Bro. Eli Bids Prayers for Chile

One of the tweets @BroEliSoriano posted after an earthquake claimed many lives in Chile in February 2010.
After an earthquake claimed many lives in Chile in Feburary of 2012, Bro. Eliseo Soriano’s tweets on his official handle @BroEliSoriano.

“A prayer for people is more than money can buy!”

Direct from his Twitter page, Bro. Eli Soriano tweets a message to his online visitors to pray for the victims of an earthquake that hit Chile Saturday, February 27.

He begins his call with a “Let’s all pray for the people of Chile!”, seven hours after the quake hit the country situated at the southern coast of Latin America. At the same time, he tweeted “May they find solace in believing that nature teaches us of a power that be”, to console and lift the Chileans’ spirits up.

Reports gathered from The Los Angeles Times says Chile was struck on Saturday by an 8.8 magnitude quake that killed more than 300 people and destroyed many infrastructures in Santiago, its capital city. The earthquake momentarily immobilized the big mining companies situated near the epicenter of the tremor. Collapsed bridges lobbed and squashed cars and trucks causing relief operations to damaged areas more difficult. An estimated 500,000 homes were badly shattered and more than a million people were affected. The numbers are expected to increase as more people are hauled from the rubble. Aftershocks are seen to follow and may cause further damage to properties [See Maps of the Chile Earthquake from the NYTimes.com here]. Following this Central Chile was declared a “state of catastrophe”.

More powerful than the one that devastated Haiti in January, Chile’s quake reached as far as Brazil and triggered a tsunami in Japan and Hawaii, with columns of water still rushing halfway around the world. Though little damage was reported in these areas, officials sent warnings that a bigger surge of water could follow and that other nations around the Pacific must prepare.

In the Philippines, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology alerted residents of possible water surge and asked those living near the coasts to keep distance from the shoreline. Besides Hawaii and Japan, the Philippines was also struck by a tsunami when the magnitude-9.5 quake hit the same area of Chile in 1960.

(Written by: Hazel Chavez-David)

3,500 Souls Added to MCGI in One Day

In February of 2011, members of the Church of God International welcomed more than 3,500 new members in one of its Mass Baptisms.
MCGI welcomed more than 3,500 new members in the Church after the Mass Baptism of February 2011.

Pampanga, Philippines — More than 3,500 souls were added to the Members Church of God International today in a Mass Baptism held at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga and in MCGI coordinating centers nationwide.

People hailing from as far as Nueva Ecija (approximately 118 kilometers from Manila) went to the Philippine headquarters of MCGI to be baptized.  Moreover, baptisms were held at major coordinating centers in Northern Luzon, Bicol, Visayas and Mindanao.

Included in the thousands of new members are five individuals with hearing and speaking disabilities, adding to the first group of deaf-mute members baptized on August 21, 2009.

This was the result of the seven-session Mass Indoctrination by Church Presiding Minister, Bro. Eliseo Soriano. From about a month of indoctrination time, Bro. Eli was able to reduce it to less than two weeks leading to a Mass Baptism just eleven days after the first session.  The results, however, exceed double as previous Mass Baptisms yield more than 1,000 souls on the average.

“Let us start a new life, brethren, a new life in Christ, full of hope,” says Bro. Eli as he spoke before thousands of newly-baptized members via live video streaming at about six in the evening. Bro. Eli then reminds the brethren of what Bro. Daniel Razon, the Church Vice-Presiding Minister, said in his sermon prior to Bro. Eli’s — to first give thanks to God, just as the Samaritan who was healed of his leprosy did in Luke 17:12-19.

They were talking of the Thanksgiving ceremony held every Saturday in the Philippines. Weekly, groups and individuals offer songs of praises on stage before the entire congregation in the Convention Center in Pampanga and in coordinating centers worldwide via the Internet.

The baptism ceremonies started at around 8:30 a.m. with congregational singing. Two hours after, Bro. Eli finishes his sermon and the baptism proper occurs shortly after, ending at about 5:30 in the evening. Before the entire event ended with a prayer at around 7:30 p.m., Bro. Eli mentions that he made arrangements for additional food for them before they leave. He then welcomes the new brethren to the congregation and bids them goodbye, “Happy greetings and may God bless you, brethren.”

(Written by: Jay Arellano)

MCGI’s Seven-Session Mass Indoctrination Set on February 8

As the Lord Jesus Christ commanded in Matthew 28:19-20, MCGI Leaders teach first His doctrines before people can be baptized and be members of the Church.

PAMPANGA, Philippines – A seven-session Mass Indoctrination will be held by the Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path) program host, Bro. Eliseo Soriano come February 8, 2010 (PHT) at all Members Church of God International coordinating centers in the Philippines.

“Our Bible Expositions in different parts of our country [the Philippines] and in different parts of the world are what necessitated us to also hold Mass Indoctrinations,” said the MCGI Presiding Minister in his video invitation on Youtube.

He stressed that mass indoctrinations are really intended for those who attend Bible Expositions and listen to the preacher’s TV, radio and Internet programs. He added that these people “ask us how they can be members of this organization, the Church of God International.”


 

The completion of indoctrination sessions is required before a person receives baptism and becomes a member of the Church.

“This happens when you have received the doctrines that the Lord Jesus Christ teaches in its entirety. So this mass indoctrination is the instruction of the entire doctrines of the Lord Jesus, the commandments that must be fulfilled for a person to be a true Christian,” the award-winning television host further said in the video message.

“I hope that you will give time and accept our invitation, our fellowmen, and may God bless you.”

Bible Expositions are held at least semiweekly worldwide via the Internet at MCGI chapters and vast venues like the Araneta Coliseum in the Philippines and in hotels.

It is in these events where people get to ask Bro. Eli on faith and spirituality live, while he reads to them the answers straight from passages of the Holy Scriptures. Hence, the program’s slogan, “Ask Bro. Eli, the Bible Will Answer”.

For information on an MCGI chapter near you or for any question regarding the upcoming nationwide Mass Indoctrination and more, please visit the Reach Us section of this site.

(Writte by: Jay Arellano)

MCGI Joins Biggest Marathon-for-a-cause in RP History

PASAY CITY, Philippines – To express not only through words its support to the cause of an advocacy group in the Philippines, Members Church of God International is the single biggest group whose presence was felt at the record-breaking half-marathon-for-a-cause, the Isang Araw Lang – Takbo para sa Libreng Kolehiyo (Just One Day – Run for Free College) held on January 31 at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

Local television network, UNTV reported that the historic sports event which comprised six different races recorded 50,500 participants, beating the organizers’ expectations of 50,000 and marking yet another first in Philippine history.

MCGI Vice-Presiding Minister Bro. Daniel Razon, who is the prime advocate of the Kahit Isang Araw Lang advocacy, thanked the organizers of the event led by Sports 37 Productions, UNTV and multi-marketing company Breakthroughs and Milestones Productions International, for holding such a remarkable and noble cause in support of the public service projects he spearheaded.

Speaking before tens of thousands of participants at the closing ceremony of the event, Bro. Razon announced that the proceeds of the event will aid in the completion of the last phase of development of the 10-storey La Verdad Christian College (LVCC) building.

“We will use the proceeds to complete the 10-storey school building in Balintawak, Quezon City which we target to open in April,” he said, then remarked, “What inspires me to do these public services is Bro. Eli Soriano of the Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path).”

MCGI launched the said scholarship program for college students through the Kamanggagawa Foundation in June last year as a continuation of Bro. Eli Soriano’s initiative at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga where the first La Verdad Christian College was established. More than 300 college scholars are currently enrolled under the Mass Communications and Nursing courses offered by the school.

Bro. Razon also stressed the big difference that this free college education project makes. The scholarship grants include free tuition fee, free meals, uniforms, books, lodging and allowance for the scholars.

For years now, MCGI has been actively supporting several public services in the Philippines as part of its mission to help indigents — a commandment of God in the Bible that MCGI gladly fulfills.

Through the help of UNTV, the Isang Araw Lang – “Takbo para sa Libreng Kolehiyo” is another public service effort initiated to support the Kamanggagawa Foundation free education project. Other projects launched by Bro. Razon through the Foundation include free bus, jeepney, and train rides, medical and dental missions, legal services, blood donation projects, and even the granting of the small wishes of poor families for livelihood assistance.

Other key participants of the event include the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Dionisio Santiago, members of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA), and members of several Rotary Club chapters in the Philippines.

Renowned Kenyan sprinters Williy Tanui and Kemba Kiberess, 2009 Philippine International Marathon winner Miscelle Gilbuena, and Alley Quisay also shared a moment to support this noble cause. Tanui was declared the winner of the 21-kilometer half marathon.

Other races were the 10 and 5-kilometer challenge runs, 3-kilometer fun run, 1-kilometer family run, and the 300-meter kiddie run.

(Written by: Hazel Chavez-David)


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