MCGI Youth Told: “Put Faith First”

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Studying for Life

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

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

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

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

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

(Written by Art Cruz)

(Photography by Kenji Hasegawa)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Songs of Praise for All Ages

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

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

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

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

(Written by Rigor Arellano)

(Photography by Kenji Hasegawa)

Church Youth Convenes on Perfecting Holiness

The youth force made their presence felt during the International Youth Convention (IYC) on April1 to 2 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga, Philippines.

This year’s theme “Perfecting Holiness in the fear of God”, was inspired from the message given by MCGI Vice-Presiding Minister Bro. Daniel Razon during a Youth Ministry Officers’ assembly on December 30, 2009.

Based on II Corinthians 7:1, which talks about about cleansing oneself, Bro. Daniel Razon elaborated that “we must first learn to cleanse our spirits so that we may have a smooth-sailing performance of our duties and obligations.”

Youth members from distant regions and countries join in through teleconferencing.

Apart from sports activities and games, band competition, educational seminars, Bible Readers Society’s TV program Bread Tambayan airs live over Top Channel, featuring youth participants of the convention.

The consultation session, where MCGI Presiding Minister Bro. Eli Soriano addresses the concerns, problems and questions of the youth, highlights the event. A bigger amount of time is allotted for this segment.

Although he is miles away from the Philippines, Bro. Daniel Razon reminded the young attendees about St. Paul’s admonition to the early Christians to live soberly, righteously, and godly in the midst of worldly indulgence that many youths engage in. Restraint is the keyword of his brief but meaningful address.

The two-day affair will be capped with the offering of Thanksgiving to the God of Israel on April 3, 2010 (Philippine time). The Church’s youth from the different parts of the globe will render a thanksgiving song translated in different foreign languages.

The youth in the Church is considered the largest group in the congregation.

(Written by: Pol Arellano)


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