. Eli, citing Psalms 136:1-7.

Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel emphasized on the more important spiritual content of each entry.

“A good song must have something to think about — something to ponder. A good song must have wisdom,” noted Bro. Eli.

“The power of a song of praise can open the heart of the Creator of heaven and earth,” added Bro. Eli, which the crowd at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga welcomed with applause.

Meanwhile, Bro. Daniel reminded the composers of an important task they must do before creating praise songs.

“Composing songs of praise to God is something that we must prepare for. Let us always seek God’s help. Let us not rely on our own understanding,” stated Bro. Daniel.

Bro. Daniel Razon happily gives his comments on one of the praise song competition's entries. (MCGI-Photoville/Christian Diversion)
Bro. Daniel Razon happily gives his comments on one of the praise song competition’s entries. (MCGI-Photoville/Inoh Monton)

Before announcing the evening’s grand winners, Bro. Daniel inspired the attendees to continue creating songs of praise to God.

“Whatever is good, we must think of and do. And this includes creating songs of praise to God. Let us not grow weary in creating songs of praise to God because that is our obligation to Him.”

“Thanks be to God for brethren like all of you, who are always in support of events like these,” remarked Bro. Daniel.

Cash Prizes and List of Participants

This year, Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel gave the following cash prizes: PhP 100,000.00 for the Song of the Year-End, PhP 50,000.00 for the 1st Runner Up, PhP 30,000.00 each for the 2nd Runners Up, and PhP 20,000.00 for the 3rd Runner Up, respectively.

Consolation prizes of PhP 10,000.00 were also given out to the rest of the participants, as well as PhP 5,000.00 for the Best Interpreter award.

Here is the complete list of ASOP Year-End 5775 Participants:

Pagibig na Wagas

(Brazil – South America Division)

Composer: Sis. Loida Del Rosario

Interpreter: Bro. Nestor Torres


Tanglaw sa Ami’t Patnubay

(SF Bay – North America Division)

Composers: Bro. Nino and Sis Cecile Cristobal

Interpreter: Sis Bernadette Pestanas


Tapat Mong Tagaakay

(Davao – Mindanao Division)

Composers: Bro. Christian Tiozon and the Davao District ASOP Committee

Interpreter: Bro. Kevin Opulencia


Since my Younger Days

(New Jersey – North America Division)

Bro. Nonie Ramos & Bro. PA Atienza

Sis. Krystal Cruz


Dahil Sa’Yo

(NCR – Luzon Division )

Composer and Interpreter: Bro. Anton Estrella Jr.


I Sing My Heart To You

(Singapore – Asia/Oceania Division)

Composer: Sis. Marje Pelayo

Interpreter: Sis. Marianne Liwanag


Mga Sugong Tapat

(Cebu – Visayas Division)

Composers: Bro Ariel Trias and Bro. Marlon Abique

Interpreter: Bro. Mark  Andrew Libradilla


Kapatad Kung Tune

(Pampanga – Luzon Division)

Composer: Bro. Juanito Dimalanta

Interpreter: Sis. Patricia Guiao

View more photos of the A Song of Praise Music Festival Year-End 5775 Finals here.


(Written By Sis Pol Arellano)

Bro. Daniel Serenades Filipinos in Hong Kong in “Labour of Love” Benefit Concert

KOWLOON, Hong Kong (1 May 2016) – About a thousand supporters of the Members Church of God International’s (MCGI) charitable endeavors flew all the way from the Middle East, Asia and Oceania to Hong Kong to witness the “Labour of Love” benefit concert.

“Labour of Love” is a benefit concert held in Hong Kong on May 1, 2016 - the proceeds of which is mainly for the less fortunate individuals back in the Philippines. (Photo by Photoville International)
“Labour of Love” is a benefit concert held in Hong Kong on May 1, 2016 – the proceeds of which is mainly for the less fortunate individuals back in the Philippines. (Photo by Photoville International)

Held last May 1 at Club One in Kowloon, the benefit concert featured MCGI’s Assistant to Overall Servant Bro. Daniel Razon, who serenaded the crowd with timeless ballads and top-of-the-chart contemporary hits despite not feeling well.

Bro. Razon  is more popularly known as Kuya Daniel due to his broadcast stints and public service initiatives as CEO and Chairman of BMPI-UNTV.

Always in full support of philanthropic endeavors is the Overall Servant to MCGI Bro. Eli Soriano, who also sang in the concert all the way from South America through live streaming.

“We will use the proceeds of this benefit concert to help our poor fellowmen back home,” remarked Bro. Eli Soriano.

Bro. Eli took the opportunity to discuss the different public services provided by MCGI in between songs.

“For the knowledge of everyone, this organization, the Members Church of God International, has what we call ‘charitable works’ which do not stop. It goes on.”


Non-Stop Public Service

The charitable efforts of MCGI are continuous and ever expanding, with the help and mercy of God and through Bro. Soriano and Bro. Daniel’s leadership.

One of the Church’s charitable efforts is the Medical Mission reachout effort, which provides free medical and dental assistance to our countrymen in barangays in the National Capital Region, far-flung areas and remote provinces. This effort is regularly carried out in partnership with local broadcasting channel UNTV.

The La Verdad Christian College, the only tuition-free college in the Philippines, is also one of the public services started and being maintained by MCGI. Financially struggling yet deserving scholars get to study for free, with free books, uniform, board and lodging.

Other ongoing charitable endeavors of the Church are the Infant Care Center, Munting Pangarap (Small Dream), Law Center, Libreng Sakay (Free Ride), orphanages and centers for youth and the elderly, among others.


Lessons on Love

Through timeless love songs, Kuya Daniel narrated a story of love, which began with a man’s simple dream, which unexpectedly became a reality.

The story eventually led to a common reality in today’s time: the struggle of long distance relationship between spouses. Kuya Daniel gave his advice for couples in the same situation.

“Love your spouse like they will be taken away from you.” Kuya Daniel sincerely advised the audience as he went around the venue to connect with members of the audience.

“You know, it is really different – the kind of hug that seems to be saying goodbye; when you hug someone whom you know is going to leave, you hug differently… you hug in a way like you don’t want to let go.”
As he started the last song, he reminded everyone: “And when you are together, don’t take your spouse for granted – because we don’t know when we’re going to run out of time. So do as the song goes: ‘I’m gonna love you like I’m gonna lose you’.”

Bro. Daniel Razon, Assistant Overall Servant to MCGI, was surrounded by the overjoyed faces of the audience who grabbed the opportunity to take pictures with him. (Photo by Photoville International)
Bro. Daniel Razon, Assistant Overall Servant to MCGI, was surrounded by the overjoyed faces of the audience who grabbed the opportunity to take pictures with him.
(Photo by Photoville International)

Bro. Daniel’s advices and song performance garnered high praise and appreciation from the concert’s supporters.

“I never fully understood the meaning of the song, not until Kuya Daniel explained it,” remarked Sis Sheila Cuencaho of Hong Kong, who stated her appreciation of the song “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” performed by Meghan Trainor and John Legend.

“I was overwhelmed. I never thought I can learn so much from a song – now, I will always let people feel loved; the kind of love that says: ‘I’m gonna love you like I’m gonna lose you’,” she added.

His romantic duet with his wife, Sis. Arlene Razon, was also one of the evening’s highlights.

Other performers of the concert were Bro. Victor Escobal, Bro. Pablo Martin, and Sis Lhady Leoncio from Hong Kong; Bro. Eric Perocho and Sis Lheng de Matos both from Macau and Bro. Eric Ferrer from Seoul.

Some of the charity concert’s distinguished guests were the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong’s Social Welfare Attache Hon. Elizabeth Lim Dy and Consular Attache Hon. Hermogenes Cayabyab Jr.

(Written By Lovely She Cortezano)

Newly Baptized Testimonials: January 29, 2016

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on January 29, 2016 at the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Sis. Zeny Gumapak, 34, Former Born Again, Batangas Province

On Being Baptized

It’s because of the teachings that I’ve heard from Bro. Eli, which I didn’t hear from the religions that I’ve been in. It’s only from him that I heard the truth. That’s the reason why I was convinced to join here.

I became a member of a Born Again group, but I haven’t attended there for like seven years already.

I first listened to Bro. Eli in Late July of 2015 up until January on radio and television. I guess that’s what they call the calling of God.

At first I didn’t have any interest in listening to Bro. Eli. It’s because some say he speaks bad words, or that there are many prohibitions here, or that he teaches too long. However, I understand now why they speak such things. And I told myself, “What they say is wrong. It’s not true.”

On Being Baptized

I felt so happy it’s a different kind of joy. It’s like all the emotional baggage that I used to carry was gone.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

May they continue their preaching of the good news of God. I hope that their lives will be longer, and continue in persevering, in patience as they will reap the benefits that our Father and God will give them.


Sis. Alma Grace Diamante, 23, Former Catholic, Laguna Province

On Joining the Church of God

It was my boyfriend who introduced this to me. Though he was hindered by his family, he was still able to get baptized last week.

On the first day of the indoctrination, he invited me together with Bro. Lucky. Then I heard things about the Bible and I said to myself, “I’m liking this. What they say is true.” And so I decided to become a member here.”

I heard about Bro. Eli from him before. The things that Bro. Eli says, he tells me. Then, when I was able to hear them straight from Bro. Eli I found them to be true.

Everything in the doctrines is true because I experienced it as well. Especially in times, of hardships, I seek help from God, and He answers.

On Being Baptized

I cannot explain the feeling. Actually, even as the baptizer was asking me questions, my tears just fell, and it felt different.

I felt happy and at the same time inexplicably so. I don’t know; I really cannot explain it. It just feels so light.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

For Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, I hope that you will have more strength and continue in preaching the word of God. I hope that you will be able to help many more soul in instructing them towards the right path, as you have me.


Sis. Jovita Rollan, 67, Former Iglesia ni Cristo, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I can’t remember the first time that I heard The Old Path on radio, but after that I decided to get indoctrinated, and continued from then on.

On Being Baptized

I felt light. Actually, I was crying as I was being immersed in the water.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Eli, thank you because I have now found The Old Path and have known the Church of God.


Sis. Evangelina Evangelista, 72, Former Jesus Is Lord Member, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

It’s because of my eldest son, Bro. Randy Evangelista. He was the first gift to me and my husband.

My husband joined the “Suhay” [Church of God Pillar and Brace of Truth], while I joined the JIL. I was previously a Catholic, then in the Born Again with Eddie Villanueva. Then, I excluded myself from it, and just prayed to the Lord at home.

Presently, I am being healed by the Lord because I have a metal brace in my body. I underwent orthopedic surgery.

– – –

My son just shared things with me. Then he said, “Ma, just listen.” But even before that we already listened.

But then, what I didn’t like about him was that he shouted. I asked, “Is this really a pastor? Why is he so bold?” That’s just what I thought.

Gradually however, he was able to encourage me. It’s like I developed a “crush” on him.

I started listening in 1998; I was still active in the JIL back then. [Laughs] My mister really liked Bro. Eli. I told him, “He curses.” But now, as when I was getting indoctrinated, I see him now as a meek lamb.

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My son got baptized last year, and me this year. And perhaps, God willing, my other children as well. As for my husband, I don’t know yet.

When I was in the JIL, I was very active. Everything said there, I followed. I was able to bring my godchild there to be baptized, as well as me and my children.

My husband was aboard a ship then. I have five children, and what I want is wherever I am, my family will be also. I shared with them the Word of God.

– – –

I got offended one time when we attended a worship service in JIL in September.

Erap had just won the presidency back then. Now, before there was a service, like a Bible Study, etc, Pastor Sylvia said: “Parents, brethren, I have something to explain to you. I hope you won’t be offended.

“Our president now is Joseph ‘Erap’ Estrada. The scientific name of Erap is like this and like that.” I felt that I got deafened. I didn’t like what she was saying.

Even my husband got irritated, and lost interest. Another thing that my children disliked was that when they attended, they just got hungry. Also, the people there were just chatting nonsense. I didn’t anymore convinced them otherwise because they were already teenagers then. Now they have their own families.

On Being Baptized

I felt the Holy Spirit. I really felt it.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

May the Lord will for him to have a longer life that he may be able to save many more souls who are drowning [in false religions].


Sis. Roseshell Solis, 15, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

It’s only here where I heard the doctrines that are extraordinary. It’s only here where my mind got enlightened. And it’s true.

My grandmother was the one who encouraged me to join. I’m from the province and my entire family is Catholic. I’m the only member of the Church of God.

I just accompanied my grandma going to the locale, until I became a member of the Church of God.

On Being Baptized

I felt different. I felt light inside. It’s like I have a new life.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

May they take care and continue to teach here in the Church of God.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: January 22, 2016

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on January 22, 2016 at the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Sis. Angelica Villanueva, Former Catholic, 27, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I heard Bro. Eli’s words and I got encouraged by them. The words come from God; They are words of righteousness.

I started listening in January. Nobody invited me I just did that on my own. My brother-in-law is actually already a member here. So I asked him where the local was.

On Being Baptized

I felt that my spirit was relieved.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I am thankful to them because they were able to help many so you are seeking answers to their questions.


Sis. Maria Rosal Alejandro, 18, Former Catholic, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

To be able to return unto the Lord and serve him.

The first gathering that I attended was a Thanksgiving to God service. I was also able to attend the Thanksgiving of the Body or the Thanksgiving of the Whole Congregation for three days.

I just saw Bro. Eli before on television, but I haven’t heard his teachings before. But then I got indoctrinated, and the doctrines felt good to the heart.

I learned how to pray properly and how to live accordingly with non-brethren and with brethren.

On Being Baptized

It feels light inside. When I got baptized, I felt that all my sins that I have committed before were gone.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I see them preach, and for me they are very well and gifted in doing so. Thanks be to God that I am here today as a sister in faith. Thanks be to God.


Bro. Luis Abella, 55, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I have long observed different religions on television, but it is only with Bro. Eli that I have found the truth in the Bible, and not just made-up fables or stories.

I’ve been listening for nine years now actually. Whenever I come home, before going to bed I watch it. There is no other good program to watch but this. Of course, you want to watch programs with value, but with others I just end up quickly switching the channels.

On Being Baptized

Oh, the feeling is really different as compared to when I was in another religion. You will really feel a great deal of change in you here.

You can think of many benefits of it. Firstly, you felt relieved. Then, your understanding broadened and that’s the best thing.

Actually there’s no feeling that you will feel in yourself but happiness because you did it on your own volition; it feels light.

It’s not like you were just forced by circumstances or that you were pushed to do this by a friend who brought you here for example.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that their lives will be longer that many more souls will be saved. Thanks be to God.


Bro. Larry Delas Piñas, 44, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I’ve long been searching for the truth or someone sent by God who will explain the contents of the Bible. Perhaps I will never see the same kind of preaching that Bro. Eli preaches, actually even way back then.

I kind of listening to Bro. Eli on television in 2011. I even watched then the INC. Actually I even joined a religious group that is against Bro. Eli in the Year 2000.

When this fake preacher’s prophecy before didn’t come true, I said that it’s not the true church. I started then searching for the true one.

On Being Baptized

Perhaps what I really just want to happen is to belong, and to not be lost anymore. I may not understand everything completely now but I am hopeful that as time goes by, I will.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that his [Bro. Eli] life will be longer because he is already way past the prime of his life. We all know that people get weaker as we age but despite that I hope that God will give him more courage and a longer life that he may be able to reach many more people.

Also, I hope that he will often take a break at times because we all need rest. That’s all.


Bro. Luis Ambrocio, 49, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I have really been investigating religions for a long time now. I listen to the words of God that they preach and see which one is right, what their basis is.

So one day, I went to my brother in law and invited him for us to be indoctrinated. I told him that all my doubts, all the things I know to be wrong in our religions, I have learned because of all the verses in the Bible [that I heard from Bro. Eli].

On Being Baptized

Oh it feels so relieving inside. Actually even when I was just walking towards the baptistery, I was already asking the Lord for forgiveness and was thanking Him. Then after I got immersed, I felt a different feeling.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

For Bro. Eli, I think that she should stay there and may the Lord keep him there because things here in the Philippines will not bode well for him; he’ll be safer there.

May he be able to fulfill the duty that the Lord has given him there.


Bro. Joel Damayo, 47, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I joined because this is the only religion wherein everything in the Bible is being read. Many religions nowadays just read one verse repeatedly, and that would be their basis already.

I said to myself the Bible is very thick and yet I only read a small part of it. It’s like in Catholicism wherein just about three or four verses are being read and then the priest will then make jokes.

And the Born Again, they just base their entire belief system on one verse. The others just have money-making agenda. Their houses of worship are very well adorned, like their highly priced chandeliers, especially this pastor in Davao who even built his own paradise. [Laughs]

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In 2010, my daughter died of leukemia. In 2003, I lost my job; in 2000 … there were just so many problems; our small business also shot in flames.

However, I’m thankful that despite not having a stable job that you can call, but my eldest is going to graduate in college. I feel happy whenever Bro. Eli says, “I will not forsake thee.” I figured, perhaps what Bro. Eli is saying is true because not once did we falter.

My child underwent chemotherapy, 12,000 pesos per session, and yet we were able to buy medicines. Our relatives helped, my siblings, and from other people as well.

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So I said, Thanks be to God because He doesn’t forsake us despite me having faced hardships. In other words, through and through, it’s still Him that we can count on.

There are times that we are able to eat delicious food, and are able to buy the things we need. We also have good clothing. Our electricity doesn’t get cut, and we even have internet at home.

That’s why I believe that no matter how much money comes your way, if you don’t know how to spend it properly, you’ll have nothing in the end. Our livelihood is just small, but we get through it all with the help also of my siblings.

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I can’t remember when I was still in college then when I saw in a newspaper that there was a case filed against him by the Iglesia ni Cristo. I saw that when I was in Sta. Cruz; I think it was Abante.

I said, “Who is that Bro. Eliseo Soriano, and why are the Iglesia ni Cristo so angry with him that they want him jailed?” They said all sorts of things against him, like there’s money laundering or treasure hunting or whatever.

That’s the reason why I developed an interest in getting to know about him, and what he was doing with his life. I learned that he’s a leader here.

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I also started to watch “The Old Path” and the show of the INC. But even in our place, I already knew about the Iglesia ni Cristo. I hope I’m wrong, but they have a reputation of being murderers.

Like in our barangay, they try to side with those running for public office, those who are sure to win. But what does politics have to do with religion? Is it not Christ who said what is Caesar’s is Caesars, and what is the Father is the Father’s?

You cannot incorporate those two. But with them — it is — because it’s all about money; they will not vote for you if you will not give them money.

That’s why I told myself, “These people who speak against this person: I would’ve believed them if they were righteous, but they are wrongdoers. So I’m just going to investigate Bro. Eli instead.”

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He’s very good when it comes to the Bible. Even when I was just in elementary, I already read the Bible. Out of all the books that I have read, that is what really amazed me.

Imagine, you’ll discover there how the civilization of man began. The personages that you would just hear on TV, you can read it there, like Noah and his ark, like Adam and Eve.

That’s history, the history of the world! It’s like a manual. So when I heard him, I said it’s good to listen to him, and I often did. Sometimes, there would be debates, and that’s where I see the more how good Bro. Eli is.

He can rebut. He won’t be silent in the sense that he doesn’t know what to say. He doesn’t run out of answers. “This man is so good with the Bible,” I said.

Whenever someone asks him, he just gives the Bible’s verses as answers. And it’s right to the point.

On Being Baptized

I remembered all of the things that have happened in my life, like when I lost my job, my business, when I lost a daughter [to leukemia]. I remembered all of those things.

I hope that after baptism, the heavy problems that I faced would be changed. But I felt somewhat relieved actually, with His help.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that he won’t yet come back home to the Philippines. I also hope that the next president will not be afraid of the Iglesia ni Cristo, so that Bro. Eli can come home.

May God will for the next president to be bold and can resist the whims of the Iglesia ni Cristo that Bro. Eli may come home and personally see the new generation of members of the Church of God here.

But it’s okay that he’s there also, because we are able to hear him. Of course, the downside is he’s sad because he misses his relatives here, his nieces and nephews, his grandchildren, his friends. Of course he misses them, and it’s because of this Iglesia ni Cristo.

They’re very angry at him so he’s really in a difficult situation, and it’s better that he remains there for the time being. Let’s just wait for a president who is fair, who will not side with them that Bro. Eli may return home.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: January 15, 2016

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on January 15, 2016 at the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Marlon Quintero, 39, Former Freelancer, Bataan Province

On Joining the Church of God

Bro. Eli explains well. When he explains, you will really understand why, how and what is prohibited. That is what I liked about him.

On Being Baptized

I felt happy when I was baptized earlier. I was really very happy.

I was working in Makati in 1998, then an elderly person approached me. He told me to listen, and he would always invited me to attend church services. Then when I transferred to Bataan in 2004 or 2007, I listened to him. And now the person who has been my guide in joining this Church is my wife.

I have been actually indoctrinated in 2008 for about three times, but I wasn’t able to continue with baptism because my children were still small then. They ran and ran around the house, but now that they’re in college I decided to listen again.

When I was studying in high school from 1989 to 1991 I’ve already been seeing Bro. Eli on TV. Actually, my relatives are Born Again members, and whenever I tuned in to Bro. Eli, they would tell me not to listen to him; they even called it a cult.

But I said he’s really good with the Bible, and I was really amazed. Only, I was still a teenager then, and I also didn’t have any interest in religion. I only developed that when I already had four children.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that they will be able to encourage many more people like me who are thirsty for the word of God. I am really amazed and inspired by Bro. Eli because he helps even non-brethren. That is the point where I got really amazed by him. The Church of God International is really exceptional.


Sis. She Laoagan, 29, Former Protestant, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

Actually, out of all the religions that I have listened to and been to, this is the one that I believe in because this is based in the Bible.

We [my mother and I] have actually been watching Bro. Eli on TV and that’s where we first saw him. I was still in college maybe about 2002 then when I started listening, but it wasn’t continuous. We just watched him like so and so. Also, the locale was a bit far from where we lived back then.

In 2012, we moved here to Pampanga as we were from La Union. That’s the time when my mother listened continually to Bro. Eli. Then, we planned to attend the indoctrination sessions, but it didn’t materialize.

Then I went abroad. My mother however kept on listening, but didn’t get baptized. In 2012 she passed away. So I said to myself, the first thing I’m going to do when I returned here in the Philippines is to get baptized.

When I came here in July, I sought a locale that was near our place, and got indoctrinated and baptized.

On Being Baptized

I felt renewed. Actually even as I was just entering the baptistery, and even just during the singing of hymns, I couldn’t stop from crying already. I could just feel that there was something different about it, and especially when I got baptized already.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel many, many thanks to them because they have been the instruments for me to be able to return unto God.


Bro. Kerby Espinosa, 24, Former Catholic, Bicol Province

On Joining the Church of God

Firstly, the reason why I wanted to join the Church is because I see many learnings in this Church.
It’s unlike in other religions wherein, despite the teachings are written in the Bible, they don’t teach all of them. Above all, I have seen many doctrines here that have truly enlightened me.

I started listening through UNTV Radio. Before I joined, I listened on radio as they also air Bible Expositions there. I heard the questions of the events’ guests and also those who wish to join the Church. I just started listening in August 2015.

On Being Baptized

I felt something changed in my being after I got baptized. My mind has been enlightened, and I feel that I want to obey all the commandments of God.

I actually got hit by a motorcycle before baptism. But instead of being angry at the driver and filing a complaint, I just advised him to take care the next time.

I wanted to get to the locale as soon as possible because I didn’t want to be late for my baptism and not get baptized.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

First of all, I am thankful to the Church as I saw that there are truly many good teachings and things that members here can learn.


Bro. Albert Oviedo, 40, Former Catholic,

On Joining the Church of God

I became a member of the Church of God because of my wife who is a member as well. She’s about 12 years in the Church already.

In the long time that we’ve been together, she never forced me to join. I just always accompanied her until the teachings entered my heart. [Cries]

I’ve been listening for a decade already actually. However, from 2014 to 2015, I’ve continually been attending all the Church services: Thanksgivings, worship services, prayer meetings. Sometimes though I wasn’t able to attend because there were conflicts at work.

On Being Baptized

I just really felt that I was being called.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

For Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, I thank them because of their desire to preach the true Gospel. Many, many thanks unto God.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: January 8, 2016

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on January 8, 2016 at the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center.

Bro. Richard Haton, Former Born Again, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I saw my friend once watching Bro. Eli. Then, we had a deal with each other that we would attend each other’s ministry.

I was Born Again and she was in The Old Path [the Church of God International]. Now, she attended our gatherings twice, and so did I in hers.

Once our deal was over, I then realized that there were changes in me when I attended here in the Church of God.

I’ve actually long been in the Born Again, almost a year, but I never learned there the right way to kneel, to pray.

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So I continued watching the program [Ang Dating Daan] on TV, and on Youtube, I watched Bro. Eli’s debates. Thus, the questions in my mind were answered.

I guess that’s how the Lord God called me for me to attend the indoctrination.

When I got indoctrinated, it took me an extra seven (7) days, a total of three weeks to finish it. I kept on trying because nightly I would dream already of me swimming in a pool, or that I would be taking a shower and the dipper was small so I looked for a big bowl to pour water with over my head.

That’s when I thought that perhaps I really need to be baptized already, and obey the laws of the Lord God.

On Being Baptized

I felt happy, and the heaviness in my heart and mind have been lifted.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Firstly, I thank the Father God that with the help of the Lord Jesus, He is using Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel in preaching His words.

I am also wholeheartedly giving thanks because whenever I look at Bro. Eli’s face, I feel as if it’s not him anymore who is speaking, but the Holy Spirit of the Lord God who is in him.

It is rare for people to be instructed by the Spirit in all knowledge of the Bible’s verses. So Bro. Eli holds a lot of mysteries from the Lord God for him to be able to be enlightened of such truths.

So I really hope that those who haven’t yet accepted the teachings of Bro. Eli may continue to listen and investigate for the salvation of their souls, and of their families’ as well.


Sis.  Klarine Xyris Ibañez, 26, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

I was lead to the right religion with the help of my parents.

It was my father, Bro. Edgardo Ybañez who became a member first, and then my mother and my brother Cliff.

I am happy and thankful that finally I have found the true religion, and is with the Lord daily, and our Creator, the Father God.

On Being Baptized

Today, January 8, 2016 I was baptized at 11:09 am, with the help and mercy of the Lord, by Bro. Lito Quizon.

I felt so happy, and even when I was just listening to the doctrines of Bro. Eli. I really felt enlightened. My closed eyes have been opened unto the truth.

I thought that my former ways were right, but I have known them now to be false beliefs.

Now I feel that my heart is so pure, and that anytime I call unto the Lord, He will listen to me because I have a clean heart now.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Hello Bro. Eli. When I first listened to your teachings through my papa, I had reservations still.

But with God’s help and mercy, in my daily listening to the doctrines, I believed already.

Bro. Eli, I hope that you and Bro. Daniel will be given more strength that you may be able to continue your good works. You are the true men sent by the Lord, and you have helped many brethren [and non-members as well]. Thank you.


Bro. Alexis B. Sajul, 24, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

It was through my brother [that I got to know about the Church of God International].

Before, I didn’t believe in Bro. Eli. I was sometimes able to watch him, but I didn’t believe because I thought that what he said was just nothing.

Now, when I was able to go to the locale, I heard things that only Bro. Eli was saying, things that I never heard from Catholicism.

So that’s when I started and continued ever since without any doubts anymore.

On Being Baptized

What I felt after baptism is that my body was so light, and it’s like you’re not thinking of any problems at all.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, thanks, because if it weren’t for you, I would be able to be close unto the Lord, because you became examples for people to learn what is right, what we must emulate, what we must do for the Lord.


Sis. Welcyn Lagunte, 16, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I was first a Catholic, then became a being Born Again, then a Mormon, then an Iglesia ni Cristo member.

When I was in the Iglesia ni Cristo [Church of Christ], they said we shouldn’t watch The Old Path of Bro. Eli, because we would be misled.

But I got curious because, “How would we be misled?” So I got thrilled to watch it.

Then one time we had a worship service and a friend of mine invited me to a church gathering here and she brought me here. My friend just got baptized last week.

I’ve already been to so many different kinds of religions, but then I wondered, “Shouldn’t I have been changed after being baptized?”

However here, it’s different, because even as I was just being indoctrinated I already felt a different kind of feeling; I felt excitement and that feeling of knowing that this is indeed the true religion.

On Being Baptized

I can’t explain it; it’s inexplicable. My heart is overflowing with joy.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Thank you because if it weren’t for you, we wouldn’t know the right doctrines, and we wouldn’t know about the religions that say that they are the true ones but are only deceiving us.


Sis. Judy Touchette Terrado, 51, Former Catholic, Rizal Province

On Joining the Church of God

My husband has been a member since 2006. But as for me I have been listening to Bro. Eli since childhood on radio.

Only, my father was a devout Catholic and their belief was that where they fell in, that’s where they’ll stay.

I attended in the the Iglesia ni Cristo [Church of Christ of Manalo], but I didn’t get baptized. I also attended the gatherings of the Baptist, and that’s when the time when I became eager to teach children, but I didn’t get baptized as well.

My father got mad when he heard of my religious investigation because he told me where you fell in, that’s where you should stay, and not go to any other place.

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Then my husband and I were listening to Bro. Eli, and I got surprised when he got baptized in Dubai. As for me I was listening, and as for my father, he said that what Bro. Eli was saying is true. He was a corsilista so he knows about the Bible.

So I decided to join now, and I believe that God has called me now. Two years ago, I had already been indoctrinated, and I finished it. But on the day when we were supposed to be baptized, something terrible happened. I [learned I had] developed cancer.

When I woke up after the operation, I realized that maybe this is God’s way of telling me [to return unto Him already]. Then I just asked Him, “Just please let my husband go home for good and I will really join the church.”

Perhaps it’s God’s way, because ever since I got operated, I would thank God for every morning that I saw. So I entrust my life to Him, whatever he wants to do with it. And now I really feel the doctrines; I understand them, and I believe that that understanding comes from God.

Last week he invited me to attend the indoctrination but I wasn’t able to go. But this time around I said that I really had to pursue this. The Church Workers gave us special sessions; they went to our warehouse for me to be indoctrinated.

On Being Baptized

Last night, I couldn’t sleep because all I did was just urinate with blood. I was sitting on the toilet bowl all night, and felt weak. But after I got baptized, I felt relieved and even my urination became okay.

All I could say afterwards was that, “God, thank you and I hope that I will be able to continue until the end.” Actually, I no longer take medicines. I also regret having my breast removed, because ever since I was a child, it was always the Lord whom I asked help from. So He is what I’m going to count on from now on.

I got baptized so that we will also be examples to my two children that they may also understand what the will of God is for our family, and also for my mother because my father has passed away already. But actually, he told me that when I get baptized he would also follow. My mother is Anita and she’s turning 82 in March.

I felt so good after baptism.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I am really amazed by Bro. Eli. With Bro. Daniel, even when he was still on the morning show on Channel 7, I’ve been listening to him already. I was actually surprised that he wasn’t there anymore, but later I found him on UNTV.

Thanks be to the Lord because He uses them. They’re not like other pastors who are greedy, but they really care for the spiritual welfare of people.

I pray to the Lord that Bro. Eli’s health will be better, because when Bro. Eli speaks. I really understand him. With other pastors? No.

Other pastors seem to be very mild-mannered, but him, he rebukes and it’s because he wants for the spiritual well-being of people to be really well.

I was actually surprised the first time I came here because Bro. Eli didn’t ask for any financial contributions. And we were actually the ones, my mother and I, that were asking the Church Workers permission to let us give. It’s unlike in the Baptist or in the INC wherein even when we had just started, they were asking us for financial donations.

May the Lord continue to give them more strength that they may be able to save more souls. Many, many thanks unto God.


Sis. Nenita Touche, 81, Former Catholic

On Joining the Church of God

I listened continually to Bro. Eli’s teachings as my daughter had CDs of Bro. Eli answering questions from people. I know that what I hear from Bro. Eli is in the Bible.

Only, I read the Bible before but I didn’t understand it. But when I attended the church services here I understood the meaning.

I believe that my mind has been enlightened. It’s unlike in Catholicism wherein you just attend mass, but there’s no explanation as to why things are like this and like so.

My other son is a Born Again Christian and is a pastor there, and they would invite us to attend in their gatherings. Sometimes, they would go to our house to pick us up in their car, but we wouldn’t be able to go as something always came up, like me having a stomach ache or something.

Here, I am able to attend on Sundays, and when my son-in-law came home here, we got indoctrinated. And understood the things that Bro. Eli is speaking. Now I am here in The Old Path [the Church of God International]. This is what I have found in life; that’s all I can say.

On Being Baptized

I used to feel heavy at times, even feverish and my body always felt warm. Then after I got baptized, I really felt light and relieved and happy.

I even cried because I remembered the sins I have done ever since I was young and up to this age. I felt very light, and I’m not always angry anymore.

I hope that I will be able to participate in the works of the ministry. I hope that the Lord will give me strength for me to be able to fulfill my duties. That is my prayer to God, for Him to give me strength that I may be able to help the ministry; that is what I wish. I am thankful that I am here.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I am thankful for them because of the doctrines that they read in the Bible and give to people. Now, I understand what I used to only read in the Bible and not know the explanation behind it. Bro. Eli gives the definitions I am able to understand them.

I’m happy that my mind has been enlightened that this is the truth and now I’m here. Many, many thanks unto the Lord that’s all I can say.

To God be the glory!

Simultaneous MCGI Bible Expositions in English, Tagalog, Trend on PH Twitter

A visitor from Melbourne, Australia asks a question of faith to MCGI Overall Servant and Bible Exposition host Bro. Eli Soriano during the live English Bible Exposition on January 31, 2016. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
A visitor from Melbourne, Australia asks a question of faith to MCGI Overall Servant and Bible Exposition host Bro. Eli Soriano during the live English Bible Exposition on January 31, 2016. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Apalit, Pampanga—Two consecutive Bible Exposition events of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) made waves on Twitter PH’s top trends.

Assistant to the Overall Servant to MCGI Bro. Daniel Razon announced the Twitter milestones during the Thanksgiving to God service on February 6.

“Thanks be to God, last night, during our [Worldwide Bible] Exposition, there was a simultaneous Twitter discussion wherein our live Bible Exposition reached the No. 1 spot of the Philippine trends, brethren,” said Bro. Daniel.

“This is why if we work together, works and endeavors that are of God will push through and progress, with God’s help and mercy,” added Bro. Razon.

The most recent between the two Bible Exposition events of MCGI was the monthly Worldwide Bible Exposition held on February 5, whereby the event’s real-time Twitter discussion hashtag, #TheLiveBibleExposition, immediately climbed the Top 10 of the Philippines Trends.

The #TheLiveBibleExposition discussion, which was joined in by netizens locally and abroad, helped propel the hashtag up fast from fourth, third, second to the No. 1 spot as of 7:27 p.m. that same evening.

MCGI’s official twitter accounts named after its award-winning religious program The Old Path, regularly host the live Twitter discussion during Bible Exposition events. Giving live updates of the events in English and Filipino, respectively, are @TheOldPathTV and @AngDatingDaanTV.

Set on an earlier date, the English Bible Exposition Twitter discussion also started strong at No. 2 spot on the Philippine Trends. The official hashtag which trended on January 30, at 7:50 a.m. PHT, was #AskBroEliTheBibleAnswers.

The English version of the Bible Exposition, which aims to answer queries from English-speaking audiences such as the United States, Canada, UK and Australia, was streamed live on The Old Path’s official Youtube channel.

The monthly worldwide Bible Exposition entertains questions of faith from guests in different corners of the globe, and is broadcasted in all MCGI Coordinating Centers in the Philippines and via satellite in six of the seven continents.

The most recent Bible Exposition included guests from the Middle East, Asia-Oceania, and far places in the Philippines such as Cotabato City, Northern Samar, La Union, Valenzuela City and even Antipolo City Jail in the province of Rizal.

(Written by Sis Pauline Arellano)