MCGI’s 1st Quarter Blood Donation Drive Piles Thousands Donors

More than 1,500 volunteer blood donors participated in the Simultaneous Mass Blood Donation drive by the Members Church of God International (MCGI) last March 17 this year. This activity is part of the organization’s quarterly commitments it maintain with the private and government health agencies’ humanitarian and life-saving initiatives.

Reports culled from the ADD Foundation International showed that a total of 1,630 were considered qualified blood donors out of the 2,168 who registered. Together with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), Philippine Blood Center (PBC) and the Department of Health (DOH), the ADD Foundation held the drive in over 52 remote venues across the country.

A member of the Church of God International donating blood at the Quiapo Coordinating Center on March 17, 2013.
An MCGI member donating blood at the Quiapo Coordinating Center in Manila, Philippines on March 17, 2013.

The recent blood donation drive was the first such massive activity of the current year. It will be recalled last year’s total tally of blood donors that reached 11,930 where 805 people benefitted from the blood bags collected.

The ADD Foundation, which is the charitable arm of MCGI, regularly holds quarterly blood donation drives in different key locations nationwide and across the globe. The Foundation is under the leadership of Bro. Eli Soriano, the Presiding Minister to MCGI, and Bro. Daniel Razon, who is popularly-known as Mr. Public Service because of his public service works on television and radio.

Volunteers from the Philippine Red Cross and Philippine Blood Center collected and tested blood samples across 52 locations nationwide on March 17.
Across 52 locations nationwide, volunteers from the Philippine Red Cross and Philippine Blood Center collected and tested blood samples to determine each donor’s blood type.

According to culled medical researches, even just a single bag of blood can already save three lives. The benefits of donors include reduced stress and protection against developing cancer because blood cells are being refreshed and replenished.

A regular donor can also donate as often as every 56 days (which is roughly 2 months), and first-timers may start donating blood at the age of 17.

(Written by Yanna Faye Ferrera)

(Photography Mark Santillan)

MCGI Holds 3-Day International Thanksgiving on March 28 to 30

At the ADD Convention Center in Pampanga, Philippines, members stand up to praise God during an International Thanksgiving.
Members of the Church of God International stand up to sing and dance to songs of praise during an International Thanksgiving.

As the quarter spanning the months from January to March ends, the whole congregation of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) is all set to celebrate the International Thanksgiving of the Body (Church) for various reasons, including the newly-baptized non-Filipino members from South and Central American countries.

Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro Daniel Razon, the Presiding Minister and Vice-Presiding Minister to the MCGI respectively, will lead and welcome the tens of thousands of members, including guests, from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America in the three-day gathering on March 28 to 30, this year.

The Ang Dating Daan Convention Center, the organization’s primary headquarters in the Philippines located in Apalit, Pampanga, is already seeing members and guests from the different cities and provinces in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, including those who flew from abroad, flock one of North Luzon’s biggest covered function halls as early as this week.

In its regular weekly thanksgiving, the estimated number of members who flock the ADD Convention Center pile up to 10,000, while that figure balloon more than double or triple during International Thanksgiving every quarter. There are, however, those who attend the International Thanksgiving in coordinating centers nationwide, especially for the indigents and poor members of the Church.

Members of the congregation are taught by MCGI Leaders to be thankful and grateful of everything, even if the reasons are good or may seem to be bad (I Thessalonians 5:18). Among the activities during thanksgiving include the singing of songs of thanksgiving and praise to God, consultation, listening to new topics prepared by Bro. Eli and the offering of the sacrifice of thanksgiving.

There is another reason the Congregation is thankful of – the growing number of non-Filipino members across the world, particularly in the South of the Americas.  Proofs of the productive quarter is evident from the number of newly-baptized, requests for the establishment of new coordinating centers, and the number of video presentations of thanksgiving by new African, Brazilians, Portuguese, Hondurans, Venezuelans, Chilean, and more.

The Congregation of MCGI is also offering thanksgiving to God because of its continuing charitable works doled out and organized during the last quarter. On a daily basis, the Church maintains public service and charity works through its charitable arm, ADD Foundation International and through its consistent media partner, the Public Service Channel, UNTV. The organization organized its annual nationwide medical mission and mass blood donation drive in February and March, respectively.

Other government-led and non-government organizations like the Philippine National Red Cross, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Education are among the main beneficiaries of some of these social charity projects by MCGI.

(Written by Apple  Arco)

(Photography by Rovic Balunsay)

The Bible Exposed, Broadcast, and Blogged

Bro. Eli Soriano makes it a point to always be biblical in his teachings. Hence, his tagline "Basa" or "Read."
During Bible Expositions and Church services, biblical verses are displayed on big screens for all to see.

Good News is best shared.

MCGI’s dedication in sharing God’s words in the Bible to as many people as possible can be seen in the number of ways the Church uses the different mass communication channels of radio, television and the Internet. Under that light comes this blog about the organization’s live symposium-like service: the Bible Exposition.

Featuring questions from people and answers straight from the Scriptures, this blog aims to help those who might have missed the event or its live-blogging on Twitter via @AngDatingDaanTV and @TheOldPathTV.

In this blog, readers will find Q & As or topics culled from past Bible Expositions that can shed biblical light on problems or happenings in society today. The blog hopes to be in line with Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel’s goal to bring back Bible-reading in the lives of many.

From Local Birth to Global Broadcast

It was in 1993 when Bro. Daniel Razon’s idea to invite family and friends to a gathering where they can enjoy dinner together and have Bro. Eli Soriano entertain any question they may have about the Bible and its Author started.

Although Bro. Eli has been answering live queries of faith on radio and television since 1980, it was when the Bible Expositions took off that made many more people aware of the International Evangelist and his Tagalog program, Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path).

Leaving the rest to history, the Bible Exposition now caters to a global audience and is served in different languages. The MCGI Leaders’ rich collection of Bible Exposition material throughout the years plays over its 24/7 channels: TV Verdade (Portuguese), La Verdad TV (Spanish), and on the recently acquired Truth TV (English).

Online, Bro. Eli blogs the Bible’s reasons behind various happenings and realities in life through his award-winning Esoriano.wordpress.com. The multi-awarded evangelist also tweets the answers to small queries of faith via @BroEliSoriano.

(Written by Jay Cruz)

(Photography by Rovic Balunsay)

Simultaneous Medical Mission of MCGI Serves 20,000

More than 20,000 Filipino indigents received free healthcare assistance during the nationwide medical mission by the joint effort of the Members Church of God International (MCGI), Rotary Club of the Philippines and UNTV on February 24, this year.

“We thank God for giving us an opportunity to have a humble part in these kinds of activities. To God be the glory,” said Church Minister Bro. Danny Navales in behalf of the staff of ADD Foundation International and all the MCGI members and rotarians who participated in the project.

The Simultaneous Medical Mission on February 24, 2013 included giving away free medicines as prescribed by the doctors prescriptions.
At the San Andres Sport Complex in Malate, Manila, patients lined up to receive free medicines on February 24, 2013.

The Minister also reported that 15 points across the country gave attention to the people’s medical needs. “This happens with God’s help and mercy through the untiring support of our Leaders, Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon,” added the Minister when he spoke in one of MCGI’s weekly Thanksgivings.

MCGI through the ADD Foundation, its charity and social welfare arm, gave medical checkups from general medicine (3,659 patients) to pediatrics (2,396 patients) with laboratory tests that included X-ray, ECG, blood analysis, and urinalysis. Minor surgeries and OB-GYN services were also offered.

Dental services was also offered during the Simultaneous Medical Mission on February 24, 2013.
With their equipment on a desk, dentists get ready to receive anyone needing dental attention for the Simultaneous Medical Mission.

About 4,000 people lined up to consult their dental and optometric concerns. Apart from mouth and eye examinations and tooth extraction, dentures and eyeglasses were also given for free.

Physical therapists and reflexologists also lent helping hands to the project, as well as barbers who gave free haircuts to both adults and children.

Though the event is mainly for the public’s medical welfare, lawyers spent the day to render their legal services for free.

Malate, Manila was one of the locations of the medical mission, where MCGI members volunteered to render free service.
Church members with medical knowledge volunteered to help patients in the medical mission last month.

The joint-effort coincided with the founding anniversary of Rotary International on February 23. With the help of his fellow rotarians and the support of Bro. Soriano through MCGI, Bro. Daniel’s brainchild has served tens of thousands of poor Filipinos since 2010.

The annual charity event was featured on UNTV’s Rotary in Action, a show on the public service network where rotarians across the nation extend their works of social good to the masses.

(Written by Rigor Arellano)

(Photography by Mark Santillan)

Bro. Eli and Ang Dating Daan, Finalists for Shorty Awards 2013

It is always a delight for Bro. Eliseo Soriano to share God's words. The International Evangelist at a Bible Exposition in the Philippines.
Host of Ang Dating Daan Bro. Eli Soriano sharing a smile with guests at a Bible Exposition in the Philippines.

The Shorty Awards recently announced the finalists to its annual search for the best Twitter writers globally where the Twitter accounts of Bro. Eliseo F. Soriano and Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path) are now shortlisted to win the top prize.

The International Evangelist emerged as finalist for the Blogger and Philippines categories, while his religious program, Ang Dating Daan earned a slot in the TV Show category. The Shortys will pick the best and most popular Twitter personality or brand among the six shortlisted finalists in each categories.

Vox Populi award or the most popular in each of the categories have been announced at the site while the best of each categories for the 5th Annual “Oscars for Twitter” will be announced on April 8, 7:30 PM (EST) via Shortyawards.com.

Teen idol Ranz Kyle Viniel E. earned the top spot with the most number of votes under the Philippines category. Completing the list of finalists include Bro. Eli and a slew of talented young artists like Julie Anne San Jose, Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla, and Julia Montes.

Meanwhile, The Old Path’s Tagalog Twitter handle, @AngDatingDaanTV, took sixth place in the TV Show category. The ABC show, Pretty Little Liars, took the number one spot besting other hit American programs like Married to Jonas, The Vampire Diaries, My Little Pony and Teen Wolf.

The Shorty Awards honors the best producers of “real-time short content across Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Foursquare and the rest of the social web.” (Links to About Shorty Awards) The New York Times calls the Shorty Awards as the Oscars for Twitter.

For 2013, Shorty Awards added a Vox Populi or “voice of the people” distinction. Winners of Shorty Awards will be selected by the Real-Time Academy of Short Form Arts & Sciences.

For the full list of finalists, please see here.

(Written by Rigor Arellano)

(Photography by Rovic Balunsay)

MCGI: Mark Your Hebrew Calendar. It’s Year 5773!

Welcome Year 5773 in the calendar followed by the Lord Jesus Christ!
Following the calendar observed by the Lord Jesus Christ, the Members Church of God International will welcome Year 5773 in the Hebrew Calendar on March 11, 2013.

“I will not greet you happy new year coz this is not the new year we are celebrating in faith!” – Bro. Eli Soriano, Twitter, 31st December, 2012

Come March 11th of this year, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) will welcome the first day of Year 5773 in the Hebrew Calendar, a celebration dubbed as Christian New Year in the congregation.

Unlike in the Roman Calendar when a new day begins after midnight, a day starts in the Hebrew Calendar at sundown (Genesis 1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 31). Hence, the Church of God members will start gathering at the ADD Convention Center in Pampanga and at Coordinating Centers across the globe, at around 5 p.m. (Philippine time).

Activities include the singing of songs and prayers to God by members. Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel Razon are also expected to deliver a biblical topic before the members who will monitor the proceedings via Internet and satellite facilities.

Meanwhile, twelve days following the said date is a similar service, albeit for a different celebration: the Lord’s Supper. This year, MCGI will commemorate the Lord’s Supper on March 23 beginning at 5 p.m. (also Philippine time).

The Lord’s Supper

Not straying from the Bible’s own words, the annual event is called the “Lord’s Supper” and not “Holy Supper” nor “Last Supper.” (1 Corinthians 11:20)

For the commemoration of Christ’s sufferings to cleanse the sins of men, MCGI Leaders Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel will prepare a special topic for the sermon. The spiritual meal taught to the MCGI brethren is symbolic of the bread the Lord Jesus shared with the Apostles.

Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel will, however, also provide a common, material meal for the brethren to eat for free.

It is common knowledge that Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel make sure that all of MCGI’s doctrines, practices, and observances are patterned after those of first-century Christians as admonished by the Lord and his Apostles. The celebration of Christian New Year and the commemoration of Christ’s suffering are just two of several bible-based events observed in MCGI.

(Written by Rigor Arellano)

(Photography by Rovic Balunsay)


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