Newly Baptized Testimonials: July 25, 2014

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on July 25, 2014 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Dennis Amparo, 31, Catholic, NCR

On Being Baptized
I feel happy and light with myself because [despite] all the wrong things I knew and did before, I have now learned the true teachings.

I watched [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] on television, on UNTV Channel 37. After 9 pm, [the program] would start. Then I heard about the Mass Indoctrination [and went to] the Locale of Tulasan in Muntinlupa. I’ve been [wanting to attend it] for a long time, but I didn’t have time before.

The doctrines are really from the Bible. It’s not like what other pastors or the priests do, wherein they will just read a little and then invent their own words.

On MCGI Leaders
I’m thankful to God that there is a preacher who until now never tires in [preaching] God’s word. And not only in the Philippines, but in the whole wide world. Thanks be to God.

~o~

Bro. Sondel Perez, 46, Catholic, Laguna Province

On Being Baptized
It’s good. I surrendered all of my sins. I don’t know if I will be tempted again; I don’t know what will happen, but [I learned] that men must remain in praying to the Lord for him not to fall in temptation.

I’m happy because the Church of God that the Lord built, it is the one that the Father built. That’s why He sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ to build the Church of God.

I’ve long been seeing him [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] preaching. I’ve been watching him since 2008. I was jobless then; I resigned. It was then that I got to watch him on television.

There’s someone who understands. I said then, “His preaching is valuable; it is right; it is in the Bible. What he reads and explains is right because it’s according to the Word.

On MCGI Leaders
May their lives be longer. May they get stronger, and not physically mature that much that while they live, they may widen the reach of and edify the Church of God. Bro. Daniel Razon is also a pillar of the Church of God. His teachings are also right and he is also helpful to others.

~o~

Bro. Yvan Justyn Austria, 21, Former KNC, Laguna Province

On Being Baptized
Before I was baptized, I was trying to not sin, though I was still able to commit it. But now that I’ve been baptized, I feel that I have a helper, that it’s easier to overcome things like that.

It’s like you don’t want to do those things anymore, like you don’t care about them anymore. That’s what I feel.

That is what’s in the teachings of Bro. Eli. You’ll hear other preachers’ preaching, but when you examine the logic, you’ll see that his is the one with the most logic.

Actually, you’ll be able to see how things are connected. Because when there is logic, you’ll see why this is prohibited, why you need to do this. There is logic that he sees in the Bible: What must be, what the law is.

On MCGI Leaders
With God’s help and mercy, may He continue to help and guide them. I hope that this will continue, that nothing will be able to hinder the Church [with its works].

~o~

Bro. Pedro Banal, 65, Former Christian Baptist Church Member, NCR

On Being Baptized
For me it’s a big change because I’ve been searching for light about the Lord’s word. When I was a Catholic, I didn’t see that; when I was a Christian Baptist, I didn’t see what Bro. Eli was able to show.

That is why I praise the Lord, secondly the brethren here in The Old Path [the Church of God]. I listened via radio since 1997, before I was stricken with a disease in 2004.

Every night I would listen to it until it was late already. Before, it was with Don Manolo on DZMM. Then, there was a Bible Exposition in Santiago. Afterwards, I was indoctrinated in The Old Path.

I developed an interest in truly becoming a member. We finished the doctrines, despite my condition now that I had stroke, that I have a disease. I never thought; I never imagined that I would become a member of The Old Path.

On MCGI Leaders
I thought in myself that before, I was with John the Baptist; that was my belief then. Now I’ve been enlightened with the words of Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel. May the Lord will for me to be able to encourage my children to join us.

~o~

Bro. Reynol Boral, 23, Former Catholic, Manila

On Being Baptized
It feels good inside, like you’ve been cleansed. I can’t explain it; I’m just happy.

I was late in attending the doctrines, but I was amazed by them. I just really liked the explanations; there are no lies.

I’ve been hearing about [Bro. Eli Soriano] since I was younger. I just didn’t make anything of it. When I was 13 years, old, that’s when I understood Bro. Eli.

The teaching is good, and I understood all the words of God, and the teachings, I really liked. My sins have also been cleansed.

On MCGI Leaders
I hope they will stay longer on earth that they may be able to help many more souls who are lost. May the Lord always guide them.

~o~

Sis. Aurora Ibarra, 51, Former Catholic, Manila

On Being Baptized
Very light, I feel very light inside. Now, I am proud to say that God is living and is true.

I had a mild stroke, since about a year ago. But when I was baptized in the morning, I was even in a wheelchair. I was aided to go to the baptistery.

When I got immersed in the water and baptized by Bro. [Ato] Tobias, after that I told him, “Kindly support my back.” I quickly got upstairs, until I was able to jump and run, whereas, since I got sick in 2013, I couldn’t even walk. If I would walk, I would need accompanying.

But since the morning that I was baptized, in the name of the Lord, I now walk well. I don’t even feel heaviness. I feel so light now, my body as well, because all the unpleasant feelings in me are gone.

Many, many thanks to the Lord God. He gave me a new chance to live again, as when I was in and out of the hospital thrice, I was already dead.

Now that He gave me a new life… When I was invited to this religion, I didn’t hesitate because I promised myself, that my dream of walking again, would only happen if I had belief in God.

If it were only me, there were many wrong things that I did when I was still strong. I lost everything. I had a prosperous store then, but now, all are gone. I lost everything because I had to pay hospital dues, being admitted thrice.

But I don’t regret spending all that money because I know there’s a recompense; the Lord has a recompense and reason why He took everything away from me.

I lacked faith. Before, all I had in mind were money and business. I forgot him. I forgot to thank Him. I sinned gravely. But when I got immersed, I was sorry for all of my sins.

I’m so lucky. I’m thankful because I am able to walk again. I feel comfort now, whereas I was in a wheelchair when I came here, and limped.

I really felt how good He is, how He loved me. For God knows how to love man, no matter how evil a person you are, when you approach Him, He will love you. He will give you a chance.

This new life that I have, I will love and take care of. God gave me this, and the reason why I have a new chance is because I have something yet to fulfill.

I promised Him that I will believe Him, and hold fast to His power. I now fully understand how great a sin I have committed against the Lord God.

I used to see him [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] before on television, but I didn’t pay any attention to him. All in my mind back then was always business, my store.

But through Bro. Jerry, who lived in our neighborhood, he encouraged me to turn back to God, and ask forgiveness for whatever sin I may have done. That’s why I also am thankful to Bro. Jerry for his kindness.

He invited me to the indoctrination sessions, and [I] decided to be baptized. That’s where I learned the truth, the word of God that is all goodness. Though a man is so wicked, so long as he repents and turns back to God, nothing is impossible with Him.

On MCGI Leaders
They are sent by God. God used them to proclaim to the whole world His goodness, for people to know that they are wrong in committing sins.

Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel [read] the answers for all those who sin. They [read] answers for those who err in their ways. They teach those who are lost, that they may turn back to God.

~o~

Sis. Marynil Ramos, 47, Former Catholic, Manila

On Being Baptized
I feel immensely changed inside. Now, I feel so light, like there’s nothing heavy on me. It’s really a different feeling when I got baptized, with the Lord’s mercy. Thanks be to God.

Bro. Jerry, my in-law, also invited me [to listen to Bro. Eliseo Soriano]. He first brought me to the doctrines. He was the one who accompanied us [with Sis. Aurora Ibarra] to and from the locale using his tricycle.

He also helped us financially, as I sell hamburger, French fries, that’s our livelihood. Now, he said that we should listen to the Word of God, because He’s the only one who can help us.

The doctrines we heard worked greatly to bring us to our senses and make a big change in our lives. It is really important to learn the doctrines. Also, everything that Bro. Eli says is based in the Bible and Word of God.

On MCGI Leaders
Bro. Eli, many, many thanks as you have been an instrument for us to be called in the Church. Even I, I can’t believe what happened to my companion [Sis. Aurora Ibarra].

I witnessed how she was baptized, and how she emerged from the baptistery, walking. That’s why I’m really thankful that the Lord sent you to awake us, bring us to our senses. Thanks be to God.

~o~

Sis. Shenna Mae Guzman, 15, Former KNC, Antique Province

On Being Baptized
So very happy, especially after I got out of the water. You feel like a kid, like a newborn baby. You feel so much joy inside. It’s really a different feeling.

I am a daughter of a member. I was just about six-months old when my parents got baptized in the Church. So I really grew up in the Church.

[The doctrines] are incomparable. Also, this is the only religion that I found to be true, that doesn’t deceive.

On MCGI Leaders
Ingkong, may the Lord keep you. I hope you get here soon. For Bro. Daniel, God knows what my wish is for him.

~o~

Sis. Froline Maymaya, 17, Former St. John Evangelist Church Member (Anglican), Kalinga Apayao Province

On Being Baptized
I’m so very happy and light-hearted. I feel so light despite experiencing many hardships.

At first I was a little nervous, a little afraid, but after I got immersed in the water, I got very happy.

When we were in Cantong, mama and papa always watched on television, so I was able to watch as well. Then, since I became a scholar of La Verdad, we had a subject wherein I go to listen to the teachings of Bro. Eli. He is unlike any other and true. He is true because he reads and bases from the Bible.

On MCGI Leaders
The teachings and good works that I see from Kuya Daniel and Bro. Eli like the free education here in La Verdad [really drew me]. They are the only ones who do these things.

May they be given longer lives and bodily strength that they may continue to spread the Word of God, and be able to do much more good towards our fellowmen.

~o~

Sis. Anna Medaño, 27, Former Catholic, Pasig City

On Being Baptized
I feel light and happy of course. It’s like my sins have been washed away. It feels light inside.

I joined my husband in attending Church services. I don’t recall when the first time was, [but] the teachings are good. They are unlike any other, unlike in my previous religion. The difference is big, really big.

Firstly, the Lord [brought] me here, then my husband as well, that I might join him, that we may be together.

On MCGI Leaders
I’m so very thankful for all of your good works.

~o~

Sis. Ana Maria Ogien, 40, Former Catholic, Tarlac Province

On Being Baptized
I feel light, like something changed in me. Also, there is peace in my heart and mind.

I listened continually [to Bro. Eliseo Soriano] before on television. My husband is already a member here. He was the one who encouraged me to join. I really watched on television.

As I’m baptized today, my husband is flying to Dubai. He already went back to Dubai. Thanks be to God that before he went back, I got baptized already.

My mother-in-law takes care [of our children]. Then, my husband went away. But of course, if is of my own good will that I decided to be baptized. So now I am here: New life, new hope, and with peace.

I thought of and learned the teachings of Bro Eli and they go right through my heart. Because I have long been letting myself be deceived by Catholicism, by idols, things like those. Then, I heard him, and my husband also taught me that all trials, we must surrender to God.

So that’s why even though we have seven kids, as you know there are many trials that come and you can’t avoid crying, he said “Cry it to God.”

Many thanks to God because now my heart and mind have been enlightened. As my husband said, “When you are sad, cry to God. All it takes is your knees and the floor.”

On MCGI Leaders
For Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, I hope that this congregation broadens, that they may be able to encourage many more people to join, and save those who are lost from the way. Many thanks unto God that He used them for us to be near to God.


News-and-Rescue Team of UNTV Offers Thanksgiving as it Celebrates 4th Anniversary

On its fourth year of serving God and the Filipino people, Church members who are part of UNTV’s News and Rescue Team offered the sacrifice of thanksgiving to God last July 26 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit Pampanga.

News-and-rescue as a journalism advocacy of UNTV is a brainchild of Bro. Daniel Razon who is Chairman and CEO of Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International (BMPI), the content provider for UNTV.

Bro. Daniel is Vice-Presiding Minister to Members Church of God International (MCGI).

A First in Philippine Broadcast History

Locally-known as “Tulong Muna Bago Balita,” Rescue First, Report Later is an advocacy that aims to prioritize life saving over the business of reporting of news. The journalism brand was introduced since 2010.

The UNTV News and Rescue Team regularly conducts basic life support seminars and first-aid training to youth organizations, baranggay officials and to all UNTV Staff Personnel. (Photo courtesy of PVI)
The UNTV News and Rescue Team regularly conducts basic life support seminars and first-aid training to youth organizations, baranggay officials and to all UNTV Staff Personnel. (Photo courtesy of PVI)

“More than anything else, our fellowmen are much more important than our reporting,” said Bro. Razon during the unveiling of the Rescue First, Report Later back in 2010 during UNTV’s sixth anniversary celebration.

“It doesn’t matter if they get the first scoop, at least we were able to save a life of someone in need,” remarked Bro. Razon.

While most media networks consider breaking news a priority for ratings, UNTV’s news-and-rescue was more cause-oriented. With “Tulong Muna Bago Balita”, the station hopes change the way news are delivered by incorporating humanitarian approach in media reporting.

“It’s a hard thing to do by [other] media entities,” explained UNTV news-and-rescue team member Angelo Dela Paz. “They [other media outlets] find it difficult to prioritize lives over their reporting,” added Dela Paz.

Four Years of Consistent Public Service

For the past four years, UNTV’s News and Rescue has been continuously providing immediate help to emergencies and accidents on the road. Their life-saving missions include giving response to disaster situations brought about by typhoons and other calamities.

The UNTV News and Rescue Team recently took part in a Water Rescue Drill and Seminar conducted by the Philippine Coast Guard. (Photo courtesy of PVI)
The UNTV News and Rescue Team recently took part in a Water Rescue Drill and Seminar conducted by the Philippine Coast Guard. (Photo courtesy of PVI)

As part of its campaign to raise awareness about its importance, the news-and-rescue team expanded its rescue training and disaster preparedness seminars. Apart from giving trainings to all UNTV staff members and volunteers for the past year, the news-and-rescue department has also offered these trainings for youth groups and baranggay officials nationwide.

The Tulong Muna Bago Balita team uses state-of-the-art equipments like all-terrain/amphibian vehicles and rescue trucks. Their recent acquisition of CAFS-utilizing (Compressed Air Foam System) firetrucks has also helped the UNTV Fire Brigade in responding to fire emergencies more efficiently.

News-and-rescue assistance are offered to all, regardless of race or religion. One of its more recent responses was during the State of the Nation Address at the Batasang Pambansa Complex, giving an injured cameraman from another network medical assistance.

(Written by Yanna Faye Ferrera
)

 

A Haven for Abandoned Infants Founded by MCGI Turns 2

The Infant Care Center (ICC) staff give thanks to God together with other thanksgiving presenters on Aug 16, 2014 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga. The ICC has recently celebrated its second year anniversary last July 20, 2014. (Photo courtesy of PVI)
The Infant Care Center (ICC) staff give thanks to God together with other thanksgiving presenters on Aug 16, 2014 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga. The ICC has recently celebrated its second year anniversary last July 20, 2014. (Photo courtesy of PVI)

Apalit, Pampanga – The Infant Care Center of the Members Church of God International (MCGI), a sanctuary for abandoned, neglected and abused infants, celebrated their second year through thanksgiving on August 16 this year.

Along with the infants, the institution’s dedicated professional caregivers, social workers and staff members went up the stage of the ADD Convention Center to offer their song of praise and thanksgiving.

Infant Care social worker Sister Anabelle Bercasio said the Center is well-maintained and managed through the continuous support of Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon.

“Under the leadership and guidance of our leaders, the needs of the infants under the care of the Infant Care Center are continuously being met be it material or emotional in nature,” remarked Sister Anabelle.

Presiding Minister Bro. Eli and Vice-Presiding Minister Bro. Daniel led the foundation of the Infant Care Center on the biblical belief that no good work will ever result to evil.

“First of all we thank God for having two years of opportunity given to the Infant Care [Center] to become instruments in nurturing children who are in need,” said Infant Care head Sister Anna Rose Angeles.

“We would like to thank God for Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon, who are men with big hearts in supporting the needs of these children,” said Sister Anna Rose. “May they become living examples to all and may the work they have started inspire others to do the same.”

As of this writing, the Infant Care Center is taking care of eight children. Five children have been successfully brought back to their own families, while three are now under the process of being adopted.

The Infant Care Center is located in the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga whose two years of operation has already housed a total of 13 infants.

To ensure infants are well-taken care of, social workers and round-the-clock caregivers tend to the needs of infants aging from one month to two years of age.

(Written by Pauline Arellano)

 

MCGI Receives Philippine Red Cross Blood Donor Award, Testimonial Plaque

The Members Church of God International (MCGI) received the Top Donor award in the Religious Groups category of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) during the awarding ceremony held recently at the La Parilla Hotel, in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija.

MCGI, also known as the Ang Dating Daan group, received the “First Bloodiest Award” in its category for its continuous support in blood donating endeavors.

Led by Bro. Eliseo Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon, the group actively initiates and maintains public service efforts such as nationwide quarterly blood donations events.

“The Red Cross family thanks Bro. Eli and greets our brothers and sisters of the Ang Dating Daan [group] for your continued and unfaltering support for our programs in the Red Cross,” said PRC Asst. Secretary General Neil Andrew Nocon.

MCGI receives award from Red Cross Nueva Ecija Chapter during the First Bloodiest Awards.
MCGI receives award from Red Cross Nueva Ecija Chapter during the First Bloodiest Awards.

“Apart from our blood [donation] programs and also for other services being offered by the Philippine Red Cross, Ang Dating Daan and UNTV are always there as our partners and stakeholders,” continued Nocon.

Aside from the giving of awards to groups who have helped PRC and made an impact in blood donation, the event’s participants were also given the chance to sign a commitment pledge showing their support for PRC’s programs.

PRC Nueva Ecija Board of Director Chairman Thomas Joson III lauded MCGI for their commitment in giving a helping a hand, and showed his appreciation of the religious group.

“As Chairman, I am counting on you [MCGI] to always support our endeavors since it is clear that your group always wants to be of help,” said Joson. “Maybe in the future, we can also train your group to be responders during calamities.”

Representatives from MCGI Nueva Ecija Chapter during the awarding ceremony.
Representatives from MCGI Nueva Ecija Chapter during the awarding ceremony.

The Top Donor Award is one of the recognitions received by MCGI from the PRC recently. This August, the PRC also granted MCGI Central Visayas chapter the Testimonial Plaque in recognition of the group’s ten years of unwavering support for blood donation programs.

Previous citations received by the group were from the Dugong Bayani Awards, the 5th Dugong Bicol Awards and the citation from the Department of Health for the nationwide blood donation drive last year.

(Written by Rona Valdez)

Newly Baptized Testimonials: July 18, 2014

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on July 18, 2014 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Adriel Benzoin, 17, Former KNC, Bataan Province

On Being Baptized
Based on what I have been hearing from Bro. Eli, I know that he says the truth so I decided to get baptized. My heart was light, and I felt that I was cleansed.

I got to listen to Bro. Eli through my parents, who are already members of the Church. Also, through UNTV. I was a former member of Kawan ng Cordero or the Children’s Ministry.

On MCGI Leaders
My prayer is for Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel to always have good health. May they continue to lead our fellowmen in learning God’s words. I also pray that God will guide them all the time.

~o~

Sis. Alodia Aure, 26, Former Born Again, Bataan Province

On Being Baptized
I wanted to get baptized because I want to be righteous in God’s eyes.

I very much wanted to learn the verses or words of God, because I learned, after staying there for nine years, that the teachings of the Born Again group are false. They will only read one verse and then will tell us a story derived from that.

It’s different here in “Ang Dating Daan” [Church of God] because everything is based on the Bible, so we can say that it’s truthful.

When I got baptized, I was overjoyed. I felt that my sins were all washed away. I also know that what I have accepted in my life is the true God in the Bible.

I was able to listen to Bro. Eli through our television. My parents are members of the Church, so they would always watch him. After listening consistently, I decided to get baptized.

On MCGI Leaders
To Bro. Eli, I hope he will persevere and do what he needs to do because this way, he’s able to help and bring people to a steadfast life.

~o~

Bro. Melbert Baquir, 22, Former Church of God World Missions Society Member, Manila

On Being Baptized
There was lightness in my being when I got baptized.

I used to be a Catholic. But I converted to Born Again; their church name was Church of God World Missions Society. After some time I joined [the said] Christian [group].

I joined MCGI and got baptized because I was looking for the true religion. I thought that [my former religion’s] teachings were genuine because I learned a lot from their Bible studies. However, I noticed that there was still a lot of false information.

At first, I didn’t really want to attend services here at MCGI because I was still absorbing the doctrines of [my former church]. I felt at that time that their teachings were okay. There were some teachings, however, that are not based from the Bible, like the way they baptize new members.

Also, they have two “Gods”: God of the Father and God of the Mother. They said that the “God of the Mother” who is in heaven, is the chairwoman of the “We Love You Foundation,” Zahng Gil-Jah. I disputed that and said “How could that happen?”

They told me there is a second coming of Christ, which they consider is another Korean named Christ Zhang Hong. They are Koreans. I asked why it wasn’t in the Bible and they said Jesus wasn’t in the Old Testament, and the Christ Zhang Hong is the one in the Bible.

I was invited by my co-worker to attend indoctrination here. That was my first time listening to Bro. Eli.

On MCGI Leaders
I hope Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel will continue their worldwide evangelization so that people who believe and have faith in God will understand His words.

Newly Baptized Testimonials: July 11, 2014

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on July 11, 2014 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Sis. Fay Cortez, 28, Former Catholic, Pampanga Province

On Being Baptized
For me, it’s a very pleasant feeling because firstly, I was a Catholic, so I got enlightened that the things I grew up doing were wrong in my former religion. I was really enlightened, so I’m really so thankful that I’m here now.

On Joining the Church of God
I first saw [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] on television, then on the Internet, on Youtube. I believe that my being will be cleansed the more here.

On MCGI Leaders
Many, many thanks to you. Because of you, the word of God was spread once more, and there are many things to be learned [from it]. May there be many more who will join, who will become members of this religion.

~o~

Sis. Nicole Cabigting, 14, Former KNC, Pampanga Province

On Being Baptized
I’m so elated because finally I can serve God.

My mother is already a member, and her sibling too, and the spouse of her sibling. I also watch [Bro. Eli Soriano] on the Internet and in Bible Expositions.

On Joining the Church of God
I believe that this is the true Church that must be joined.

On MCGI Leaders
Ingkong, Kuya, I really miss you. I hope that I will see you in person, as in really up close. I hope you will continue to teach the word of God that you may lead many more people who wish to turn back to God.

~o~

Bro. Joshua Espinosa, 14, Former KNC, Pampanga Province

On Being Baptized
I’m so elated because finally I can serve God.

I heard [Bro. Eli Soriano] through Bible Expositions and on television, on the Internet as well. My parents are also members. I’ve been a KNC (Kawan ng Cordero) member since I was five years old.

On Joining the Church of God
I believe that this is the true Church.

On MCGI Leaders
Bro. Eli, Bro. Daniel I hope you will continue in the ministry that many more across the globe will come to know the truth

~o~

Bro. Romeo Flaminiano, 56, Former Catholic, Zambales Province

On Being Baptized
I feel good today because I’ve already been baptized.

I have a brother who lives here and he said to me, “Kuya (big brother), you can [attend] worship [services] there in Subic,” as I live in Subic.

“Go and worship there. There’s indoctrination there,” he said. He also told me that “After indoctrination, you will be baptized in Apalit.” It’s beautiful here. This is where I really found the beautiful word of the Lord.

We have no television nor radio. In Subic, there’s a locale near us. Though it’s quite far, though my feet hurt, I just walk to get there.

When I got to the locale, I felt like I got stronger. Though [the indoctrination] finished at about 9 pm, I just walk. It’s like that.

I don’t have work, but just for me to attend, just for me to be able to listen, [I walk].

Now that I have finished [the indoctrination], I will worship tomorrow, and weekly. I don’t do anything, as I can’t have a job anymore.

On Joining the Church of God
The righteousness of the Church of God is good and true. The word of God is true, really true.

On MCGI Leaders
Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel are good people. They know how to explain the word of the Lord. They will be able to lead many. They know how to explain the Lord’s words to people.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: July 3, 2014

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on July 3, 2014 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Joshua Buere, 30, Former Catholic, Rizal Province

On Being Baptized
I’m [surprised] because there’s a lot of change. I mean, the evil things that I thought of before are like gone.

The former deeds in your heart that you once had were gradually washed away, so I really feel different now.

It was perhaps in 1997 that I first heard [Bro. Eliseo Soriano], when he was still preaching in cities. I just saw him before, but I couldn’t ask him then. He was already popular, especially when Bubble Gang, Ang Dating Doon aired. That’s when I started listening to him, on SBN 21.

There was someone who invited me here, but I just didn’t have time. But when I had a major depression, my friend invited me and I was amazed by the [Thanksgiving] topic.

The topic was really for me; it was said there that you should cast all your problems [to God] and He will not forsake you. So, so far, so good.

On MCGI Leaders
Just continue doing the right thing and good health as well. I hope they’ll be able to serve for a longer time, that many more souls will be enlightened about the wrong way they are treading. I hope they’ll be enlightened.

~o~

Sis. Annalyn Malong, 27, Former Catholic, Manila

On Being Baptized
I’m happy because it’s a different feeling. It’s like what Bro. Eli said that you’ll really feel that you have changed.

There’s really something different; the feeling is just different. It’s just like what was said in the Special Prayer Meeting, what an inexplicable feeling it is to be baptized.

I’ve been seeing him [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] on television, but only while changing channels. I also see him on the Internet; I saw him on Youtube.

The doctrines are truly of God. It’s really based in the Bible, unlike in my former religion. There were some things tackled there, but not all. It’s like it was selective. Here, everything is transparent. You’re told what you must and musn’t do.

On MCGI Leaders
I’m thankful because they are still there to guide the brethren. May they be given more bodily strength by the Lord, that they may be able to serve us and encourage the people to learn the doctrines.

~o~

Bro. Pascual Pacheco, 41, Former Methodist, Nueva Ecija Province

On Being Baptized
It’s pleasant. I feel lights; it’s like many things have changed.

I’ve been indoctrinated thrice, but it’s only now that I continued with the baptism. The first one was last year, and this year, I underwent twice.

I have a friend who is a member of The Old Path [the Church of God]. We work together. I help him; he helps me.

He invited me to attend in their services. I found it appealing; the explanations were really well, and you’ll really see that everything said is the truth in the Bible.

The doctrines are really good; they will really be settled in your mind. If you don’t feel them, you’re numb.

On MCGI Leaders
Bro. Eli speaks well and is good at explaining. Everything he said is good, [same with] Bro. Daniel. May their lives be longer, and may many more people be able to listen to their words.

~o~

Bro. Ronell Ilinon, 34, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Being Baptized
It’s good. I can’t say anything about it.

I was able to watch [Bro. Eli Soriano] on television, and also with the help of my brother; he encouraged me.

I’ve been listening for a long time, about two years already. But I wasn’t able to go on with it because our television signal is sometimes not good.

My brother said to me to just listen, and see whether it’s good or otherwise; see whether you can prove that this is the true religion.

So he let me continue listening. Then I said [later on], “Good luck with other religions that also led me, because I never heard from them, what I heard from Bro. Eli.”

While I listened, it was a different feeling. I said, “What I’m hearing is different.” I have a neighbor also listened, and there was also someone who invited him [to Church services]. He already went ahead of me in becoming a member.

My wife and child also came home. We were supposed to be indoctrinated together, but then there was no one to man the store. My wife also went away [so I had to] look after our child during vacation time.

She was baptized ahead of me. She was included in the Mass Baptism. They were many, about more than a thousand. I just came after her.

I thank my brother who wished for me to find the true religion, so that I can pursue leading a new life.

On MCGI Leaders
I hope they will continue their works that they may be able to lead many more people like me.

Newly Baptized Testimonials: June 27, 2014

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on June 27, 2014 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Dennis and Sis. Donna, 38, Former Catholics, Rizal Province

On Being Baptized

Bro. Dennis: I’m happy; it feels good inside.

Sis. Donna: I feel the same. I’m happy, and it’s like our dream to serve God will really be [fulfilled] here.

My brother is a member here. He was the one who told us about [The Old Path program] and we were able to watch it. We liked it, until we continued [listening], until we’re now here, baptized.

We just watched daily on UNTV Channel 37. Until the time came, and perhaps the Lord has called us as well, that we really wished to be baptized.

Bro. Dennis: I learned a lot, a lot of teachings that I never learned from my former religion. So I really decided to be baptized.

On MCGI Leaders

Sis. Donna: My message to Bro. Eli is that may he be given a longer life, and may he continue to do what he does, because he’s a very good preacher. He can really lead many people to what’s good. May God continue to guide him.

Bro. Dennis: May he have a longer life and serve God more and help many more brethren.

~o~

Bro. Eleazar Broqueza, 71, Former Catholic, Manila

On Being Baptized
I feel changed. I feel really different.

I listen to Bro. Eli nightly. I’ve been listening to him [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] for a long time now.

Before, I didn’t pay attention to it. But when our neighbor became a member here, [he] invited me, so I got indoctrinated. The [doctrines] were all good.

On MCGI Leaders
May their lives be longer, and may they be able to [lead] many more.

~o~

Sis. Elizabeth Norma Baba, 58, Former Catholic, NCR

On Being Baptized
To God be the Glory! I feel grateful to the Lord, and I’m so very happy.

Been attending [MCGI services] for the past six months, until the seventh month came and I decided to be a part [of the Church], to be baptized in water, to be one of the members of the Church of God [presided to by] Bro. Eli.

[The doctrines] are true, and based from the Bible, from the words of the Lord. It’s really true.

For my son Nigel, I’m thankful God has changed him to become a better person. And thank you son because God first influenced me, but secondly was [you]. I saw my son, and he is a changed man, a better person because that’s the work of God.

On MCGI Leaders
Bro. Eli is a great preacher of God and also Bro. Daniel. Everything that Bro. Eli said is based on the Bible, not inventions. It is written and based on the word of God.

~o~

Sis. Elsa Uypala, 47, Former Catholic, NCR

On Being Baptized
It’s a great thing for me, because my son died last year. It’s like we [my family and I] feel really whole, like we’re sheep who sought good pasture, and we found it here through listening, watching on UNTV Channel 37.

We were able to listen to the words of God, and that’s when we were enlightened, and we became interested, especially with what Bro. Eli said about being indoctrinated.

Bro. Jomar invited me and my husband to [the indoctrination]. We were inspired to attend. At first, it was my husband who attended, then it was me. We didn’t attend simultaneously.

He was first, because I had a grandchild I had to attend to that time, so he went first. When we attended the doctrines, we learned a lot from the Bible; things that we never learned from our former [religion].

We watched on Channel 37. But when we attended the doctrines, that’s when we learned a lot.

After we watched on TV, we were invited to attend. At the time, I just disregarded it as I was focused on my grandchild. My husband however, whenever he would come home [from indoctrination], he would share what he learned from the doctines, so I got the more interested.

He would say, “You know, it’s really well to listen to the word of God.” It’s true; you will never get weary [of listening] though your tired.

On MCGI Leaders
To Bro. Eli, I am amazed by him. It’s from him that I [learned] explanations about the word of God, and we were one of those enlightened.

~o~

Sis. Joan Canbonga, 39, Former Seventh-Day Adventist, NCR

On Being Baptized
Now, I’m happy because of the [start of] my service to the Lord.

At last, I found the right Church wherein at this age, I have heard many preachings, but I have not found in them the true word of God that our [leaders] have preached. So I’m happy now that I’ve been baptized, I have received the forgiveness of the Lord and a new life.

I just heard [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] on radio in the three months that have passed. I met a friend, and I lived in their house where he played the radio for 24 hours. It was always Bro. Eli who preached there.

From listening there, I began to be encouraged to join Church services, until I decided to listen to the teachings, to the righteousness taught. I’m delighted by him [Bro. Eli]. Then I decided to be baptized and become a member.

On MCGI Leaders
May he be given more strength, a longer life, because there are still many more people that need to be reached by the righteousness of the Lord; he has many more souls to lead. May there be many more lives that Bro. Eli will reach. More power to him.

~o~

Sis. Shirley Camacho, 63, Former Catholic, NCR

On Being Baptized
What I can say is that I feel so pleasant and happy. I found the true word of God, and i’s meaning [through] Bro. Eli’s preaching to us.

I was really blessed in baptism. The reason why I decided to be baptized is because this is where I found true worship.

My son is already a member of Bro. Eli in Virac, Catanduanes, the one who came before my youngest daughter. I listened before but I didn’t get baptized because I didn’t understand fully then.

I also attended the El Shaddai group, but I didn’t go on with it because I didn’t see there true happiness that stems from the explanation of God’s word that I only found here in Bro. Eli.

Though I always read the Bible, I still need explanation, the true explanation, wherein I will see and feel the hand of God attending to my every prayer. He’s truly our only refuge in all times.

[Once] I had sickness, for God chastened me as I forgot Him. I harbored anger against my husband, my siblings. Perhaps, that’s why God chastened me.

Despite I knew Him, I didn’t show it in deeds. Perhaps that was the lesson for me, that though I stumbled, He raised me up again.

On MCGI Leaders
Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, I’m thankful for your explanation of the good news about the teachings of the Lord.

It’s here in your ministry in the true Church that I found true love from God and from you. Many thanks Bro Eli. May God continue to guide you to share with the masses, especially to those who believe they are Christians whose worship and knowledge of the Lord Jesus [isn’t right].

May your life be longer Bro. Eli, and may the Lord guide you that you may be able to lead more souls, with the help of us brethren, unto the Church.

 

MCGI, UNTV and Equinet Team Up for Deep Water Systems Construction for Yolanda Survivors

(From left) Mr. Gerry Panghulan of BMPI-UNTV along with Mr. Antonio Habana and Mr. Ralph Walker of Equinet Architectural Engineering and Support sign the Memorandum of Agreement with Dr. Che Lejano as mediator. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
(From left) Mr. Gerry Panghulan of BMPI-UNTV along with Mr. Antonio Habana and Mr. Ralph Walker of Equinet Architectural Engineering and Support sign the Memorandum of Agreement with Dr. Che Lejano as mediator. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Tacloban, Philippines – With the goal of providing potable water to Typhoon Yolanda survivors, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) and UNTV teamed up with Equinet Architectural and Engineering Support, Inc. for the construction of deep well systems in the province of Tacloban.

The construction and setting up of deep well systems across Tacloban – the first provincial stop of the Visayas-wide construction project – has started since July 27 this year, following the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between UNTV and Equinet last June 11, 2014.

Under the MOA, UNTV will provide deep well water systems in over 100 places in Visayas which were struck by Typhoon Yolanda (international name, Haiyan). Equinet will be the construction firm and MCGI as UNTV’s partner in the required financing and other welfare services.

“We are happy that Equinet has become our partner in fulfilling our long-time advocacy to help the needy,” UNTV VP for Administration Gerry Panghulan remarked.

Of the 100 places in Visayas to be recipients of the water systems, the city of Tacloban, Leyte is the project’s first stop. It was also one of the super typhoon’s most heavily-damaged areas when Yolanda hit the country on November 2013.

About five deep well systems have already been constructed in Tacloban city. Among these are Brgy. San Jose as well as the barangay’s largest public school, San Jose Elementary School.

“After Yolanda, most of our water systems got damaged and became unusable. It is a big help for the people in our community, and especially the school, that UNTV and Equinet had set up these water system units,” said Brgy. Captain Leo O. Bajin of San Jose.

Two more units of deep well systems are on the works to be set up in Magallanes Independencia and Brgy. Basper in Tacloban.

Typhoon Yolanda is known to be one of the strongest natural calamities to have been recorded in history. The most affected areas were the islands of Visayas and Mindanao which caused the displacement of several thousands of Filipinos.

During one of the deadliest typhoons to hit the nation, MCGI’s Coordinating Center in Tacloban served as a relief camp for the storm’s survivors, providing them with ready-to-eat food and shelter.

(Written by Yanna Faye Ferrera)


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