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)

 

MCGI Youth Told: “Put Faith First”

Youth gathered at the ADD Convention Center participating in one of the group dynamics during their annual convention.
Marching in line, MCGI youth participating in the group dynamics portion of the annual convention held at Apalit, Pampanga.

 

Aimed at inspiring youth support for global evangelization, the Bulacan Youth Convention gathered the youth members from one of the biggest Church of God International divisions in Luzon region at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga for two days.

“Put your faith first before all other things,” Bro. Eli advised youths on the last day of the convention. “The most important thing for us is our connection with God because it is not only here on earth that we will live.”

“After our life on earth, we will live in two directions. There are those who will go to eternal life, and there are those who will go to eternal shame, (Dan. 12:2),” Bro. Eli further explained via live video streaming after the consultation part of the event.

It was on the last day, May 21, 2013, of the event when the Church Leader gave time to hear out any problems the youth may have about their faith.

The annual convention included games and other activities to promote health and foster brotherly bonding. Its main goal is to help with the youth’s spiritual needs and growth, however.

Bro. Soriano stressed one’s worthiness in attaining life everlasting will be determined by his or her service to God. “While you are young, the Bible says to ‘Remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth,’ in Ecclesiastes 12:1,” added the preacher.

Studying for Life

Bro. Eli also gave word on what courses can be useful in the global propagation of the Gospel: “Study languages, that you may be helpful in translations.”

Recently, Members Church of God International (MCGI) started its The Old Path broadcast on Costa Rican television via Canal Nueve, where it airs in Spanish. Though the multi-award-winning program is carried by satellites across six continents of the globe, MCGI eyes on adding more television broadcasts in the Americas.

As MCGI broadcasts increase its global footprints however, so does the demand for Coordinating Centers where people can gather. The demand for Church Workers rises as well, a fact that is happening now in South America.

There are places wherein the preaching comes in the form of a compact disc (CD), which they play in their respective locales. While technology proves to be a helpful hand, the roles that a Church Worker plays in overseeing both brethren and guests in coordinating centers cannot be undermined.

To this, Bro. Eli appealed to the youth, “study technical courses that can be used in broadcast, and study being a Church worker. I am inviting you all and I know that you won’t be sorry if you will be faithful in your duties.”

(Written by Art Cruz)

(Photography by Kenji Hasegawa)

New Crop of Church Worker Hopefuls: High Point of Youth Convention

After the annual Pampanga and Central Youth Convention ended, some participants take a pose at the ADD Convention Center stage in Apalit, Pampanga.
Taking a pose on the ADD Convention Center stage in Apalit, Pampanga are participants of the Pampanga and Central Division Youth Convention on May 27, 2013.

About 140 youths expressed their intent to be Church Workers during the Pampanga and Central Division Youth Convention on May 27, 2013. MCGI Leaders recently made fresh calls on the youth members to take part in the global evangelization works.

Apart from games and physical exercise, organizers conducted activities to inspire youth members from Central Apalit and Pampanga Division to become workers and help Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon with the preaching of the Gospel and attending to the brethren.

The leaders of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) have recently called out to the youths in the Church to fill its large need for workers, especially in Latin America.

In May 2013, El Camino Antiguo (The Old Path) launched on national television in Costa Rica via Canal Nueve – the latest addition to MCGI’s worldwide broadcast listing.

In a Thanksgiving service, a Church minister based in Costa Rica told congregants that after just a week of broadcast in the country, inquiries have been flooding their emails and phone lines as to where people can attend gatherings.

The youths will be trained by the MCGI Leaders via live video streaming through Internet and satellite facilities of the Church.

New Songs of Praise for All Ages

Capping the day was the A Song of Praise or ASOP Pampanga Eliminations night.

Both entertaining the youth and gearing up for the Luzon Region Finals on June 9, 2013, ASOP interpreters sang new songs of praise made by members from the Pampanga Division.

“Alay Sa’Yo” (My Offering to You) by Sis. Dalisay Painaga emerged as the chosen song entry for the ASOP Luzon Region Finals come June 9, 2013. The song talks about offering one’s whole heart, mind and soul to God for the light and love He has shown in his life.

The event came a day after the annual International Music Summit where choir groups comprised of youths Church-wide also presented new songs about duty in the Church.

(Written by Rigor Arellano)

(Photography by Kenji Hasegawa)

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)

With Relaunch, MCGI.org Gears for Growing Mobile-based Users

Members Church of God International website now for mobile users.
Meet the new MCGI.org, for the mobile you.

MCGI.org, the official website of the Members Church of God International (MCGI), has metamorphosed into something bigger and better, sporting a responsive web design, more features and content.

Launched in February this year, the redesigned MCGI.org marks another milestone in the propagation efforts of the group to provide users with the tools and content they will need in understanding the Church of God’s beliefs, teachings, and answers to questions around faith, religion, spirituality, relationships, parenting, and more of the likes.

Seeing the need to go the extra mile in mobile technology by adopting responsive web design, this means the new MCGI.org will work well in different platforms such as mobile and tablet computer devices.

As well as the award-winning website’s content where users get to learn more about the Church of God’s general doctrines, gatherings and Church news, the revamped MCGI.org has updated the site with the materials culled from Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro Daniel Razon’s social media presences.

One such feature is the “Words of Wisdom,” where users may read a collection of sensible and Bible-based quotations from Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, the MCGI’s Presiding Minister and Vice-Presiding Minister, respectively.

Visitors of the site can watch heart-warming stories of MCGI’s new members in the Video Testimonials section, as well as download inspirational desktop wallpapers, and read Bible verses. In addition, there is a Blogs Section that comes in the redesigned site that will initially feature a weekly Thanksgiving and monthly Bible Exposition blogs.

Sharing of content on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube are now easier with the adition of social networking buttons. Users may also visit the organization’s Facebook and Twitter official accounts to receive regular streams of news and events updates posted at the site.

In extending the Church’s advocacy of spreading God’s words and empowering people to read the Bible, through the site, MCGI provided an outlet for people to request for free Bible. Giving of free Bible is a regular service of Bro. Eli and Bro Daniel since starting the Ang Dating Daan or The Old Path television program as well as Bible Expositions.

MCGI.org was first launched in 2009. Within its first year, the official website of the organization bagged the People’s Choice Award when it joined the Philippine Web Awards, an annual web competition showcasing the finest Filipino-made websites.

(Written by Pauline Arellano)

MCGI Unveils Mobile-based Coordinating Center and Livelihood Academy

Members Church of God International, in partnership with Philippine UHF television channel, UNTV, officially unveiled two new outreach facilities – the mobile coordinating and learning centers – in line with the 32nd anniversary celebration of Ang Dating Daan program last November 4, 2012 at the ADD Convention Center.

MCGI is more popularly-known in the Philippines through Ang Dating Daan, which is the religious program being produced by the organization for its Filipino-language speaking constituents. Hosted by Bro. Eli Soriano and Kuya Daniel Razon, the program is known as The Old Path abroad.

A bus equipped with a satellite receiver, a screen, and a roof extension to the side to name some features is, basically, a Mobile Coordinating Center of Members of the Church of GodI.

The Ang Dating Daan coordinating centers are traditionally stationary, occupying rented building space or closed multi-purpose halls. The mobile coordinating center, meanwhile, can be transported to different venues like far-flung areas where a big projector and seats would be setup to accommodate guests to watch and ask questions to Bro. Eli as he conducts Bible Expositions.

Meanwhile, the roving learning hub dubbed as Manibela Academy, which can be driven to remote places, seeks to provide short-term courses like troubleshooting, auto mechanic lessons, and more of the likes. A similar endeavor has been launched in the past over UNTV by Kuya Daniel Razon.

For more than three decades, the Ang Dating Daan program has answered countless queries about faith and the Bible with Members Church of God Presiding Minister Bro Eli Soriano reading the answers straight from the Holy Scriptures.

Designed with great care and intelligence, these mobile vehicles were envisioned to deliver the kind of services they are intended to provide. The coordinating center will facilitate viewing of Bible Expositions while the Manibela Academy will render outreach public service in providing practical, easy-to-learn livelihood courses in remote places. These mobile outreach vehicles are fully equipped with all the resources that will be sufficient to meet the purposes why they were created yet ready for travel and mobile functions.

As fruits of the collaborating minds of the International Evangelist Bro. Eli and Philippine’s Mr. Public Service Kuya Daniel, these campaigns are seen as platforms toward taking public services to another level.

The Ang Dating Daan-UNTV tandem is also the pair responsible in launching some revolutionary campaigns that aim to bring public services closer to people. These include the Mobile Health Clinic, and Mobile Radio Booth. Dunong Gulong Mobile School, meanwhile, is a roaming alternative mobile school also launched by the group for the marginalized initiated with the help of the Department of Education.

A project supported by the Members of the Church of God International. The La Verdad Christian College in Apalit, Pampanga was inaugurated during Ang Dating Daan's 32nd Anniversary. The institution gives full scholarships that cover everything from tuition fee to daily meals to poor but deserving youths.

Also during the anniversary program, the new La Verdad Christian School campus and Infant Care Center were inaugurated. La Verdad is the brainchild of Bro. Eli and Bro Daniel to give free education to poor yet deserving youth. The Infant Care, meanwhile, is a project geared to provide welfare to abandoned babies. Both projects are based in Apalit, Pampanga.

The special anniversary program started at around 6 p.m. and closed at 3 a.m. (PHL) the following day (November 5), where a special Worldwide Bible Exposition became part of the celebration. Up to 19 remote points locally and internationally were highlighted starting with Singapore to as far as Liberia in West Africa.

(Written by: Emmy Borromeo)

From a small and cramped garage to the world: MCGI airs new 24-hour Spanish-language broadcast

Emanating from a small garage cleverly transformed into a makeshift-broadcasting studio, International Evangelist, Bro. Eli Soriano will soon be heard in all Spanish- speaking nations all over the world.

Starting this month of July, a new 24-hour broadcast, La Verdad TV will air Spanish language programmes being produced by the Members Church of God International (MCGI).

The Filipino preacher, who is also the Presiding Minister to the MCGI, made the announcement during the 2nd quarterly International Thanksgiving to God or ITG celebration, held from July 6 to 8, 2012.

Members of the CHURCH OF GOD INTERNATIONAL 24 hour Spanish Language Broadcast

“This space measures just seven steps in width and seven steps in length; our studio is more or less 46 to 48 square meters,” Bro. Eli said as he described the garage lot where the broadcasting of the new La Verdad TV will originate.

“This is where our broadcast to all parts of the world will emanate from. Everyone will be able to watch our program – the brethren and all the people of the world,” added Bro. Eli who was speaking before the congregation worldwide through live streaming.

MCGI Vice-Presiding Minister Bro. Daniel Razon also described the intended nonstop broadcast of God’s words over Spanish-speaking lands. He explained that while La Verdad TV will focus on the Spanish-speaking population, TV Verdade in turn will concentrate on Portuguese-speaking nations.

Bro. Eli, who will soon be leading the major evangelization broadcasts of MCGI dedicated to the world’s two most-spoken languages, will be speaking from a spot in South America. Now converted into a small studio, the preacher’s small, crammed garage appears ready to accommodate more broadcasting endeavors.

Bro Eliseo Soriano in one of the TV Broadcast of "Ang Dating Daan" or The Old Path

As a venue used by Bro. Eli in preaching during weekly Thanksgiving services, this same studio served as a lectern where Bro. Eli preached live to hundreds of thousands of congregants from the six continents of the world during the recently concluded International Thanksgiving to God of the second quarter.

MCGI’s International Thanksgiving to God is a massive celebration of gratitude that is joined in by Church members and visitors all over the globe. Even from afar, Bro. Eli spearheads the spiritual affair, whereby its 3-day programme include: the studying of spiritual topics, offering by the entire congregation of the sacrifices of Thanksgiving through the singing of praises, and the seeking of advice by brethren and visitors to Bro. Eli through the consultation sessions.

Bro. Eli was joined by Vice-Presiding Minister, Bro. Daniel Razon in serving the brethren with the biblical topics. Bro. Daniel preached the introductory to the main body of the five topics live from Apalit, Pampanga, where the bulk of the members in Central Luzon are. For his part, Bro Eli delivered the crux of all of these five topics.

Serving as a multi-purpose studio, it is also in this small studio where Bro. Eli answers questions from guests and visitors of his worldwide Bible Expositions. In major Church events like the recently-concluded mid-year A Song of Praise Music Festival, the same studio comes handy.

On his announcement of the new broadcast, Bro. Eli relayed some stories of former religious pastors from South America who are now learning Christ’s doctrines through the indoctrination sessions.

“May it be God’s will that this small place will be where we can reach a greater number of people from all corners of the world,” prayed the preacher.

(Written by: Pol Arellano)

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)

Honduras, Another Step Towards Global Evangelization

Starting May 19, El Camino Antiguo in Honduras is on. The television broadcast is set to show Bible Expositions, Ask Bro. Eli, The Bible Will Answer (La Biblia Le Responderá), and other biblical topics.

In 2011, El Camino Antiguo, the Spanish version of The Old Path program, could only be viewed via free-to-air and cable TV in Honduras. It will now be airing seven days a week on national television via Teleceiba Canal 7.

The local broadcast, mainly for Spanish speaking people, is carried by AMNET, CLARO and SKY cable channels. The 24//7 satellite broadcast on the other hand is brought by NSS 806. This is part of Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon’s effort in global evangelization, to spread the doctrines of Christ from the Bible.

El Camino Antiguo in Honduras is also an answer to Hondurans who keep on writing Bro. Eli to come to their country and preach the gospel.

The Republic of Honduras in Central America borders the Caribbean Sea. Spanish is the official language while English is the most common foreign language. According to CIA world fact book, their population is estimated at eight million.

Hondurans can tune in to Teleceiba Canal 7 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 11 p.m. to 12 m.n. on weekdays and from 8:30 to 9:30 in the evening on weekends to watch Bro. Eli’s programs.

(Written by: Roselyn M. Beltran)

More Doors Open to MCGI in the West, Sets International Thanksgiving Feast at Month-End

There are overwhelming reasons for the Members Church of God International (MCGI) to celebrate its Quarterly International Thanksgiving set on September 30 to October 2 this year. Also called the “Feast of God,” the event is MCGI’s most festive gathering held for three days every quarter.

In August this year in South America, at Fox Channel, MCGI had acquired a 30-minute slot to broadcast its flagship program, The Old Path (TOP). Fox Channel is carried by up to 50 cable networks in Central and South America. This new program is in addition to the 24/7 TOP broadcast of TV Verdade that reaches both North and South America. The program is aired with English, Spanish (El Camino Antiguo), and Portuguese (O’ Caminho Antigo) versions. TV Verdade started in 2009.

Just launched this 15th day of September is the large-scale, round-the-clock satellite broadcast of The Old Path in the regions of Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Called Hotbird, the satellite transmits signal to almost all nations in the three regions, making the program available even to countries where non-Islam religions are banned. The TOP channel can be accessed by entering these parameters (Hotbird, Frequency – 10815H, S/R – 27500, FEC 5/6) in the satellite receiver.

Apart from its television broadcasts, The Old Path is being streamed 24 hours, 7 days a week on the web.

“Our broadcasts in various parts of the world continue and the Church continuously reaps souls in different countries,” said the Presiding Minister to MCGI, Bro. Eli Soriano, in his State of the Church Address report made during the congregation’s special prayer meeting service held last month.

MCGI also took its Grand Bible Exposition up a notch this quarter: People across the globe can now attend the event by simply going to any MCGI chapter near them, and ask Bro. Eli their questions of faith live via satellite. The international event is held every first and last Friday of the month.

For this quarter, the Church’s massive propagation has reaped about 4,000 converts during its regular and mass baptisms. Natives of Latin America, New Zealand, and India were among those baptized.

In line with its efforts to save souls, MCGI’s latest drive of quarterly country-wide blood donation yielded more than 3,000 blood units, its highest record so far this year. With increased dengue cases in the Philippines, the undertaking proves a valuable contribution to the national blood bank according to an official from the Philippine Red Cross.

From additional broadcasts to improved charities, MCGI is thankful to God for every opportunity to do good work.

(Written by: Hazel Chavez-David)


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