Thousands of global congregants of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) took part in the three-day International Thanksgiving of the quarter last December 22 to 24, 2012, which again marked another fruitful gathering of grateful hearts.
After the conclusion of the Thanksgiving, which is also called Pasalamat ng Katawan (Thanksgiving of the Body), at around 4 p.m. on the 24th, a special concert for the family was held at around 8 p.m.
The concert billed as Ngayon, Bukas, at Kailanman (Today, Tomorrow, and Forevermore) was aimed at raising funds for the construction of a bigger convention center in the National Capital Region, Philippines.
With presence in six continents, the Church of God International has major coordinating centers in North and South American countries, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia, among many other regions in the map. While majority of members are Filipinos, new brethren who are nationals of countries abroad are also growing in number. This was the result of the Church’s ongoing global evangelization initiatives, especially through the launch of programs catering to the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking population.
As expected, the three-day quarterly thanksgiving gathering teemed with topics prepared by Bro. Eli Soriano. Topics that were discussed before the members include the biblical wisdom that can be gained from looking beyond merely the tangible things on earth and another one about the benefits gained from understanding the secret of concealed prayer.
Using the Bible as basis, MCGI Leaders Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel Razon also debunked beliefs about predestination to hell and showed how the Lord Jesus used the Scriptures to teach truths.
Bro. Eli also entertained questions from members and guests alike through the Consultation segments. While others take breaks, those who have questions about the topic or about a verse in the Bible may ask the International Evangelist during Consultations.
Representatives from the different regions and ministries were given time to present their Thanksgiving offering as well as brethren from the different coordinating centers worldwide who shared their Thanksgiving greetings through canned videos and live streaming. The whole congregation offered their Thanksgiving songs during the second day while members from South America and Bro. Eli’s household presented theirs on the third day.
The Thanksgiving gathering was punctuated by the special concert prepared by Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel a few hours after the culmination of the International Thanksgiving. In the said program, a showcase of dance numbers, short musicals, and a variety of popular songs from the early 1960’s and mainstream 2012 were the night’s highlights.
Asia’s Queen of Songs, Ms. Pilita Corrales came to perform some timeless Filipino love songs together with Bro. Eli and Bro Daniel. A short film dubbed as “Ngayon, Bukas at Kailanman” (Today, Tomorrow and Forevermore), conceptualized by Bro. Daniel, was shown as clips before every new song was played.
This event serves a more noble cause other than just entertainment and fun, as how all other projects by the two leaders of MCGI are designed.
Each year is a period of toiling and hard work for the Church and its members. Looking back at the fruits of their labor and recounting what have been accomplished and what blessings were received, MCGI gave thanks for the year that was.
(Written by: Apple Arco)