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 Aids in Donsol Medical Mission, Serves 1,707

The Members Church of God International (MCGI) took part in UNTV’s medical mission for the 1,707 residents of the Whale Shark Capital of the World, Donsol, in the province of Sorsogon on April 25, 2012.

Several officers, both in government and the private sectors expressed their gratitude. Tourism Department Provincial officer Cris Racelis thanked UNTV and its partners for the public service support. “This is a truly great thing for them, by providing us with free doctors, free checkups and free medicines for this matter. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to those who comprise UNTV and also your local and national offices,” Racelis said.

In partnership with the Kamanggagawa Foundation and the 903rd Brigade of the Philippine Army, the project is one of Kuya Daniel Razon’s efforts to bring medical assistance to far-flung areas in the country.

Ang Dating Daan Medical mission in Donsol

Sorsogon, Bicol, dubbed as the “Gateway to Southern Philippines,” is at the southernmost tip of the Luzon Island. The medical mission was conducted at the Brgy. Vinisitahan Elementary School.

“So it’s very possible that these people, who are from the end of the Philippines, can reach out to people at the other end of the country, said School Principal Ebelyn Caramoan, This is a great honor and joy for us.”

Col. Felix Castro of the 903rd Brigade on the other hand noted that “These are the activities that the people feel, where we can show that it is not only the government, but organizations like the Clinic ni Kuya Daniel Razon, Kamanggagawa Foundation and UNTV that help those in need here in Sorsogon.”

Members Church of GOD International  - Medical Mission in Donsol

MCGI supports the daily medical, dental and other public services at UNTV. MCGI’s Overall Servants Bro. Eli Soriano and Kuya Daniel have put up various charitable works that range from feeding to educational programs.

“Through these free medical missions of Kuya Daniel and Bro. Eli, we are very thankful for another opportunity to be helpers in undertakings like this to give care to our fellow people,” said MCGI Representative Danny Navales.

(Written by: Jay Arellano)

MCGI Pours in Massive Support to Unity Run for Education

Some 209,000 registered participants that included the congregants of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) supported the Kahit Isang Araw Lang Unity Run on January 22 this year. The biggest simultaneous nationwide run on record included not only those from the Philippines, but from countries where MCGI members are.

Unity Run is a project under the Kahit Isang Araw Lang (Just One Day) movement initiated by Bro. Daniel Razon that encourages citizens to contribute just a day for public service.

Kuya Daniel Razon striking the Just One Day pose on the La Verdad 1350 mobile radio at the SM Mall of Asia grounds.
Kuya Daniel Razon striking the Just One Day pose on the La Verdad 1350 mobile radio at the SM Mall of Asia grounds.

The MCGI group from the National Capital Region and from provinces like Tarlac (106 kilometers from Manila) joined the Philippine National Police, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine Navy, and schools and running clubs and constituted the sea of runners that filled the SM Mall of Asia grounds. Those in southern Philippines also gathered by the thousands at key cities like Cebu, Bacolod, Iligan and Davao.

Abroad, MCGI members from Singapore to the Middle East to Vancouver, New York, Maryland, and Los Angeles in North America to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil ran at public parks despite the cold weather in some places. In Europe, members in Denmark, Italy, Germany and in the United Kingdom also did their share of running-cum-public service.

Kahit Isang Araw Lang Unity Run participants on the road

In 2010, MCGI supported a benefit run of the same advocacy by Kuya Daniel Razon. The 50,500 runners contributed to the construction of the La Verdad Christian College branch in Caloocan City, where students get free tuition, books, and even meals. This time, proceeds will provide computer rooms in public schools nationwide.

Kuya Daniel delivers a short speech before running the 5-km Ceremonial Run that capped the previous 10 km, 5 km, and 3 km races.
Kuya Daniel delivers a short speech before running the 5-km Ceremonial Run that capped the previous 10 km, 5 km, and 3 km races.

“And once again, we will all do our part for us to show together our concern for our fellows though they are not with us in the faith, as what we observe in the Bible in Galatians 6:10,” said Kuya Daniel. He is incidentally the Vice Presiding Minister to MCGI.

As promised in a promotional video released to invite members to take part in the Unity Run, Presiding Minister Bro. Eli Soriano participated in the event in as much as the run “is for the cause of bringing education to as much youth as possible.”

Kahit Isang Araw Lang Unity Run - Dinky Doo and William Martinez

The event was hosted by singer-actor Richard Reynoso and comedian Eagle Riggs, while other celebrities like William Martinez, Dinky Doo, Kier Legaspi, Jeffrey Hidalgo and Pateros Councilor Daisy Reyes likewise showed their support.

Kuya Daniel running the Ceremonial Run with Department of Education Sec. Army Luistro left, and Philippine National Police Chief Nicanor Bartolome right for improved public school education in the country.
Kuya Daniel running the Ceremonial Run with Department of Education Sec. Army Luistro left, and Philippine National Police Chief Nicanor Bartolome right for improved public school education in the country.

Before the Ceremonial Run began, Kuya Daniel showed a video of Bro. Eli leading a group of runners in their place. At 7 a.m. Kuya Daniel, side by side with Department of Education Secretary Army Luistro and PNP Chief Nicanor Bartolome, led the massive crowd for a 5-km stretch.

In his short speech during the event, Kuya Daniel said that he will be doing the run annually with God’s help, and exclaimed “To God be the Glory.”

(Written by: Jay Arellano)

MCGI to March for Greener Environment

Miss Earth Foundation represented by Kris Psyche Resus and Sandra Inez Seifert are also present during the opening of the ADD-a-Tree event by MCGI and UNTV in 2010. Bro. Daniel discusses with them the intent of the eco-friendly event.

This October, Members Church of God International will participate in one of the biggest tree-planting initiatives launched so far in the Philippines. Dubbed “Isang Araw Lang Para Sa Kalikasan” (Just One Day For Nature) the event is a response to the challenge of global warming and climate change which are at the forefront agenda of world leaders today. The project even highlights MCGI’s similar campaign and commitment for a healthier, cleaner, and greener global environment.

Teaming up with Philippine local television channel UNTV 37 through its Kahit Isang Araw Lang advocacy, and the Philippine government through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Climate Change Commission, MCGI will make the tree planting project its major contribution and legacy for the protection of the environment and increasing environmental awareness among people. The project is also seen as a relevant, timely, and meaningful joint undertaking between the public and the private sectors.

The massive tree planting activity will involve simultaneous tree seedling anchorage on local and global points. The one-hectare allocated by the government are prone to catastrophic flooding, soil erosion, and mudslides caused by wide-scale deforestation and denudation of mountains and watersheds.

In the Philippines, a number of landslides and excessive flooding had occurred, all pointing to denuded forests as the culprit of casualties. Back in 2009, typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng (international names Ketsana and Parma) lashed out a combined strength bringing about widescale flooding especially in the country’s capital. Disaster findings indicated that waters which had descended to low-lying areas or ‘catch-basins’ were the effect not only of unabated rains but contributory human activities, such as logging and improper garbage disposal, that magnified the damage. The aftermath were houses engulfed in thick mud and water, destroyed properties, displaced and homeless people, physical-emotional injuries and trauma to survivors, and more than a hundred casualties, to name a few.

The tree-planting project is just one of the several environmental advocacies MCGI is engaging in this year. So far, MCGI had tied-up with several organizations and local government units in clean-and-green themed projects. Among these were the clean-up drives in urban and rural communities, river clean-up in Caloocan City and Bulacan, and tree-planting day activities in Marikina City, mostly on Philippine territory. A similar arbor day activity was also held in Singapore with MCGI congregants as main project sponsors.

The project also serves as one of the highlights of MCGI’s celebration of 30 years in religious broadcast and public service through its radio-television program, Ang Dating Daan or The Old Path. The program is hosted by MCGI Presiding Minister Bro. Eli Soriano.

For this event, MCGI is launching its anniversary website titled “ADD @ 30”.

MCGI Launches Free College Project

“It is more excellent, my countrymen, brethren, scholars, that you also learn the Word of God that we have learned which made this institution possible.”

This was the challenge of Members Church of God International Presiding Minister Bro. Eli Soriano in his brief speech at the inaugural of the Caloocan branch of the La Verdad Christian College.

The inaugural of the newest educational branch is a significant realization of MCGI’s continuous humanitarian service efforts, aside from mainly spreading the Gospel throughout the world. The latest endeavor is consistent with the Church’s aim to spread goodwill to all, regardless of creed or religion.

It can be remembered that in August 2009, Bro. Eli Soriano expressed his desire to put up a school that would help poor youths acquire college education and eventually get a decent job. “Youths will have the opportunity to hone their skills and be assets, not liabilities to the country,” Bro. Soriano said.

In his speech, Bro. Eli mentioned countless sacrifices he and Bro. Daniel had to go through to push the project. He hopes that the “students who will benefit from the project will make sincere efforts also.”

Bro. Eli has faith that through proper education, which he considers a good foundation for the children, the underprivileged Filipino youths could enjoy free education and that the intelligent Filipino race will not end up as miserable domestic helpers of other people.

Bro. Soriano further explained that free basic education is useless if one cannot pursue college. He regrets to hear of parents who have worked hard for the education of their children whose skills learned in elementary and highschool were wasted away because most could not avail of higher education.

“We have spent much to establish this school, and much is to be spent still to sustain it. But we do not look at the amount, just as it is written in the Bible. Money answers for many things. [But] Money is no god. Money should not be loved. [Yet] It is a sign of those who profess they are of God to understand the needs of their poor fellows, as we can read on I John 3:17 that if you see your brother in need and you have something to share but you shut up your mercy, how will the love of God dwell in you?

“So for God’s love to dwell in a man he must have the ability to understand the needs even of those who do not ask. That is why Bro. Daniel and I thought of helping deserving students who could pass the [entrance] exam and enjoy free college education, which includes free meals. None asked this of us. This is our mandate from knowing the truth in the Bible. Students do not owe this to us. They owe it to God.”

Bro. Daniel Razon, President of the La Verdad College, plans for the expansion of the school to a full-fledged university in the near future.

(Written by: Cecile Vizcaya)

Bro. Daniel Razon Joins Tribute Concert for Massacre Victims

“I protest.”

This is the two-word cry and theme of the recent benefit concert held in the Philippines, aimed to help the bereaved relatives of the 57 innocent civilians, 32 of which are journalists, mercilessly ambushed in Ampatuan, Maguindanao. MCGI Vice Presiding Minister Bro. Daniel Razon was one of the special performers.

A broadcast journalist by profession, Bro. Daniel Razon is an active advocate of press freedom and is against the curtailment of socio-political and religious rights. His joining in the concert was to raise funds to support the immediate families of the Maguindanao carnage victims, and to also remember four of his fellow journalists who died in the line of duty and by happenstance worked with him in the same station, UNTV 37.

Bro. Razon rendered novelty Filipino songs reflecting nationalism and national integrity. For his introductory part, he sang his own composition entitled “Pag-asa ng Puso” (Hope of the Heart), an inspiring spiritual song lifted from his personal experiences of life’s pains and hopes, to which attending MCGI members fondly sang with.

During the concert’s recognition break Bro. Daniel Razon acknowledged Bro. Eli Soriano as a major inspiration for continuing doing good to others. He reminisced how Bro. Soriano taught him in his childhood a rule which was to become a guiding principle in his endeavors – “Child, remember this, that no good deed shall bear evil fruit.”

He further asserted that “whatever circumstance brings us, be it good or evil, we must pursue doing good unto all men, regardless of their race, creed, or religion, ” a quote that earned the admiration and applause of both audience and performers.

The concert was inspired from Bro. Daniel Razon’s Isang Araw Lang (Just One Day) movement, a campaign he set out to encourage people to do an act of kindness and goodness even for just a day. The campaign in turn was taken from the biblical mandate in Galatians 6:10.

The Vice-Presiding Minister also holds an outstanding number of public service programs benefitting mostly the elderly and the poor.  Notable among these projects are the free medical services and legal consultation that is opened daily for the public at the UNTV compound, where telecast of Bro Daniel’s programs are being conducted.

Bible Readers (Bread) Society International and UNTV are event organizers. Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International was event management arm of the successful concert, which was attended by more than 20,000 people.

(Written by: Cecile Vizcaya)


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