Every time the Members Church of God International (MCGI) celebrates milestones in their global evangelization, charitable initiatives always come with it.
A total of 212 Church members from various areas in the Philippines and abroad have become beneficiaries of the MCGI Livelihood Project on the 41st anniversary of the program.
Instead of receiving start-up funds, the lucky recipients took home livelihood items that they could immediately use to generate income for their families.
From the list of qualified grantees, 71 people can now start selling foods on the street with their fully furnished food carts. Another 70 recipients can launch their delivery business with their new motorcycles. In addition, 71 members can start giving rides with their tricycles, a popular mode of transportation in the Philippines.
Meanwhile, one beneficiary has opened a provisions store with various merchandise courtesy of MCGI.
One of the beneficiaries, Brother Celedonio Balbuena gleamed with joy when he received his fully furnished food cart. Even at the age of 73, he had been trading scraps for a living in Pampanga, Philippines, using his makeshift bicycle.
Now, he no longer needs to pedal from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily. He also no longer needs to brave the sweltering heat or torrential rain just to earn a living.
Translating into works the love that God has taught us and continuing the legacy that Brother Eli Soriano left us, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) continue to reach more people in any way we can, wherever they may be.
Seeing the smiles of our fellowmen inspires us to move forward and be consistently diligent in doing good works with God as our strength and foundation.
All the glory be to God for giving us opportunities to love and spark hope and faith in this troubling time.
Posted by Members Church of God International on Sunday, November 28, 2021
Sister Monica Nascimiento of a town in the western part of Brazil also jumped in jubilation when her new food cart was handed over to her. For 17 years, she had been cooking meals and selling these door to door. Because of her limited resources, she can only do business within her neighborhood.
At last, she can conveniently offer her food merchandise to more distant places, a business that she had been dreaming of since she started selling.
Meanwhile, Brother Jonathan Agustin of Laguna, Philippines proudly hopped on his new motorcycle during the granting event. A former tattoo artist, he decided to quit his job upon joining the Church. This decision led him to use his old bicycle to deliver goods as his source of income.
With his new motorbike, he can now start his food delivery business.
All beneficiaries could not contain their elation and praises to God. They also expressed the warmth of brotherly love that they felt when their blessings have been handed to them.
“Hindi tayo matitiis ng Dios, Hindi Niya tayo pababayaan basta’t patuloy ang ating paglilingkod. Kaya kahit na hirap na hirap na kami patuloy pa ring naglilingkod, Salamat po sa Dios na binigay na biyaya para sa amin.” (God will not forsake us, so just keep on serving him. That is why even we are having difficulties, I still continue serving God. Thanks be to God for the blessings He have given us.) — Brother Celedonio
“Amém, glória a Deus!” (Amen, glory to God!) — Sister Monica shouted upon receiving her cart.
“Unang-una po, sa Dios, maraming maraming salamat po. Ang masasabi ko po sa kapatiran na nasumpungan ko na po yung kapatirang pagkaganda-ganda.” (First of all, thanks be to God exceedingly. What I can say is I have already discovered the very wonderful brethren.) — Brother Jonathan.
“Wala po akong pagsisidlan ng aking kaligayahan. Natutuwa po ako na hindi ko akalain na ganito pala ang init ng paglilingapan ng mga kapatid.” (I could not contain my happiness. I am extremely happy that I never expected the fervent fraternal care from the brethren.) — Brother Denise Zaragosa of Davao City, a recipient of tricycle.
“Salamat sa Dios san Ginoo. Iya gidungog ang among pag-ampo.” (Thanks be to God for hearing our prayers.) — May Florence Roda of Cebu City
This initiative started when Brother Daniel Razon, Servant of MCGI, came up with a proposal. In one edition of Serbisyong Kapatiran (Brotherly Service), he pitched the idea of providing livelihood items to indigent brethren.
“Bigyang daan po natin yung ating mga kapatid na talagang may pangangailangan sa ganun. Yung talagang wala sa buhay pu-pwedeng maghanap-buhay. (Let’s give way to brethren who really are in need but can start their business),” Brother Daniel said.
Besides being a part of the yearly charity activity for the celebration of ADD’s anniversary, this undertaking also coincided with Brother Daniel’s 38th Sabbath anniversary, or the day when he received baptism in the Church on November 28, 1983.
The awarding of the livelihood projects is one of the highlights of the 41st anniversary of Ang Dating Daan.
The culmination of the celebration was the one-and-a-half-hour special broadcast commemorating the show’s four decades of existence. It was aired on UNTV News and Rescue and was simulcast on MCGI YouTube and other social media channels.
This special program served as a documentary telling viewers the history of Ang Dating Daan. It featured the interviews of some members of MCGI’s Council of Ministers about the beginnings of the Philippines’ longest-running religious program.
They told how Brother Eli Soriano, the host of the show, used the program as his primary instrument in propagating the words of God. Their narration showed how God has been fulfilling Brother Eli’s dream of preaching His words globally despite facing seemingly insurmountable challenges.
At the latter parts of the program, the ministers told how the program continued after Brother Eli was laid to rest. They ended their interviews by how God used Brother Daniel to usher in a more intensified version of the program by making it an avenue for charitable works, extending to non-MCGI members.
In his closing remarks, Brother Daniel assured viewers that the preaching of Brother Eli will continue despite the latter’s passing.
“Ang programang Ang Dating Daan po ay magpapatuloy pa rin sa tulong at sa awa ng Panginoon at ang pagtataguyod ng pananampalatayang ito na sama-sama pong pinagsisikapang maisagawa at maisakatuparan ng Members Church of God International.”
(With the help and mercy of God, the entire Members Church of God International are one in striving to carry out and realize the continuous broadcast of the program Ang Dating Daan.)
He even added that MCGI brotherhood, the fruits of Brother Eli’s preaching via the program, with God’s help and mercy, would intensify their good works under the MCGI Cares initiative that are signs of a true religion established by God.
“Ito po ang isang bagay na patuloy na na itinataguyod ng Members Church of God International, na naituro sa amin at sa tulong ng Dios, sa pamamagitan ng pag-ibig, pananampalataya, at ng pagasa ay amin pong maipagpatuloy ang paggawa ng kabutihan sa lahat ng ating mga kapwa-tao na siyang aming natutunang dapat na maitaguyod ng isang tunay na relihiyon at isang tunay na nananampalataya sa ating Panginoong Hesukristo.”
(Something that the Members Church of God International continue to promote, which has been taught to us and with God’s help, through love, faith, and hope that we can continue to do good to all of our fellowmen. We learned that it is one thing that the true religion and true believer in our Lord Jesus Christ must uphold.)
With God’s help through the united efforts of the brotherhood, the MCGI Livelihood Project has brought a fresh start to some poor and deserving brethren who have received God’s grace through His Church.