Bro Eli Offers Thanksgiving For A Thousand New Members in the Church of God, Broadcasting Milestones

For the more than thousands newly-baptized during the first Mass Baptism of 2013, new broadcasting facilities, and more, Bro. Eli lead the brethren in offering the sacrifices of thanksgiving last January 26 this year.

Newly Baptized Members

Around 1,200 new members were added in the fold, mostly coming from so many different religions and nationalities. This was accounted to by Bro Eli as the primary reason of his thanksgiving offering that day. Hence, loud cheers and appreciation greeted the announcement of thanksgiving by the Presiding Minister to the Members Church of God International (MCGI).

A Mass Baptim in the Church of God is held twice a month, following after more or less two weeks of Mass Indoctrination. The latter is a series of Bible Study sessions of Christ’s complete doctrines that anyone who wishes to be a member of MCGI needs to undergo. Mass Indoctrinations are officiated in all Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path) coordinating centers worldwide.

Some of the newly baptized Members of the Church of God from the Mass Baptism of January 2013 singing an offering to God at the ADD Convention Center stage.
Some of the newly baptized members from the Mass Baptism of January 2013 singing an offering to God at the ADD Convention Center stage.

The phenomenal growth of the membership in MCGI is hardly surprising. Every Mass Indoctrinations that are being opened, Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel Razon said that they are receiving reports of overwhelming response, especially abroad. Hence, new members in faith are added in more than a thousand every month.

As it is written in the Bible that the heavens rejoice for even a single soul that repents (Luke 15:7), it is but expected for members of the Church of God to be celebratory. In his thanksgiving offering for the baptism of a thousand from the Philippines and other parts of the globe created a grand celebration, Bro.Eli acknowledged God who made this all possible.

New Satellite for English Speaking Countries

Television remains the top reason cited by the newly-baptized for learning of the Truth that Bro. Eli is preaching. Hence, if not for the programs like “Itanong Mo Kay Soriano, Biblia ang Sasagot” (Ask Bro.Eli, the Bible will Answer) and “Ang Dating Daan” or The Old Path in the Philippines and English speaking countries, awareness about the existence of MCGI would not be possible.

With the addition of a new satellite dish that were installed, enabling the broadcast of MCGI programs geared for the English-speaking countries, the Church will be able to reach more people.

Bro Eli Soriano teaching Members of the Church of God a biblical topic via live video streaming during a Thanksgiving service in January 2013
Bro Eli Soriano teach the Members of the Church of God a biblical topic via live video streaming during a Thanksgiving service.

God’s Protection to His People

Bro.Eli also mentions another reason for his thanksgiving – protection. Four members of the International Evangelist’s household staff offered thanksgiving after encountering a road accident also in January that had their vehicle spinning and toppling over .

The household members recounted how scary the situation was at the time. Miraculously, the driver and passengers survived the accident left with only few bruises and scratches. Surprised yet thankful that they did not suffer any major injuries, they realized right then and there that God protected and saved them from harm.

In everything, the congregants of the Church are taught to be thankful. And Bro. Eli’s thanksgiving was a soaring example why in every achievement and progress made, there’s a loving God behind.

(Words by Apple Arco)

(Photography by Rovic Balunsay)

From La Verdad TV to ASOP Concert: MCGI’s Third Quarter Thanksgiving

For the third time this year, Members Church of God International (MCGI) will celebrate their International Thanksgiving come September 28, 29 and 30.

In this quarterly gathering, the whole congregation will give thanks to God for three days. The event also serves as an opportunity to hear more spiritual topics prepared by Church leaders, Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon.

This Church event draws congregants from different parts of the world to coordinating centers, while members from many Philippine regions flock to MCGI’s headquarters in Apalit, Pampanga: the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center.

Members of the Church of God in Manila and nearby provinces flocked to the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga for the three-day event.

On regular Thanksgivings every Saturday, individuals and groups give thanks on stage and state their reasons why, like getting job offers, recovering from an affliction, receiving forgiveness, celebrating spiritual birthdays and more. In contrast, during a quarterly International Thanksgiving it is the whole Church that offers thanksgiving for all the thousands of new members added to the fold and many more.

Here are some achievements MCGI is thankful for this quarter:

  • Launch of La Verdad TV in July, airing 24-hour broadcasts of El Camino Antigo and other MCGI programs in Spanish. In December 2009, MCGI launched TV Verdade for Portuguese-speaking nations. Church leaders aim to start another 24-hour broadcast soon, this time with its programs entirely in English.
  • The anniversary of Ang Dating Daan supporters of the boycott against GMA News 7 and QTV 11 in August for their irresponsible reporting of a case filed against Bro. Eli by an excommunicated member.
  • On August 11, the MCGI Chorale gave thanks on the ADD Convention Center stage for the 4th Year anniversary of their non-stop singing of praises to God. The undertaking started on August 10, 2008.
  • The A Song of Praise (ASOP) Music Festival, a brainchild of Kuya Daniel Razon, reaches the culmination of its Year 1 on September 24. Happening at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum at 7 p.m., the ASOP Grand Finals will feature 12 monthly winners from September last year. One of which will win a Grand Prize of half a million pesos as Song of the Year 2012.

From the launch of non-Filipino language broadcasts yielding more non-Filipino brethren to the fold, to a year’s-worth wait for heavenly songs of praise, MCGI understands that these are great blessings to be indebted for, and intends to thank God in these three days in September and the rest of the days to come.
(Written by: Apple Arco)