Congregants of MCGI told during 3rd Quarter International Thanksgiving: “Be A Blessing to Others”

“Christians are meant by God to be blessings to others.”

This was part of the message delivered by Bro. Daniel Razon during the Members Church of God International’s (MCGI) third quarterly International Thanksgiving at the ADD Convention Center and thousands of monitoring centers held on October 2-4, this year.

And a quarter of MCGI’s works attest to this remark by the Assistant to the Overall Servant of MCGI, which culminated to a three-day offering of thanksgiving by the whole congregation across the globe.

MCGI Thanksgiving

Three Months of Giving, Being Blessings to All

This past quarter, congregants all over the world united once more in charitable works in celebration of UNTV Life’s 11th anniversary. Church members took part in one or more of the mass clean-up drives, tree-planting activities, feeding programs, blood donation drives, and more that were conducted from the smallest of barrios to the biggest of cities.

UNTV Life, in partnership with MCGI, mounted mass clean-up drive efforts that covered the whole Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela (CAMANAVA) district of northern Metro Manila.

Meanwhile, MCGI volunteers abroad participated in different public service efforts in their respective communities. Feeding programs and elderly care activities were among those done in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Quito, Ecuador and Colombia. In the United States, members volunteered in charity works in New York, among others.

A three-day public service activity was also conducted by UNTV Haiti and MCGI in cooperation with the Philippines’ 19th Contingent in Port Au Prince, Haiti.

Heightened Propagation Efforts Locally, Internationally

In addition to being blessings to the community via public service, MCGI congregants strove to bring spiritual enlightenment to more souls through heightened propagation efforts this past quarter.

For the past three months for example, attendance to MCGI’s monthly Worldwide Bible Expositions increased more than 250%. From a regular number of approximately 20,000, the event saw 30,000 more participants, totaling 50,000 attendees in a Worldwide Bible Exposition event during the quarter.

This is in support and cooperation to Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon’s call for each brethren to invite a guest, hence, the “Project 1:1.”

The Ang Dating Daan Chorale at the ADD Convention Center on October 4, 2015 practicing for the 35th anniversary celebration of The Old Path. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
The Ang Dating Daan Chorale at the ADD Convention Center on October 4, 2015 practicing for the 35th anniversary celebration of The Old Path. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Aside from these regular monthly expositions, Bible Expositions in Spanish and Portuguese continue weekly catering South and Central American nations. MCGI also launched this past quarter regular Bible Expositions in Africa and the United Kingdom broadcast over The Old Path’s Youtube channel.

Propagation efforts in South America advanced as MCGI acquired new broadcast relay stations in the effort to reach more souls. The Church also established more coordinating centers in Mexico and other countries in Central and South America. Also known as monitoring centers, these coordinating centers are where brethren hold congregational and Church gatherings and activities.

The congregation also thanked God for the Church’s flagship radio, television and Internet program Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path) which reached its 35th year. The show, the longest running of its kind, has been one of the primary instruments and platforms used by MCGI through Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, in propagating biblical truth and widsom.

For this past quarter, more than 5,000 souls were added to the MCGI fold.

The International Thanksgiving celebration of MCGI is also called Thanksgiving of the Body, wherein Church members from all over the world simultaneously thank God for a quarter-full of His loving-kindness and deliverance.

(Written by Yanna Ferrera)

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)

A Quarter-Filled with Heightened Global Evangelization and Charity Efforts to Culminate in MCGI’s 3-Day International Thanksgiving to God

When the Members Church of God International (MCGI) celebrates its three-day quarterly International Thanksgiving to God next month, the whole congregation will look back to a quarter filled with a series of relentless evangelization and charitable activities efforts mounted locally and internationally.

Spearheaded by MCGI Overall Servants Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon, the ITG will be held simultaneously in different corners of the world from July 3 to 5 this year.

This event draws thousands of congregants from various parts of the world to offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving and to praise God for all His guidance and blessings.

 An elderly brother repairing a worn-down classroom chair during a Brigada Eskwela project held in Maria Concepcion Cruz High School in Pateros, Manila. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
An elderly brother repairing a worn-down classroom chair during a Brigada Eskwela project held in Maria Concepcion Cruz High School in Pateros, Manila. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

A Quarter-full of Charities

For the past quarter, the Church’s Youth Ministry teamed up with the Bible Readers Society International (Bread Society) and participated in the “Brigada Eskwela” campaign being held by the Department of Education (DepEd).

With the goal of gearing and sprucing up classrooms for the opening of another school year, the Youth Ministry and Bread Society members donated materials, cleaned and repainted rooms in several public schools across Metro Manila.

The MCGI’s Youth Ministry, Bread Society and the DepEd have been partners in this project since 2003.

Sis. Rhea Jane Lopez, a youth member of MCGI, donates blood for the first time during the Church's blood donation drive event in New York, USA, in partnership with Elmhurst Hospital Center, held on June 21, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
Sis. Rhea Jane Lopez, a youth member of MCGI, donates blood for the first time during the Church’s blood donation drive event in New York, USA, in partnership with Elmhurst Hospital Center, held on June 21, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Locally and abroad, MCGI has made a name for itself for its blood donation efforts; and the past quarter has proven to be as fruitful as before.

Blood drives have been scheduled in various points in the country, with the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga as one of its major event venues. For the past quarter, the effort kicked off on June 14, 2015.

MCGI coordinating centers abroad also joined the charity effort by conducting blood donation drives in their respective locations.

Church members from Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore and the U.S., to name a few, participated in the Church’s scheduled blood donation drive programs, in partnership with government and non-government associations.

A brother from Angeles, Pampanga, volunteers to donate blood in the simultaneously held Mass Blood Letting Drive in June 2015. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
A brother from Angeles, Pampanga, volunteers to donate blood in the simultaneously held Mass Blood Letting Drive in June 2015. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Due to the concerted efforts of the brethren in Asia during its blood drive in Southeast Asia, MCGI was recognized by Singapore’s Red Cross Society and awarded the group the Top Donor Prize last June 6, 2015.

Meanwhile, medical missions reached even more indigents as the Clinic ni Kuya Daniel branch located in the UNTV Motorpool in Congressional, Quezon City, has gone mobile this quarter.

This mobile effort aims to cover one barangay area on a daily basis – both near and far – to bring free medical assistance to more citizens daily. The effort has been going on since May this year.

MCGI, through UNTV, also continues its People’s Day visits in baranggays across Metro Manila. The outreach project provides medical support, such as general, dental and eye check-ups, as well as free pharmaceutical drugs to those in need.

Sharing the Anticipation, Spiritual Propagation on the Web

The Church’s official social networking pages have launched a PNK or Pasalamat ng Katawan Countdowns, where different brethren share what they are most thankful to God for.

Meanwhile, brethren looking forward to the event took to social media to express their reasons for giving thanks to God.

Also utilizing the web to do good is Bro. Soriano, who had written more than 10 blog articles on his ControversyExtraordinary.com blog during the past quarter.

Apart from blogging, the international televangelist also conducts weekly Bible Expositions for his constituents in South and Central America, particularly Brazilian and Spanish-speaking audiences.

The Bible-based symposium is being streamed through the Church’s official Youtube channels.

For his global work in bringing God’s words to people of different nations, Bro. Eli was conferred the Outstanding Global Evangelist award by the National Consumer Affairs Foundation (NCAF).

The multi-awarded Bro. Soriano also continues to frequent Twitter, answering spiritual Q&As of his growing number of Twitter followers.

Twitter is also the birthplace of his successful invitation to launch a benefit concert for the Fallen 44’s families and loved ones – the “Songs for Heroes” concert. The first “Songs for Heroes” concert gathered more than six million pesos for the families of the brave soldiers who fought for the nation’s safety.

Marking the end of the quarter will be the follow up concert entitled “Songs for Heroes 2: To Die for Thee,” to be held at the Mall of Asia Arena on June 30, 2015.

The International Thanksgiving to God celebration of the Members Church of God International will be participated by different points across the world, with the ADD Convention Center in Pampanga serving as its main venue. The event will commence at 6 a.m. (PHT).

(Written by Yanna Faye Ferrera)

#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)

 

MCGI to Celebrate 3-Day International Thanksgiving to God for the 3rd Quarter on Sept. 26-28

Thousands are expected to attend the International Thanksgiving to God of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) for the third quarter. For three days, beginning this coming Friday until Sunday (September 26-28), the congregation will celebrate three months of blessings and productive works.

The ADD Convention Center, the MCGI headquarters located in Apalit, Pampanga will be the main event venue, drawing thousands of members from the National Capital Region and nearby provinces in Northern and Southern Luzon.

However, MCGI Coordinating Centers nationwide and abroad will be opened to accommodate members and visitors from other parts of the Philippines and abroad. Satellite and Internet facilities allow the seamless and uninterrupted live participation of multiple venues of a worldwide scale for three straight days.

A Quarter of Massive Charity Works

Charity works are part of the Church’s efforts to help the needy. The organization maintains partnerships with government and non-government organizations whose mission is help provide social welfare and development.

In addition, UNTV, the Public Service Channel of the Philippines, is MCGI’s key partner in this endeavor.

MCGI brethren were in full support in a Mass Blood Drive held in numerous remote points across the country last September 14, 2014. In partnership with the Philippine Blood Donors Society, a total of 1,500 donors took part in this public service activity. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
MCGI brethren were in full support in a Mass Blood Drive held in numerous remote points across the country last September 14, 2014. In partnership with the Philippine Blood Donors Society, a total of 1,500 donors took part in this public service activity. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Bro. Eli and Bro Daniel Razon spearhead and support various reachout missions and public services in the Philippines through MCGI for the past quarter. Bro. Soriano is Presiding Minister while Bro. Razon is Vice-Presiding Minister, respectively.

More recently, MCGI partnered with the Philippine Blood Center for its quarterly blood drive nationwide. Last September 14, the event was able to collect blood bags from around 1,500 donors in chosen parts of the Philippines alone.

The United Arab Emirates, Singapore, and the USA, to name a few, also participated in the Church’s concerted blood drive effort.

The Church’s medical missions, which aim to reach out to those living in provinces and areas far away from medical institutions, have managed to bring free health services to Filipinos as far as Leyte, Visayas in the past three months.

In UNTV’s “People’s Day” medical reachout project, MCGI is an active participant, helping provide medicines and volunteer medical health practitioners. This year, a total of 1,786 became recipients of the public service event.

To help the typhoon-affected people of Tacloban following the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda there, MCGI provided a deep-well water supply to residents across the Visayas area. This ongoing project is being completed together with UNTV.

Broadcast Efforts Grow Even Bigger

For the last quarter, the Church of God has successfully held a series of Bible Expositiona. This live question-and-answer session with Bro. Eli is held in major coordinating centers. While there are also set-ups in local towns to accommodate people who want to ask the preacher live, MCGI has deploys its Mobile Coordinating Centers in some provinces.

In an effort to reach more people, the ADD Mobile Coordinating Center traveled to far flung places such as barangays, provincial jails and even universities to give chances to everyone to listen to the words of God. (Photo courtesy of PVI)
In an effort to reach more people, the ADD Mobile Coordinating Center traveled to far flung places such as barangays, provincial jails and even universities to give chances to everyone to listen to the words of God. (Photo courtesy of PVI)

Aside from travelling to distant areas, MCGI also holds Bible Expositions in numerous provincial jails, giving those in prisons a chance to study God’s words.

With MCGI’s non-stop propagation efforts, thousands of individuals have been baptized in the Church during the past three months alone. In last September 19’s Mass Baptism, there were more than a thousand newly-baptized members, apart from other months’ Mass Baptism results.

Glory to God Alone for Achievements, Milestones

On September 22, Bro. Eli was the incontestable winner of a live debate in Brazil after beating Rubens Sodré, a Brazilian pastor. The September-21 debate started at 1 PM, Brazil time, which was 12 MN in the Philippines of September 22, 2014.

While the language used was Portuguese, the Filipino was able to disprove the arguments presented by Sodré, namely: 1) No earthly sanctuary; 2) No more divine worship; and, 3) No more priestly figure.

The live debate, which was aired over the O Caminho Antigo Youtube channel, lasted for more than four hours.

Aside from humanitarian and religious efforts conducted by MCGI brethren, the Church achieved several milestones and garnered achievements.

On August 16, MCGI’s Infant Care Center reached its second year in service, while UNTV’s News and Rescue Team, whose bulk of volunteers are Church members, celebrated their fourth year.

The MCGI Infant Care Center is the brainchild of Bro. Eli and Kuya Daniel that serves as a haven for abandoned and neglected infants. Meanwhile, the UNTV News and Rescue Team serves as a news-gathering group and rescue unit that aims to help first before reporting.

The organization also received the Top Donor award from the Philippine Red Cross recently for actively participating with and continuously supporting the PRC in their blood drive efforts. Awarded in the cities of Nueva Ecija, MCGI, more commonly known as the “Ang Dating Daan” group, was cited to be “a group that always wants to be of help.”

(Written by Yanna Faye Ferrera)

History in the Making: South America Hosts MCGI’s First ITG for 2014

For the first time in its history, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) will celebrate the International Thanksgiving to God (ITG) with South America as its host venue from April 5 to 7 this year.

The momentous occasion will also mark the 50th year in service of Presiding Minister to MCGI, Bro. Eliseo Soriano on April 7 this year.

MCGI holds quarterly International Thanksgiving to God celebrations each year. The three-day event is participated in by members worldwide who offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving to God for His safekeeping, mercy and love.

In an unprecedented fashion, Church members hailing from different continents will travel to South America for the first Church-wide thanksgiving offering of the year.

MCGI members at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga -- the usual host venue for Thanksgivings where over 1,280 satellite centers connect to.
MCGI members at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga — the usual host venue for Church services like Thanksgivings with over 1,280 monitoring centers worldwide participating via satellite and Internet. (Photo courtesy of Prince Maverick Marquez, PVI)

In previous years, the Central Headquarters in Apalit, Pampanga, a province north of Manila, is the permanent host of big gatherings like ITG or “Pasalamat ng Katawan” (PNK) in the vernacular.

This time around, the event will serve as a venue for Filipino and other foreign national brethren to celebrate the ITG with native South American brethren in person.

Preparations for the grand event were already being undertaken by Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel Razon, the Vice-Presiding Minister, months prior to the three-day festivities of thanksgiving and offering praises to God.

Aside from shouldering the majority of broadcast fees worldwide, the Church leaders also spearheaded the preparations for the event both financially and physically, including the construction of a counterpart Convention Center for the attending brethren.

A home away from home: A local Filipino favorite, the tinapang isda, or dried fish, are prepared for both Filipino and foreign attendees of the International Thanksgiving in South America. Photo courtesy of Aaron Romero, PVI NY
A home away from home: A local Filipino favorite, the tinapang isda, or dried fish, are prepared for both Filipino and foreign attendees of the International Thanksgiving in South America. (Photo courtesy of Aaron Romero, PVI NY)

For his part, Bro. Eli personally oversaw the planting of various crops and vegetables, as well as raising chickens and farming fish, like tilapia, to feed the multitude of brethren arriving from different countries.

Come the three-day spiritual feast, Bro. Eli will also be leading the event’s group of cooks and sous-chefs.

Bro. Eli is known Church-wide not just for his spiritual leadership, but also for his penchant in cooking and feeding the brethren.

The international preacher is having sleeping cots, pillows, sleeping quarters and restrooms prepared for the attendees of the three-day event.

Delegates from America, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, and other countries have arrived at the Thanksgiving venue early to help in the preparation of the biggest Church event of the year.

To ensure that the attendees are well-rested and are comfortable during their stay in the convention center in South America, Bro. Eli has ordered the production of cots and pillows for the brethren, as well as sleeping quarters and restrooms. (Photo courtesy of Aaron Romero, PVI NY)
To ensure that the attendees are well-rested and are comfortable during their stay in the convention center in South America, Bro. Eli has ordered the production of cots and pillows for the brethren, as well as sleeping quarters and restrooms. (Photo courtesy of Aaron Romero, PVI NY)

Meanwhile, Bro. Daniel has organized a series of orientations for brethren who are traveling to South America, to ensure everyone’s safety.

Bro. Aaron Romero, one of the early delegates, stressed on the importance of attending the pre-departure orientation sessions.

“All the delegates [coming from different countries] should coordinate with their respective divisions and attend the orientation, per Bro. Daniel’s directive,” said Bro. Aaron.

(Written by Pauline Arellano)


UNTV, BMPI Thankful to God As Their 10th Year of Public Service Nears

Apalit, Pampanga – Kuya Daniel Razon led the thankful employees, volunteer staff and beneficiaries of Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International (BMPI) in offering their gratitude to God on February 1 this year at the ADD Convention Center in Pampanga.

The people behind UNTV – the country’s prime public service network stood on stage to thank God for nearly a decade of God’s guidance in all of the station’s public service endeavors.

An audio visual presentation played during MCGI's Thanksgiving in February 2014 shows UNTV CEO Kuya Daniel Razon speaking about the network's use of drones for news and public service.
An audio visual presentation played during MCGI’s Thanksgiving in February 2014 shows UNTV CEO Kuya Daniel Razon speaking about the network’s use of drones for news and public service. (Photo courtesy of Prince Marquez, PVI)

During the thanksgiving number, BMPI-UNTV CEO and Chairman Daniel Razon remarked on UNTV’s making its mark in the field of public service.

In UNTV’s audio-visual presentation, Kuya Daniel said, “We are so small compared to bigger networks, but with God’s mercy, in our humble ways, we are instruments in helping our fellowmen.”

In the same AVP, MCGI Presiding Minister Bro. Eliseo Soriano congratulated UNTV on how God has helped the station become what it is today – a station that truly serves the people.

Bro. Eliseo Soriano, prime supporter of all of UNTV's public service endeavors being shown on a video during MCGI's Thanksgiving in February 2014.
Bro. Eliseo Soriano, prime supporter of all of UNTV’s public service endeavors being shown on a video during MCGI’s Thanksgiving in February 2014. (Photo by Prince Marquez, PVI)

“It is quite an achievement for UNTV, under the supervision of Bro. Daniel Razon. [That is] To bring glory and honor to the Lord through the instrumentality of UNTV,” stressed Bro. Soriano.

“We do not mean business, we mean public service,” concluded Bro. Daniel as what UNTV as a network is all about.

Nine Years of Public Service

Starting out as a small television network way back year 2004, UNTV has made a name for itself as the country’s dedicated public service channel. The network maintains the daily operation of its numerous charity institutions and public service works.

Now passing its 9th year, UNTV has already made marks with some of the most groundbreaking public service projects launched in the Philippines. 

One example is the “Tulong Muna, Bago Balita” (Rescue First, Report Later) Advocacy, which encourages media men to prioritize life-saving rather than news reporting.

Bro. Daniel Razon serves the first half of the Biblical topic in one of MCGI's Thanksgiving in February 2014.
Bro. Daniel Razon serves the first half of the Biblical topic in one of MCGI’s Thanksgiving in February 2014. (Photo by Rovic Balunsay, PVI)

UNTV has also pioneered the use of aerial drones for rescue and reporting in the country, employing the use of technology for faster information dissemination and a wider scope of public service to the masses.

UNTV also maintains partnership with the Members Church of God International (MCGI) through its Ang Dating Daan Foundation Inc. (ADDFI).

To extend help in far-flung areas in the country, UNTV has rolled medical missions. The station also put up numerous Clinic ni Kuya facilities around the archipelago to provide medical care help to our marginalized fellowmen.

Members of the Church of God at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga offering thanks to God. Thanksgiving is a weekly activity of the Church.
Members of the Church of God at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga offering thanks to God. Thanksgiving is a weekly activity of the Church. (Photo by Prince Marquez, PVI)

UNTV’s main operating station located in EDSA also houses its Legal Center called “Law Center ni Kuya,” where people in need of legal assistance can seek counselling.

The station also provides continuous support for La Verdad Christian College’s free education and the Dunong Gulong Mobile School services, as well as its Libreng Sakay (Free Ride) buses and jeepneys throughout the country.

UNTV will celebrate its tenth anniversary this coming June 25-26, 2014.

(Written by Yanna Faye Ferrera)

MCGI’s 3-Day International Thanksgiving to God Highlights Thousands of Newly Baptized, Growth of Ministry Works Abroad

 MCGI's String Orchestra leads the brethren in praise through playing of their instruments early in the mornings of the International Thanksgiving.

The ADD Orchestra leads the brethren in praise through playing of their instruments in the early hours of the morning of the International Thanksgiving.

Apalit, Pampanga – Simultaneously rejoicing with the congregants in the ADD Convention Center are the continuously growing believers all over the world who celebrated for three days their International Thanksgiving to God.

In the Members Church of God International’s (MCGI) celebration, there are 1,197 remote points in various countries that joined the bulk of the congregants in Apalit, Pampanga on September 27-29 of this year.

Bro. Eliseo Soriano, Presiding Minister to MCGI, reported before the congregants through live streaming broadcast the growing number of newly baptized brethren, majority from the Philippines and from abroad.

Bro. Eli said during the first day that in less than a year or nine months period, more than 13,000 souls received baptism. MCGI holds weekly baptisms in the Philippines and abroad.

A smile of many for the brethren as MCGI Presiding Minister Bro. Eliseo Soriano imparts Biblical wisdom during the three-day International Thanksgiving in September 2013.
Bro. Eli Soriano, Presiding Minister to MCGI, smiles at the brethren as he imparts Biblical wisdom for the three-day celebration event in September 2013.

Also remarkable during the past quarter of the year was the launch of satellite system to carry broadcasts of The Old Path in different parts of Latin America. Through new broadcast means – leading to the continuous spread of the gospel – followed the establishment of more than 150 coordinating centers in both South and Central America.

To help oversee Church works in these countries, Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel Razon, the Vice-Presiding Minister to MCGI, deployed few batches of Church workers from the Philippines to the respective coordinating centers.

As with all International Thanksgiving celebrations, this quarter teemed with new biblical wisdom through the topics delivered by Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel. Topics range from the true meaning of the Lord’s Prayer to the differences between the Mosaic laws of faith with Jesus’ law of faith, among others.

Various activities held, which are part of the three-day celebration, are aimed at serving the congregants the world over. One include the consultation sessions, which Bro. Eli held during break time, to answer brethren’s questions and address their concerns.

Bro. Daniel Razon, MCGI Vice Presiding Minister is joined by his children and family onstage in offering   thanksgiving to the Lord in September 2013.
Vice Presiding Minister to MCGI, Bro. Daniel Razon is joined by his children and family onstage to offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving to the Lord.

Different Church ministries and groups sang and danced along songs of praises to God all throughout the three-day feast as well.

The Members, Church of God International celebrates their International Thanksgiving to God or Pasalamat ng Katawan (PNK) ceremonies every quarter.

(Words by Yanna Faye Ferrera)

(Photos by Rovic Balunsay)

Bro. Eli Presents Gifts to Church Widows on Second Quarter Thanksgiving

In one of MCGI's Thanksgiving services, widows sit in front of the ADD Convention Center stage.
Widows sit right in front of the ADD Convention Center stage in Apalit, Pampanga, Philippines during a Thanksgiving service of MCGI.

Eighty-two widows of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) received gifts from Bro. Eliseo Soriano during the recently concluded “Pasalamat ng Katawan” (Thanksgiving of the Body), a quarterly international service, held from July 5 to 7, 2013.

Staff from the Charity Home for the Elderly were instructed to reserve seats for the recipients of the preacher’s thanksgiving gifts in the front rows of the ADD Convention Center stage. The Presiding Minister to MCGI explained what the Bible regards as widows, citing I Timothy 5:9-10.

The congregants cheered after Bro. Eli called on the widows to receive grants. The international evangelist further explained how elders should be treated, especially whom the Bible considers as widows. Most of these widows under the care of MCGI’s Charity Home for the Elderly were abandoned by their families and relatives.

Charity Home’s Sis Liberty Basbas stressed that Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon make it a point to regularly extend care to the elderly. Sis Basbas added that it is not only during international thanksgiving that Bro. Eli grants gifts to widows. Bro. Daniel, who is in the Philippines, visits the Charity Home personally to converse with and even sing to the elderly.

Sis Basbas shared that aside from meals, clothes and footwear, vitamins, medical check-ups, and weekly allowances, the elderlies also have recreational activities, conversations and proper care. She further noted that Bro. Eli constantly reminds staff members to show kindness and compassion to the elderly, and to treat them like their own parents.

Established in 2005, the Charity Home for the Elderly situated at the Ang Dating Daan Compound in Apalit, Pampanga is home to male and female elderlies. It currently houses 47 elderlies, whose ages range from 54-95 years of age.

Other homes for the elderly were also put up in different key locations in the Philippines, supported by MCGI.

(Written by Apple D. Arco)

(Photo by Rovic Balunsay)


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