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

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