Newly Baptized Testimonials: October 1, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on October 1, 2015 at the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Lorenzo Mendoza, 46, Former Catholic, Nueva Ecija Province

On Joining the Church of God

I was brought here by Bro. Prencinillo, and I really wanted to be here.

He always brought me to the locale. In September, he invited me to attend the indoctrination. I don’t remember the exact date, but it was in the Locale of Piquan, Nueva Ecija.

He brought me to a Bible Exposition that I may get a copy of the Bible. He actually brought me to a Mobile Coordinating Center.

On Being Baptized

I felt light, because before coming here, I really felt heavy. But after I got baptized, I felt light.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Many thanks to Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel.

~o~

Sis. Jennifer Toledo, 26, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I really wanted to learn the teachings of God. I wanted to be enlightened of all His doctrines.

I was invited by my workmate, Bro. Guillermo. That’s when I started to listen to Bro. Eli.

I have tried attending in other religions, but it’s only here where I heard [the teachings of God], where I understood everything.

It was in September, September 11th if I’m not mistaken. I think it was a Bible Exposition.

When I heard the preaching, that’s when I believed. With others, it’s just with their own words. But with Bro. Eli, it’s through verses.

That’s when I really got enlightened. He doesn’t just speak. But he takes everything he says from the Bible.

On Being Baptized

I felt light inside. I felt that I wanted to get rid of every unpleasant thing I’ve done before.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

With Bro. Eli, I’m thankful because I got enlightened now. I hope that in the coming days I will be more enlightened of the teachings that I will learn. Thanks be to God because He gave you wisdom to be able to share what is right.

~o~

Sis. Danelyn Dela Cruz, 22 Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I actually felt bothered by my conscience already. I have been delaying, disregarding this for so long. Then, just all of a sudden, I felt my conscience telling me that I really needed to join already.

My papa has been a member since 2001. He’s 14 years already in the Church. He was the one who told me to attend the indoctrination.

At first, I felt like I didn’t want to go. I didn’t really feel like going to the point that I would make ways for me not to be able to go. But deep inside me, there was this voice that says, “Try and go. Fight that feeling. I’m am here already.”

On Being Baptized

Mixed emotions. Before I got immersed in the water, all I felt was being sorry for my sins, as I had committed many.

I had done many wrong things. I always felt irritated before. After baptism, I felt light inside.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that they will be able to continue. I also hope that Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel will be healthier that they may be able to preach the words of God.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: September 25, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on September 25, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Joel Mercado, 39, Former Catholic, Laguna Province

On Joining the Church of God

I found this to be the true religion. Also, this is where I found the answers that I have been searching for.

I first listened on television. Then, my wife became a member [in April of 2015].

Before, I would just drive my wife to the locale. She would invite me in, but I declined at first. Though, I felt even then that I wanted to join her there already.

One time, I did go with her. When I got there, I really liked the teachings in the Church.

When I was a Catholic before, we worshipped idols. Now, when Bro. Eli read the teaching concerning that, it hit me and I realized that what we did was wrong.

On Being Baptized

I felt happy. I felt that my doubts in life are gone.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Eli, many, many thanks because I learned the true teachings of God from you. Also, I thank him for welcoming me here in Apalit. Many, many thanks.

~o~

Sis. Norie Anne Macabutas, 17, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

It’s here where I better understood the teachings of God.

My uncle is already a member here. He invited me to get indoctrinated. Even at the onset of it, the reason why you need to get indoctrinated first before becoming a member of the Church of God is explained.

On Being Baptized

I felt light inside. Before, even when I got baptized in the Born Again, in the Adventist church, I felt that I still had my sins.

I didn’t attend in those much, because I felt bored. I listened to the teachings there, but it’s here where I better understood everything. Here, Bro. Eli explains every prohibition of the Bible.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Of course, I’m thankful because there are preachers like them who teach for people to better understand the doctrines of God.

~o~

Sis. Mercedes Gutierrez, 32, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

Firstly, I wasn’t really active in Catholicism because it was like nothing was happening.

When I got married and moved to Bulacan, I was able to watch on UNTV. I said, “What Bro. Eli is saying is good.”

I wasn’t able to follow the program avidly though. I was able to watch only when I had the time. But I said, “It’s really okay.”

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At first, my husband said to me, “Oh, those religions are just all the same.” I told him, “Why don’t we give it a try?”

Before we got indoctrinated, many things troubled my husband, so we thought to not push through with the indoctrination. That time, Satan won; he won.

After his trip he told me, “You know, Ma, all I could think of during my entire trip was being indoctrinated.”

So that same night, we went to the locale and listened to the doctrines. That’s when it started until we have arrived to this point. My husband and I were both baptized today.

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It was my first time to hear such doctrines. I realized that there were many dos and don’ts.

It’s unlike in Catholicism. I have aged and all and yet I didn’t know that what I was doing was wrong. I didn’t know it, because nobody taught it. It was only Bro. Eli who preaches what is acceptable, what is not, and what we should do.

On Being Baptized

I was crying. I was really crying.

I didn’t anymore hesitated. I said, “I’m really going to pursue this.” Actually, I’ve long wanted to, but many things just got in the way.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that his life will be longer as he is already old. I also hope that many more people will be able to listen to his preaching.

~o~

Bro. Romeo Tan, 53, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I saw in the truth in the teachings taught by Bro. Eli. Everything he said was undoubtedly true and has basis; all of it is from the Bible.

When he preaches, there’s nothing added nor taken away, but teaches what is written in the Bible. It is unlike in other religions wherein they either add or take something away, just make things up.

I saw this on Youtube, and I studied it first before joining here, whether it was right and whether it was really the words of God that are being preached.

– – – – –

When I found everything spoken is the truth—nothing lacking, nothing added, and with basis—I didn’t anymore have second thoughts to join this day, September 25.

This is my own decision. I voluntarily came here. Actually, nobody lead me here. I was formerly a Catholic.

In Catholicism, there is idol worship, praying to graven images; they even kneel before those things.

Thus, I thank God that despite being stricken by years already, my mind has been enlightened. Thanks be to the Lord that He lead me to the true Church.

On Being Baptized

My feeling was so light. Before I was baptized, I was reflecting while sitting on my chair. I just suddenly felt that my tears were falling, that I was crying.

It was like I suddenly surrendered myself to Him, to the Lord God and His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

I have repented of all of my past sins, of all the wrong things I’ve done.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that they will not tire in helping and leading all the lost souls unto the true Church of God.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: September 18, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on September 18, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Brian Almasco, 22, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I was formerly a Catholic and attended mass. Whenever I hear the sermon of the priest, I felt that something was lacking. It’s like they were not obeying the Bible, that they were too lax.

When I was able to hear Bro. Eli on TV, I felt joy. I felt as if I always wanted to hear more. It was like, “It’s over already?”

Then she [pointing to the sister beside him], my fiancé, told me to listen to the indoctrination sessions. I listened until I saw that what is in the Bible is right. So I continued my indoctrination.

As I said earlier, in other churches like in Catholicism, in the Iglesia ni Manalo, there are many things lacking as they don’t teach everything.

That’s why when I heard Bro. Eli, I got enlightened. I said, “It’s really right, especially his Bible Expositions.”

On Being Baptized

I felt light. It felt also cool and even the breeze felt good.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

For Bro. Eli, I hope that he will continue spreading the word of God. I also hope that God give him more courage amidst all the persecutions of other churches towards him.

~o~

Sis. Jenny Enriquez, 22, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

At first it was because of my mother’s invitation for me to attend. But when I heard the word of God, I thought that: Before I was just obeying [my mother], but now I go voluntarily.

I felt that something had changed. Even when I was just attending the doctrines, my mind was already changed. I thought everything I knew was right, but I learned to be wrong.

There were many [doctrines] that I found really striking: the one in clothing; in rightfully treating others even our enemies, in not bearing any ill feelings towards anyone.

– – –

Now, concerning the doctrine of modest apparel, there are many rape cases in our times. I thought, why wasn’t that taught to us before, or why it was taught but not heeded to by [other religions’ members]?

I often went out in shorts before. Then, I felt shame because I learned I shouldn’t be wearing that.

Secondly, you must also love your enemy. Of course, it’s hard to treat your enemy right. But I thought, the Lord Jesus Christ did it. God willing, I hope I will be able to learn and do the same.

– – –

My mother was also instrumental in my becoming a member.

Last year, I was hospitalized. And the patient in the bed next to me was a member. So I got to listen to the teachings there as well.

Later on, I joined Bible Studies. I then searched in myself and found that I wanted to have a deeper knowledge of things, so I listened.

This is actually the third time I’ve been [indoctrinated], and I’m thankful that God willed for this to happen; I decided to do this because I’m thinking, the end of the world is near.

On Being Baptized

I felt that I was born again, like I was new. I felt like someone who had just been born without any care in the world. It’s a new start.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

For Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, thanks to them because they are instruments in teaching the words of God.

Of course, with the numerous religions that have sprung in our country, it has become difficult to believe immediately. But thankfully they are there, striving, sacrificing their own happiness, and offering it for the members of the Church.

~o~

Bro. Reynaldo Basto, 40, Former Catholic, Laguna Province

On Joining the Church of God

I found the truth. This is where I found the truth, the works of the Lord God that are right. He used Bro. Eli for this to be established, for the message of the Gospel from God reach the whole world.

I heard about this through my neighbor, Bro. Rolando Torda, and I asked him to accompany me to the locale. He was instrumental for me to become a member here and serve God.

On Being Baptized

I feel happy. After I got baptized, everything felt clear; my mind was clear. My heart feels… All I know is that it’s such a happy feeling. I can’t explain the exact feeling I have.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Many thanks to Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, most especially to the Lord God, that I was given a new life having been taken out of a wicked past.

~o~

Bro. James Reece Jr., 47, Former Baptist, South Carolina, USA

On Joining the Church of God

The way I found the Church was actually through Sister Rochelle and Sister Joanna. I met them through mutual friends in the United States.

What I found was, every Saturday, they would get really excited to come here to Apalit, to the Convention Center. And I mean, it’s really for Saturday; it was a devotion and dedication I never witnessed before.

Where I’m from, church is about one or two hours, and it’s hard to get the congregation to come to Church every Sunday.

– – –

[But] every Saturday, they did not only want to go, but we’re excited to go to Apalit. So my thought was, “Why?”

Why are they excited? Why do they want to go? What makes them that devoted? So I went online, on Facebook; I found MCGI on Facebook, and I decided to send a message.

I wasn’t sure if I would get an answer, as it could take some time. I thought it wouldn’t get a very quick response; so I was surprised when I got a response almost immediately.

On Being Baptized

Oh, I don’t know how to explain it. I wish I had words for it. I told them when they brought me my clothes, because they asked me the same question. And I said, “I don’t have the words.”

Yeah, I didn’t know how to explain it. And I still don’t, even this far, even after some time that I got to think and reflect on it. I don’t know how to express what I’m feeling.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

First things first: Thanks be to God that they decided to do what they’re doing because in all of my years, in all the churches that I’ve attended, different preachers or ministers or pastors, I’ve never had two better teachers than Kuya Daniel and Bro. Eli.

When I started the indoctrination, as Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel started teaching the first doctrine, I immediately, grabbed a notebook and a pen, and I started taking notes.

At the end of that doctrine, I had six pages of notes. At the end of eight doctrines, I had 30 pages of notes for all of the eight doctrines.

I’ve never been taught anything about the doctrines like they have taught me. I was able to understand and know now how I’m supposed to live as a Christian.

I came from what in my country is considered as Southern Baptist. I’m 47 now, so, I started three years old. So, 44 years up to now. I have always been Baptist.

~o~

Sis. Elaiza Reyes, 14, Former KNC, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

That I may be able to serve God in these last days.

I always listened in Bible Expositions. It’s only now that I’ve heard such kinds of doctrines. It feels good to my ear. It’s very delightful.

On Being Baptized

I felt happy, so very happy. It feels light inside.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

For Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, may God lengthen your days. Stay healthy as well.

To God be the glory

MCGI’s Ang Dating Daan Chorale’s Guinness Feat Graces Top Web, Print Publications

Manila, Philippines – The record-breaking feat of the Members Church of God International’s (MCGI) official choir group, the “Ang Dating Daan Chorale,” made it to local and international television, publications and web platforms.

The lively 15-minute medley song number composed of four of MCGI’s original praise songs was presented to the Guinness adjudicator Ms. Fortuna Burke Melhem and to the rest of the world.

Bro. Daniel S. Razon holding the Guinness World Record plaque of the Ang Dating Daan Chorale of MCGI. The title of "Largest Gospel Choir " was given by Official Adjudicator Ms. Fortuna Burke Melhem on October 12, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
Bro. Daniel S. Razon holding the Guinness World Record plaque of the Ang Dating Daan Chorale of MCGI. The title of “Largest Gospel Choir ” was given by Official Adjudicator Ms. Fortuna Burke Melhem on October 12, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Print and online publications from the Philippines such as Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star, and People’s Tonight, among others, featured the Ang Dating Daan Chorale’s latest accomplishment.

Meanwhile, international news sites also featured the musical achievement of MCGI.

Starring on the Guinness World Records’ own website was the Ang Dating Daan Chorale’s achievement, beautifully worded by the group’s staff writer.

“A breath-taking 8,688 singers – who travelled from various local churches as well as countries in the Americas and Africa – took their places in the Araneta Coliseum in Manila, Philippines and totally shattered the previous record of 4,745 people that was achieved by by the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Philippines) last year,” wrote Rachel Swatman.

Members of the Ang Dating Daan Chorale shouting for joy upon being proclaimed as the Largest Gospel Choir in the world. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
Members of the Ang Dating Daan Chorale shouting for joy upon being proclaimed as the Largest Gospel Choir in the world. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

In an article entitled “Singing their Way to a Record,” the Singapore’s Straits Times lauded the Philippines’ own Ang Dating Daan Chorale, making its mark in the Guinness World Records with songs of praises.

“Making sure that God could hear the voice of man was the Church of God International choir in the Philippines, whose 8,688 members lifted their hearts, hands and voices in harmony on Monday night.”

China’s Yibada news site wrote about how the group made the Guinness World Records.

“The Ang Dating Daan Chorale sang a medley of gospel songs in unison, properly conducted under concert conditions, and met all the requirements listed on the Guinness World Records website to bag the Largest Gospel Choir Category,” wrote Yibada’s Karen de Guzman.

The tweet of @GWR, the official Twitter handle of the Guinness World Records, about the Ang Dating Daan Chorale's achievement and the overwhelmed reaction of its adjudicator, Ms. Fortuna Burke Melhem.
The tweet of @GWR, the official Twitter handle of the Guinness World Records, about the Ang Dating Daan Chorale’s achievement and the overwhelmed reaction of its adjudicator, Ms. Fortuna Burke Melhem.

In addition to news articles and blogs about the event, awe-inspiring photos of chorale members lining the circumference of the Smart-Araneta Coliseum made rounds in international news sites, such as The Global Times, Yahoo News, the European Pressphoto Agency, and even The Wall Street Journal.

Newsbeat Social also shared the story on its official Facebook page, garnering more than 35k likes and more than 12k shares, stating how a “Philippine church reaches a new high note” with its Guinness achievement.

On Twitter, thousands of users greeting the program and its latest accomplishment managed to make two trending topics “Ang Dating Daan” and “Ang Dating Daan Chorale” on Philippines trends list.

Ang Dating Daan and its record-breaking feat trended on Facebook on October. 12, 2015.
Ang Dating Daan and its record-breaking feat trended on Facebook on October. 12, 2015.

Posts poured on social networking site Facebook, and debuted as the number 1 worldwide trend as “Ang Dating Daan: Religious Radio and TV Program Celebrates 35th Year of Broadcast on Oct. 12.”

The Ang Dating Daan Chorale became the Guinness World Record holder for the “Largest Gospel Choir” category, with 8,688 recorded participants on Oct. 12, 2015.

As of this posting, the video of the Ang Dating Daan Chorale’s official attempt performance has reached more than 177K views. The Old Path Youtube Channel posted the 16-minute video last October 17 this year.

(Written by Pauline Arellano)

ASOP Goes Mainstream: Wish FM Plays Songs of Praise

Wish FM’s “Golden Sundays” got a little more golden as it started airing songs from the “A Song of Praise Music Festival” (ASOP) of UNTV Life on October 18, 2015 from 5-6 a.m.

Kuya Daniel Razon announced that the management of Wish FM agreed to broadcast ASOP songs during the recently concluded ASOP Grand Finals at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

UNTV CEO Kuya Daniel Razon stands before a Smart-Araneta Coliseum brimming with people during the ASOP Year 4 Grand Finals on October 13, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
UNTV CEO Kuya Daniel Razon stands before a Smart-Araneta Coliseum brimming with people during the ASOP Year 4 Grand Finals on October 13, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

“So your songs, all your songs, both winning entries and not…watch out and you’ll hear them air on Wish FM every Sunday,” Kuya Daniel told the 12 songwriters during the grand finals.

The event, which was held on October 13, 2015, was the culmination of ASOP’s Year 4, after choosing a winning song for each month of the year.

The Do-Re-Mi of ASOP on TV

The Philippines’ biggest Gospel songwriting tilt began as a Church-wide biannual event of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) in 2004.

Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, Chairman of the Board of Judges, expressing his sentiments to the crowd. "I felt like I was praying all night," he said of his ASOP experience. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, Chairman of the Board of Judges, expressing his sentiments to the crowd. “I felt like I was praying all night,” he said of his ASOP experience. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

In September 2012, MCGI Overall Servants and ASOP creators Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon extended it to television. The contest is open to all amateur and professional songwriters.

ASOP is a first of its kind not only in theme but also in format with a live panel of judges commenting after each song entry is performed.

One of the grand finalists this year, Leonardo De Jesus III, told that he has no formal training in songwriting, but only applied what he learned from the ASOP judges every time he tuned in.

Leah Patricio raises her award in gratitude to the One above. She was hailed as the Best Interpreter of ASOP Year 4's Grand Finals. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
Leah Patricio raises her award in gratitude to the One above. She was hailed as the Best Interpreter of ASOP Year 4’s Grand Finals. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

ASOP airs its weekly eliminations on Sundays from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., giving P20,000 to the winning song.

Monthly winners get P50,000 and are hailed as the music fest’s grand finalists. Consolation prizes to non-winning participants are also handed out.

Serious Money, Sincere Effort

The song-making competition, which recently debuted via radio airwaves, gives over P1M in tax-free prizes with half of it going to the Song of the Year winner.

Bro. Daniel remarked that the grand prize’s amount is equivalent to one who earns P40,000 per month, “That means, you can consider just writing songs of praise to God for the whole year.”

MCGI Overall Servant Bro. Eli Soriano speaks giving scientific and biblical insights on the importance of songs of praises via live video streaming. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
MCGI Overall Servant Bro. Eli Soriano giving scientific and biblical insights on the importance of songs of praises via live video streaming. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Introducing Bro. Eli to the huge crowd, Bro. Razon said that he “is the man who really insisted that this [ASOP] be on television [through UNTV Life]. He is also the one who shells out [money] and extends his help for our composers to have a little token for their efforts.”

Bro. Eli, who spoke via live video streaming, shared his high regard for songs of praise.

“The thickest book in the Bible is the Book of Psalms, having less than 150 chapters,” remarked Bro. Eli. “It just shows that speaking of divinity, songs are important for God.”

Kuya Daniel Razon (center) and ASOP Hosts Richard Reynoso and Tony Rose Gayda sharing a candid moment on stage. The comedic chemistry of Reynoso and Gayda serve as tension-breaker before winners are announced. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
Kuya Daniel Razon (center) and ASOP Hosts Richard Reynoso and Tony Rose Gayda sharing a candid moment on stage. The comedic chemistry of Reynoso and Gayda serve as tension-breaker before winners are announced. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

The Old Path host added that praise music to the Lord does something for people. “It can strengthen our faith. It can give hope to us, and to other people as well.

“So I’m thankful for the continued participation of our composers, especially of our judges, here in the A Song of Praise Music Festival,” said Bro. Eli.

(Written by Rigor Arellano)

Newly Baptized Testimonials: September 11, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on September 11, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Gilbert Loreto, 33, Former Born Again Member, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I want to have a new life, and for my sins to be cleansed. I’m now ready to serve the Lord. I’m prepared already.

My neighbor invited me to a Bible Exposition at first. He just told me to listen to the topics, and I found it okay.

Everything was taken from the Bible. And that’s when I learned that if it comes from the Bible, you’ll see that there are the Lord’s commandments in it.

It’s different here than in my previous religion. I was a Born Again member and also got baptized in the Mormons’ religion.

Our neighbor told me to just continue listening, and that it would be better if I would be able to listen to the doctrines. Then, I decided that I was ready to become a member of the Church of God, of The Old Path.

On Being Baptized

It felt nice. I felt that it was easy for me to have mercy on others. Also, I was able to discontinue with my vices. Many bad things were gone away from me. It feels so light inside. I’m elated. It’s like I have this new life.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Eli preaches well. He is truthful because what he teaches is from the Bible. He knows a lot and is so wise, because it is God who gave his knowledge.

~o~

Sis. Elaine and Elaisa Garcia, 16 and 15, Former KNCs, Laguna Province

On Joining the Church of God

Sis. Elaine: I want to obey God’s commandments, especially because we have our parents supporting us.

Sis. Elaisa: I want to obey the commandments of God.

Sis. Elaine: The lessons from the doctrines are in the Bible and are true. So thanks be to God.

Sis. Elaisa: Our parents are members of the Church. Ever since we were kids, my parents had always brought us to Church services. That’s why we went to the KNC [Kawan ng Cordero or Flock of Lambs] where we listened to Bro. Eli until we grew up.

On Being Baptized

Sis. Elaine: I was crying because of sheer joy. I was elated. It feels so light inside.

Sis. Eliza: I’m happy. I felt light.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Sis. Elaine: Bro. Eli, I hope that I will get to see you personally, God willing.

Sis. Elaisa: May God keep you and I hope you will have more strength.

~o~

Sis. Lilibeth Magadia, 23, Former Catholic, Laguna Province

On Joining the Church of God

I love the teachings. Also, before my day comes, I want to have done something worthwhile in my life.

While surfing channels on television before, I was able to listen [to Bro. Eli]. I don’t recall what channel it was as it was since a long time ago already.

But it was in the recent Bible Exposition that I got to listen to it more intently, and it continued from then on.

I felt very welcomed [at the locale]. Actually, I’ve long been wanting to know someone who can make me understand what is in the Bible. And now I have.

On Being Baptized

I’m a new me. I feel like someone new.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I wish you long lives that many more people’s hearts will be enlightened.

~o~

Sis. Lourdes Icban, 21, Former KNC, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

I wanted to join already. I was also moved by the songs of Bro. Daniel; I got encouraged by them, and also by the songs of Bro. Eli.

I was a KNC before as well; only, I wasn’t able to continue listening to the teachings. So now, with God’s mercy, I decided to pursue this.

When I was in Grade 4 or 5, I was in the KNC. I wasn’t able to listen for a long time. I guess, because also of my youth and vices here and there.

Lately, I’ve been pondering about it, and as I said, I got encouraged by the songs of Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel. That’s why I became a member this day.

On Being Baptized

I was crying. After I got immersed, I felt okay already.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that they will be able to encourage many more to join and be members here.

To God be the glory

MCGI Breaks Guinness World Record, Promotes Charity for PWDs for The Old Path’s 35th Anniversary

With 8,688 choir members, Members Church of God International (MCGI) broke the Guinness World Records for the Largest Chorale Group during the Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path or TOP) program’s 35th anniversary celebration on October 12, 2015.

The Ang Dating Daan (ADD) Chorale graced the Smart-Araneta Coliseum, from the stage to its aisles, singing and dancing to 18 numbers of songs and medleys of praise in different languages.

The official praise song piece of the grand Ang Dating Daan Chorale is a 15-minute long medley composed of four MCGI praise songs entitled “Stand Up,” “Praise the Name,” “Hallelujah, Amen,” and “Enrich the Spirit.”

The four songs are original compositions of one of MCGI’s resident composers and conductors, Bro. Bong Rueda.

Guinness official adjudicator Ms. Fortuna Burke Melhelm confirmed the record-breaking feat on the same day of the event.

“It takes an organization that’s very special, very talented, and it takes the best in the world to get a Guinness World Records title,” started Ms. Melhelm.

“The record for the Largest Gospel Choir was 4,745. Today you have the brand new Guinness World Records title,” Ms. Melhelm gleefully finished, which was met with the deafening cheers of those in the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

For his part, Bro. Daniel Razon, the Assistant to the Overall Servant said the award is an additional blessing from God as the group thank God for the 35 years of the Ang Dating Daan program.

Bro. Daniel Razon proudly holds up the Guinness World Records plaque for Ang Dating Daan Chorale's musical feat of being the Largest Gospel Choir in the world, presented by Guinness Adjudicator Ms. Fortuna Burke Melhelm. (Photoville International)
Bro. Daniel Razon proudly holds up the Guinness World Records plaque for Ang Dating Daan Chorale’s musical feat of being the Largest Gospel Choir in the world, presented by Guinness Adjudicator Ms. Fortuna Burke Melhelm. (Photoville International)

“This is something that we did not intend to do – to get the Guinness book of world records [title]. But our hearts intended to give thanks to God,” remarked Bro. Daniel as he received the Guinness World of Records award. “And we believe that this is an additional blessing that came from the Lord tonight, as we thank Him for the 35 years of ADD television program.”

“And so for that, we will always say: to God be the glory,” Bro. Razon added tearfully, as he held the Guinness plaque up for the crowd to see.

The evening filled with songs of praise also featured Ang Dating Daan Hosts Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel offering praise song numbers. Live via satellite, the MCGI Overall Servants sung “The Promise“ and “Through the Years” back-to-back before the entire crowd that filled The Big Dome to its limits.

Charity Work for PWDs

Witnessing the festivities from the front row were persons with disabilities (PWDs), or in MCGI lingo, “Very Important Disabled Persons.” The VIDPs are given special privileges like seating priority during concerts or events along with the elderly.

Not only were they witnesses to the grand musical event, they were also recipients of MCGI’s charitable endeavors. 11 PWD groups received Php 100,000.00 each to help start businesses or fund their operational expenses.

Persons with disabilities clap their hands in appreciation of Kuya Daniel Razon's heartwarming song rendition of the song "The Promise". (Photoville International)
Persons with disabilities clap their hands in appreciation of Kuya Daniel Razon’s heartwarming song rendition of the song “The Promise”. (Photoville International)

Some of the recipients are the Markina Persons with Disabilities Federation, Paranaque Association of Persons with Disabilities, and Samahan ng mga Magulang na Iniingitan ang Lahat ng Batang Espesyal (SMILE) Inc., to name a few.

“It is the first time for us to receive such help for our federation. As you know, we have a lot of indigent members, and this money coming from The Old Path can help us start a livelihood,” in an interview said Gil Flores, Vice-President of the Marikina Persons with Disabilities.

Bro. Eli Soriano also donated a number of wheelchairs for the PWDs, and gave additional financial assistance to 30 PWD raffle winners. On top of this, all 1,700 PWD guests as well as their aides and family members, received cash gifts and grocery bags before the event ended.

The record-breaking event which featured acts of charity, as well as audio-video presentations of The Old Path’s humble beginnings with intermittent praise songs sung by thousands of chorale members, was high on emotion.

Synchronized singing -- The Ang Dating Daan Chorale sings a lively choreographed four-song medley in their successful attempt to a Guinness World Record. (Photoville International)
Synchronized singing — The Ang Dating Daan Chorale sings a lively choreographed four-song medley in their successful attempt to a Guinness World Record. (Photoville International)

“The official Guinness World Records attempt that took place here today was really impressive; it was really emotional and it was also really powerful – there were lots of charity work that came about here today. And it was incredible to see so many people coming together and doing good and breaking a brand-new Guinness World Records title,” said Ms. Melhelm, Guinness Adjudicator, in an interview with local television channel UNTV.

“I am overwhelmed by the record that the Members of the Church of God set tonight,” expressed Bro. Eli Soriano, who joined the festivities via live web streaming from South America.

Bro. Eli added, “Singing and praising the Lord is older than the universe itself as recorded in the Bible. Now, having the record of the largest [religious] choir group, singing for the glory of the Lord is our pride. Thank you Guinness. May God bless you.”

(Written by Rigor Arellano and Pauline Arellano)

Congregants of MCGI told during 3rd Quarter International Thanksgiving: “Be A Blessing to Others”

“Christians are meant by God to be blessings to others.”

This was part of the message delivered by Bro. Daniel Razon during the Members Church of God International’s (MCGI) third quarterly International Thanksgiving at the ADD Convention Center and thousands of monitoring centers held on October 2-4, this year.

And a quarter of MCGI’s works attest to this remark by the Assistant to the Overall Servant of MCGI, which culminated to a three-day offering of thanksgiving by the whole congregation across the globe.

MCGI Thanksgiving

Three Months of Giving, Being Blessings to All

This past quarter, congregants all over the world united once more in charitable works in celebration of UNTV Life’s 11th anniversary. Church members took part in one or more of the mass clean-up drives, tree-planting activities, feeding programs, blood donation drives, and more that were conducted from the smallest of barrios to the biggest of cities.

UNTV Life, in partnership with MCGI, mounted mass clean-up drive efforts that covered the whole Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela (CAMANAVA) district of northern Metro Manila.

Meanwhile, MCGI volunteers abroad participated in different public service efforts in their respective communities. Feeding programs and elderly care activities were among those done in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Quito, Ecuador and Colombia. In the United States, members volunteered in charity works in New York, among others.

A three-day public service activity was also conducted by UNTV Haiti and MCGI in cooperation with the Philippines’ 19th Contingent in Port Au Prince, Haiti.

Heightened Propagation Efforts Locally, Internationally

In addition to being blessings to the community via public service, MCGI congregants strove to bring spiritual enlightenment to more souls through heightened propagation efforts this past quarter.

For the past three months for example, attendance to MCGI’s monthly Worldwide Bible Expositions increased more than 250%. From a regular number of approximately 20,000, the event saw 30,000 more participants, totaling 50,000 attendees in a Worldwide Bible Exposition event during the quarter.

This is in support and cooperation to Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon’s call for each brethren to invite a guest, hence, the “Project 1:1.”

The Ang Dating Daan Chorale at the ADD Convention Center on October 4, 2015 practicing for the 35th anniversary celebration of The Old Path. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
The Ang Dating Daan Chorale at the ADD Convention Center on October 4, 2015 practicing for the 35th anniversary celebration of The Old Path. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Aside from these regular monthly expositions, Bible Expositions in Spanish and Portuguese continue weekly catering South and Central American nations. MCGI also launched this past quarter regular Bible Expositions in Africa and the United Kingdom broadcast over The Old Path’s Youtube channel.

Propagation efforts in South America advanced as MCGI acquired new broadcast relay stations in the effort to reach more souls. The Church also established more coordinating centers in Mexico and other countries in Central and South America. Also known as monitoring centers, these coordinating centers are where brethren hold congregational and Church gatherings and activities.

The congregation also thanked God for the Church’s flagship radio, television and Internet program Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path) which reached its 35th year. The show, the longest running of its kind, has been one of the primary instruments and platforms used by MCGI through Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, in propagating biblical truth and widsom.

For this past quarter, more than 5,000 souls were added to the MCGI fold.

The International Thanksgiving celebration of MCGI is also called Thanksgiving of the Body, wherein Church members from all over the world simultaneously thank God for a quarter-full of His loving-kindness and deliverance.

(Written by Yanna Ferrera)

Ang Dating Daan Turns 35, Features MCGI’s Largest Chorale to Date

The Members Church of God International’s (MCGI) official Bible-based religious program Ang Dating Daan (ADD) commemorates its 35th year on Philippine airwaves with an official attempt to break world record with the largest gospel choir.

On October 12, 2015, MCGI’s ADD Chorale, composed of 13,000 strong choir members, will serenade the anniversary’s spectators at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum, as well as viewers via satellite and web streaming technology.

Incidentally, this is MCGI’s official attempt to break a Guinness world record for the “Largest Gospel Choir” category.

The MCGI Chorale practicing at the ADD Convention Center on October 4, 2015 for Ang Dating Daan's 35th Anniversary celebration on October 12. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
The MCGI Chorale practicing at the ADD Convention Center on October 4, 2015 for Ang Dating Daan’s 35th Anniversary celebration on October 12. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

For Ang Dating Daan’s anniversary this year, aside from the praise song festival, the celebration will also put on the spotlight several Persons With Disabilities (PWD) groups as honored guests.

“We have different groups of PWDs, that with God’s help, we want to direct good works to,” remarked Bro. Daniel Razon during a recent Thanksgiving to God celebration of MCGI.

“Our fellowmen will be the highlight of our anniversary,” stressed Bro. Razon, Assistant to the Overall Servant to MCGI.

ADD Chorale members in different continents such as the Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe and Africa, will take part in the grand event, joining the bulk of the ADD Chorale members who are to gather in the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

The Guinness bid is the latest among MCGI’s praise song endeavors.

On a weekly basis, MCGI’s locale and division chorale members lead brethren in the congregational singing during prayer meetings, worship services, and thanksgiving to God celebrations.

MCGI holds yearly Music Ministry chorale fests and workshops for the benefit of its thousands of choir members in the Philippines and abroad.

Realizing the great importance of singing songs of praises to the Almighty, since 2009, MCGI continuously holds 24/7 non-stop singing of praise songs, based on 1 Chronicles 9:33.

An MCGI Chorale member unites with the rest of the grand chorus that filled the ADD Convention Center during their practice on October 4. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
An MCGI Chorale member unites with the rest of the grand chorus that filled the ADD Convention Center during their practice on October 4. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

A year after, MCGI opened its A Song of Praise Music Festival to the public – a praise song composition competition open to both amateur and professional songwriters.

The Ang Dating Daan, also called as The Old Path, is one of the Philippines’ longest-running religious programs. It is now translated in different languages, and airs on the radio, television, web and satellite in various countries worldwide.

(Written by: Pauline Arellano)

Newly Baptized Testimonials: September 4, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on September 4, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Sis. Nelia Sambajon, 41, Former Catholic, Bataan Province

On Joining the Church of God

It’s because it’s good, and I really liked it.

I’ve been listening for a long time, since about a few months now. His [Bro. Eliseo] answers are truly from the Bible. He is able to answer every question properly.

I was actually excited [to hear the doctrines]. I was really excited to the point that I couldn’t sleep. It was a joyful experience.

On Being Baptized

I felt relieved and light. I felt that my sins and ill feelings were fully washed away. I felt happy because finally, I’m [now] a member of the true religion.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I wish you good luck as what you preach is really good. I hope that you will continue doing so.

~o~

Sis. Pastora Cudal, 30, Former Catholic, Isabela Province

On Joining the Church of God

Out of all the religions I’ve been to, it’s only here in the Church of God wherein I got enlightened and had a good mind that understands what is good. [It began] when I started listening to Bro. Eli…

Well, I’ve been to all religions already, but at the end of the day I still didn’t feel content. Also, my attitude was still the same. Sometimes I would get irritated and I didn’t know why.

As it turns out, it was just a natural result of being anxious, and that what I really just needed was faith.

On Being Baptized

I feel good with God’s help and mercy. It’s a very pleasant feeling.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Many, many thanks to God for He gave us an instrument like Bro. Eli who preaches the truth.

~o~

Sis. Celsa Galing, 45, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

Even on the first time we heard the preaching, we saw that what they were saying was good, and that was seven years ago.

Our brother in Canada, Bro. Crisanto Galing, was the first to become a member. When he came home for vacation, he told us about this.

I told him that we watched and listened [to Bro. Eliseo] on TV. So he took us to the locale.

On Being Baptized

It’s different. I can’t understand the feeling. I just felt light.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that their preaching will continue despite many hindrances. I hope that they will still be there to teach what’s right.

~o~

Sis. Ludivina Aragay, 59, Former Catholic, Bataan Province

On Joining the Church of God

My husband told me, “Maybe you would like to join?” I replied, “Surely I will. There’s nothing wrong with that.”

Whenever I remember that, I cry because he just died [of lung cancer] this August of 2015. He was just one-month old in the Church.

I said to him before he died, “I will continue what you have started. No problem.”

– – – – –

He told me that he was certain where he was headed. And I’m glad that he knew already. “I know where I’m going,” he said.

He also advised us to not have a wake for him, but that he should be buried straightaway.

I told them that that’s what he wanted. I didn’t want to disobey him as that’s what would make him happy.

On Being Baptized

Relieved. I felt that my doubts were gone, then happy afterwards. We’re all happy people here, that’s what I felt.

As my children said, “Mom, if you’re happy there, then we won’t stop you.” They understand.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that they will continue what they started, and I hope that until the end, I will be here with Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel.

To God be the glory

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