MCGI Brings Anew The Old Path TV Program in Ghana

Tagapangasiwang Pampook Bro. Fred Cabanilla signs an agreement with Ghana's Crystal TV network to bring The Old Path in Ghana.
Tagapangasiwang Pampook Bro. Fred Cabanilla signs an agreement with Ghana’s Crystal TV network to bring The Old Path in Ghana.

The Members Church of God International (MCGI) entered a contract with Crystal TV network to carry The Old Path television program in Ghana, Africa, intensifying the group’s evangelization efforts worldwide.

Presiding Minister to MCGI, Bro. Eliseo Soriano spearheaded the signing of agreement that officially brings the phenomenal religious program via free-to-air television to the people of Ghana beginning July 1 this year.

Crystal TV is one of the channels with the widest coverage in the whole of Ghana. The Old Path’s 30-minute program will be carried by Crystal TV Plus channel 47. The multi-awarded religious program will be aired daily, from Mondays through Saturdays, at 6 a.m. On Sundays, the show airs at 9:30 p.m.

Crystal TV Plus is one of the three channels owned by Crystal TV, which focuses on recreational and religious programming. The other two channels, Crystal TV Extra and Crystal TV Prime carries program focused on news and current events, sports and entertainment, respectively.

Religious programming in Ghana must adhere to the state’s strict code of conduct for all broadcast materials being aired on radio and television. Incidentally upon reviewing The Old Path and the international evangelist’s manner and style of hosting, the show and Bro. Eli were approved as suited for programming by Crystal TV.

Even the station’s owner vouches for Bro. Eli and The Old Path, related Bro. Fred Cabanilla, who is the Tagapangasiwang Pampook in Africa. “They previewed the program and the owner [Crystal TV] said that Bro. Eli is not inciting when preaching, [rather,] he sees knowledge [in him].”

In Africa, Ghana has been identified as the most peaceful country. With a population of 24- million, the country’s people are almost 100% enthusiastic about religion.

Bro. Cabanilla has seen the tremendous growth in membership since his designation to the African regions. He has high hopes for the propagation of God’s words not just in Ghana, but also in the entire continent.

“I believe that with MCGI’s united efforts to support evangelization, the whole continent of Africa will be reached and not only Ghana,” he further stressed.

Currently, MCGI has one administrative building in Ghana and eight coordinating centers, with eleven workers overseeing African and Filipino brethren

(Words by Apple Arco)

 

El Camino Antiguo Arrives on Costa Rican TV

International Evangelist Bro. Eliseo Soriano breaks language barriers by reading a verse in Portuguese during one of his Bible Expositions in South America.
Breaking language barriers, International Evangelist Bro. Eliseo Soriano reads a verse in Portuguese during one of his Bible Expositions in South America.

El Camino Antiguo, the Spanish version of The Old Path, can now be viewed by Costa Ricans on national television via Canal 9 daily.

This program for Spanish-speaking audience is part of the global evangelization efforts of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) in Latin American countries.

Costa Rica, bordering the Carribean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, lies between Nicaragua and Panama. With estimated population of about 4.6 million people, the country’s dominant religion is Catholic at 76%, according to The World Factbook online site of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Spanish is the official language of the country. However English remains solid in use, especially with more of its workforce being employed by the call center segment of the Business Process Outsourcing sector.

The multi-awarded program of Bro. Eliseo F. Soriano airs from 5:14-5:45 AM on weekdays and 6:00-6:30 AM on weekends, including a daily time slot from 12:30-1:00 AM. The program, which originated in the Philippines as the Ang Dating Daan radio and television show, is celebrating its 33rd year in broadcasting this year.

The initial broadcast on Canal 9 began on May 13, 2013. A year ago, The Old Path broadcast started its daily programming in Honduras on Canal 7. According to an MCGI Representative in Latin America, arrangements are currently being made to begin new broadcasts in neighboring countries of Costa Rica.

To know more about MCGI’s broadcasts, please click here.

(Words by Art Cruz)

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)

Tales of Changed Lives: MCGI Broadcasts Yield 123 More Members in the West

Maria, who saw enough, had enough. So she prayed to God that night, that God guide her so she could learn His real Gospel.

A former Igreja Mundial of the Power of God church worker, Maria started to realize that what she was doing – taking money from the members of their group – was not God’s will.

Maria’s job enabled her to see a lot of things – like how much money the group amassed from their minimum wage-earning members. She also saw how one of their sick members who cannot afford to buy blood pressure medicine was refused help by their Church, even after she has given the obligatory tithing and had spent on an expensive booklet amounting to 2,500 Brazilian reis, which is enough to pay for six month’s rent. This was her wake-up call.

Fruits of MCGI broadcast, more Members in the Church of God International
Newly-baptized members from the Philippines and abroad offered their Thanksgiving to God during the regular Thanksgiving service last June 30, 2012.

One night while lying down in her bed and feeling restless, she felt like someone was calling her. Her eyes fell on her satellite receiver, which had a small hole in it. Out of restlessness, she tried to insert a matchstick so she can change the channels. As she pulled the matchstick out, the channel switched to TV Verdade where she heard Bro. Eli Soriano speak for the first time.

She had goose bumps. She jumped with joy. She knew that her prayer was answered. She watched the show for three days and she was convinced. “Bro. Eli Soriano truly, I do not doubt, not even a shadow of doubt, that Bro. Eli is sent by God,” Maria said in her native Portuguese language, fighting back tears as she recounted her story.

Maria is now Hermana Maria after being baptized from South America. Apart from Bolivia and Brazil, regular baptisms were officiated in London, Canada, Norway, and the Philippines. Bro. Daniel Razon welcomed to the Members Church of God International the newly-baptized during the regular Thanksgiving service last June 30, this year.

With the aid of technology, Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, Presiding Minister and Vice- Presiding Minister to MCGI, respectively, are on a mission to spread God’s words through all possible media – local and cable TV channels, radio stations, live Bible Expositions, and the Internet.

Bro. Eli Soriano, host of a radio show since 1980, has brought his award-winning religious program Ang Dating Daan or The Old Path to foreign shores. In South America, the program goes by the name El Camino Antiguo and O Caminho Antigo for Spanish and Portuguese speaking people, respectively. Bro. Eli preaches and answers in the English language, and it is readily translated in Spanish and Portuguese.

Another newly-baptized brother, this time from Bolivia, realized the big difference of Bro. Eli from other pastors. “I learned about the Church [on] Uneteles Channel 9,” said Bro. Rosimbau in Spanish. “The difference is far from other pastors, other preachers. Bro. Eli teaches correctly, based on the Bible without interpreting any verse.”

Bro. Eli, known for answering spiritual inquiries with verses straight from the Bible, has brought this tradition to the Americas and the rest of the world. His being a Filipino is not the only thing that sets him apart from other preachers – but also, his manner of answering questions.

“He is a frank person, and he answers whatever question from anyone. He espouses very sound doctrines, which I believe Lord Jesus Christ handed to him,” revealed Bro. Leonardo, one of the nine new members in Bolivia aside from Bro Rosimbau.

Bro. Marcos, a young man from Brazil, has been an avid viewer since 2009. What captured his attention was seeing “We preach the Gospel for free” plastered on the TV screen. “Wow! They preach the Gospel for free, this is different,” he remembered saying to himself.

Bro. Marcos kept watching to test if the claim was true. Soon, he was convinced, and finally realized that “It looks like the Bible was speaking for itself. That was incredible!.” A product of MCGI’s television broadcasts and its 24/7 online streaming, Bro. Marcos is also one of the newly-baptized brethren from last week’s regular baptism.

The Mass Indoctrination sessions where visitors learn God’s primary doctrines are held once a month, in all MCGI chapters all over the world. The next session will be held on July 16, 2012.

(Written by: Pol Arellano)


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