From Philippines to Colombia: MCGI Joins UNTV Life’s 11th Anniversary Celebration

The Members Church of God International (MCGI) took part in UNTV Life’s 11th year anniversary, embarking on multiple public service initiatives from across the Philippines to different parts of the world.

Members in Bataan, Iloilo, and Bulacan, to state a few, participated in cleanup drives in barangays, which also served as an anti-dengue activity by clearing out possible mosquito-breeding areas.

Video: More than 500 fruit-bearing tree seedlings planted in Nueva Ecija

In Nueva Ecija, members took part in planting 500 seedlings of fruit-bearing trees on a mountain in Brgy. Sto. Niño. The effort is part of MCGI and UNTV’s tree-planting advocacy to help fight climate change.

“I hope that there will be more agencies or groups like this that show concern for the environment,” said Brgy. Chairperson Romeo Mangaliman of Mulawin, Orani, Bataan about UNTV and MCGI’s efforts.

Video: 1,000 mangrove seedlings planted in Masbate

Meanwhile, about 1,000 mangrove seedlings were planted in Masbate City in Southern Philippines, where its residents rely mostly on fishing as their income source.

Mangroves serve as an abode and birthplace of fish. However, a series of floods and super-typhoons like Ruby and Yolanda have destroyed the mangrove ecosystem in the area, greatly affecting their livelihood.

From Community to Elderly Care, Locally and Globally

Over 200 residents of elderly care facilities in Bogota, Medellin, and Bucaramanga in Colombia received a warm visit, free meals and gifts from MCGI and UNTV volunteers.

Video: MCGI and UNTV Visit Over 200 Elderlies in Colombia

Carlos Julio Aguilar Alvarez, 74, is a two-year resident of Fundacion de Albeiro Vargas y Angel Custodio. He told the UNTV news team in Colombia that he seldom sees his loved ones, and thanked the channel for giving what elderlies like him need.

“On their 11th anniversary, they chose to help the elderly. This deed is something valuable,” said Albeiro Vargas, the foundation’s founder.

Video: Elders in Brazil Receive Entertainment, Gifts, Meals from UNTV and MCGI

“We thank God, and we are honored to help and to take part in this kind of endeavor that UNTV has started in the Philippines, and now, we have it here in Brazil too,” expressed Bro. Jander Ferreira Toledo, an MCGI member in Brazil.

Helping the Homeless and the Hungry

In the USA, MCGI and the broadcast network also helped at Habitat for Humanity in Maryland. The volunteers lent their hands in lifting and shelving the organization’s merchandize and construction materials, which the same uses to help build affordable and environment-friendly homes for the marginalized.

Video: Lending Helping Hands for Habitat for Humanity

“They’ve come together and done an amazing job as a team, and helped Habitat for Humanity, ReStore, make some more money to help more families,” said its manager, Heather Cummings.

“Happy 11th anniversary to UNTV!” she greeted.

Meanwhile in Texas, MCGI parents and children spent their family day to help out at the Houston Food Bank by boxing food items for shipment to hunger-relief charities.

Video: Volunteering at Houston Food Bank

The collective effort of the MCGI and UNTV volunteers resulted to a total of 900 boxes.

Volunteer manager Jim Day said of the effort, “I’d like to thank Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel for mobilizing volunteers here to us today at the Houston Food Bank.”

Known as the Philippines Public service Channel, UNTV Life offers a variety of services including a free clinic and pharmacy (Clinic ni Kuya); and free land, sea, and air rides (Libreng Sakay).

A member of the Church of God International hands out free meals at an elderly care facility in Singapore. MCGI visited SilverAce Ntuc Eldercare as part of UNTV's 11th anniversary celebration. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
A member of the Church of God International hands out free meals at an elderly care facility in Singapore. MCGI visited SilverAce Ntuc Eldercare as part of UNTV’s 11th anniversary celebration. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

UNTV, now UNTV Life, started in 2004 under the helm of veteran broadcast journalist Daniel Razon. Razon is Assistant to the Overall Servant of MCGI, Bro. Eli Soriano.

Through the leadership of the MCGI Overall Servants, the religious organization has been supporting the network’s various good works throughout the years.

(Written by Rigor Arellano)

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 Overall Servants Dedicate a Day of Charity Works to Nueva Ecija Brethren

About 400 brethren received medical and dental care on February 10, the day when Bro. Eli
 Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon dedicated a whole day of charity works for Church members in the
 Nueva Ecija province.

The Overall Servants to the Members Church of God 
International (MCGI) also extended health care checkups for both adults and children and 
gave eyeglasses and dentures, all for free.

Both in tears, a member in Nueva Ecija Province hugging Bro. Daniel Razon during his visit on February 10, 2013.
Both in tears, a member in Nueva Ecija Province hugging Bro. Daniel Razon during his visit on February 10, 2013.

Bro. Daniel visited the brethren in Nueva Ecija, a province north of Manila, to personally
 oversee the charity outreach, including the distribution of gift packages that include food,
 money and health supplements.

MCGI gives special consideration to the widows, orphans and the elderly with James 1:27 as 
basis when mounting charity works.

In the evening, Bro. Eli gave time to hear about the members’ 
problems in life and faith during the Consultation segment of the program. The international evangelist heard and addressed members’ concerns via live video streaming.

Rendering his voice to inspirational songs of praise, Bro. Daniel held a concert to the sincere delight of the brethren.
Rendering his voice to inspirational songs of praise, Bro. Daniel held a concert to the sincere delight of the brethren.

Bro. Daniel, who is also himself a singer and songwriter, capped the day by throwing a
 concert for the brethren. Crooning songs of praise and encouragement, Bro. Daniel rendered
 musical numbers of faith that brought many smiles and tears to the members. He was joined
 on stage by the ADD Band, the Music Ministry Core, and the Teatro Kristiano.

The whole-day event ensued as a follow-up activity after Bro. Daniel’s visit to the Church
 region on January 27 this year, as part of MCGI Overall Servants’ duty to visit the brethren and know their condition in faith.

Doing good to others especially to members is one of the Church’s doctrines, as written in 
Galatians 6:10. Hence, its various daily public service works through media network UNTV and the ADD Foundation.

(Words by Rigor Arellano, Photos by Kenji Hasegawa)

Members of the Church of God International to Hold Nationwide Simultaneous Medical Mission in February

Members Church of God International partners with media network UNTV for medical mission in 2012.
A member of the Church of God International hands free medicines in a medical outreach with media partner UNTV in 2012.

The Members Church of God International (MCGI) is conducting next month its first massive public service event for 2013 dubbed as the Nationwide Simultaneous Medical Mission to be held in over 10 key locations in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Slated on February 24 of current year, the Medical Mission is being undertaken through the ADD Foundation as a yearly public charity commitment of MCGI and Bro. Daniel Razon to the Rotary Club of the Philippines. Bro Daniel, the Vice-Presiding Minister, has been a member of the Rotary Club of Kamuning for several years already.

Last year’s Simultaneous Medical Mission had served a total of 14,563 people. Out of the recorded figure, there were 7,872 who received free pedia care and dental care while 6,691 were given free health medications. From last year’s eight selected venues visited by the Medical Mission, including Quezon City, Laguna, Sorsogon, and Iloilo, among others, the activity will extend to two more places.

“This year’s medical mission will be even bigger with the addition of minor surgical services,” said ADD Foundation representative, Ms. Cyril Oira.

In a 2009 household survey conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), the average amount of prescription needed to remedy acute illness would already amount to P485 ($11.59) while medicines for chronic diseases would amount to P946 ($22.52). The said amount excludes the extra expenses attached to renting medical equipment, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Mounting bigger, massive medical missions such as this one is only part of the regular medical health services given free by the organization through its charitable arm, Kamanggagawa Foundation and in cooperation with UNTV.

The Clinic ni Kuya Daniel stations, whose main clinic is at the UNTV Building, are established in various locations locally. Medical missions last year benefitted more than 170,000 people across the Philippines and abroad.

Other public service works being maintained by the ADD Foundation include the Transient Home in Quezon City and Pampanga, blood donation drives where its next massive undertaking will be held in March this year.

Source:

WHO survey. The Philippine Daily Inquirer. Available on: opinion.inquirer.net/33107/medicines-still-beyond-reach-of-many

(Written by: Faye Ferrera)

MCGI Calls for Good Works, Not Fireworks for 2013

As the rest of the world lit up firecrackers to welcome 2013, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) lit up faces by giving food and money to indigents on the streets.

“I’m really happy. It’s my first time to receive such gifts from anyone,” said a recipient living along Taft Avenue in Manila. She and her mother were some of the families helped by MCGI and media network UNTV during the latter’s Repaso 2012 coverage on December 31st.

MCGI gave away food to street dwellers on December 31, 2012.
MCGI gave food and money to a woman and her mother roofed by the Light Railway Transit or LRT along Taft Avenue in Manila.

Through UNTV News and Rescue teams roving the streets of Manila, MCGI’s food and livelihood giveaways found their way to the hands of poor families and individuals.

Along Roxas Boulevard, two families sharing a side of the road for shelter thanked UNTV and MCGI Leaders Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon for the gifts they received.

Seeing however that the said families had little children and infants, Kuya Daniel tasked the UNTV team to bring the indigents to the Clinic ni Kuya for checkups and vaccines.

Two families receive gifts from MCGI on December 31st 2012.
Two families in Manila composed mostly of women and children hold gifts from MCGI as they spend the eve of December 31st on the corner of Pedro Gil street.

Also among the recipients was a 70-year old man who came to Manila in 1955. He has been roaming the streets of the Philippine capital ever since. The old man was very thankful for the “blessing” he received.

Food Over Fireworks

“Would a rich family who spends PHP 100,000 on fireworks in a single night be willing to give it to the poor?,” was a question that Bro. Daniel posed during the Repaso 2012 coverage on UNTV. The veteran broadcaster is known in the country as “Kuya Daniel” for his various public service initiatives.

Apart from campaigning against public use of fireworks in new year celebrations, Kuya Daniel urged viewers to instead use the money to help others, like by giving food. This is the same principle that Bro. Eli has been booming in his Bible Expositions, The Old Path (Ang Dating Daan) program, and even on social media.

An old man living on the streets receive a gift of love from MCGI on New Year's Eve 2012.
Alone on a pavement of Roxas Boulevard during the New Year celebration, an old man accepts the gift from MCGI and UNTV.

Bro Eli, using his @BroEliSoriano account on Twitter, tweeted in 2009, “If every centavo used for firecrackers will be utilized to help the poor, it’s more than enough to feed them for the whole year.”

This year, the International Evangelist tweeted on December 31 that his followers save instead the money they would have spent on fireworks, and “save it for a better opportunity to help the needy.” He added that “GW [God willing] we will launch a campaign for the hungry.”

Written by: Rigor Arellano

Photography by: Mark Santillan

MCGI Holds Fundraising Family Concert to Build Bigger Convention Center

Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon led the congregation to a meaningful night of songs, moving pictures, and great performances in one charity concert titled, “Ngayon, Bukas at Kailanman,” held on December 24, 2012.

Especially dedicated for the families of Members Church of God International (MCGI), the concert started at around 8 p.m., just few hours after the Three-day International Thanksgiving for the end quarter of 2012.

MCGI's Music Ministry Core starts the night's festivities with a musical number.
The Music Ministry Core started the music playing for Ngayon, Bukas, Kailanman fundraising concert on December 24, 2012.

“You know the reason why we are doing this (concert) … which is for the glory of our God,” said Bro. Eli. He added that the aim of the concert is to raise funds for the construction of a bigger convention and conference facility in the National Capital Region dedicated for the millennial reign of Jesus Christ.

Ms. Pilita Corrales croons classic Filipino songs for the benefit event.
Asia’s Queen of Songs, Ms. Pilita Corrales, graced the fund-raising concert as she sang Filipino classics that her timeless voice made unforgettable in the hearts of many.

The family concert featured heartfelt interpretations of songs of love from Bro Eli. and Bro. Daniel with special guests, Ms. Pilita Corrales and Hammilan. The MCGI’s Teatro Kristiano and Music Ministry also performed during the event.

Ms. Pilita Corrales sings a duet with Bro. Eli Soriano via live video streaming.
Ms. Pilita Corrrales stood by the big LED screen as she waited for her singing partner, Bro. Eli Soriano, to finish his part in one of the songs during the fund-raising event.

The key performances of the evening serve as punctuations in every clip of the short film presented during the concert. Conceptualized by Kuya Daniel, the motion picture starred Boots Anson-Roa, Dante Rivero, Isabel Oli, JC De Vera, Louella De Cordova, Richard Reynoso, and Kuya Daniel Razon.

Local and foreign love songs from yesteryears to contemporary times performed during the evening include Filipino classics “Ikaw Lamang ang Aking Iibigin” and “Kahit Maputi na ang Buhok Ko,” Adele’s “Someone Like You,” and also the Korean pop hit “Oppa Gangnam Style.”

Mr. Public Service Kuya Daniel Razon renders his musical talents for charity.
Known in the Philippines as Mr. Public Service, Kuya (Big Brother) Daniel Razon, together with the Music Ministry Core, renders his musical talents for the Church’s benefit concert.

Bro. Eli mentioned during the concert that the convention center will be built in a six-hectare land in the Metro Manila area, which can accommodate double the number of people that the ADD Convention Center can handle.

Regarded as one of the biggest in the North Luzon region, the MCGI Headquarters in the Pampanga province is venue for the organization’s many international gatherings capable of holding up to 50,000 people.

MCGI Leaders render their talents and more in service to God and humanity.
Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel have done fund-raising concerts in the past inspired by the will to do good to all men, as written in Galatians 6:10.

Earlier concerts organized by MCGI benefitted the organization’s maintenance of its charity works, which include its feeding and free education programs. The construction of the Transient Home building in Quezon City and the La Verdad Christian School branches in Apalit, Pampanga and Caloocan City was partly-funded by similar charity events held in he past years.

The most recent concert at the ADD Convention Center was held in November titled, “Keeping the Love Alive,” where Air Supply was the special guest. This followed the “We Are Blessed” concert in April with The Cascades.

(Written by: Neil Kristoffer Dizon)

Thousand Blood Donors Expected for 4th Quarter Blood Donation Drive of MCGI

MCGI donors at the ADD Transient Home in Pampanga take part in a Mass Blood Donation drive in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross.

The charity arm of the Members Church of God International is expecting thousands of volunteer blood donors – regulars and first-timers – to participate in its upcoming Mass Blood Donation drive on December 16 in up to 54 key points nationwide.

Ang Dating Daan Foundation International Inc. or ADD Foundation is under the leadership of International Evangelist, Bro. Eli Soriano with Kuya Daniel Razon, also known as the country’s Mr. Public Service.

Together with its constant partner, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), the aim is to meet the approximately 2,500 units of blood per day that the agency needed. The agency is confident that this supply will be reached if it will partner with MCGI, which it awarded in 2009 for being an outstanding blood donor.

For the past three years, an annual doubling-up donation rate can be noticed: in 2009, there were 2,653 blood bags collected, then this rose in 2010 to 5,139, and last year, there were 10,693. The Foundation is estimating another four-digit figure to round up this year’s contribution to the PRC by the MCGI.

Since this endeavor’s inception in the 90’s, the organization has welcomed and continues to welcome a large number of willing donors to support the blood donation cause. Meanwhile, volunteer donors would physically benefit from this initiative since the body naturally replenish with new ones every ounce of blood lost through this procedure.

“It was around 2005 when I first joined this undertaking,” said 56-year-old Macario Santos of Nueva Ecija. “From that time, I did not have any heart disease. I always feel like I am getting younger. That is also my wife’s and my friends’ observation.”

Apart from this public charity activity, the MCGI through ADD Foundation also mounts its daily free medical-dental missions in metropolitan and far-flung areas in the country. Moreover, ADD Foundation also takes charge in the operation of its Infant Care Center, home for abandoned babies, and Transient House with branches in Apalit, Pampanga and in Brgy. Philam, EDSA, Quezon City.

(Written by: Emmy Borromeo)

Citizen Group Thanks MCGI Servants For Macabebe Medical Mission

A representative of IMPACT, a citizen group in Macabebe, Bulacan, Philippines visited MCGI during a Bible Expo for the Church's immediate medical mission and aide at a time of calamity.
A representative of IMPACT, a citizen group in Macabebe, Bulacan, Philippines visited MCGI during a Bible Expo for the Church’s immediate help at a time of calamity.

A private group of concerned citizens expressed gratitude to the ADD Foundation, the official charity institution of the Members Church of God International, for the medical mission it mounted in a barangay in Macabebe, Pampanga last month this year.

Lito Baluyot, a representative volunteer of the Intrepid Movement of People Against Crime and Terrorism (IMPACT), visited the ADD Convention Center to thank Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon during the Bible Exposition last July 27, 2012.

“Thank you very, very much to your Foundation. Through you, many residents from our barangay were assisted. We hope this won’t be the first and last time that you will help us,” said Mr. Baluyot, a resident of the town of Macabebe, in the Pampanga province, Philippines. In the July 22 medical mission by MCGI in Mr. Baluyot’s barangay, there were up to 1,517 Macabebe residents, including townsfolk from adjacent places who were rendered assistance.

For his part, Bro. Eli also offered to provide assistance to IMPACT whose personnel according to Mr. Baluyot neither receive allowance nor compensation because of their volunteer status. “We can help [you] in different ways like with your uniform or your fare allowance God willing,” the Overall Servant to the MCGI continued.

IMPACT is a private organization that aims to unite Filipinos to stand against crime and other matters deemed offensive to the law. The non-profit group aims to revive “bayanihan,” which is one of the trademark Filipino values that promote unity and the concerted effort among neighbors.

Bro. Daniel, on the other hand, affirmed what the International Evangelist said, indicating that the MCGI group “have medical missions everyday and clinics which are open daily for you.” Bro. Daniel suggested to Mr. Baluyot that a meeting with IMPACT may be held soon to thresh out more public service works they can do together.

As the charity and public service arm of the MCGI, the ADD Foundation Incorporated provides medical, dental, legal and other forms of assistance to the public, especially to the marginalized members of society.

(Written by: Apple Arco)

MCGI Renders Assistance to Flood Victims in Davao

A Church member gives relief goods to a resident of Apalit, Pampanga when floods due to continuous rain hit the town in 2012.

The Members Church of God International (MCGI) carried out relief missions in Davao, Philippines after a flash flood hit the city on June 28. Days of heavy rain made the Pangi River to overflow causing a ten-foot high flood that severely affected residential areas in five barangays. To date, the flood claimed 30 lives and displaced about 15,000 families.

Through the leadership of Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon, Presiding and Vice Presiding Ministers to MCGI, the victims at the evacuation centers were supplied food, clean drinking water, clothing, and medicines.

General medicine and dental services were also provided to the residents of Matina, one of worst-flooded towns in Davao. The medical services benefited 246 individuals.

In addition, a feeding program was put up: hot soup and porridge were served to families who had gone almost a week without food and had no means to cook.

MCGI missionaries assigned in Davao were grateful that the local congregation remained safe while floods devastated many areas. One missionary said, “This phenomenon shows how fortunate MCGI is to have a compassionate God, and to have preachers in the persons of Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon who look after its welfare. Thanks be to God!”

On July 10, during the 7th anniversary of UNTV, MCGI-Davao will return to do a second round of expanded relief missions, but this time adding a clean-up drive in muddied towns. The congregation anticipates serving more families and individuals on that day.

Local authorities in Davao compared the flash flood to the onslaught of Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) when it hit the Philippines in 2009. They said that this is the first time in Davao’s history that a flood almost wiped-out two large communities from the map. Chocolate-colored waters rushed from the overflowed Pangi River, swallowing everything in its path. This was after the six-hour rainfall slugged the towns of Matina and Bangkal, another flood-stricken community.

(Written by: Cecile Vizcaya)

Bro. Eli Doles Out Free Vitamins, Medicines for MCGI Congregation

As part of his commitment to public service and to looking after the well-being of the Members Church of God International, Bro. Eli Soriano recently dispensed 1,000 boxes of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) and medicines for free, especially to low-income members in the Philippines.

The distribution commenced during the Church’s celebration of its second Quarterly International Thanksgiving this year, the last week of June.

Some 1,000 boxes of Vitamin C were dispensed for free at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga during the last week of June.
Some 1,000 boxes of Vitamin C were dispensed for free at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga during the last week of June.

The presiding minister to MCGI noted in his sermon that the resident doctor at the ADD Polyclinic and Pharmacy in Apalit, Pampanga had requested him for all sorts of “anti’s”: antibiotics, antivirals, and the like in preparation for the three-day event.

The bulk of ascorbic acid, however, is Bro. Eli’s additional gift, after having tried Vitamin C therapy. The polyclinic and pharmacy render services and give medicines to brethren and visitors alike for free.

Low-income congregants with heart problems were prioritized during the distribution of the Vitamin C.
Members line up at the ADD Polyclinic in Apalit, Pampanga for free Vitamin C.

Bro. Eli, who in his younger years was plagued by asthma and rheumatic heart disease, asserts that Vitamin C is indeed very beneficial. Prior to endorsing the said supplement, Bro. Eli had experienced Vitamin C therapy himself.

He couples his intake with a sulfur-rich organic diet, consisting of green vegetables and bulbous roots like onions and garlic. The regimen had improved his condition, as his personal physician-dietician attested.

“I encourage all to try alternative and preventive approaches in maintaining health,” Bro. Eli said. “This is also to spare ourselves of expensive and traditional treatments we are accustomed to. Let us go for more natural ways to stay healthy.”

Shown here is a long queue of congregants to get their free supply of Vitamin C.
The ADD Polyclinic at Apalit, Pampanga is a free institution that caters to members and non-members alike.

Bro. Eli also discussed his readings of researches of scientists and experts from reputable associations about Vitamin C. Further, member doctors, dieticians, pharmacists, and chemists gave their opinion on the matter.

The discussion, Bro. Eli said, is a healthy and relevant thing, “something that allows us to know more so that we know how to serve God better and not with sickly bodies.”

Members who are experiencing heart ailments, blood pressure fluctuations, and other Vitamin C deficiency-related diseases are first to be served.

The distribution of the 1,000 boxes of Vitamin C is not the first such medical assistance rendered to the congregants by Bro. Eli Soriano. He has been rendering, together with Bro. Daniel Razon, public charity works every Saturday at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.
The distribution of the 1,000 boxes of Vitamin C is not the first such medical assistance rendered to the congregants by Bro. Eli Soriano. He has been rendering, together with Bro. Daniel Razon, public charity works every Saturday at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

This is not the first time that Bro. Eli is giving out medical assistance, supplements, and medicines. Back in the Philippines, he led many initiatives to ensure the health and well-being of the Congregation and his fellow Filipinos.

Witnesses and beneficiaries attest to Bro. Eli’s concern, especially for children, whenever epidemics and diseases take a toll on the health of many. He supervises the administration of vaccines and distribution of medicines in the places he visits.

The efforts eventually led to more massive health campaigns and medical missions in the depressed areas in the country capital to the provincial and remotest regions. Together with Bro. Daniel Razon, his Vice Presiding Minister, their small start-off turned to a thriving charity work, inspiring similar actions here and abroad.

Even during regular Thanksgiving services, volunteer medical practitioners provide medical help and assistance to members who visit the ADD Infirmary.
Even during regular Thanksgiving services, volunteer medical practitioners provide medical help and assistance to members who visit the ADD Infirmary.

Bro. Eli and Bro Daniel also introduced a mobile clinic complete with basic medical facilities, currently serving those who have to travel several kilometers to reach the nearest hospital.

The move is also of good timing since the Philippines is continuously battered by storms and other weather disturbances providing the attendant conditions for the rise of communicable diseases.

(Written by: Cecile Vizcaya)


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