MCGI Sends Relief to Pandemic-Stricken Latin America

The Members Church of God International (MCGI) has conducted a series of relief operations in pandemic-stricken countries in Latin America where cases of Covid-19 continue to surge. Although the Church is also reeling from the brunt of the pandemic, it continues to dole out basic necessities to communities which have been hit hard by the health crisis, especially on households that have lost their source of income.

Help reaches Central America

MCGI volunteers in Central America have brought food and supplies to families in La Majada, Honduras where Covid-19 is getting worse, following the collapse of the health care system. The volunteers, all Church members, delivered relief assistance using their own vehicles, observing all the safety protocols while distributing the goods.

The MCGI locale in Tegucigalpa, Honduras was kept open so that the members and the non-members who passed by can get free food. Although road travel was restricted, brethren were still able to conduct food relief operations for those who cannot come to the locale.

“Suministros de socorro” (relief goods) neatly packed and arranged, ready for distribution.

In Mexico City, MCGI volunteers handed groceries to families in Ixtapaluca and Villa Victoria. Brethren who joined the cause in San Jose, Costa Rica observed the proper wearing of PPE. The brethren in Managua, Nicaragua also offered help in the relief operations in their area.

Efforts replicated in Western and Northern Latin America

The Western and Northern parts of Latin America also suffered from the impact of the pandemic. Both La Paz and El Alto Bolivia are under quarantine and strict curfew hours. Persons and vehicles are not allowed on the streets beyond 6 pm. Food relief operations were not hampered, however. MCGI workers and brethren teamed up to reach remote areas and donated groceries both to members and non-members of the Church.

Similar efforts have been done in the districts of Barranquilla and Santa Marta Colombia, Barcelona, Bogota, Cali, Giron, Medellin Colombia, and Riobamba Ecuador.

A few of the many recipients of groceries and food items in Latin America. Most who were given supplies are the elderly and those who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic.

In Brazil where the highest number of Covid-19 infections in South America is recorded, many people have decided to stay at home due to fears of getting infected. Nevertheless, MCGI conducted similar efforts of relief distribution. Coordinating centers in Benfica, Campo Grande, and Jacarepagua were opened to accommodate both members and non-members in need of food. In Florianopolis, MCGI worked with SOMAR Floripa in ensuring that food assistance will be given to the neediest in the city.

About 300 bags of ‘basico necessidade’ (basic necessities) were donated to SOMAR Floripa, a government office in Florianopolis that carries out voluntary works.

Outreach programs are a part of MCGI’s public service activities. Across the world, MCGI chapters organize on a regular basis various charitable and relief efforts, which include medical and dental missions, blood donation, disaster relief missions, orphanage visitations, soup kitchens for the homeless, to name a few. All these are free of charge.

MCGI Music Channel Launches 24-Hour Streaming of Praise Songs

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The MCGI Music Ministry launched a 24-hour livestream of praise songs through its YouTube channel on June 28 this year.

The latest feature added via the MCGI Music Channel is aimed at giving Church members an easier access to Church songs and hymns that they can listen to anytime, anywhere across the world using their internet-connected desktop computers or mobile devices.

The official MCGI Music Channel on YouTube aims to provide free access to hundreds of Church and praise songs not only to the members of the Church of God but also to the general public. Gospel songs categorized into playlists, such as “Joyful Songs,” “Solemn Songs,” and “Prayer Songs,” can be played on the YouTube channel.

The MCGI Music Channel has also made available a playlist of original compositions by Bro. Daniel Razon, the Assistant Overall Servant of MCGI. Bro. Daniel, who is an Awit Awards winner, has composed many gospel songs such as “Hiling ng Puso,” “Kay Palad Ko,” “Lahat Ng Bagay,” and “Alay Sa ‘Yo,” to name a few.

The importance of singing praise songs to God

During a thanksgiving celebration on August 9, 2008, MCGI Overall Servants Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon announced before the congregation the launch of the 24/7 prayer service and the non-stop singing of praises to God.

The nonstop singing to God is based on 1 Chronicles 9:33, which reads:

“Those who were musicians, heads of Levite families, stayed in the rooms of the temple and were exempt from other duties because they were responsible for the work day and night.”

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“There should be prayer and singing in the whole world 24 hours a day, so that prayers and praises to God will be non-stop,” said Bro. Eli in the said event.

Hence, on August 10, 2008, MCGI marked the launch of the regular nonstop singing to God activity. This was spearheaded by the MCGI Chorale that consists of thousands of Music Ministry members across the globe. During its inception and prior to the pandemic, the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga, served as the main venue where MCGI Chorale members — in batches and by schedule — would sing praise songs and hymns 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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The Bible application Omega DigiBible also streams the 24/7 Community Prayer of MCGI. The application is available on Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

On June 27, 2011, MCGI Overall Servants also launched a special website to ensure that congregants from different parts of the world can conveniently join the 24/7 Community Prayer and sing along to the nonstop praise songs emanating from Pampanga. This online service was also subsequently added to the official MCGI mobile app. Today, the official website of MCGI hosts the Community Prayer page.

Despite the lockdowns and restrictions on mass gatherings, the nonstop singing to God still continues to this day with the aid of modern technology and with the help and mercy of God.

MCGI Launches 24/7 Multilingual Community Prayer

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The Members Church of God International (MCGI) has launched its 24/7 multilingual community prayer broadcast with hourly schedules to encourage more people around the globe to pray to God in their own tongue.

Bro. Daniel Razon, Assistant Overall Servant of MCGI, made the announcement over a live Instagram broadcast to have the 24/7 Community Prayer Broadcast  in different languages for brethren in different countries to connect in prayers from their respective homes. The MCGI community prayer now has four available live prayer translations, English, Tagalog, Portuguese and Spanish within top of the hour. More languages will be available soon.

Why pray?

During one Thanksgiving event, MCGI Overall Servant Bro. Eli Soriano emphasized that Christians must live a prayerful life and must “improve in prayer.” Praying is a basic doctrine in MCGI. It is an act by which we humble ourselves before our Creator and a way of showing Him our gratitude and appreciation for His loving kindness. It is also through prayers that we are able to express our requests to God. This was mentioned by St. Paul in his letter to the Philippians, which stated: “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” (Philippians 4:6, KJV)

Aside from the hourly prayer, the new multilingual service plays non-stop songs of praise and worship to God, also rendered in several languages.

Prayer, a must

When the cases of Covid-19 spiked around the world, Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel saw it fit to deal with the crisis not just by implementing health and safety protocols for all members of the Church, but also by continuously seeking God’s help and mercy through prayers.

The Global Prayer for Humanity which is in its second month now, was launched to meet the purpose. This is on top of the regular community prayer broadcast that is streaming round-the-clock. The Global Prayer for Humanity service begins at 9:30 p.m., Philippine Time.

This endeavor invites non-members regardless of race, ethnicity, and religion to share a few minutes of their time to participate and offer prayers to God to invoke His divine intervention in the present global health crisis brought about by Covid-19.

Previously, the community prayer broadcast was streamed on selected hours using only English and Filipino languages. But with the new Multilingual Community Prayer accessible via the MCGI website,  brethren across the globe can join in the prayer in their own language right at the comfort of their homes.

MCGI’s La Verdad Christian College Goes Online this School Year 2020-2021

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The La Verdad Christian College (LVCC), a private school owned and funded by the Members Church of God International (MCGI), will be welcoming its students for school year 2020-2021 this August without opening its gates. Instead, the school will be launching its very own learning management system (LMS) that will host all classes and other vital services for students online.

The months of March to May saw the closure of schools because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Many were caught off-guard and have grappled with conducting online classes for the remaining school calendar days since social distancing had to be strictly observed. According to the Philippines’ Commission on Higher Education (CHED), only 20% of state universities and colleges (SUCs) are equipped with their own learning management system which could allow them to conduct online classes. The remaining percentage still relies on face-to-face class interaction.

With the introduction of the learning management system to La Verdad’s current setup, the students as well as the teaching and non-teaching personnel will be kept safe from possible local transmission of the deadly viral disease.

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Aerial view of La Verdad Christian College in Apalit, Pampanga. (Photo courtesy of UNTV News and Rescue Drone.)

La Verdad Christian College’s Learning Management System

Based on the mandate of the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to ensure that education continues amid the pandemic, La Verdad Christian College has procured its own learning management system developed by GEP Solutions. This LMS is tailored to the school’s requirements to make it easy and navigable for both teachers and students.

Here are some key features of LVCC’s learning management system:

General features

  • Personalized Dashboard. Displays current, past, and future courses, along with tasks due.
  • Collaborative tools and activities. Includes tools for working and learning together in forums; has wikis, glossaries, database activities, and many others.
  • All-in-one calendar. Helps keep track of academic calendar, course deadlines, group meetings, and other personal events.
  • Convenient file management. Drag-and-drop files from cloud storage services including MS OneDrive, Dropbox, and Google Drive.
  • Notifications. Users receive automatic alerts on new assignments and deadlines, forum posts, and private messages.
  • Track progress. Tracks progress and completion with options for individual monitoring.

Course development and management features:

  • Direct learning paths. For designing and managing courses to meet various requirements for instructor-led, self-paced, blended, or entirely online classes.
  • Marking workflow. For assigning markers to assignments, managing grade moderation, and releasing marks to individual learners.
  • Peer and Self-Assessment. Built-in activities encouraging learners to view, grade, and assess their own and other course members’ work as a group.
  • Integrated Badges. Fully compatible with Mozilla Open Badges, motivating learners and rewarding participation and achievement with customized badges.
  • Outcomes and rubrics. Selecting from advanced grading methods to tailoring the gradebook to a course and examination criteria.
  • Competency-based marking. Setting up competencies with personal learning plans across courses and activities.
  • Security and privacy. Teaching and sharing in a private space only teachers and their classes can access.

About La Verdad Christian College

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La Verdad Christian College: Wisdom Based on the Truth is Priceless

The La Verdad Christian College is the first private school in the Philippines to offer free education to students who pass the entrance exam and maintain good grades. Students do not pay tuition fees and are provided with free books, uniforms, school supplies, and lunches. The school aims to help willing and able youths to experience quality education free of charge.

LVCC is an acclaimed school in Pampanga for its quality education and strict policies. It has won numerous awards and citations in regional and national competitions.

In the Philippines, the main campus is situated in Apalit, Pampanga and its branch is located in Caloocan City, Metro Manila. Outside the country, it has branches in Ghana and in Liberia.

MCGI Prepares for its Second Quarter Special Thanksgiving to God

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The Members Church of God International (MCGI) is set to celebrate its second quarter Special Thanksgiving of God’s People on July 3 to 5, 2020, through the aid of satellite and video conferencing platforms. It is a special event where members offer songs of praise to give thanks to God for His loving-kindness. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the prolonged lockdown in many countries, the brethren will observe the event in their respective homes. Despite not being able to gather physically, the brethren are excited for the celebration.

Grateful for Everything

To prepare for the three-day event, Joanna Fuertes of San Juan City, Philippines had already filed for a work leave. She is grateful to God for His continuous guidance and safekeeping. “Despite this crisis, we still have peace in our hearts. With God’s help, we are able to continue in His teachings,” Joanna says. Cnaida Lucena from Taytay, Philippines is grateful to God’s mercy and grace because she is able to remain steadfast in faith even while confined at home with her family. Though she has other responsibilities in life, she puts God first. “Our top priority in life should be Him, more than anything else,” she emphasizes.

As the lockdown continues, brethren in MCGI will continue to attend online gatherings from home to maintain social distancing.

Lourd Teano from San Francisco, California devotes her time singing songs of praise to God. She is thankful that the Church was able to produce a Music Channel on YouTube that streams songs of praise and hope. “I am thankful to God for His protection, and for keeping our household safe amidst the pandemic,” she adds.

Second Quarter Milestones

In spite of the many dreadful news about Covid-19, MCGI continues to give thanks to God for His continuous blessings and for giving the brethren good opportunities to continue in His service. During the first few weeks of the second quarter, Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel hosted daily Bible Studies and Bible Expositions which were streamed via different social media platforms. Viewership spiked on YouTube and Facebook, and inquiries from non-members and religious freelancers flooded chat rooms.

Brazilian participants in the Bible Study attentively listen as Bro. Eli delivers a topic in a session held on May 20. The lockdown in many countries has prompted MCGI to shift to massive online gatherings and events, which are on an “attend-from-home” basis.

After the series of Bible Studies and Bible Expositions, Bro. Eli opened the online Mass Indoctrination. The event was broadcast over MCGI’s official social media and streaming channels, and was made available in several languages. In addition, MCGI started the “Global Prayer for Humanity,” a worldwide prayer initiative that is broadcast every weekdays at 9:30 p.m. PHT. The objective of this worldwide endeavor is to call upon people to pray together and ask for healing as the world battles against Covid-19. Anyone, regardless of nationality or religious belief, is invited to join.

Bro. Eli: “Let Us Propagate the Word of Hope”

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“Let us propagate the word of hope,” encouraged Bro. Eli Soriano, Overall Servant of the Members Church of God International (MCGI), in the Weekly Thanksgiving of God’s People celebration on May 30, 2020.

Instead of sharing and kindling negativities on social media, Bro. Eli suggested that brethren share words of hope — especially words that are written in the Bible. Sharing Bible verses for people to read, like Lamentations 3:22-23 and Psalms 91:7-8,  may help uplift dampened spirits and bring hope in these trying times.

It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23, KJV)

A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. (Psalms 91:7-8, KJV)

Humanity is going through a lot illnesses,  pains, sufferings, hunger, and deaths.  Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are also experiencing social, political, and economic distresses. But through all these, God and His words are more than enough to give us relief.

“Words are powerful, especially the words of God.”

Bro. Eli Soriano

Hope in Togetherness

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Members Church of God International (MCGI) advocate reading of the Holy Bible. Daily Bible verses are posted on their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.

When lockdowns, home quarantines, and curfews were imposed, MCGI immediately complied with government restrictions and conducted Church gatherings through the use of livestreaming and video conferencing platforms.

With the ongoing threat of Covid-19, Bro. Eli Soriano and Assistant to the Overall Servant of MCGI Bro. Daniel Razon constantly made sure to check on the congregation’s well-being through MCGI’s regular online gatherings. Church ministers, workers, and officers were also directed to help in ensuring that each member’s health and wellness are closely monitored.

“May all of you be kept safe, brethren. You are in my thoughts day and night.” 

Bro. Eli Soriano

Aside from the aforementioned, more importantly, MCGI’s Overall Servant always reminds the congregation to be hopeful: “In despair, we have hope — there is God.” 

MCGI have long been ready for online gatherings. In fact, even before the global pandemic, Church services have been held with the aid of satellite and internet connectivity accessed in MCGI local churches worldwide.

Hope in Prayers

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MCGI recently initiated the Global Prayer for Humanity, a worldwide prayer that can be joined by anyone and everyone who wishes to pray for the current predicament that humanity is facing. It was launched on May 25, 2020, and is currently held every weekday at 9:30 p.m. (Philippine Time).

The launch of the global prayer saw more than 58,000 viewers connected to the prayer livestream. Now on its third week, the global prayer continues to gather people from around the globe to ask for God’s help and mercy and to inspire trust and hope in God during these trying times.

A special web page dedicated to the global prayer was also created which is available in a number of languages including English, Portuguese, and Spanish, among others.

MCGI and UNTV Hold Week-Long Medical Mission and Relief Operation

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Volunteers from the Members Church of God International (MCGI) and UNTV News and Rescue aid the evacuees from the island of Taal during a medical mission held in Don Leon Martinez Memorial Elementary School, Gumamela, Balayan, Batangas (Photo: Photoville International).

The Members Church of God International (MCGI), together with the UNTV News and Rescue volunteer group, has conducted a week-long Medical Mission and Relief Operations in different parts of Batangas. The public service effort includes providing various free medical, dental, and legal services to families and individuals who were affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano.

On January 12, 2020, the island of Taal was put under a state of calamity after Taal Volcano, the second most active volcano in the Philippines began to spew out lava. Residents near the volcano were ordered to evacuate immediately and make their ways to their respective evacuation centers spread out in Batangas.

Many residents of Laurel and Talisay in Batangas reportedly found their homes destroyed while others lost their livelihood. Some of the affected families and individuals moved to some schools which served as their temporary shelters.

MCGI and UNTV News and Rescue volunteers wasted no time in taking the God-given opportunity to help during the mass evacuation of the residents in the province.

On January 16, MCGI and UNTV volunteers distributed relief goods and first aid assistance in different evacuation centers there. The Medical Mission and Relief Operation served affected residents in Batangas, especially in the province’s least accessible areas.

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The Members Church of God International (MCGI) and UNTV News and Rescue offered medical services ranging from medical consultations to optometry, pediatrics and more during the week-long Medical Mission held in different parts of Batangas last January.

The week-long Medical Mission and Relief Operation provided a range of free medical services, such as general medicine consultations, optometry, dental, pediatrics, and more.

The outreach mission also offered psychological assistance through stress and pain management services to the evacuees, especially to children, who experienced trauma from the tragic event.

Aside from the medical services provided, volunteers distributed free meals to the families and toys to children.

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Members of MCGI with UNTV volunteers preparing relief goods for Taal evacuees in Barangay San Pedro, Batangas.

Apart from the week-long Medical Missions, congregants in Batangas assisted in packing donated clothes for the evacuees. Brethren from other areas, meanwhile, donated used clothing, canned goods, and other items for the Taal evacuees.

For more, watch the news report from UNTV News and Rescue about the charitable effort:

 

MCGI Receives Plaque of Appreciation from the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Malaysia

The Members Church of God International (MCGI) received a Plaque of Appreciation from the Philippine Embassy and Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Kuala Lumpur, citing the organization’s initiatives aimed at protecting and promoting the welfare of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Malaysia.

During the Gabi ng Parangal at Pasalamat (A Night of Recognition and Thanksgiving event last January 12 this year, the Philippine Embassy in Malaysia recognized MCGI for its “invaluable support, selfless, and sustained involvement in the implementation of various programs, services, and initiatives for the protection and promotion of the welfare of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Malaysia.”

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MCGI receives a Plaque of Appreciation during the Gabi ng Parangal at Pasalamat event hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines and Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Malaysia on January 12, 2020.

Many brethren in the Church of God International in Malaysia, who are members of the Federation of Filipino Associations in Malaysia (FFAM) Marshalls, actively participate in many charitable events and notable celebrations held by Overseas Workers Welfare Association and the Philippine Embassy.

MCGI Malaysia also offers free photography services in all events held by FFAM.

Other Notable Awards in 2019

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Ang Dating Daan receives a Plaque of Appreciation in recognition of its charitable works and spiritual assistance in prisons across Region IV-A during the BJMPRO-Calabarzon’s 28th anniversary on August 27, 2019.

The year 2019 was notable for MCGI as the group reaped different awards from different award-giving groups for the religious group’s evangelization and charitable efforts.

Two to note are the 2019 Outstanding Religious Christian organization Award from Gawad Amerika and a Plaque of Appreciation by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology Regional Office- Calabarzon for Ang Dating Daan’s Bible-preaching efforts.

Looking Back: MCGI’s Charitable Efforts

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MCGI regularly conducts blood-letting initiatives like this blood donation event at Fort San Pedro, Central Visayas, Philippines held on September 15, 2019. (Photo: Photoville International)

MCGI Overall Servants, Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon teach members to take every God-given opportunity to do good to all as it is written in Galatians 6:10.

For the 39th anniversary of its religious program, The Old Path, MCGI members around the globe took advantage of this God-given opportunity to host and participate in various types of charitable events as a part of their thanksgiving to God.

With the help of God, medical missions and free legal consultations were held in different provinces and remote places in the Philippines.

MCGI, known to be a regular partner of the Red Cross in different parts of the globe, continued its participation in blood drives initiated by the Red Cross.

The group has also partaken in tree planting, feeding programs, clean-up drives, and have been known to volunteer in homes for the elderly and the disabled.

MCGI will never tire in its propagation through philanthropic deeds, with the help of God.

MCGI Concludes 2019 with Thanksgiving to God

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The opening presentations of MCGI’s Teatro Kristiano and Music Ministry Choir are always a sight to behold with their colorful uniforms and bright energy.

The Members Church of God International (MCGI) will offer its fourth quarter Special Thanksgiving of God’s People on December 28 to 30, 2019, marking the close of 2019 for the congregation with God’s help.

As of this writing, brethren from around the globe are preparing to make their way to major coordinating centers to celebrate the occasion.

Here is a short look back to MCGI’s milestones, works, and reasons of thanksgiving for this year.

Feast Dedicated to God

With God’s help, the year 2019 saw many significant firsts for MCGI.

On February 16, during the weekly Thanksgiving of God’s People, MCGI Overall Servant Bro. Eli Soriano announced a feast dedicated solely to God. The festivity aimed to spread God’s love and kindness to all people, most especially the disabled and the impoverished.

“Ours is a biblical feast,” Bro. Eli explained. “We will do this because we want to obey the whole doctrine of Christ.”

The first Feast Dedicated to God was celebrated on February 24. Members welcomed guests in coordinating centers that were decorated with colorful flags and other festive motifs. Free sumptuous meals were served to both members and guests while live entertainment, games and a few bags of canned goods, clothes and toys to take home were provided.

This was followed by another feast held on November 24, coinciding with the celebration of Ang Dating Daan’s 39th anniversary in broadcasting the Gospel.

The Feast Dedicated to God (Fiesta ng Dios) celebration offered a sumptuous feast to all who attended, especially the less fortunate who were treated as esteemed guests.
The Feast Dedicated to God (Fiesta ng Dios) celebration offered a sumptuous feast to all who attended, especially the less fortunate who were treated as esteemed guests.

International Consultation

Prior to the first quarter International Thanksgiving last April, Bro. Eli mentioned that there should be a day devoted to brethren’s questions about faith.

The first International Caucus, held on March 30, focused on answering the congregation’s questions about topics that they have previously learned. The event also addressed whatever doubts or questions members had in order to prepare them for the upcoming Special Thanksgiving.

Gospel Propagation

MCGI’s Mass Indoctrination took on a new format in 2019, which included a portion wherein those undergoing indoctrination can ask Bro. Eli things about the Church, the Bible, and the Christian faith as a whole. Thousands received the holy baptism conducted in the baptistery, which resides inside the newly-constructed MCGI Multipurpose Hall.

Worldwide Bible Expositions and Worldwide Bible Studies also became frequent. Most were held in cities around the world using the language that guests are familiar with. These were streamed live on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and the hashtag #ThusTheBibleSpeaks became a trending topic worldwide.

The string of Bible Studies discussed topics like the Bible’s authenticity, its connection with science, and biblical evidence that bust myths and generally-held beliefs in the world.

Thanksgiving to God

The First Quarterly International Thanksgiving celebration was held last April 7-9 in Florianopolis, Brazil. MCGI thanksgiving delegates who came from around the world filled the thanksgiving site with songs and dances of praise. They also had the chance to greet Bro. Eli in person who celebrated his 55th year of service to God.

MCGI was presented with wisdom-filled topics throughout 2019. Every week, Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel shared new biblical wisdom to the delight of the congregation. Wave after wave of revelations from the Bible kept the members excited for each new topic the MCGI Overall Servants delivered every weekend.

Bible Expositions and Mass Indoctrination sessions are still regularly held in South America as MCGI’s propagation efforts in the continent intensify.
Bible Expositions and Mass Indoctrination sessions are still regularly held in South America as MCGI’s propagation efforts in the continent intensify.

A Year of Fruitful Works

With God’s help, the MCGI congregation participated in the round-the-clock public services spearheaded by Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel.

Feeding programs, blood donation drives, medical missions, charity home and elderly care visitations, free public transport rides, environmental awareness campaigns, were just some of the many activities that the congregation conducted throughout 2019.

As the fourth quarter comes to a close, the MCGI congregation offers thanksgiving to God for a year full of guidance and care for His people.

MCGI to Hold Second Feast Dedicated to God on November 24

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The Music Ministry and Teatro Kristiano offered songs and dances of praise to God during the first Feast Dedicated to God celebration last February 24.

The Members Church of God International (MCGI) will be holding its second Feast Dedicated to God (Fiesta ng Dios) on Sunday, November 24, to culminate the celebration of Ang Dating Daan’s 39th year. Church members and guests will be treated to sumptuous meals, entertainment, and fun activities. The celebration aims to spread God’s love through the joyous occasion.

The Feast Dedicated to God was first held on February 24 this year, a week after MCGI Overall Servant Bro. Eli Soriano called upon the MCGI congregation to join him and celebrate the event. MCGI coordinating centers around the globe were decked in their most festive, and bountiful meals welcomed the disabled and impoverished guests who were prioritized by the Church.

“Ours is a biblical feast. It is a feast for God Almighty,” explained Bro. Eli. “We will do this because we want to obey the whole doctrine of Christ,” he added.

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Vibrant colors filled the streets of Apalit, Pampanga, leading to the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center as MCGI brethren paraded and sang songs of praise to God during the first Feast Dedicated to God Celebration on February 24.

“The celebration was enlightening. I felt so much joy! It was the perfect event to bond with family, friends, and brethren. The event helped strengthen my faith,” Frances Poniente, a participant in the first Feast Dedicated to God from Chicago said in an interview.

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Brethren and guests who attended the first Feast Dedicated to God in one of MCGI’s coordinating center in Meycauayan, Bulacan were provided with free food and refreshments. Children were the first to be served among hundreds who came to celebrate the event.

“My heart was filled with joy during the celebration. It was a wonderful feeling uniting with brethren from different parts of the world to hear more biblical wisdom and teachings from our preachers,” Erica Borges of Dublin remarked.

With God’s help and mercy, the event is expected to bring in more guests, fun, and excitement to all in attendance.


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