Newly Baptized Testimonials: March 14, 2014

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on March 14, 2014 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Sis. Bernadette Razo, 27, Former Catholic, Pangasinan Province

On Being Baptized
I’m happy because I waited so long for this opportunity. I’m an OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker) from Jordan in the Middle East.

I knew about The Old Path through a friend. We got to chat and catch up with each other. Then, she learned that I had a problem, the kind that when you wake up, you feel hopeless.

She then said, “Try listening. It may help you.” Then when I heard Bro. Eli, it’s like I couldn’t leave him anymore.

So whenever I have time, I listen nightly and when I have vacant time during the day. With God’s help and mercy, I am able to continue till this day that I was baptized.

I’ve been [listening] since April 2013. I’ve been waiting for almost a year, so now, thanks be to God for giving me this day that I have been baptized.

On MCGI Leaders
For Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, may they continue leading many more souls to turn back to God with His help and mercy.

I thank God that I knew Him, through their preaching of the doctrines that you would not hear from other religions. With God’s help and mercy, may I be able to continue till the end.

~o~

Bro. Ferdinand Capalad, 48, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Being Baptized
I’ve long been wanting to be baptized here in the Church of God, with Bro. Eli, so I’m very happy.

To tell the truth, I felt different [when I was being baptized]. I was really crying and crying, because like other people wanting to turn back to God, I want that as well.

I always seek the Lord. And it shouldn’t be when we only have many problems, but also to thank Him as well for all the blessings He gives.

May I always be able to attend gatherings despite work, to find ways to attend in Church services.

On MCGI Leaders
To Bro. Eli, I’m thankful and I pray to the Lord that, if He will, his life will be longer. If it would be okay [with God], may the days of his life be like those born in ancient times in the Bible.

But just the same, I’m thankful that I found him through always watching television. God willing, I hope to see him personally [for I’m thankful] to be with him in the Church.

Though now he’s far away, [I feel] his spirit as I watch him. He’s always in my heart as though he’s nearby.

I hope I can bring my family here into the Church of God in the coming times.

~o~

Sis. Jasmin Acuña, 70, Former Catholic, Rizal Province

On Being Baptized
I’m Jasmin Acuña. I’m a Professor Emeritus in UP. I’m a psychologist. I teach leadership, human behavior and organization.

I’ve long been searching for the true religion, because I know that Catholicism has flaws. From a historical perspective, I know that it’s really wrong.

I read from the Bible, as I study the Bible, Christ said that the Church He will build will never be destroyed. So I went to Protestantism, as I was really searching. But they were also lacking in teachings.

Then, I got sick. I got aneurism, and so I was forced to stay at home, in bed. I was lying there and I had no entertainment, so I turned to television. That’s where I found it.

I was looking for the Church of God, because what’s known is the Iglesia ni Cristo [INC], the Mormons, the Seventh-Day Adventists.

So that was my benefit for being sick: I found the true Church. I was really glad when I found it, because it wasn’t advertised; there are no churches [like the Catholics’]. You don’t know what to do. I didn’t understand then about the indoctrination.

Then, I asked my driver, Bro. Lito, as he is a member already. So that’s how I knew it. And I’m really very glad.

I’m 70 years old already, and I’ve really been searching for the true Church, because I see that there are faults [with my previous religion].

I studied three courses in divinity school. I saw the faults of Catholicism: The inquisition, there are so many.

You really know that it’s not [the true Church], but what choice do you have? That’s the religion you grew up in? And you don’t know what it is. So it’s hard. But that’s how it is.

On MCGI Leaders
At first, when I wasn’t accustomed to his way [of preaching], I was turned off. But then I would listen again, because what he says is good. So I would listen again and again.

But perhaps sometimes he gets tired, because the questions are repeated over and over again. Those who haven’t heard the answer before would ask about it again.

Perhaps it is so. But I’m thankful to God that we have a preacher like that. [Because if no one will do it] nothing will happen.

Also, may God give them more resources for [the Gospel] to spread even more. Because like this, there are many being fed, many being [helped]. So that’s my prayer.

But actually, I have no doubt that it is God who will make a way to make things happen. It’s like that.

I saw that also in my life. I got aneurism so that I could listen continually. I listened continually: morning, noon, night time, to the point that I would already memorize what he’s going to say.

~o~

Sis. Lilibeth Aquino, 43, Former Catholic, Laguna Province

On Being Baptized
Based on what I’ve learned, there are really many wrong things in religion I grew up in compared to the doctrines I studied.

I felt light; it’s like my sins were gone. The anger I felt in my heart, I felt I needed to forgive already.

My husband is already a member here. He brought me here before, but I wasn’t ready then. Now, I voluntarily approached the worker to be indoctrinated.

When he was here [in the Philippines], he really wanted me to become a member. I didn’t want to then. I said to him, “There is a tie for that, for the Lord to call me.” And now the time has come for me to be in the right path.

On MCGI Leaders
May they continue their good intention for the brethren, and for people like me who once did not know the right path to be led here.

~o~

Sis. Lorna Abille, 46, Former Catholic, Laguna Province

On Being Baptized
The Church of God is really different from all the religions I saw. I saw that this is the true one, so I decided to become a member.

It’s a different feeling; no one can explain it. It’s like one baptism whose beauty can’t be explained by anyone. It’s really sacred. If a member will really be obedient here, this is really the path to holiness.

My boss is already a member of the Church of God. He conducted Bible studies at work. And for the longest time he did so, I wanted to [really listen].

I listened, but by parts only. Until one time, perhaps it is the will of God that I be transferred to another section where I’m not too busy. That was the time that I got to listen continuously to the doctrines, and be here in the baptism.

So I said, it’s a gift from God. He said that it was also God’s will as I’ve long wanted to become a member, but there were many hindrances.

On MCGI Leaders
I thank Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, because of them, because of the teachings they gave me, I learned goodness in all things. Everything is written in the teachings, in the doctrines that God gave them. I understand everthing, and I’m thankful. May God will that until the end, I may obey them.

~o~

Bro. Ronaldo Agabao and Sis. Pilar Bajado, 64 and 30, Former Seventh-Day Adventist and Catholic, Manila

On Being Baptized

Bro. Ronaldo: Really, really happy! I know I’ve found the truth and I know that I’ll stay in this faith, and be saved. There is no other [faith] unto salvation but this.

I used to ignore Bro. Eli. When I watched him on television, I said, “This is just a cult. This is just money-making.”

[There was someone] who addressed me “bro,” but I didn’t know that he was from The Old Path, that he is from the Church of God. I told him, “If you believe in God, this is the true religion” [referring to The Old Path].

He was surprised at me, because I ignored the show. I said, “That’s just money-making.” But for some reason, it’s like there was something that urged me to watch an [episode] of the show.

Before whenever I saw it, I would erase it [from the channel lineup], or turn off the TV. [But then], I tried listening to it one time.

My questions were the same as those asking [on television]. All were answered one by one. I was an Adventist. Then I heard Bro. Eli [expose] the teachings of Ellen G. White that are erroneous, a false prophetess’ wrong teachings.

Since then, I didn’t watch anthign else but The Old Path program. I watched only that. At night, my [TV] is turned on, and that’s where I’m tuned in.

Sis. Pilar: We watched together. One time he said, “Watch this because this is the true religion.” So I watched it.

At first, I just listened. He said, “If you have a question, it will be [answered].” Then, I have this question since I was a kid that he [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] was able to answer. That’s when I got amazed at him, and decided to become a member.

But I didn’t have time then as I worked, and my hours were fixed. Now my schedule is broken, so I could squeeze it in. Then Bro. Ronnie [Church Worker] allowed us to have a special schedule, as we could not make the Mass Indoctrination. So I became a member today.

I feel happy and blessed that I got baptized.

On MCGI Leaders

Bro. Ronaldo: If I weren’t able to watch The Old Path program, I wouldn’t have known the truth. So I’m really thankful for The Old Path and for Bro. Eli. So when I see Bro. Eli, I’m going to tell him, “I love you Bro. Eli!”

Sis. Pilar: Thank you. Thanks be to God for because of you, we found the true doctrines.

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