The Members Church of God International (MCGI) had the pleasure of serving Tatay Ernesto Alcobendas, a senior citizen living in an abandoned building in Caloocan City during “The Legacy Continues” event that ran from April 4-9.
Prior to the pandemic, Tatay Ernesto and his five children who already have their own families, were already living a difficult life. His leg was amputated two years ago due to diabetes and is only able to walk with the help of crutches. Despite his handicap, he is the sole provider for his children and grandchildren.
However, their living conditions worsened when the pandemic hit and lockdown was implemented in their area. He experienced having to ask from his neighbors for any help they could provide.
That is why he believed that his being a beneficiary of the MCGI Free Store is a great help for him and his family. He expressed his gratitude for receiving the blessings from the free store in their area.
Aside from the free groceries he got, volunteers from MCGI made sure that Tatay Ernesto would be able to return home safely.
Meanwhile, Rosendo Cobrado, Jr., a construction worker who lost his job due to the pandemic, also received free groceries and other goods from the MCGI Free Store. He expressed his wish for MCGI to help more people.
“Sana marami pa kayong matulungan na ganito ang sitwasyon. Wala nang masabi ang tao sa inyo, napakabait ninyo. Biro mo sa pagkain lang [ng] kagaya sa’kin [na] walang trabaho, walang pambili (I hope that you can help more people who are in the same situation as mine – jobless and without money to buy food. We can’t say enough about your kindness),” said Rosendo in an interview.
Rosendo also wished that the public services of the group would be able to reach more people in need.
Still in line with The Legacy Continues event, aside from the free store, MCGI also mobilized feeding programs in different parts of the world and installed free potable water systems in areas where safe water sources are not available. Moreover, the group also granted start-up funds for 1,500 people and tablets for 1,500 poor but deserving students.
Even after the week-long program has ended, MCGI volunteers led by Brother Daniel Razon, promised that with God’s help and mercy, they will continue to reach out to more of our fellowmen who are in need, in compliance with what the Holy Bible teaches.