Newly Baptized Testimonials: July 31, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on July 31, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Sis. Paula Batan, 16, Former KNC, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I got encouraged to join as well because I study in La Verdad Christian College.

It’s because this is where I saw the true Church that the Bible speaks of. Also, I really felt that I can avoid the things that I mustn’t do, which I really liked doing back then. It’s like I have accepted that truth already.

I was surprised at myself as I wasn’t like that before, even when it comes to apparel. I can now dress like this [wearing modest apparel], and go out of the house without makeup. It’s a different feeling; I don’t know why! [Laughs]

I also talked to my classmate who was a Church Worker. She explained to me, “When you already feel it, don’t dilly-dally anymore as Bro. Eli said.”

On Being Baptized

I was crying and crying back there. It’s like in the movies when everything I have done came flashing back to me. And now, I’m here, on this moment that I have been waiting for.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Thanks be to God because if I hadn’t known them, I wouldn’t have learned the things I now know. My mind was enlightened to the truths that aren’t being taught by preachers in false churches.

~o~

Bro. Godofredo Calinog, 47, Former Catholic, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

Before, I didn’t believe in the Lord. However, I also had a sickness before; I thought I was going to die. I promised the Lord then that I would serve Him. I made a vow.

I vomited repeatedly. My whole body soon felt weak, and I was dizzy. Actually, I just avoided the doctor [after seeing him] so that I could just recuperate at home. It happened only last year. I’m thankful that my physique has returned.

Our housemate and our son have long been members. [Our son] resides in Manila, but he came here to us in Pampanga.

They invited my wife first. Then, when they invited me as well, I willingly went with them. Now, we have only one faith in the Lord.

On Being Baptized

I felt light inside.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope they will continue their good aspirations and duties in the Lord.

~o~

Sis. Jessabelle Pastor, 21, Former Foursquare Gospel Church Member, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

This is where I found peace in my heart.

I have already been to different churches, and then lately, my friend invited me. I went with him, and that’s when I saw that it’s different here. It’s different in the Church of God.

Actually, he’s just new in the Church. He has just been recently baptized, and he was just invited to the Church as well by his workmate.

We learned so many teachings that we didn’t learn from the churches we formerly belonged to.

There are many teachings that we must all remember, and keep in our hearts and minds that we may not sin against God.

On Being Baptized

I felt that all the weight I carried on my chest were gone. It’s like you’re not thinking of any problem, but that you just have a new life.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

My message for Bro. Eli is that may he continue the good works he does, and lead many more people like me to return unto the old path.

~o~

Bro. Edgar Dela Fuente, 43, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

The teachings in the Church of God are good.

At first, I listened only through radio, on Don Manolo Favis’ program. Then later on, I also watched on television.

Actually, I think it has taken me ten years before I came to this day that I have been baptized.

I hear the teachings that he [Bro. Eliseo] says, that the end of this world is drawing near. So I told myself, “I need to hurry that I may not be too late.” What he says really fit what is now happening in this age.

On Being Baptized

I felt chills after I got out of the water.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that The Old Path will continue that many more people will be lead unto this Church.

~o~

Bro. Romeo and Sis. Estrellita Empleo, 59 & 61, Former Catholics, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

Bro. Romeo: We can’t find the answers in our minds to this, but perhaps in our hearts. We were perhaps searching for something.

We were from Catholicism, from different religions even: Bread of Life, Word for the World, Word of Hope. Then by chance, we were able to listen to Bro. Eli Soriano on television as he was mentioned as well by my sibling who watches him.

He’s not a member though. But then every time my brothers and sisters and I would gather and talk about the Bible’s verses, my brother who listens to Bro. Eli is different.

As we listened [to my brother speak] as seekers of truth, it struck us as peculiar because we didn’t hear those things from other congregations and that we weren’t really learned when it comes to the Bible. But with him, the teachings that he shared with us are from the verses that Bro. Eli flashes on the TV screen.

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So from thereon, I felt I was challenged. One time, I saw him [Bro. Eliseo] on TV, and I felt drawn to the program. “It’s good,” I said.

The things I was hearing, I could read in the Bible. Because before, I used to only hear [verses] from what pastors relayed to us, but I found that what they say is not what is exactly meant [by the verses] as when I heard them from Bro. Eli as he explained them on television and radio.

So that’s when I started; I felt encouraged to listen from thereon. I would tune in to it from time to time, whenever I was available. It’s like I got hooked to it.

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Later on, my wife was onboard as well. I didn’t invite them [his family] or what. I just set the radio on as he preached the Bible.

[At first] they were able to listen only by chance, like whenever they would pass by. But it wasn’t yet in their hearts.

Perhaps, there are verses that are meant for us, wherein your heart will be touched or you’ll say, “Ouch.” It’s when you’ll see, through Bro. Eli’s reading of the Bible that [others’ teachings] are really just sayings of men, baseless, untrue.

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Until the time came for me, perhaps the Lord has also made me understand already, that the truth is indeed the word of God, nothing else.

I also learned how to stick to [what is written]. You must not add nor take away anything from it. The Bible, as it turns out, according to Isa. 34:16, is already complete and doesn’t need any other reference.

We used to see our brother as someone weird, but then, we became united in opinions eventually. During our Bible Study, we would unite in what is right, like what the Bible says: You have one Spirit, one song, one Lord, one God, one Church, one teaching.

If only pastors would base their teachings, and would not add nor take away anything from what is written, but would all be based in the Bible, perhaps we will not be in strife.

Sis. Estrellita: They are really God’s words. It’s like our hearts were the target, and it went right into it.

Bro. Romeo: I didn’t force you, didn’t I?

Sis. Estrellita: No. I just said, “I want to come with you. I want to listen personally.” I told him that on TV and radio, it’s like he’s jumping from one topic to another because he is answering whatever it is that people asked him.

But when we started with [the indoctrination], I said, “Please take me with you.” So I went with him. That’s when I understood that what Bro. Eli says is so beautiful. It’s like a step-by-step teaching.

Bro. Romeo: The biggest question we had regarding religion, the Bible answered. We have no doubts now. They were all answered by the holy words of God.

On Being Baptized

Bro. Romeo: It felt so good. In other words, I felt fulfilled.

Sis Estrellita: Yes, it was amazing! I said, “What is this? It’s really different.” It felt like I was walking on air after getting out of the water. I said, “What a wonderful feeling.” [Giggles]

Before [immersion], I was feeling a number of things,s my stomach even ached. I told him that perhaps I might go to the restroom. After I got immersed in the water, it became okay. I said, “Wow, this is okay!”

Bro. Romeo: That’s what I heard from Bro. Eli. Whenever he was attending, despite not feeling well, he said that right after baptism or any Church gathering, the sickness goes away; you feel lighter. Though it may not be totally gone, you feel like it’s lessened.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Sis. Estrellita: Bro. Eli, keep on doing the things that you do now. We pray for you, that your life will be longer, because you are able to help many people and their minds are enlightened by the word of God.

The same goes for Bro. Daniel. He is very well; both of them are. So, many, many thanks to them, because at the least, our minds were enlightened unto the Lord through them.

Bro. Romeo: I share the same sentiments for Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel. What is said in Daniel Chapter 12, that in the last days, the wise shall understand the word of God, but the wicked shall not.

You are but wise men, Bro. Eli, foremostly, compared to all the pastors that before persecuted him and told that [the Church] is a cult.

But the way I see it now, as Bro. Eli said, “If we are Christians, we should be different from them from the inside, out. That’s what I saw now.

That’s why, sometimes, they laugh at us because we’re not luxurious. We don’t follow the course of the world, which is in the Bible: That we should not conform but be transformed according to the will of God that Bro. Eli teaches. Many thanks to you.

Long live, and may he give you many more believers whose lives you will touch. The same with you Bro. Daniel Razon, many, many thanks. To God be the Glory.

To God be the glory

MCGI’s Worldwide Bible Exposition Attendance Up By 250%

The Worldwide Bible Exposition of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) on August 7 has registered a 253% jump in attendance compared to last month’s figure. This was brought about by Bro. Daniel Razon’s Project 1-1 (one is to one).

From 23,587 attendees in the last Bible Exposition in July this year, the event saw 50,423 people in its coordinating centers in different parts of the globe.

Attendees of MCGI's Worldwide Bible Exposition on August 7, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center, Apalit, Pampanga. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
Attendees of MCGI’s Worldwide Bible Exposition on August 7, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center, Apalit, Pampanga. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

“With God’s mercy, our guests last night (August 7) were 18,455,” said Bro. Daniel in an MCGI regular Thanksgiving service the following day (August 8). The Supporting Overall Servant to MCGI then urged members to continue supporting “Project 1-1”.

“Of course, it doesn’t mean that they will become members already or that we will force them to join as it is not like that in our congregation,” Bro. Daniel continued. “We just want them to hear the word of God.”

Ask Bro. Eli. The Bible Will Answer

The program proper of the Worldwide Bible Exposition features Bro. Eli’s popular “Itanong Mo Kay Soriano. Biblia Ang Sasagot” question-and-answer forum, where guests get to ask the international evangelist live via satellite.

A female guest logging her name at the attendance table in the Muñoz Coordinating Center. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
A female guest logging her name at the attendance table in the Muñoz Coordinating Center. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Eleven remote points from Sorsogon province to Kuwait asked the MCGI Servants while over 1,360 centers monitored the proceedings.

“Is it God’s will for homosexuals to exist? How can they be saved?” asked John Lery Bucad, in Filipino, and was one of the night’s more memorable queries.

“God shows versatility in His creation,” replied Overall Servant to MCGI Bro. Eli Soriano. Reading John 9:1-3 afterwards, Bro. Soriano stressed the Lord Jesus Christ’s words in Verse 3: Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him (KJV).

Through satellite technology, Bro. Eli Soriano can talk with people from different points worldwide and read the Bible's answers to their questions live . (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
Through satellite technology, Bro. Eli Soriano can talk with people from different points worldwide and read the Bible’s answers to their questions live . (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

“Sometimes, we don’t see that being blind has its advantages,” Bro. Eli continued. Giving an example to expound on his point, the international evangelist said that unlike people with sight, blind people are free from the lust of the eyes.

MCGI’s Bible Expositions

“It is a great thing for people’s minds to be enlightened through the teachings of God that Bro. Eli preaches, and for them to hear the righteousness read from the Bible.”

Bro. Daniel came up with the concept behind the Bible Exposition in the early 90s. What started in a humble venue where guests were invited to have a free meal and listen to Bro. Eli is now an event of the same idea but of far greater extent.

Apart from reading the Bible's verses in English and Spanish during Bible Expositions, Bro. Daniel Razon serves as the moderator between the different remote points, MCGI Coordinating Centers, where guests to ask Bro. Eli await their turn. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
Besides reading the Bible’s verses in English and Spanish during Bible Expositions, Bro. Daniel Razon serves as the moderator between the different remote points, MCGI Coordinating Centers, where guests to ask Bro. Eli await their turn. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Apart from the monthly Bible Exposition in Filipino, MCGI also conducts it in Spanish, Portuguese (broadcast on Youtube) and English weekly.

“So once again, to God belong all the honor and glory. We thank Him for His guidance in works like this,” remarked Bro. Razon.

Meanwhile, Bro. Razon announced that MCGI will host a Bible Exposition in Africa on August 26, which will start at 1 a.m. Philippine time.

(Written by Rigor Arellano)

Newly Baptized Testimonials: July 2, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on July 2, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga, Philippines.

Bro. Arvi Eucogco, 50, Former Born Again Group Member, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

The teachings are pure and it isn’t just seemingly true, but really true.

I have been a member of another church before, but this is the only one that teaches undefiled truth.

You can see that the teachings are in the Bible. All the questions here are answered by the Bible. It is not mingled with other doctrines. The teachings here are truly pure.

At first it was through TV, on UNTV that I listened [to Bro. Eliseo]. In the end, I had a relative who was already a member and he invited me.

I attended and I continued with the indoctrination until I have decided to be baptized.

On Being Baptized

I felt light; the burden is gone. I felt that I emerged from the water content and peaceful.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that Bro. Eli will continue spreading the good word of God. May God continue to be with him in such a good work as this. I hope that he’ll be able to lead many more souls.

~o~

Sis. Nina Cayanan, 37, Former Catholic, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

I have been looking for something lacking in my life. That’s what I felt.

Though I attended mass, I felt that there was something missing. I have long felt since. Only, I didn’t know how to begin [searching].

I have a friend [Bro. Red Arce] who is a Church member abroad; we chatted. One time, I shared my problem.

Then he said, “It’s time already. God is calling you.” I replied, “How am I going to start?”
He gave me an address and contact numbers of the Locale in Angeles.

I just went there, and on the same day I attended the current indoctrination topic that was being discussed. Afterwards, we arranged a schedule for me to be able to make up for the indoctrination topics I missed from the introductory session.

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Actually, the first time I attended was when my mother-in-law took me to a Thanksgiving service. That was really my first time.

She then advised me to get indoctrinated. But I was still working and I had many excuses, like my schedule and so on.

She said, “It will all work out.” But I didn’t get indoctrinated then. I just really didn’t have any idea about it.

After a month, I chatted [my friend]. I told him that I still haven’t changed, and I felt that something was still lacking. Then something happened to me and I faced a problem. He told me, “It’s really time for you to return to Him.”

On Being Baptized

I felt light, like there was a light inside of me.

After immersion, I felt as if something welcomed me. It felt sudden. I didn’t even feel that they held me and submerged me under water.

When I got out of the water it was like there was light. It was really bright.

I felt light because the wrong things I did in the past, the people I’ve hurt as a human being before, have been forgiven today. I learned how to forgive and ask for forgiveness. I was really relieved.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I’m so very thankful that God used them as instruments for us to know the truth. They were instruments for us to return unto Him who created us.

~o~

Sis. Carmela Gascon, 39, Former Catholic, Rizal Province

On Joining the Church of God

It was in the Year 2014, before I went to work, that I got invited [to an MCGI service]. I said, “Perhaps at some other time.”

I was busy at work then. I seldom went to church; sometimes, I really didn’t go to church when I was in Catholicism.

Many months passed, and I thought about what Bro. Jeffrey told me. He was the one who lead me here that sometimes we would be mistaken by others as having a relationship. But it’s not like that at all. [laughs]

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He already has a family. He invited me last year. January, February, March had passed by and still I didn’t attend [the indoctrination]. I always said, “Later.” I always disregarded what he told me about…

Bro. Jeff was my high school classmate. He told me to try this out. “Now, if you will feel something different in your spiritual life, then that’s it already,” he told me.

When I went to the Locale of Layunan, I saw the brethren there. I said, “The brotherhood is beautiful.” They entertained me well, and they didn’t pry into my personal life. They will really guide you spiritually… All they spoke of was the word of God.

I am really an investigator actually; I’m like the NBI. May the Lord forgive me, but I really don’t just join an organization. I scrutinize it first.

It’s like choosing from suitors. We should know first whether their nature is really well. Now for me, I assessed first this organization for me to know if it’s really true.

For me, I can see that it really is good, and I believe that my life’s direction will be good once I became a member.

On Being Baptized

When I was getting baptized, my body was shaking, especially when Bro. Eli was speaking. I felt that there was something wrong in me that I needed to change.

I told myself, “What can I do? I’m only human.” [I felt] something descending upon me, and I didn’t understand what it was. I was just crying. I didn’t want to. “Why am I crying like this?” I asked.

Until I reached the stairs of the baptistery, I was shaking. I couldn’t understand it. “Is this the gift of the Holy Spirit that I need to get down [into the water]?”

Now after I was immersed, it felt like there was a light that flowed in my entire being. I said, “Perhaps this is the truth that I have been truly searching for.”

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I thank Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel because I heard from them [how to] live a spiritual life, as well as the [standards] of morality that men should have.

It is the reason why I hope that I will be able to teach it to my children that they may not be lost, until they have their own families.

~o~

Bro. Reinerio Matillano and Bro. Evaristo Dy, 61 & 65, Former Catholics, Batangas Province

On Joining the Church of God

Bro. Reinerio: I was able to watch on UNTV the question-and-answer program. People asked Bro. Eli questions and he answered them through the Bible. That’s why I was so convinced that all his answers are based on the Scriptures. That’s why I believe.

Bro. Evaristo: Same with me. [Laughs] I also watched, almost daily. For example, when I was watching another program and it would be time for a commercial break, I would return to Bro. Eli’s. Then, I’d return to the program I was watching, and then to Bro. Eli again. When there’s nothing good to watch, I tune in to Bro. Eli.

On TV, just click through the channels and you will find it [Ang Dating Daan or The Old Path]. For example, you’re not watching anything, you’ll eventually find it [and say,] “Wow, this is good. I’m going to watch it.”

Bro. Reinerio: Mine seemed like an accident. I was in Manila and whenever I didn’t have work, I would go home and see the channels on TV.

I saw UNTV and Bro. Eli was on. There were many people that were asking him questions. “This topic is good,” I told myself.

There are many questions and yet he is able to answer them. The answers are well because they are from the Bible, and are read to you, and you can read [the verses] as well.

It’s unlike in other groups. The one I was formerly in had masses on Sundays wherein they read a small portion of the Bible. And that’s the topic that they’re going to focus on until the mass ended. Nothing more. You’ll learn nothing. I reached this age, and it’s like I’m still on level zero.

Bro. Evaristo: I wondered if priests read the Bible?

Bro. Reinerio: They read it, but they don’t want to say to people what is written.

Bro. Evaristo: And it’s like they don’t want to accept it. Perhaps it’s because priests study for 10 or 12 years, and then someone will say they’re wrong.

Bro. Reinerio: They say that the reason why babies get baptized is because they will go to Limbo once they die [unbaptized].

Now, the Pope who resigned [Pope Ratzinger] said that he didn’t believe in Limbo. They removed Limbo, and yet their church didn’t say it. In other words, they still deceive their fellowmen.

Why does [an unbaptized] baby, which committed no sin, when it dies cannot go [to heaven]? And yet when a criminal who killed many, who disrupted many lives because of shabu, dies, then people will just pray for him?

Even if the whole world prays for you, that won’t save you, especially with the grave sin you have done. Besides, when you’re dead already, how can you repent?

Bro. Evaristo: For me, priests may or may not know the things that are in the Bible, just like worshipping idols.

Perhaps one reason why they still remain in that is because they studied being a priest for 10 years, and then they would be told they’re wrong.

It’s like this: If you’re addicted to cigarettes, to drugs, and you’re told it’s bad, you’re going to have a hard time leaving it.

On Being Baptized

Bro. Reinerio: When I was being asked [by the baptizer], I cried because I really want to throw away all my evil ways before. Hopefully, with this opportunity given me, with His guidance, I will triumph in serving Him.

Bro. Evaristo: I felt light, like the burdens I had were taken away.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Reinerio: I hope that Bro. Eli continues to succeed, that hopefully, if he won’t be able to bring [the Word] to the whole world, perhaps even to just one billion of our population.

I have goosebumps thinking about what happened to me. I didn’t expect this spirit in me. I hope his life will be longer. I think he’s still strong; despite his physical being is quite weak already. The same for Bro. Daniel

Bro. Evaristo: May he continue his preaching, and may his life be longer.

Sis. Richjane Canas, 22, Former Iglesia ni Cristo, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

As a believer, we search for the truth. And I found it here.

It’s kind of like an accident [how I knew this]. I was formerly an INC (Iglesia ni Cristo); then I got excommunicated. Coincidentally, with the many groups I’ve been in, I ended up here.

I was able to come here and be with the members here. They were the ones who lead me here.

On Being Baptized

I felt light; I was even crying. Of course I was happy because I was one of them who got called.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope they won’t tire in preaching to other people. I hope they’ll be given longer lives.

To God be the glory

Bro. Eli Calls for More Multi-Dialect Songs of Praise in Future Music Fests

Bro. Eliseo Soriano, Overall Servant of the Members Church of God International (MCGI), called for more compositions in different languages and dialects in future A Song of Praise Music Festivals (ASOP).

“May what is in the Bible happen wherein all tongues, cities, and nations praise Him,” remarked Bro. Eli during the ASOP Year-End Finals 5774 on April 24, 2015.

MCGI follows the Hebrew Calendar observed by the Lord Jesus Christ and His Apostles.

Bro. Soriano encouraged composers to write in a variety of language and dialect.

Bro. Cris Ayuban, composer of Salamat Sa Iyo Amang Banal, accepts the Song of the Year-End 5774 plaque from Bro. Daniel Razon on April 24, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in A palit, Pampanga. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
Bro. Cris Ayuban, composer of Salamat Sa Iyo Amang Banal, accepts the Song of the Year-End 5774 plaque from Bro. Daniel Razon on April 24, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in A palit, Pampanga. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

“There is no better praise for God than for us to praise Him in our own native tongue,” said Bro. Soriano

He and Bro. Daniel Razon understand a number of Philippine southern dialects and foreign languages like Portuguese and Spanish.

Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel serve as judges during ASOP Finals. The MCGI Overall Servants give their comments after each song is presented.

In previous ASOP festivals, a song entry from Brazil titled, “Tua Palavra” (Your Word) won 3rd place in 2010, while “Ipasigarbo Ko” (I Will Boast Of) from Visayas got 3rd place in 2011.

“Salamat Sa Iyo Amang Banal”, penned by Bro. Cris Ayuban representing the Luzon Region, Philippines, claimed the Song of the Year-End 5774 title in the last ASOP finals.

A total of 14 entries came from different Church Divisions, most of which were in Filipino and English.

Noteworthy

Bro. Daniel advised congregants who wish to join the bi-annual event to review the comments of Bro. Eli in past ASOP festivals first.

“If we will listen to those comments, to the pointers that Bro. Eli gives — and we would then listen to the songs we wrote — more or less, we will understand how it should be done,” stated Kuya Daniel.

Bro. Jonathan Dumanais and Sis. April Jade Amparo singing Susi ng Tagumpay (Key of Success) from the Luzon Region, written by Bro. Edward Abrera. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
Bro. Jonathan Dumanais and Sis. April Jade Amparo singing Susi ng Tagumpay (Key of Success) from the Luzon Region, written by Bro. Edward Abrera. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

The singer-songwriter noted that though there are different ways to craft songs (e.g. melody first, lyrics later and vice versa or simultaneously done), there must still be room for adjustments.

Bro. Razon added that one major comment he and Bro. Eli give during ASOP is about how songwriters should avoid superfluity in a song’s lyrics, which makes it not jive well with the melody.

As Bro. Eli said, “Songs of praise that are easier to remember by the heart and mind are not intricate; they don’t beat around the bush.”

A Division Effort

Bro. Soriano reiterated the value of the consolidated efforts of composers, lyricists and the screening committees of each Church Division in improving their respective song entries.

The Old Path host also reminded songwriters to read the Book of Psalms, and to devote quality time in making songs for the Almighty.

Frank Packing croons a song entry from Singapore titled, "I Will Hold On," by Bro. Jude Abarca. (Photo courtesy of Photoville international)
Frank Packing croons a song entry from Singapore titled, “I Will Hold On,” by Bro. Jude Abarca. (Photo courtesy of Photoville international)

“A song is very important, because through it, God is delighted,” said Bro. Eli. “How can we please God? Simple. Just sing a song of praise to God… so long as you do it in faith.”

For the full list of winners, please see here.

(Written by Rigor Arellano)

Newly Baptized Testimonials: February 13, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on February 13, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Kevin and Sis. Jaisel Medina, 24 & 23, Former Catholics, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

Sis. Jaisel: So that I may know the true Church of God. There are many differences [with our previous religion], many things that we thought to be right, but were wrong.

Bro. Kevin: Our reason is because there are many things that Catholics do that are wrong. That’s why we joined. The errors that we committed, we want to set right with God’s help.

Sis. Jaisel: Our boss is a brother in faith. We just watched him [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] on Youtube, as he listens to the [preaching] of Bro. Eli. That time, it’s as if there was someone who called us. It was my first time to listen to Bro. Eli, about last December only.

I was able to listen because my boss was listening to him. But even before, I’ve heard about him as my aunt is already a member here. That’s why they were surprised that we joined [here]. We were just new at work then. Whenever my husband retrieved me from work, he would be able to listen to.

On Being Baptized

Sis. Jaisel: I feel happy and light. It feels like no other because I’ve been forgiven of my sins. They’re gone.

Bro. Kevin: Like what she said.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Sis. Jaisel: Many, many thanks to them because they were used as instruments by God for us to hear the true doctrines of God.

Bro. Kevin: The same goes for me. [smiles]

~o~

Sis. Cherry Ann Paculbe, 19, Former Catholic, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

At first, I really didn’t like the way they [the MCGI women] dressed; it seemed funny to me.

But then, through my older sister’s constant listening [to Bro. Eliseo Soriano], it’s like my mind got enlightened, and I listened as well.

It’s like I opened up to the idea and asked myself “Why don’t I listen?” Also, their lives changed. I just listened, and I knew that this is really [the one with] the true doctrines.

Her attitude became different. She was so outgoing before but now she just stays at home. She’s also mild mannered when she speaks. Before, she was always angry. Now, so many things have changed in her, as well as in her husband.

On Being Baptized

I feel so light, and my mind was enlightened.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

The same with her [points to Sis. Jaisel and smiles].

~o~

Sis. Erlynn Trinidad, 40, Former Baptist, Pangasinan Province

On Joining the Church of God

chThis is where we learned true salvation. Then, what Bro. Eli teaches is really in the Bible.

We just watched on television, for almost a year now. Then, Bro. Jimmy invited us, so we went to the locale and got indoctrinated.

On Being Baptized

I’m happy, because at least, I’ve been accepted.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope he continues to pursue good works, and that he may be stronger to face all trials.

~o~

Bro. Gonzalo Bautista, 65, Former Baptist, Pangasinan Province

On Joining the Church of God

All the members of our family that time were Baptists. But it wasn’t good. It’s not in [the Bible]. It’s unlike when I heard Bro. Eli, I really… Only, we didn’t see him [on television] for a long time. Also, we had just became Baptists then, so I wasn’t [that serious] in listening, so that didn’t push through.

In the month of November [2014], we were watching news in the morning [on UNTV]. It just so happened that I saw Bro. Eli. I told my wife, “Bro. Eli is on again.”

Now, in perfect timing, when I was at my in-laws in Mabini, Bro. Jimmy happened to be there as well; he was selling medicine at my in-law’s canteen. He was surprised to see me too and asked, “Brother, why are you here?” I told him, “She’s my in-law. How about you?”

Then I told him that [I was listening] to Bro. Eli and he told me to just continue. As I reflected about it, I said to myself, “Perhaps this is [God’s calling] upon me already.” So I pursued it.

I was able to bring my grandchildren there [to the locale]. The eldest of them actually wanted to be also baptized today, but he’s just 13 years old. I’m the one who takes my grandchildren to school.

Actually, I don’t allow for people to drink liquor in our place, because I don’t want them to see that. I’ve already seen that in our place, at a time when my [children] were still very young. They would let them [taste liquor]. Now, that they’re adults, they’re drunkards. Well, I just told that side story. But I pray that the day may come that they will be called, as I have.

On Being Baptized

I feel really cleansed. Of course, in my age of 65 years old, I’ve already done many things that are… things that we didn’t know yet [to be prohibited]. I hope that I will always be [clean], because we have an enemy, and it’s hard to fight him.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that he will be in better health, the same with Bro. Daniel. He’s really the one [who preaches] the right way that I have seen to be able to save the soul of every man. In this time, he is different from all other preachers. And I say this without hypocrisy, this is from my heart. That’s why I came here, and got baptized.

To God be the glory!

Newly Baptized Testimonials: February 6, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on February 6, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Jose Mariano Roa Jr., 73, Former Catholic, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

Bro. Eli was still on Channel 13 then. Whenever I watched on TV, I would turn the dial and pass by Channel 13. I’d stop to listen for a few seconds or minutes; then, change the channel.

Actually, I was still quite irritated with Bro. Eli back then because he attacks all the religions I hear about. I was Catholic, of course; I didn’t know the truth, so I became angry.

Still, that went on. Everyday, I would pass by the channel, and stop for a few moments to listen. I didn’t know that what I was listening to was going straight to my heart.

Even on radio, I would stay up late in listening. I would come home early. His time was at 9 o’ clock, so before 9 p.m. I would be home already. It was on radio then, and not on the television. I would fall asleep to his preaching, until His words sprang in my heart.

I have attended many gatherings before, but I didn’t feel any blessing from Him. I still felt the same; the vices were there in other religions.

I would be invited by my friends, by my fellow Catholics and they would share the word of God. I would attend, but then my attitude was unchanged.

Until the time came, to cut it short, that I was searching – as it was the wish of my heart – for a true church that I would join. Until I found this guy [points to a brother-in-faith].

He visited our house, exchanged regards, until he invited me here. When I did, I had… I felt blessed. Even though I wasn’t a member yet then, I already felt blessed.

On Being Baptized

I saw the brethren here; I saw the love. Also, I heard the words of God that are in the Bible. So I hope that on this day I became baptized, may the Lord have mercy on me, that I may continue in this.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I am thankful that God used Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel. Thank you.

~o~

Bro. Vergilio Ognita, 44, Former Catholic, Nueva Ecija Province

On Joining the Church of God

I’ve heard almost everyone who preaches. What Bro. Eli says, I can also read in the Bible.

With other preachers, I’ve heard them all. Almost all of them are [the same]. But with him, you will really read everything [in the Bible]. That’s what encouraged me, so I got encouraged.

On Being Baptized

I felt somehow light, as if a thorn has been pulled from my chest.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I’m thankful to them. Because of their help, I’m here and a member of ADD [the Church of God International].

~o~

Bro. Verlito Agustin, 39, Former Muslim, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

I got converted to Muslim when I was in the Middle East. I worked there from 2005 to 2013; that’s how long…

Actually, with Bro. Eli, I was still studying then. As early as 1997 I was already listening to him on radio. The line of questioning [of people] back then were more on the personal issues or personal problems, and Bro. Eli would read the answer in the Bible.

Those were very enlightening explanations. He would explain about how we could face life through the word of God. That’s when I started.

I’ve already been staying here [in the Philippines] for two years before I got to listen [again]. But this January he had an invitation on TV, and it’s like I couldn’t say no to it. It’s like something was urging me. “I’ll visit it,” I told myself.

“Since I’ve been watching Bro. Eli for a long time, and I’m amazed by him,” I said. I have a testament that encouraged me: What he exposed on TV that’s like a rock [the Moabite Stone], where the name of God was found. I think it was since 3,000 years ago. And that’s where the name of God was really written.

On Being Baptized

What Bro. Eli said was right that when you get immersed in the water… it’s like you were immersed in darkness; it’s like you were from nothingness, and suddenly emerged again in truth.

Also, there’s that feeling, as what Bro. Eli said, that the Holy Spirit will be sent you. Because like what he told, we cannot do it on our own as we are weak. We need something that we cannot see; something spiritual. Even if we don’t believe it, we will feel that it’s there, and ready to help.

The feeling I felt earlier was different. I haven’t experienced it before. I was baptized in Catholicism. But now I’m baptized as a brother in the Church of God. The difference is great.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that Bro. Eli will [continue to be healthy], because he will be able to help many more people. Help, not in the medical sense, like those who are sick. The necessities of the body are easy to attend to. What’s hard are the needs of the soul. Bro. Eli responds to the needs of the soul, which is worth unlike any other.

What he went through was heavy, difficult. Actually when I was still listening on radio, those belonging in other religions have done him all sorts of malice. And I was a witness to that.

Like in the Bible, it’s like they were trying to stop him. But he continued in fighting. And I believe that he is being accompanied by the Holy Spirit that he may be able to go on.

In fact, he’s already old now. And one of those who used to challenge him before is now passed away. It means, in my humble opinion only, that his life is being extended that many more may be enlightened.

The problem of people is that they need someone to explain things. If they will be able to hear the explanations, they’ll be enlightened. That’s just what I see.

I hope that Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, God willing, will be able to continue the works that they do.

~o~

Bro. Juan Pascual, 54 Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

I have long been listening to various religious programs on TV. As I listened, I was able to compare them from what they said to what their members are doing.

Another thing that [convinced] me was what Bro. [Eli] said, that we’re like inside a well, and all we see are the walls within. “Get out of the well, that you may see how wide the world or the sky is.” That’s when I concentrated on listening to him.

Then, I saw that what he says really has sense and good meaning that isn’t in other religions, like us before in Catholicism. When I hadn’t heard him before, I told myself, “Here is where my relatives, my loved ones are, so here’s where we’ll stay.”

But I realized that it’s not supposed to be like that. Of course, in myself, I already heard the good examples and I want to bring them here, that I’ll be the one to initiate it.

I know however that it’ll be really difficult to [make them leave] Catholicism. But as was said, though I may not be able to persuade them by words, then I’ll be a good example. They need to see in me that, “Oh, he’s like this already.” Though, I wasn’t a drunkard nor smoked, nor was in vices even then. Only, I was hot-headed.

Actually, I should’ve been a member before, but I told myself, “I should fix myself up first, so that it won’t be embarrassing. If I’ll be there and my attitude is still the same, they’ll see no change in me, as if nothing happened.” But I couldn’t do it on my own.

On Being Baptized

I was ready. I already knew what happened, so I just felt calm really. No hesitations. That was all that I was thinking. My mind was already in what’s going to happen.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that… I heard [of news] that he was old already. I told myself, “I need to become a member during his time.” So when I came home, as I was an OFW [Overseas Filipino Worker], I told my wife that I’ll… as my wife knows.

My wife wants me to become a member as well because of adultery. That’s the first concern my wife had. Of course, though I can say that I won’t commit that, it’s like she will feel more at ease if I will become a member here, because she knows [that people change here]. Perhaps before, her trust [in me] ranges from 60% to 70%. Now it’s about 90% to 95%.

I hope that he will have a longer life that he may be able to lead many more like me, like my family. I also want for them to hear or to know the truth. The same with Bro. Razon.

I hope that this organization will become stronger. For us, I hope we will be able to do our part.

To God be the glory

MCGI, Bible Readers’ Group Join PBS Fun Run to Mark Bible Month Celebration

Bro. Dino Hilario as well as other Church workers and youth members line up in the starting point of the Fun Run. (Photo courtesy of PVI)
Bro. Dino Hilario as well as other Church workers and youth members line up in the starting point of the Fun Run. (Photo courtesy of PVI)

Marikina, Philippines – The Members Church of God International (MCGI) sprang and raced with the participants of the recently held Fun Run event organized by the Philippine Bible Society (PBS) to mark the National Bible Month celebration in the country.

The Fun Run was held last January 24, 2015 at the  Marikina Riverbanks Area.

Nearly 500 individuals registered and joined the fun run, whose bulk were the youth members of the MCGI and the Bible Readers Society International (BREAD Society), a non-sectarian socio-civic interschool organization.

The PBS’ Fun Run event was held to promote readership of the Holy Bible to all.

“The goal of this event is to give out free Bibles to the public, because nowadays, disbelief in God is brought about by not reading the Bible,” said Bro. Dino Hilario, who is the incumbent BREAD Society Officer-In-Charge. “That is why we thank the MCGI, Bread Society and PBS for spearheading this campaign to spread the word of God.”

In celebration of the National Bible Month in January, PBS has called upon various religious denominations and organizations to each conduct fun runs in an effort to raise funds for production of nearly five million Bibles to be given away for free.

One of the fun run’s participants Andrew Saludes, who is a 17-year-old Technological University of the Philippines (TUP) Chapter, said it was his first time to join such event. “Glad I did because it’s for a good cause.”

Aside from funding the production of free Bibles, the proceeds of the Fun Run will go to the upcoming Bible Racks project of the BREAD Society, in cooperation with MCGI and UNTV.

The Bible Racks project will make available Bibles, educational materials such as The Blog magazine of Bro. Eli Soriano, as well as the Magandang Balita (Good News) newspapers to the public.

The free Bibles will be distributed in prominent establishments across Metro Manila this quarter of 2015.

(Written by Yanna Faye Ferrera)

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

Newly Baptized Testimonials: January 9, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on January 9, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Rogelio Pablo Jr., 44, Former Catholic, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

The reason why I joined the Members Church of God is because I felt in my heart that this is the true Church written in Bible.

Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel are really incomparable; their teachings are no doubt from God.

I do the laundry at night and I got to listen to [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] on the transistor radio by accident. Then I felt as if something was moving me to seek more [about God].

I followed him from his radio to his television show on SBN, then on UNTV. When I had Internet connection installed, I watched on [UNTVWeb.com], on their websites. I watched his debates on Youtube, and I got the more convinced that there is no one that can gainsay Bro. Eli when it comes to [the Bible], because the truth is in him.

It has been since a long time ago as I delayed and delayed [becoming a member]. Perhaps the Lord willed to test me, as I am a teacher by profession; I mold children.

The hardest part was when I had a marital problem… That’s when I had more opportunities to do some soul-searching, and I got to listen the more to Bro. Eli.

On Being Baptized

I felt like a balloon freed from a sea of wind, like I was flying; I can’t explain it. I feel it until now. Thanks be to God.

My message to them [our fellowmen], what Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel said is right: That we should not delay [our joining] because it’s hard if we reach the dawn of our lives and we haven’t yet accepted the right thing that we should do.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

For Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, you’re always in our prayers. May you have longer lives that many more people will be saved.

~o~

Bro. Emmanuel San Pedro, 35, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I have been listening to Bro. Eli’s program for over a year now. I tried to attend an indoctrination session before, but perhaps God didn’t will for me to be able to go on with it due also to my work schedule. That happened abroad.

When I returned here in the Philippines… this is the opportunity… I must continue listening. So I completed the indoctrination, and now I am baptized. Thanks be to God.

My father was a member and I got to know the Church through him. He died a few days after getting baptized; that was in 2009. I thought about him and got interested in listening to Bro. Eli.

When UNTV launched its [radio] website, I clicked the radio option and watched through livestreaming while abroad. That’s when I got to listen to [The Old Path].

On Being Baptized

I was enlightened. The feeling felt so great; I can’t explain it. When I got out of the water wfter being immersed, it was just inexplicable. I felt so much joy.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I pray that they will be given longer lives that they may be able to continue serving the Lord and in spreading God’s words to people. May they be able to go on until many more people become members of the Church of God.

~o~

Sis. Magdalena Bognadon, 45, Former Assemblies of God Member, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

My husband joined MCGI in 2004. We were in Baguio and he was working in Manila. I have been listening to Bro. Eli’s program for quite a long time now, and I was already attending a few of the Church services with my husband. He was the one who invited me to listen to the indoctrination.

I attended the sessions before but I wasn’t able to continue and back then I didn’t understand a few things. On my second attempt, which I resolved to complete, everything started to fall in to place and I understood all that I listened to.

The teaching here is something you can apply to your self. What you learn is something that you can do for your well-being.

On Being Baptized

I felt light of course. It feels different when you get baptized; it’s like you were unburdened. I was in tears.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I’m thankful that I too became a member here.

~o~

Sis. Arlene Parungao, 44, Former Catholic, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

I was able to listen to the doctrines during the three-day Thanksgiving as I was invited by my son Paul Darwin. I felt that I was being called by God.

I was happy when they became members when they were still teenagers. They are brothers; his brother is Patrick Ian. They became good children. Sister [Magdalena] is a witness as she is our neighbor.

On our street, the youths would fight each other when they’re drinking liquor, but they didn’t drink. They had no vices; they just studied and went here. I was happy.

Then they invited me, and I felt that I was being called by God. I have already been invited before, but I was waiting for my husband. With the Lord’s mercy, he will become a member too.

On Being Baptized

Actually, I decided not to get baptized today as my husband and I talked with each other and he told me that he will move out of the house [if I get baptized].

I was going to school earlier but I felt really heavy; I was just crying. I was trying not to as I felt embarassed, but my tears just fell from my eyes. I was going to school then on a tricycle, but my heart was really leaning towards going here. So I texted my son, I said “Kuya (big brother), has it started? Can I still come?” He then went to our school and brought me here.

It felt so good. I just let go of the things that held me back. I’m going to follow God now. I also thought that life is [fragile]; you might die tomorrow.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Thanks be to God for Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel because God sent them to save lost souls.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: January 9, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on January 9, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Rogelio Pablo Jr., 44, Former Catholic, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

The reason why I joined the Members Church of God is because I felt in my heart that this is the true Church written in Bible.

Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel are really incomparable; their teachings are no doubt from God.

I do the laundry at night and I got to listen to [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] on the transistor radio by accident. Then I felt as if something was moving me to seek more [about God].

I followed him from his radio to his television show on SBN, then on UNTV. When I had Internet connection installed, I watched on [UNTVWeb.com], on their websites. I watched his debates on Youtube, and I got the more convinced that there is no one that can gainsay Bro. Eli when it comes to [the Bible], because the truth is in him.

It’s been since a long time ago as I delayed and delayed [becoming a member]. Perhaps the Lord willed to test me, as I am a teacher by profession; I mold children.

The hardest part was when I had a marital problem… That’s when I had more opportunities to do some soul-searching, and I got to listen the more to Bro. Eli.

On Being Baptized

I felt like a balloon freed from a sea of wind, like I was flying; I can’t explain it. I feel it until now. Thanks be to God.

My message to them [our fellowmen], what Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel said is right: That we should not delay [our joining] because it’s hard if we reach the dawn of our lives and we haven’t yet accepted the right thing that we should do.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

For Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, you’re always in our prayers. May you have longer lives that many more people will be saved.

~o~

Bro. Emmanuel San Pedro, 35, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I have been listening to Bro. Eli’s program for over a year now. I tried to attend an indoctrination session before, but perhaps God didn’t will for me to be able to go on with it due also to my work schedule. That happened abroad.

When I returned here in the Philippines… this is the opportunity… I must continue listening. So I completed the indoctrination, and now I am baptized. Thanks be to God.

My father was a member and I got to know the Church through him. He died a few days after getting baptized. That was in 2009. I thought about him and got interested in listening to Bro. Eli.

When UNTV launched its [radio] website, I clicked the radio option and watched through livestreaming while abroad. That’s when I got to listen to [The Old Path].

On Being Baptized

I was enlightened. The feeling felt so great; I can’t explain it. When I got out of the water after being immersed, it was just inexplicable. I felt so much joy.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I pray that they will be given longer lives that they may be able to continue serving the Lord and in spreading God’s words to people. May they be able to go on until many more people become members of the Church of God.

~o~

Sis. Magdalena Bognadon, 45, Former Assemblies of God Member, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

My husband joined MCGI in 2004. We were in Baguio and he was working in the Manila. I have been listening to Bro. Eli’s program for quite a long time now, and I was already attending a few of the Church services with my husband. He was the one who invited me to listen to the indoctrination.

I attended the sessions before but I wasn’t able to continue them, and back then I didn’t understand a few things. On my second attempt, which I resolved to complete, everything started to fall in to place and I understood all that I listened to.

The teaching here is something you can apply to your self. What you learn is something that you can do for your well-being.

On Being Baptized

I felt light of course. It feels different when you get baptized; it’s like you were unburdened. I was in tears.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I’m thankful that I too became a member here.

~o~

Sis. Arlene Parungao, 44, Former Catholic, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

I was able to listen to the doctrines during the three-day Thanksgiving as I was invited by my son Paul Darwin. I felt that I was being called by God.

I was happy when they became members when they were still teenagers. They are brothers; his brother is Patrick Ian. They became good children. Sister [Magdalena] is a witness as she is our neighbor.

On our street, the youths would fight each other when they’re drinking, but they didn’t drink. They had no vices; they just studied and went here. I was happy.

Then they invited me, and I felt that I was being called by God. Before, I was being invited but I was waiting for my husband. With the Lord’s mercy, he will become a member too.

On Being Baptized

Actually, I decided not to get baptized today as my husband and I talked with each other and he told me that he will move out of the house.

I was going to school earlier, but I felt really heavy; I was just crying. I was trying not to as I felt embarassed, but my tears just fell from my eyes. I was just going to school then on a tricycle. But my heart was really in going here. So I texted my son, I said “Kuya (big brother), has it started? Can I still come?” He then went to our school and brought me here.

It felt so good. I just let go of the things that held me back. I’m going to follow God now. I also thought that life is [fragile]; you might die tomorrow.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Thanks be to God for Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel because God sent them to save lost souls.

To God be the glory

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