Endless Thanksgiving: MCGI to Celebrate 2nd Quarter International Thanksgiving to God from July 29-31

Apalit, Pampanga (July 19, 2016) — The Members Church of God International (MCGI) gears up for its quarterly International Thanksgiving to God (ITG) event on July 29 to 31, 2016, following overflowing wisdom and deeper understanding of new topics delivered to the congregation by the Church’s Overall Servants.

Brethren in the ADD Convention Center offering the sacrifice of thanksgiving to the Almighty through songs of praises. (Photo courtesy of MCGI-Photoville / Russel Julio)
Brethren in the ADD Convention Center offering the sacrifice of thanksgiving to the Almighty through songs of praises. (Photo courtesy of MCGI-Photoville / Russel Julio)

Before the three-day spiritual feast of the Church, three special one-day International Thanksgiving to God celebrations on April 30, June 18, and June 25 were held, respectively.

In the Philippines, the event’s main point will be the ADD Convention Center, in Apalit, Pampanga. Internationally, the ITG will be hosted in different coordinating centers across the globe.

A Quarter Full of Blessings, Events

For the past three months, MCGI has received bountiful blessings from the Almighty, as exemplified by its consecutive, successful Church activities.

Just days after the first quarterly ITG, the spiritual and physical wellbeings of almost 2,000 mothers of the Church were fortified during the 2nd annual International Mothers’ Convention.  

After that, the Music Ministry showcased their talents in singing and acting as they took part in the first Music Ministry Musical Play Festival, held on April 24-25, 2016.

In the past quarter, Bro. Daniel Razon visited MCGI coordinating centers in the Philippines’ farther provinces and several countries in Southeast Asia. Bro. Razon serenaded Filipinos in Hongkong and left lessons in love and life during the “Labour of Love” Benefit Concert on May 1, 2016.

Bro. Daniel Razon, Assistant Overall Servant to MCGI, is surrounded by brethren and take photos with them during the “Labour of Love” Benefit Concert held in Hong Kong on May 1, 2016. (Photo courtesy of MCGI-Photoville/ Jeffrey Navarro)
Bro. Daniel Razon, Assistant Overall Servant to MCGI, is surrounded by brethren and take photos with them during the “Labour of Love” Benefit Concert held in Hong Kong on May 1, 2016. (Photo courtesy of MCGI-Photoville/ Jeffrey Navarro)

On May 2, 2016, youth members  from different corners of Metro Manila took advantage of the summer break and participated in the annual Metro Manila Youth Sports Activity (MMYSA).

After just a few weeks, MCGI youth and adult members joined hands and readied public schools for the upcoming school year in the DepEd’s Brigada Eskwela program. This is on top of MCGI’s weekly medical mission events and quarterly mass blood donation drive event.

Meanwhile while in South Korea, Bro. Daniel announced that the Ang Dating Daan’s Worldwide Bible Exposition will start live streaming via Facebook Live and Youtube Livestream on June 10, 2016. The Bible Exposition’s social media debut is the latest among the propagation efforts of MCGI.

With the goal of reaching out to as many souls as possible, weekly Bible Expositions in Spanish and in Portuguese are held.

Most recently, the A Song of Praise Music Festival Year-End 5775 event showcased eight new songs of praise to God, with an entry from North America titled “Since My Younger Days,” winning the MCGI-exclusive event.

ASOP Year-End finalists and interpreters perform a lively opening number during the praise song competition's grand finals night held on July 3, 2016. (MCGI-Photoville International / Christian Diversion)
ASOP Year-End finalists and interpreters perform a lively opening number during the praise song competition’s grand finals night held on July 3, 2016. (MCGI-Photoville International / Christian Diversion)

For His wisdom and love, MCGI gives thanks

Aside from the bountiful blessings and events, MCGI congregants have been showered with overwhelming wisdom from the Holy Scriptures through the topics delivered by Bro. Razon and Bro. Soriano.

In a topic served during a Thanksgiving to God event, Bro. Eli told the congregation that “If you enter Christ, you will stay [in Him].”

Bro. Eli Soriano, Overall Servant to MCGI, regularly serves topics to the MCGI congregants through live streaming. (Photo courtesy of MCGI-Photoville)
Bro. Eli Soriano, Overall Servant to MCGI, regularly serves topics to the MCGI congregants through live streaming. (Photo courtesy of MCGI-Photoville / CJ Tanedo)

“There is a gift to the Church that is not in others,” the International Evangelist further added.

The amount of astounding spiritual knowledge given to the Church garnered delight from MCGI members the world over.

“The latest topics that our preachers taught us are overwhelming. I am in so much awe that I could not even put it into words,” exclaimed Sis Debra Riveral, who expressed her heartfelt appreciation of the recent topics served to the congregation.

“As a worthless servant who has a lot of shortcomings, the understanding that was bestowed to the Church gives me so much hope to strive even more in doing good, no matter how hard it seems,” Sis. Debra of Lapu-Lapu, Philippines, added.

As early as now, brethren from different parts of the world share their anticipation of the Church’s grand quarterly event. On social media, the Church’s official Facebook page features daily video countdown shareables, leading to the ITG celebration.

I’m very excited! The unexplainable feeling of joy that fuels me every time we offer thanksgiving to Him is something I’m always looking forward to!” sis Maripol Picoc of Texas, USA vividly remarked.

Bro. Ejay Soledad, Assistant Division Coordinator of the Metro Manila Youth, also expressed his sentiment for the approaching event.
“In the upcoming International Thanksgiving to God, my hope is that God will provide us again with the gift of wisdom. May we receive God’s care, love and mercy,” Bro. Ejay said.

(Written By Sis Lovely She Cortezano)

MCGI’s July 2015 ITG: Of Global Evangelization and Divine Interventions

Just how does a town-to-town preaching effort in the Philippines turn into 24 hours a day, seven days a week broadcasts with a worldwide reach?

MCGI brethren in London welcome arriving congregants of the International Thanksgiving to God last July 3-5, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
MCGI brethren in London welcome arriving congregants of the International Thanksgiving to God last July 3-5, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon, the Members Church of God International Overall Servants, took members back to Church history. Congregants learned anew the importance of acknowledging and proclaiming God’s interventions in the ministry and in their daily lives, as

“This is the work of no man, but of God,” Bro. Eli said during the 3-day International Thanksgiving to God (ITG) held from July 3 to 5 this year.

The Overall Servants told the Church members about The Old Path, which despite adversity and persecution from religious peers, would become one of the longest-running religious programs in the Philippines.

An interpreter for the deaf and mute does sign language as Bro. Eli Soriano speaks to MCGI brethren around the world via satellite and the internet. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
An interpreter for the deaf and mute does sign language as Bro. Eli Soriano speaks to MCGI brethren around the world via satellite and the internet. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Years later, the award-winning show’s success would reach Latin America where it broadcasts in Portuguese and Spanish non-stop. The program’s following soon translated to over 200 MCGI chapters in Brazil alone.

Bro. Eli further stressed that even situations which are seemingly bad can be for the benefit of His children, citing Romans 8:28.

[Read more about MCGI History]

Stories of Deliverance

On the third day (July 5) of the ITG, congregants also expressed other stories of the Lord’s intervention in their lives. One of which was about the testimony of a sister who survived Typhoon Yolanda.

During the storm surge, Sis. Arlene Verona was carried by high, powerful floods into a vacant lot where she saw a papaya tree. She prayed to be swept towards it, and soon enough, she was able to hold onto it until the waters had subsided.

It will be remembered that the devastating storm had record-breaking winds that caused multiple storm surges in Tacloban. The force was also enough to pluck out hundreds of coconut trees from their roots. According to the official gazette of the Philippine government, the onslaught of this tropical cyclone affected 1,473,251 families with a total casualty count of 6,340.

[Read Sis. Arlene Verona’s full story]

Members at the ADD Convention Center in Pampanga, Philippines, offering a song of thanks to God during the Thanksgiving of the Body. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
Members at the ADD Convention Center in Pampanga, Philippines, offering a song of thanks to God during the Thanksgiving of the Body. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Another unfolding of divine intervention happened during the September 11 bombing of the twin towers of the World Trade Centers in New York. Bro. Ramel Cada developed rashes that spread all over his body overnight. He decided not to go to work on September 11, 2001. His assigned route as a USPS mailman was the Twin Towers.

Bro. Mel Magdaraog, a Helper of the Ministry, also shared his eyewitness account back in the 90s.

Two trucks carrying molasses were about to close in and sandwich the backseat of the car where Bro. Eli and his grandchild were in, when the moving vehicles suddenly halted. It was the same time when Bro. Mel heard Bro. Eli exclaim, “Panginoon ko! (My Lord!)”

Of Divine Inspirations and Global Celebrations

During its regular Thanksgivings on Saturdays, MCGI spends the bulk of the day studying a biblical topic. On ITGs, an average of three lessons are taught by Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel making for what the Church considers as an exclusive spiritual feast.

Among the topics served pointed out the biblical standpoint disproving what many religions view as “the second coming of Christ.”

Bro. Daniel S. Razon delivering a biblical topic during the three-day Thanksgiving of the Body of MCGI in July 2015. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
Bro. Daniel Razon delivering a biblical topic during the three-day Thanksgiving of the Body of MCGI in July 2015. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

The MCGI preachers used the very verses upon which the said common belief is based, Hebrews 9:26-28, to prove that it is a clear misconception of St. Paul’s words, “and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”

Another topic elaborated about the significance of the Bible’s entirety, and why its preservation was no accident. “The original words of God were wonderfully preserved,” said Bro. Daniel.

During breaks, the MCGI Servants also attended to the spiritual needs of members by conducting consultations. The time was allotted for any questions that members may have about the studied topics.

MCGI brethren in South America are flashed on the screen as well as the Portuguese lyrics of a song of praise at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
MCGI brethren in South America are flashed on the screen as well as the Spanish lyrics of a song of praise at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Members offered songs of praise to God from different regions across the world, in their respective mother tongue — from adults to children; from members to Overall Servants.

MCGI uses satellite and Internet technologies to be able to convene from multiple points worldwide simultaneously.

To join in a Coordinating Center near you, please email via: info@mcgi.org.

(Written by Rigor Arellano)

Brazil-Hosted MCGI Three-Day First Quarter International Thanksgiving Draws Tens of Thousands Congregants

Members Church of God International (MCGI) concluded its Brazil-hosted thanksgiving from April 3-5, 2015 with thousands of congregants filling multiple venues across the globe.

As in previous quarterly International Thanksgiving to God (ITG), this first quarter edition brought new biblical wisdom for its attendees, this time about some deeper mysteries surrounding Noah’s Ark and Christ’s resurrection.

Members from Latin American countries holding a banner greeting congregants the world over a "Happy Thanksgiving of the Body" as well as congratulating Bro. Eli Soriano on his 51 years of service to God and humanity. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
Members from Latin American countries holding a banner greeting congregants the world over a “Happy Thanksgiving of the Body” as well as congratulating Bro. Eli Soriano on his 51 years of service to God and humanity. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

MCGI Overall Servants Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon delivered the topics that discussed in-depth the wide scope of God’s salvation since ancient times.

Contrary to World Belief

Contrary to common belief, Bro Eli revealed through the Bible the possibilities of people who were saved – during the biblical deluge – other than Noah and his family.

Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel read verses from both the Old and New Testaments to prove the many ways by which God saves man.

Bro. Daniel Razon delivering a biblical topic during Day 3 of the International Thanksgiving to God in Brazil from April 3-5,2015. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
Bro. Daniel Razon delivering a biblical topic during Day 3 of the International Thanksgiving to God in Brazil from April 3-5,2015. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

In light of the topic, the MCGI preachers reminded the entire congregation of the importance of showing mercy to others, citing James 2:13 which reads:

For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath showed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment. (KJV)

Meanwhile, the lesson about Christ’s resurrection touched on how “the greatest Person who ever lived on earth” can remain alive in Christians despite the attempts of many to eradicate or kill Him in their lives.

Other Takeaways

MCGI brethren of various races from different parts of the globe once again met in Brazil, the host venue for the recent ITG.

The first ITG-hosting in the South American country was during the start of the jubilee celebration of Bro. Eli’s service to God on April 7, 2014.

In preparation for the international event, Bro. Leo Santos, a Church member from Brazil, not only prepared physically, but also spiritually – lessons he has learned from Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon in previous Thanksgiving to God topics.

Teatro Kristiano members taking the stage in Florianopolis, Brazil for an opening number during the three-day Thanksgiving of the Membrers Church of God International in April 2015. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
Teatro Kristiano members taking the stage in Florianopolis, Brazil for an opening number during the three-day Thanksgiving of the Membrers Church of God International in April 2015. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

“I learned that we must clean our hearts. We must learn to forgive our brethren if they did something wrong against us, so our sacrifice may be acceptable to God,” Bro. Leo told MCGI.org News.

The Overall Servants delivered the topics in Filipino, English, Portuguese and Spanish with the aid of interpreters, catering to the mixture of races in the South America venue alone.

Exuding joy could be seen from members’ faces, especially from the Philippine delegates who had not seen Bro. Eli personally since he went to preach the Gospel abroad in 2005.

Sis. Bernice Atienza, a sister hailing from the North America division, gushed as she recounted her experience seeing Bro. Eli for the first time. She traveled for 20 hours to reach the main venue in Brazil, all the way from the United States.

“My experience was phenomenal because I was able to see Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel for the first time, and the brethren from all over the world,” Sis. Bernice said in an interview. “Language was not a barrier – everyone spoke with love and happiness.” She was baptized in 2012.

Bro. Eli Soriano brings smiles amongst the crowd that came from different parts of the world for the thanksgiving and to greet the Overall Servant in his 51st year of service to the Lord. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
`Bro. Eli Soriano brings smiles amongst the crowd that came from different parts of the world for the thanksgiving and to greet the Overall Servant in his 51st year of service to the Lord. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Members were also treated to hearing Bro. Soriano’s new composition titled, “Kay Palad Ko” (How Blessed I Am). Bro. Daniel said that Bro. Eli’s song of praise has only been written of late.

As with other Church services, the bulk of time during the ITG was spent on studying the words of God, despite language and time-zone differences.

The Servants expressed that they are exploring new ways to help with the live and direct translation of their preaching from Filipino and English to different languages.

During breaks, Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel opened consultation segments wherein members could ask the Servants their questions about faith or spirituality.

Other remote points worldwide, including MCGI’s Philippine headquarters: the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga participated via Internet and satellite.

(Written by Rigor Arellano)

#OurGODWeThankYouFor Trends Worldwide As MCGI Holds 3-Day ITG for the 4th Quarter

The #OurGodWeThankYouFor hashtag, launched by the Members Church of God International (MCGI) on Twitter, appeared on worldwide trends status that began on Wednesday night (December 24 in the Philippines). The campaign, which earned No. 5 in the Worldwide Trends, aimed to encourage congregants to share their testimony of thanksgiving using social media.

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Since Thursday afternoon (December 25), it continued to trend with over 2,000 users tweeting and retweeting the hashtag while earning more than 16,000 tweets using it as of this writing. In the Philippine Trends, #OurGodWeThankYouFor landed in the second spot since Wednesday evening.

Observers note how social media has transformed the way Church members express their anticipation and excitement to the upcoming International Thanksgiving to God (ITG), held from December 26 to 28 this year.

Bro. Eliseo F. Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon, MCGI Overall Servants, respectively, spearheaded the three-day occasion.

The Ang Dating Daan Convention Center in Pampanga served as the main gathering point for the brethren in the Northern and Southern Luzon, Philippines. Some Church members from neighboring countries flew home to join the event live in its hosting place.

Meanwhile, major MCGI locales and coordinating centers also geared up across the country to accommodate brethren who cannot physically assemble at the Convention Center. Key locations also served as gathering points abroad like major coordinating centers in Tokyo, Sydney and Rio de Janeiro, to name a few.

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A few weeks ago, MCGI launched a separate campaign, the countdown for the upcoming ITG which highlighted brethren from around the world who shared their reasons and preparations for the coming celebration. The hashtags for this campaign were #HappyPNK and #HappyITG.

(Written by: Yanna Faye Ferrera)

 

In Historic Thanksgiving, Celebration Marks Bro. Eli’s 50th Year of Service to God and Humanity

April 7, 2014 – Bro. Eliseo Soriano had a historic 50th year in service celebration with Members Church of God International (MCGI) delegates from all over the world during the International Thanksgiving to God (ITG) of the first quarter this year.

“I am thanking God that in spite of all the difficulties (that) I met along the way, all the problems and preoccupations everyday, every hour, until now I am with you standing,” said the Presiding Minister in a poignant welcoming remarks.

Presiding Minister to MCGI, Bro. Eli Soriano walks along the aisle of the makeshift convention center and reveals biblical wisdom amid Latin American and Filipino delegates.
Presiding Minister to MCGI, Bro. Eli Soriano walks along the aisle of the makeshift convention center and reveals biblical wisdom amid Latin American and Filipino delegates (Photo by Richard Viray, Photoville International).

The international evangelist prayed that the brethren who attended with him may “find the grace and the favour of the Lord,” and wished for them to “remain in faith until the end.”

Thousands of Church members from various countries, wishing to meet Bro. Eli in person and celebrate his 50th year of baptism, pilgrimed to South America to offer the sacrifices of Thanksgiving to God.

For the bulk of Filipino brethren in the South American-set ITG, the gathering was a big opportunity to meet Portuguese and Spanish-speaking brethren for the first time.

Now five decades, Bro. Soriano has been preaching God’s words via different means. Starting out with a pulpit and bullhorn, the international preacher has now reached souls in six of the seven continents through 24-hour-a-day preaching over radio, television, print, satellite and the Web.

Fulfillment of A Prophecy

ITG is a quarterly event commemorated for three days with the Philippines as its long-established venue. Thus, moving the quarterly thanksgiving event to South America was the first in the history of the Church of God.

According to Bro. Eli, the historic and festive South American-hosted thanksgiving is a realization of the prophecy written in Zechariah 8:21 (And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts: I will go also.)

Never before has there been in the history of MCGI that pilgrims of different nationalities would come to one nation to celebrate the International Thanksgiving to God.

Previous years’ celebration in the Philippines of the ITG would only have representatives coming from the provinces and countries in Asia, Australia, Middle East, Europe and North America but not from Latin American countries.

The April 5-7 in South America had allowed brethren from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Peru, and Venezuela, among other Central and South American nations to join the offering of the sacrifices of Thanksgiving.

The presence of contingent from North America and Canada also made their presence felt.

Brazilian brothers and sister, who offer their sacrifices of thanksgiving and greet Bro. Eli Soriano on his 50th year in service, fill the stage of the makeshift Convention Center setup in South America.
Brazilian brothers and sister, who offer their sacrifices of thanksgiving and greet Bro. Eli Soriano on his 50th year in service, fill the stage of the makeshift Convention Center setup in South America. (Photo by Richard Viray, Photoville International).

Rejoicing from East to West

Unsurprisingly, church members of different nationalities were overwhelmed with the experience.

“My heart was really glad!,” remarked Brazilian native, Josiane Mariano. “I felt a love so warm, and a feeling which even words cannot write,” she added. “For everything that happened— since our arrival at the venue to meeting our brethren from different parts of the world,” Mariano said that the event was very memorable.

Anna Licu, one of the Filipino delegates from Canada, shared how grateful for she is for this opportunity. “I am extremely thankful to God because I was given the chance to be with our preachers, brothers and sisters from around the world in this thanksgiving celebration,” she exclaimed.

“I am very, very happy. I just cannot really explain [what I felt for the last three days],” shared Aileen Ravalo, a Filipino representative from Australia. “It was overwhelming that despite the difference in languages, I can still see the faith the brethren has,” she added.

Meanwhile, congregants from the east of the globe also travelled to join in the celebration. The ADD Convention Center in the Philippines was also fully packed with congregants numbering about a hundred thousand attendees.

This is aside from the more than 700 MCGI chapters that were opened to accommodate more members and guests in farther provinces. Brethren from other parts of the globe also joined the revelry via Internet and satellite facilities.

Highlights of the celebration include the offering of sacrifices of thanksgiving, songs and dances of praises, and the revealing of another biblical wisdom about God’s intent of creating man through a topic prepared by Bro. Eli and MCGI’s Vice-Presiding Minister, Bro. Daniel Razon. #

(Written by Sis. Emmy Borromeo)


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