Newly Baptized Testimonials: January 23, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on January 23, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Arthur Rueda, 18, Former Catholic, NCR

On Joining the Church of God

All the reasoning is in the Bible. I feel that the doctrines about Jesus are true.

My uncle invited me to the indoctrination sessions.

On Being Baptized

It’s like I felt relieved inside. It felt so nice and light. I prayed before I was immersed. After I got out of the water, the feeling was pleasant.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that they will have longer lives. May the Lord grant them so that they may be able to lead much more many souls.

~o~

Bro. Eugenio Centeno, 74, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

The preaching here is really good. It was my in-law who invited me here.

On Being Baptized

I felt good. I felt relived and it’s really a wonderful thing, really, really nice.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Many thanks to [them]. I learned to [obey] the Lord.

~o~

Bro. Gilbert and Sis. Donna Genese, 37 & 36, Former Catholics, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

Sis. Donna: I was able to listen to the preaching of Bro. Eli. I see the truth in what he says are based on the Bible. I haven’t seen any religion like this Church of God.

When I was watching [The Old Path] about one year ago on television, it wasn’t serious listening. Then one time, [I heard] something striking about my former religion that is really wrong.

Bro. Gilbert: As what my wife Sis. Donna said, we have been listening to Bro. Eli’s preaching before through my brother, Bro. Edwin, as he became a member first in our family. I can’t remember the exact year he has become a member, but it has been since a long time ago.

He had a severe illness. But I saw his faith; he didn’t let go of it. Despite his sickness that brought pain to his entire body all day long, he didn’t forsake his belief, even when we tried to bring him to an albularyo (witch doctor). His belief was firm in that it will be God who will give the solution to his problem.

So I was also able to listen [to The Old Path] as he watched on television, and I got to hear what Bro. Eli was saying.

I’m happy that I got to be with my wife here. At first, we almost argued about it as I didn’t want to go to church anymore. I just went with her because I wasn’t yet a member of the Church of God. When I didn’t go there anymore, she didn’t also. One time, I was just surprised to see that she had been listening too.

On Being Baptized

Sis. Donna: I feel light and happy inside. It’s like a load has been lifted off from my chest.

Bro. Gilbert: Oh I feel so light! After I got out of the water, I felt so much happiness.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Sis. Donna: I wish that you may have longer lives that you may be able to serve many more brethren. Thanks be to God.

Bro. Gilbert: My message to Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel is that may their health be always good that you may be able to serve many more people, not only here in the Philippines but also in different places of the world.

~o~

Bro. Jojo Andal, 41, Former Catholic, Laguna Province

On Joining the Church of God

I have proven this to be the right religion. Also, I saw that their preaching is honest.

I’ve been listening since long ago on television. That’s when I got to listen first, on television. It’s been about 16 or 17 years. “Ask Bro. Soriano” wasn’t even on yet then; it was just Ang Dating Daan [The Old Path]. I attended a Bible Exposition in Calamba, Laguna. That’s when it started.

Before I got to listen, I wen abroad, in Jeddah. When I returned here, cable TV was already widespread. I got it installed and that’s when I saw Bro. Eli again, preaching. It was then that I decided [to become a member].

On Being Baptized

I feel good, like it’s a light feeling. I feel like a load has been lifted off my chest. I feel like I have a new life, a new hope.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope [they] will be stronger. May God continue to guide them that they may be able to save many more souls.

~o~

Sis. Elizia Samaria Mendoza, 18, Former KNC, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I believe that there is no salvation but in Jesus Christ only.

On Being Baptized

I felt nervous, because it was said, when you become baptized, there will be challenges that will come to your life, the difficult challenges. But I told myself that the baptism is the opportunity for me to change my life, to be of God.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Many, many thanks because my mind, my heart have been enlightened, as other have been enlightened as well.

~o~

Sis. Josefina Gomez, 44, Former El Shaddai Member, Laguna Province

On Joining the Church of God

I am proud of what Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel are preaching. I’m proud because it can solve all our problems.

I was looking for a good television channel to watch when I found UNTV 37. That’s when I got to listen to the goodness that Bro. Eli is preaching, like on how we can solve problems.

On Being Baptized

I’m happy, and I really was in tears, especially when Bro. Eli said that all problems have solutions [with God], as it is not the chicks who will solve the problems, but the mother hen.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I’m thankful, and we are really proud. I hope I will be able to bring my family here.

~o~

Sis. Liza Liza, 21, Former Catholic, Laguna

On Joining the Church of God

Ever since I heard the preaching of Bro. Eli, it felt good to listen to. I have been attending [MCGI services] in our place since then.

On Being Baptized

It feels good. It’s like all the anger in my heart are gone. Actually even before I was baptized, I already cried just upon arriving here, and also before I was immersed. I can’t explain what I felt, but my tears just fell from my eyes.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that they will live longer that they may reach many more people.

~o~

Bro. Manuel Bagtas, 57, Former Born Again, Bataan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I wanted to join the true Church. This is where I found the truth, and that’s why I got baptized today.

I came here because it was through him [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] that I heard the truth. Bro. Eli makes sense. It’s like he is guided by the Holy Spirit because he is able to clearly explain what’s in the Bible.

On Being Baptized

I feel light, joyful, happy, like all my sins are gone. I feel that I have been cleansed.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that their lives will be longer, and for them to be able to spread the teachings of God to the whole world.

~o~

Sis. Mitchelen Biro, 37, Former Iglesia ni Cristo, NCR

On Joining the Church of God

I saw here the true teachings.

My husband left our former religion, so I left it also. He was the one who brought me here. He was really a handog (offering) to the church. He just persuaded me there being his wife.

I watched on TV first, on Channel 37. Then he said to me, “I won’t persuade you to join; just listen. You will be the one to decide what you want to do.” He told me that I should decide after I finish the indoctrination sessions, and that they will not force me to join. We always watched; that’s the only thing we watched.

On Being Baptized

I feel so happy because I’m finally here wherein I will learn the word of God. I’m happy as well because it’s here where I found the truth.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Eli, Bro. Daniel, many thanks for what you teach to us. It’s not only me who’s here today, but we are many – more than a thousand. Thanks be to God that you became the way for us to know the true God.

~o~

Bro. Michael Bundalian, 27, Former Catholic, Laguna Province

On Joining the Church of God

It is only here that I found the teachings that aren’t in other religions. Everything a person needs to understand about religion is being explained.

My father listens to Bro. Eli, so even when I was still a child, I already saw him. I really like it when he explains about the Bible. I was still in elementary or in high school then. I didn’t hear it from other religions, only here.

On Being Baptized

I feel happy and light inside. I’m really very happy.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Many, many thanks. Thanks be to God because they are there to teach the true doctrines of God.

~o~

Bro. Rommil Mancio, 34, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I learned all the teachings that are in the Bible, all are really teachings of the Lord our God.

I started [listening to The Old Path] on television, on UNTV 37, about one year ago. In the morning, after lunch, before the KNC Show and after the news, I would watch it even in the wee hours of the morning when there was a chance.

I read the Bible, though I attended Catholic mass. Though I went to church, I didn’t kneel down before [the graven images] because I know the teaching that it is wrong to do so.

Someone invited me before, Bro. Romy of the Locale of Plaridel. He invited me once to the indoctrination sessions in 2007. After the first time, I didn’t attend because I didn’t mind matters of salvation then being a gay person.

Despite that, I continued listening on television. I watched it even as I worked in my salon, while cutting the hairs of my customers.

On Being Baptized

I feel so light, like all the doubts have all been gone.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Many, many thanks to God for giving us Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel to preach the truth, because the teachings of other religions are not in the Bible. Sometimes, they would add or take away something from it. But their preaching are really in the Bible.

That’s really all I can say because before I didn’t speak of such things, about teachings or about religion.

~o~

Sis. Rowena Cancino, 33, Former Catholic, NCR

On Joining the Church of God

Before, we just watched on TV. Then I realized, “Why is it when Bro. Eli answers people, it is really based in the Bible?”

On Being Baptized

My mind feels like it’s afloat, like I’ve been truly cleansed. I was even crying because… the feeling is really different.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I’m thankful that because of [them], I was enlightened.

~o~

Sis. Christjesis Eileen Ramos, 21, Former Catholic, Laguna Province

Since 2009, my mother and father have already been members, so my siblings and I would go with them [to Church gatherings]. But among us, it’s only me who has so far been baptized. I’m the youngest.

This is actually the third time that I attended the indoctrination sessions. Before, I didn’t continue with it because such things wasn’t yet on my mind. Now however, I was really the one who… I told myself, “This is it.”

I intended at first to keep it a secret [from my family], so they would not think that I was just being forced. But of course, I had to tell my mother my whereabouts, as I would go home at night, so eventually my father knew as well.

On Being Baptized

I still can’t believe it, even until now. I feel like I’m not myself. I still felt like crying after it. When I got out of the water, I was just walking and walking and felt like I was floating.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

For Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, I am thankful because you still continue to encourage people who do not know the true doctrines. I hope they will not tire, and may they continue to be guided by the Lord.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: January 16, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on January 16, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Alain Algallar, 38, Former Catholic, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

I heard the true teachings of God. I learned the word of God through Bro. Eli, and by always listening to [Ang Dating Daan or The Old Path] on UNTV, on the Internet. That’s where I got persuaded [to join].

Actually, it was just an accident. In about 2003, I just happen to switch the channel there, and I got to listen. I doubted at first because I didn’t understand it. But as I continued listening to Bro. Eli, that’s when I saw the light, the real word of God.

Nobody invited me. I just went to the Locale of Dolores. I asked this from God. I wasn’t satisfied with my former religion; it’s like, I was confused, like there was something missing.

I prayed and I just found myself suddenly thinking about what it was like listening to Bro. Eli. Because of Bro. Eli, I heard the true word of God. Then, it’s as if my two feet just carried me to Dolores.

It’s funny because I didn’t have any background about The Old Path [the Church of God International]. I just went there and said that I would join. It was a Worship Service then on a Sunday. That’s why when they were asking me if someone had invited me, I told them “No one. It’s my own decision.”

On Being Baptized

It’s as if I didn’t feel any pain. During the indoctrination sessions, I went through a heavy trial. Actually, I felt as if I wouldn’t be able to go through with the baptism. But with God’s mercy, I was able to finish it.

The emptiness I felt is gone. Though the trial I faced was painful, I felt that all of [the pain] has gone away. I don’t feel it anymore. It’s like you’re at peace already.

On MCGI Overall Servants

I hope that someday I will get to know them, see them. I pray to God that He may guide me that I may last here. As Bro. Eli said, there are many trials, many things that I will go through as I walk here.

~o~

Bro. Jessielito Santiago, 40, Former Catholic, Nueva Ecija Province

On Joining the Church of God

The reason is deep. When I went to Saudi, it’s Bro. Eli’s words on television – that I got to hear only twice – got imprinted in me.

I attended Born Again, Jehovah’s Witnesses gatherings there, but I could never forget the words he said that have entered [my heart]. It was in 2007 when I was in Saudi. There were many religions that invited me. I would go with them, but I never got baptized.

On Being Baptized

It felt so light. I felt even lighter.

On MCGI Overall Servants

I hope they may continue. May they be far from perils and from evil things that they may continue helping us in our faith in the Lord for us to be able to continue until the end, until our salvation.

~o~

Sis. Coleen Ronquillo, 17, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Being Baptized

Since I was a child, my mother would always have a radio by her side whenever she took care of me, and she would listen to Bro. Eli.

As time went by, my two older brothers became members as well, except for me as I had a hard time then accepting the doctrine on modest apparel.

Time came however that my two big brothers invited me [to attend Church gatherings].  I didn’t let go of the opportunity of God calling me. I didn’t want to miss that, so I joined as well.

On Being Baptized

It feels good inside. The burden that I felt before, I really feel have been all washed away. I also had palpitations before baptism, but afterwards I felt relieved. I also repented of my sins.

On MCGI Overall Servants

May they continue with their preaching works, and may they be able to encourage many more unto this religion, because I know that this is the right one.

~o~

Bro. Kimcasey Morabe, 27, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

I felt that the Lord was calling me, because I felt that I had so many sins.

My sickness became a way for me to be closer to Him, so I pursued [becoming a member].

It was on television that I saw it [Ang Dating Daan or The Old Path]. Sometimes my tuning in would go on for a while. I felt that He as calling me.

It has been on for a long time: Ask Bro. Soriano. I have heard about it and would sometimes view it briefly. One time, I saw that the topic was good and felt that there was a good message in it. I felt peace.

On Being Baptized

In my heart, it’s like I feel so much anger. But after they immersed me, I suddenly felt unburdened. Then the hurt I felt in my body was relieved.

On MCGI Overall Servants

May you continue with your good works towards our fellowmen and in preaching. Many, many thanks.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: January 16, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on January 16, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Alain Algallar, 38, Former Catholic, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

I heard the true teachings of God. I learned the word of God through Bro. Eli, and by always listening to [Ang Dating Daan or The Old Path] on UNTV, on the Internet. That’s where I got persuaded [to join].

Actually, it was just an accident. In about 2003, I just happened to switch the channel there, and I got to listen. I doubted at first because I didn’t understand it. But as I continued listening to Bro. Eli, that’s when I saw the light, the real word of God.

Nobody invited me. I just went to the Locale of Dolores. I asked this from God. I wasn’t satisfied with my former religion; it’s like, I was confused, like there was something missing.

I prayed and I just found myself suddenly thinking about what it was like listening to Bro. Eli. Because of Bro. Eli, I heard the true word of God. Then, it’s as if my two feet just carried me to Dolores.

It’s funny because I didn’t have any background about The Old Path [the Church of God International]. I just went there and said that I would join. It was a Worship Service then on a Sunday. That’s why when they were asking me if someone had invited me, I told them “No one. It’s my own decision.”

On Being Baptized

It’s as if I didn’t feel any pain. During the indoctrination sessions, I went through a heavy trial. Actually, I felt as if I wouldn’t be able to go through with the baptism. But with God’s mercy, I was able to finish it.

The emptiness I felt is gone. Though the trial I faced was painful, I felt that all of [the pain] has gone away. I don’t feel it anymore. It’s like you’re at peace already.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that someday I will get to know them, see them. I pray to God that He may guide me that I may last here. As Bro. Eli said, there are many trials, many things that I will go through as I walk here.

~o~

Bro. Jessielito Santiago, 40, Former Catholic, Nueva Ecija Province

On Joining the Church of God

The reason is deep. When I went to Saudi, it’s Bro. Eli’s words on television – that I got to hear only twice – got imprinted in me.

I attended Born Again, Jehovah’s Witnesses gatherings there, but I could never forget the words he said that have entered [my heart]. It was in 2007 when I was in Saudi. There were many religions that invited me. I would go with them, but I never got baptized.

On Being Baptized

It felt so light, even lighter.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope they may continue. May they be far from perils and from evil things that they may continue helping us in our faith in the Lord for us to be able to continue until the end, until our salvation.

~o~

Sis. Coleen Ronquillo, 17, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Being Baptized

Since I was a child, my mother would always have a radio by her side whenever she took care of me, and she would listen to Bro. Eli.

As time went by, my two older brothers became members as well, except for me as I had a hard time then accepting the doctrine on modest apparel.

Time came however that my two big brothers invited me [to attend Church gatherings].  I didn’t let go of the opportunity of God calling me. I didn’t want to miss that, so I joined as well.

On Being Baptized

It feels good inside. The burdens that I felt before, I really feel have been all washed away. I also had palpitations before baptism, but afterwards I felt relieved. I also repented of my sins.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

May they continue with their preaching works, and may they be able to encourage many more unto this religion, because I know that this is the right one.

~o~

Bro. Kimcasey Morabe, 27, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

I felt that the Lord was calling me, because I felt that I had so many sins.

My sickness became a way for me to be closer to Him, so I pursued [becoming a member].

It was on television that I saw it [Ang Dating Daan or The Old Path]. Sometimes my tuning in would go on for a while. I felt that He was calling me.

It has been on for a long time: Ask Bro. Soriano. I have heard about it and would sometimes view it briefly. One time, I saw that the topic was good and felt that there was a good message in it. I felt peace.

On Being Baptized

In my heart, it’s like I felt so much anger. But after they immersed me, I suddenly felt unburdened. Then the hurt I felt in my body was relieved.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

May you continue with your good works towards our fellowmen and in preaching. Many, many thanks.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: January 9, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on January 9, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Rogelio Pablo Jr., 44, Former Catholic, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

The reason why I joined the Members Church of God is because I felt in my heart that this is the true Church written in Bible.

Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel are really incomparable; their teachings are no doubt from God.

I do the laundry at night and I got to listen to [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] on the transistor radio by accident. Then I felt as if something was moving me to seek more [about God].

I followed him from his radio to his television show on SBN, then on UNTV. When I had Internet connection installed, I watched on [UNTVWeb.com], on their websites. I watched his debates on Youtube, and I got the more convinced that there is no one that can gainsay Bro. Eli when it comes to [the Bible], because the truth is in him.

It has been since a long time ago as I delayed and delayed [becoming a member]. Perhaps the Lord willed to test me, as I am a teacher by profession; I mold children.

The hardest part was when I had a marital problem… That’s when I had more opportunities to do some soul-searching, and I got to listen the more to Bro. Eli.

On Being Baptized

I felt like a balloon freed from a sea of wind, like I was flying; I can’t explain it. I feel it until now. Thanks be to God.

My message to them [our fellowmen], what Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel said is right: That we should not delay [our joining] because it’s hard if we reach the dawn of our lives and we haven’t yet accepted the right thing that we should do.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

For Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, you’re always in our prayers. May you have longer lives that many more people will be saved.

~o~

Bro. Emmanuel San Pedro, 35, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I have been listening to Bro. Eli’s program for over a year now. I tried to attend an indoctrination session before, but perhaps God didn’t will for me to be able to go on with it due also to my work schedule. That happened abroad.

When I returned here in the Philippines… this is the opportunity… I must continue listening. So I completed the indoctrination, and now I am baptized. Thanks be to God.

My father was a member and I got to know the Church through him. He died a few days after getting baptized; that was in 2009. I thought about him and got interested in listening to Bro. Eli.

When UNTV launched its [radio] website, I clicked the radio option and watched through livestreaming while abroad. That’s when I got to listen to [The Old Path].

On Being Baptized

I was enlightened. The feeling felt so great; I can’t explain it. When I got out of the water wfter being immersed, it was just inexplicable. I felt so much joy.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I pray that they will be given longer lives that they may be able to continue serving the Lord and in spreading God’s words to people. May they be able to go on until many more people become members of the Church of God.

~o~

Sis. Magdalena Bognadon, 45, Former Assemblies of God Member, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

My husband joined MCGI in 2004. We were in Baguio and he was working in Manila. I have been listening to Bro. Eli’s program for quite a long time now, and I was already attending a few of the Church services with my husband. He was the one who invited me to listen to the indoctrination.

I attended the sessions before but I wasn’t able to continue and back then I didn’t understand a few things. On my second attempt, which I resolved to complete, everything started to fall in to place and I understood all that I listened to.

The teaching here is something you can apply to your self. What you learn is something that you can do for your well-being.

On Being Baptized

I felt light of course. It feels different when you get baptized; it’s like you were unburdened. I was in tears.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I’m thankful that I too became a member here.

~o~

Sis. Arlene Parungao, 44, Former Catholic, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

I was able to listen to the doctrines during the three-day Thanksgiving as I was invited by my son Paul Darwin. I felt that I was being called by God.

I was happy when they became members when they were still teenagers. They are brothers; his brother is Patrick Ian. They became good children. Sister [Magdalena] is a witness as she is our neighbor.

On our street, the youths would fight each other when they’re drinking liquor, but they didn’t drink. They had no vices; they just studied and went here. I was happy.

Then they invited me, and I felt that I was being called by God. I have already been invited before, but I was waiting for my husband. With the Lord’s mercy, he will become a member too.

On Being Baptized

Actually, I decided not to get baptized today as my husband and I talked with each other and he told me that he will move out of the house [if I get baptized].

I was going to school earlier but I felt really heavy; I was just crying. I was trying not to as I felt embarassed, but my tears just fell from my eyes. I was going to school then on a tricycle, but my heart was really leaning towards going here. So I texted my son, I said “Kuya (big brother), has it started? Can I still come?” He then went to our school and brought me here.

It felt so good. I just let go of the things that held me back. I’m going to follow God now. I also thought that life is [fragile]; you might die tomorrow.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Thanks be to God for Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel because God sent them to save lost souls.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: January 9, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on January 9, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Rogelio Pablo Jr., 44, Former Catholic, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

The reason why I joined the Members Church of God is because I felt in my heart that this is the true Church written in Bible.

Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel are really incomparable; their teachings are no doubt from God.

I do the laundry at night and I got to listen to [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] on the transistor radio by accident. Then I felt as if something was moving me to seek more [about God].

I followed him from his radio to his television show on SBN, then on UNTV. When I had Internet connection installed, I watched on [UNTVWeb.com], on their websites. I watched his debates on Youtube, and I got the more convinced that there is no one that can gainsay Bro. Eli when it comes to [the Bible], because the truth is in him.

It’s been since a long time ago as I delayed and delayed [becoming a member]. Perhaps the Lord willed to test me, as I am a teacher by profession; I mold children.

The hardest part was when I had a marital problem… That’s when I had more opportunities to do some soul-searching, and I got to listen the more to Bro. Eli.

On Being Baptized

I felt like a balloon freed from a sea of wind, like I was flying; I can’t explain it. I feel it until now. Thanks be to God.

My message to them [our fellowmen], what Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel said is right: That we should not delay [our joining] because it’s hard if we reach the dawn of our lives and we haven’t yet accepted the right thing that we should do.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

For Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, you’re always in our prayers. May you have longer lives that many more people will be saved.

~o~

Bro. Emmanuel San Pedro, 35, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I have been listening to Bro. Eli’s program for over a year now. I tried to attend an indoctrination session before, but perhaps God didn’t will for me to be able to go on with it due also to my work schedule. That happened abroad.

When I returned here in the Philippines… this is the opportunity… I must continue listening. So I completed the indoctrination, and now I am baptized. Thanks be to God.

My father was a member and I got to know the Church through him. He died a few days after getting baptized. That was in 2009. I thought about him and got interested in listening to Bro. Eli.

When UNTV launched its [radio] website, I clicked the radio option and watched through livestreaming while abroad. That’s when I got to listen to [The Old Path].

On Being Baptized

I was enlightened. The feeling felt so great; I can’t explain it. When I got out of the water after being immersed, it was just inexplicable. I felt so much joy.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I pray that they will be given longer lives that they may be able to continue serving the Lord and in spreading God’s words to people. May they be able to go on until many more people become members of the Church of God.

~o~

Sis. Magdalena Bognadon, 45, Former Assemblies of God Member, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

My husband joined MCGI in 2004. We were in Baguio and he was working in the Manila. I have been listening to Bro. Eli’s program for quite a long time now, and I was already attending a few of the Church services with my husband. He was the one who invited me to listen to the indoctrination.

I attended the sessions before but I wasn’t able to continue them, and back then I didn’t understand a few things. On my second attempt, which I resolved to complete, everything started to fall in to place and I understood all that I listened to.

The teaching here is something you can apply to your self. What you learn is something that you can do for your well-being.

On Being Baptized

I felt light of course. It feels different when you get baptized; it’s like you were unburdened. I was in tears.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I’m thankful that I too became a member here.

~o~

Sis. Arlene Parungao, 44, Former Catholic, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

I was able to listen to the doctrines during the three-day Thanksgiving as I was invited by my son Paul Darwin. I felt that I was being called by God.

I was happy when they became members when they were still teenagers. They are brothers; his brother is Patrick Ian. They became good children. Sister [Magdalena] is a witness as she is our neighbor.

On our street, the youths would fight each other when they’re drinking, but they didn’t drink. They had no vices; they just studied and went here. I was happy.

Then they invited me, and I felt that I was being called by God. Before, I was being invited but I was waiting for my husband. With the Lord’s mercy, he will become a member too.

On Being Baptized

Actually, I decided not to get baptized today as my husband and I talked with each other and he told me that he will move out of the house.

I was going to school earlier, but I felt really heavy; I was just crying. I was trying not to as I felt embarassed, but my tears just fell from my eyes. I was just going to school then on a tricycle. But my heart was really in going here. So I texted my son, I said “Kuya (big brother), has it started? Can I still come?” He then went to our school and brought me here.

It felt so good. I just let go of the things that held me back. I’m going to follow God now. I also thought that life is [fragile]; you might die tomorrow.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Thanks be to God for Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel because God sent them to save lost souls.

To God be the glory

From the Philippines to Brazil: MCGI’s Last Quarter of 2014’s Big Events and Recognitions

From The Old Path’s 34th anniversary to citations in the Philippines and Brazil, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) left the last quarter of 2014 with much to remember by.

34 Years of Religious Service

Marking the 34th year of its flagship program Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path), MCGI held a month-long celebration of good works. MCGI congregants in different parts of the globe lead public service endeavors like cleanup drives and medical missions. This is apart from the Church’s day-to-day humanitarian activities.

Members in New York launched a clean-up drive in the city’s Belvedere Park. Liberians welcomed patients of MCGI’s free clinic there, while Ghanan members attended to the refugees in its charity home.

In the Philippines similar services took place like the medical missions in Cavite and Bicol provinces, which benefitted about 5,000 indigents.

MCGI topped of its celebration of good works with a Worldwide Bible Exposition on October 30, 2014 that once again challenged The Big Dome’s 16,000-plus seating limits.

Right before the stage, disabled persons seat in front of the huge crowd at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum for the Worldwide Bible Exposition of MCGI on October 30, 2014 in celebration of The Old Path's 34th anniversary. (Photo courtesy of PVI)
Right before the stage, disabled persons seat in front of the huge crowd at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum for the Worldwide Bible Exposition of MCGI on October 30, 2014 in celebration of The Old Path’s 34th anniversary. (Photo courtesy of PVI)

A Song of Praise (ASOP) interpreters like Frenchy Dy, Gerald Santos and Beverly Caimen to name a few, welcomed the massive crowd with a slew of winning songs from the Philippines’ first-ever Gospel songwriting tilt on television.

Bro. Daniel Razon then delivered a keynote speech on the worldwide reach of The Old Path in its 34 years of programming before giving the floor to Bro. Eli Soriano. Soon afterwards, Itanong Mo Kay Soriano, Biblia Ang Sasagot (The Bible Will Answer. Ask Bro. Eli), the trademark question-and-answer segment of the program, took off. Guests at the coliseum and from more than 1,360 remote points across the globe asked their questions of faith live to the MCGI Overall Servants.

Philippine Pride

In the same month, MCGI, together with media partner UNTV, received a citation from the Philippine Embassy in Brazil for their extensive aid to their fellow Filipinos and Brasileiros.

“MCGI or The Old Path is of great help to the embassy because of your widespread outreach to this place, which is seldom reached by our people,” expressed Philippine Ambassador to Brazil Eva G. Betita to an MCGI representative.

The attaché added that with the aid of UNTV, the country’s consular services in the region reaches as many people as possible. The year saw many succesful Filipino registrants for the upcoming national elections, one of the joint efforts of the embassy and UNTV.

The MCGI brethren in Brazil on the other hand have been recognized for their public services to their fellow Brasileiros. Like their Filipino counterparts, Brazilian members are active in donating blood and in caring for the elderly.

“When you sang and dance for them and they clapped, it is different for them… to them it is very satisfying,” told Jeruza Mogarte, Corner of Old administrator of an elderly home in Porto Alegre when MCGI and UNTV visited the residents in their place.

Dugong Bayani Award

For donating over 10,750 blood bags in 2014 alone, MCGI received the Jose Rizal Award from the Department of Health for the third consecutive year.

Philippine Blood Disease and Transfusion Center OIC and Executive Director Dr. Ma. Victoria Abesamis told that MCGI’s efforts are “unceasing”. MCGI conducts blood drives quarterly every year as part of its commitment to saving lives.

In the same breath, church members support UNTV’s pioneering and breakthrough advocacy of Rescue First, Report Later, which puts public safety first before breaking news.

The first ever news-and-rescue team in the Philippines was conceptualized and formed by BMPI Chairman and CEO Kuya Daniel in 2010. Incidentally, Kuya Daniel is the Vice-Presiding Minister to MCGI. BMPI, which stands for Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International (BMPI), is content provider of The Public Service Channel UNTV.

The logo of Ang Dating Daan's 34th anniversary with MCGI Leaders Bro. Daniel Razon (left) and Bro. Elise Soriano (right) being shown on the large LED screen. (Photo courtesy of PVI)
The logo of Ang Dating Daan’s 34th anniversary with MCGI Leaders Bro. Daniel Razon (left) and Bro. Elise Soriano (right) being shown on the large LED screen. (Photo courtesy of PVI)

Marking his 31st birthday in the spirit on November 28, 2014, Bro. Daniel held a charity dinner concert three days earlier to help further MCGI and UNTV’s various public services.

Bro. Daniel sang standards together with Bro. Eli Soriano via live video streaming in a concert aptly called “Double” at the Manila Hotel.

Bro. Soriano and Bro. Razon spearhead the funding of many humanitarian endeavors that the organization has launched in the country and abroad. Doing good to all regardless of race or religion is part of MCGI doctrine (Gal. 6:10).

In the words of the Amb. Eva Betita, “To Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, we are delighted of what you are doing. May God Almighty bless you that you may be able to continue your good works.”

(Written by Rigor Arellano)

From the Philippines to Brazil: MCGI’s Last Quarter of 2014’s Big Events and Recognitions

From The Old Path’s 34th anniversary to citations in the Philippines and Brazil, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) left the last quarter of 2014 with much to remember by.

34 Years of Religious Service

Marking the 34th year of its flagship program Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path), MCGI held a month-long celebration of good works. MCGI congregants in different parts of the globe lead public service endeavors like cleanup drives and medical missions. This is apart from the Church’s day-to-day humanitarian activities.

Members in New York launched a clean-up drive in the city’s Belvedere Park. Liberians welcomed patients of MCGI’s free clinic there, while Ghanan members attended to the refugees in its charity home.

In the Philippines similar services took place like the medical missions in Cavite and Bicol provinces, which benefitted about 5,000 indigents.

Physically disabled persons or in MCGI terms, Very Important Disabled Persons (VIDP), take the front row seats at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum for the Worldwide BIble Exposition on October 30, 2014. (Photo courtesy of PVI)
Physically disabled persons or in MCGI terms, Very Important Disabled Persons (VIDP), take the front row seats at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum for the Worldwide BIble Exposition on October 30, 2014. (Photo courtesy of PVI)

MCGI topped of its celebration of good works with a Worldwide Bible Exposition on October 30, 2014 that once again challenged The Big Dome’s 20,000-plus seating limits.

A Song of Praise (ASOP) interpreters like Frenchy Dy, Gerald Santos and Beverly Caimen to name a few, welcomed the massive crowd with a slew of winning songs from the Philippines’ first-ever Gospel songwriting tilt on television.

Bro. Daniel Razon then delivered a keynote speech on the worldwide reach of The Old Path in its 34 years of programming before giving the floor to Bro. Eli Soriano. Soon afterwards, Itanong Mo Kay Soriano, Biblia Ang Sasagot (The Bible Will Answer. Ask Bro. Eli), the trademark question-and-answer segment of the program, took off. Guests at the coliseum and from more than 1,360 remote points across the globe asked their questions of faith live to the MCGI Overall Servants.

Philippine Pride

In the same month, MCGI together with media partner UNTV, received a citation from the Philippine Embassy in Brazil for their extensive aid to their fellow Filipinos and Brazilenos.

“MCGI or The Old Path is of great help to the embassy because of your widespread outreach to this place, which is seldom reached by our people,” expressed Philippine Ambassador to Brazil Eva G. Betita to an MCGI representative.

The attaché added that with the aid of UNTV, the country’s consular services in the region reaches as many people as possible. The year saw many succesful Filipino registrants for the upcoming national elections, one of the joint efforts of the embassy and UNTV.

A Song of Praise or ASOP Interpreters (from right) Gerald Santos, Jek Manuel, Catherine Loria, Beverly Caimen and Shanne Velasco sing songs of praise entertaining the crowd at the Big Dome. (Photo courtesy of PVI)
A Song of Praise or ASOP Interpreters (from right) Gerald Santos, Jek Manuel, Catherine Loria, Beverly Caimen and Shanne Velasco sing songs of praise entertaining the crowd at the Big Dome. (Photo courtesy of PVI)

The MCGI brethren in Brazil on the other hand have been recognized for their public services to their fellow Brasileiros. Like their Filipino counterparts, Brazilian members are active in donating blood and in caring for the elderly.

“When you sang and dance for them and they clapped, it is different for them… to them it is very satisfying,” told Jeruza Mogarte, Corner of Old administrator of an elderly home in Porto Alegre when MCGI and UNTV visited the residents in their place. [Links to Youtube video about it]

Dugong Bayani Award

For donating over 10,750 blood bags in 2014 alone, MCGI received the Jose Rizal Award from the Department of Health for the third consecutive year.

Philippine Blood Disease and Transfusion Center OIC and Executive Director Dr. Ma. Victoria Abesamis told that MCGI’s efforts are “unceasing”. MCGI conducts blood drives quarterly every year as part of its commitment to saving lives.

In the same breath, church members support UNTV’s pioneering and breakthrough advocacy of Rescue First, Report Later, which puts public safety first before breaking news. [Links to DSR site article about it]

The first ever news-and-rescue team in the Philippines was conceptualized and formed by BMPI Chairman and CEO Kuya Daniel in 2010. BMPI, which stands for Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International (BMPI), is content provider of The Public Service Channel UNTV.

Wide LED screens show  The Old Path's 34th Anniversary logo bearing the photos of MCGI's Overall Servants Bro. Eli Soriano (right) and Bro. Daniel Razon (left). (Photo courtesy of PVI)
Wide LED screens show The Old Path’s 34th Anniversary logo bearing the photos of MCGI’s Overall Servants Bro. Eli Soriano (right) and Bro. Daniel Razon (left). (Photo courtesy of PVI)

Marking his 31st birthday in the spirit on November 28, 2014, Bro. Daniel held a dinner concert for charity three days earlier to help further MCGI and UNTV’s various public services.

Bro. Daniel sang standards together with Bro. Eli Soriano via live video streaming in a concert aptly called “Double” at the Manila Hotel.

MCGI Overall Servants spearhead the funding of many humanitarian endeavors that the organization has launched in the country and abroad. Doing good to all regardless of race or religion is part of MCGI doctrine (Gal. 6:10).

In the words of the Amb. Eva Betita, “To Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, we are delighted of what you are doing. May God Almighty bless you that you may be able to continue your good works.”

(Written by Rigor Arellano)

For Three Years Running, MCGI Named Highest Blood Contributor at Dugong Bayani Awards 2014

Bro. Ricky Ledesma,  one of the qualified MCGI youth blood donors, donates his blood at the Elmhurst Hospital in New York to help save the lives of others. (Courtesy of PVI)
Bro. Ricky Ledesma, one of the qualified MCGI youth blood donors, donates his blood at the Elmhurst Hospital in New York to help save the lives of others. (Courtesy of PVI)

Quezon City, Philippines — For the third consecutive year, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) earned the Jose Rizal Award from the Philippine Blood Disease and Transfusion Center (PBDTC) and the Department of Health at the Dugong Bayani Awards.

The Jose Rizal Award, which aims to feature groups or organizations that gave the most number of blood donations for the year, was given to MCGI on December 16, 2014 at the Celebrity Sports Plaza in Diliman, Quezon City.

For the year 2014, MCGI was able to donate 5,000 blood bags for PBDTC and their beneficiaries alone. MCGI’s mass blood donation drives in December 2014 produced to 2, 257 blood bags. This figure completes the said year’s total of 10,757 amassed blood bags from nationwide and regular blood donation drives.

PBDTC OIC and Executive Director Dr. Ma. Victoria Abesamis acknowledged the blood donation efforts of MCGI. She then extolled the group’s continuous support, stating that it is “never ceasing.”

“We hope that other groups, other churches, will be as zealous as yours,” Dr. Abesamis said in an interview with local television network UNTV.

During the ceremony, PBDTC featured one of their center’s many recipients: a13-year-old boy who has a blood disorder called thalassemia, a disease that causes the abnormal formation of hemoglobin in the body.

The young boy’s blood disorder requires him to be infused with a blood bag every three weeks, and it is made possible through the blood donations given to PBDTC.

“Thank you very much for continuously donating blood for us who have illnesses,” remarked the young man in an interview.

The quarterly blood donation activities is just one of the ways that MCGI Overall Servants Bro. Eliseo Soriano and Bro. Daniel S. Razon encourage members to always do good towards others.

(Written by Rona Valdez)

For Three Years Running, MCGI Named Highest Blood Contributor at Dugong Bayani Awards 2014

Blood bags lie atop a portable cooler before being stored and brought to the Philippine Blood Disease and Transfusion Center for further processing. (Photo courtesy of PVI)
Blood bags lie atop a portable cooler before being stored and brought to the Philippine Blood Disease and Transfusion Center for further processing. (Photo courtesy of PVI)

Quezon City, Philippines — For the third consecutive year, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) earned the Jose Rizal Award from the Philippine Blood Disease and Transfusion Center (PBDTC) and the Department of Health at the Dugong Bayani Awards.

The Jose Rizal Award, which aims to feature groups or organizations that gave the most number of blood donations for the year, was given to MCGI on December 16, 2014 at the Celebrity Sports Plaza in Diliman, Quezon City.

For the year 2014, MCGI was able to donate 5,000 blood bags for PBDTC and their beneficiaries alone. MCGI’s mass blood donation drives in December 2014 produced to 2, 257 blood bags. This figure completed the said year’s total of 10,757 amassed blood bags from nationwide and regular blood donation drives.

PBDTC OIC and Executive Director Dr. Ma. Victoria Abesamis acknowledged the blood donation efforts of MCGI. She then extolled the group’s continuous support, stating that it is “never ceasing.”

“We hope that other groups, other churches, will be as zealous as yours,” Dr. Abesamis said in an interview with local television network UNTV.

During the ceremony, PBDTC featured one of their center’s many recipients: a13-year-old boy who has a blood disorder called thalassemia, a disease that causes the abnormal formation of hemoglobin in the body.

The young boy’s blood disorder requires him to be infused with a blood bag every three weeks, and it is made possible through the blood donations given to PBDTC.

“Thank you very much for continuously donating blood for us who have illnesses,” remarked the young man in an interview.

The quarterly blood donation activities is just one of the ways that MCGI Overall Servants Bro. Eliseo Soriano and Bro. Daniel S. Razon encourages members to always do good towards others.

(Written by Rona Valdez)

Newly Baptized Testimonials: January 2, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on January 2, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Bonifacio Ramones, 68, Former Catholic, NCR

On Joining the Church of God

I saw the difference in the doctrines; I’m from Catholicism, and even joined the El Shaddai movement, but I wasn’t content there. It felt like there was something big missing.

I was scanning the AM band on the radio in search for good Bible topics. I found him [Bro. Eli Soriano] on the far end of the radio [frequencies]. When I heard him, I found that what he was saying is okay. I verified it in the [Bible] books he mentioned, and saw it there, so that’s it.

It has been about two years since I listened on both television and radio. Then I verified that true facts are being said, so there is truth. Even in the Noli Me Tangere, in the Pasyon, in the Huling Paalam (Last Farewell) and in [Jose Rizal’s] Letter to Malolos Women in Meycauayan, I verified those. So there’s truth in it.

On Being Baptized

I felt light and I was crying.

On Bro. Eli Soriano And Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that his life will be longer, that their lives will be longer.

~o~

Sis. Jennilyn Chan, 30, Former Catholic, Tarlac Province

On Joining the Church of God

Of course firstly, I want to know the Lord, that I may be used in a better ministry.

I learned that there are many things that I need to change in myself, [and] that there are many things that I need to obey according to [the will of] the Lord.

My husband is already a member, and he brought me to [Church gatherings]. He was the instrument I was waiting for that paved the way for me to become a member today.

He’s abroad, and when he is here for vacation, he brings me to the locale. He just comes back here every vacation. When he left, I just went to the locale on my own. I attended continuously until I was called also.

On Being Baptized

I felt light inside. I hope that my getting to know Him will continue.

On Bro. Eli Soriano And Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that they will continue to teach us. They have different ways to continue to guide us with the help of the Lord.

~o~

Sis. Rachelle Miranda, 47, Former Catholic, Negros Occidental

On Joining the Church of God

It was through my friend, my townsfellow who is already a member.

When we met again, after not seeing each other for many years, it was like what she was telling me is different; she was different. Then she told me things and the teachings she learned.

She attends in Pasig Bayan Locale, while I in Silang, Cavite. She told me, “Try it there. There is a locale near your place, your apartment.

But even before that, I was already searching [for God]. I attended baptist gatherings, but I didn’t feel comfortable, as it seemed different. They were more on… Everytime they preached, it boiled down to money.

On Being Baptized

After baptism, there’s a feeling of calmness that I can’t explain. I was teary-eyed when I was being asked questions [by the baptizer] in the baptistery. Even as I was just entering, I felt nervous. But I said some prayers as I’m really willing. I really want to change for the better.

On Bro. Eli Soriano And Bro. Daniel Razon

May they continue doing their works and may they be blessed.

~o~

Bro. Cesar Cabiling, 47, Former Freelancer, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

This is the true one. Because in my over two years of attending Bible Studies, I really saw that this is the one that speaks the truth.

I attended Bible Studies before [in other religions], but they were heading nowehere. When they were asking me to join, to be baptized, they didn’t lay down the facts on what it is that I will be accepting.

This here is the right teaching. Others just don’t have it. It feels like you’re just hanging on air during baptism, that you will just accept Jesus Christ as Savior and that’s it. In the many religions I’ve been to… even how their women dress.

In one I attended, their women were wearing short shorts. So you really cannot concentrate. Also, the works of those men who really say that they are of God are vain; they really don’t do good.

But here as I told Bro. Gregg, and as my son, who got baptized here on December 19, 2014, told me — when you walk here, you have peace of mind. It’s unlike when you go to other places wherein you don’t know how others behave. The people there might drink and drink, become drunk and then become hostile. But here, you will have peace of mind. You know that the brethren have good hearts.

On Being Baptized

Actually, I’m a person who easily gets angry. But I felt so light that time; I didn’t think of anything that would work me up. Nothing. I just felt light inside.

On Bro. Eli Soriano And Bro. Daniel Razon

To our two preachers, may God always keep them, give them good health, and refrain them from troubles that may be caused by men. May they have more blessings, especially spiritual ones.

~o~

Sis. Melany Guce, 39, Former Catholic, Batangas Province

On Joining the Church of God

I joined the Church of God because I saw the true reformation, true knowledge of God, through my husband. So, it was my husband, who became a bridge for me to know God.

My husband got baptized on March 21 just last year. Then, that’s when I saw the big change in him. All his gambling, drinking were gone; he really underwent total change.

At first, he invited me, but I sometimes felt irritated because everytime we see each other, he would always mention “Bro. Eli, Bro. Eli.”

Later on, he somewhat changed his strategy. I didn’t hear it anymore. So I was like wanting to hear it, until the time came that I came with him to listen to the teachings. That’s when I learned the true doctrines.

On Being Baptized

It’s different, as I used to get angry easily. I had little self control before. But now it seemed to have broadened, widened.

[After baptism] he forgot to bring me my dry clothes as he was feeding these two kids that we brought with us, until the time that I was the only one left who hadn’t change clothes.

Before, simple things like that would irritate me. But that time, even I felt unfamiliar to the feeling. “Why wasn’t I irritated? Why do I understand the situation? Perhaps he was still doing something else.” So I proved that even I have been changed. I hope it continues.

Ever since my husband became a member, [The Old Path] is on his cell phone. So in the morning as I write, I would hear it.

Then one time, he brought the children with him. And oh, the kids enjoyed the KNC [Flock of the Lamb]. The time came when I was the only one left at home, so I also joined them. That’s when I started to listen.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

For Bro. Eli, may you be blessed with a longer life to further your preaching of the word of God. The same goes for Bro. Daniel.

To God be the glory

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