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.”

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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

Newly Baptized Testimonials: August 7, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on August 7, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Neri Santos, 47, Former Iglesia ni Cristo Member, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I chose to leave a chaotic one [religious group], and this is where I found the right teachings. I was able to listen via radio in Isabela Province after I came back from Saudi Arabia.

My girlfriend introduced this to me. Also, I have an uncle who is also a brother-in-faith. He was the one who urged me to go on with the indoctrination.

On Being Baptized

I felt lighter as compared to when I was in the INC.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Many thanks Bro. Eli. Because of you, I was able to listen to the truth. I’m also thankful because God still gave me an opportunity to know Him through Ang Dating Daan [The Old Path].

~o~

Sis. Nerissa Santos, 52, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

When I listened to the indoctrination, I saw the big difference. [Starts to cry]

My heart, my mind were more enlightened that it’s really different [from my previous religion]. So, I decided to keep listening and continue with the baptism.

My husband and I were listening [to the program]. He also read the Bible as he was a Born Again Christian before. He told me, “Let’s listen,” and I saw that it was all right.

The difference is great, especially with what I learned since I was little until I grew up. In Catholicism, they don’t read the Bible. With my husband’s, they needed to learn to read it. But with Bro. Eli, my understanding deepened even more.

On Being Baptized

I felt different. As Bro. Eli said, you have to forget the sins you committed and those who have committed sins against you.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope they will continue their preaching that many more people who do not know God may know Him the more through that means.

~o~

Sis. Mercedita Paler, 61, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

The teachings are really good here in the Church of God. It’s only now that I came across something like this, because in others, you won’t see this: the true teaching. I really feel that it’s true.

My husband and I have long been listening, for about 10 years now through television only. The time came when he became a member already, and I got encouraged to join as well. He just went first.

Also, I’m sick. As far as what the doctor has told me, I won’t get better anymore. But I thought, it’s only the Lord who can heal us. That’s also another reason why I joined here.

On Being Baptized

I was smiling because I felt so happy inside. I was crying as well, but because I was happy.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that their program will continue so that they may be able to help many more people.

~o~

Sis. Avelina Arsenio, 37, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

The teachings are really good. They are really related in the Bible.

The owner of the house we rent invited us. It was my first time to listen on the first day of our indoctrination, it was on August 1.

The [doctrines] are good, and can change your views in life.

On Being Baptized

I felt very good!

Even when I was just first attending the indoctrination, I didn’t feel physically well to the point that I didn’t almost want to attend.

But as the days passed by, until the seventh day of indoctrination, it was gone. Before, I had trouble walking. I was palpitating whenever I walked. I couldn’t even walk short distances.

Now, when I attended today, especially after I got out of the swimming pool [baptistery], I have been walking seven times back and forth here already; it’s like my former strength has returned.

I’m amazed because it’s like all I needed was a dip in the pool, but I believe it wasn’t only as is. There really was something there.

I have long been bearing the pain, about two years already. But it’s only now that I have felt like this again. I hope that the feeling continue because I want to be able to work again.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that their preaching will continue that many more people will join.

~o~

Bro. Joseph Ison, 34, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

To obey His commandments, and fulfill the laws that we must do as a human being, as His servant, as His disciple.

I got to listen through my brother and mother; also, on radio and television as well.

On Being Baptized

I felt light. After I got out of the water, it felt like there was light, though my eyes were closed.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I’m thankful that God used you as instruments in sharing the word of God. Let us continue praying for the ministry that the propagation of the Lord’s words will be wider in extent.

Many thanks for keeping your duties of imparting the word of the Lord to us.

To God be the glory

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

Newly Baptized Testimonials: July 24, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on July 24, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Isabelo Ibajo, 63, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

There are many reasons. I woke up in this world with my parents being Catholics. Then, they made me become a Seventh-Day Adventist; however, I didn’t like the preaching.

Many years passed by and I would return to Catholicism. I had a wife. I went to Saudi Arabia. But actually, before I went to Saudi, I had already heard of Bro. Eli’s preaching in 1980.

I just couldn’t give attention and time to it then as I was focused on my work and going abroad. I spent eight years in Saudi, but what I heard from Bro. Eli never left my mind.

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When I returned here in the Philippines, I had a problem with my family. My wife sold our house and lot in Fortune Village, and went with another man. So when I got here, my mind was already troubled. I couldn’t give time to being indoctrinated.

I went back to our province. When I was there, my mind was restless. So now, I strove to reach this place that I may continue with what I heard from Bro. Eli Soriano.

I watch UNTV on my cell phone; it’s only through this that I tuned into his program. I listen daily, nightly. Actually, its antenna already got broken because I rolled over onto it [in bed]. [Laughs]

On Being Baptized

I felt light after I got immersed in the water. I’m greatly thankful for it; I even cried. It’s because this has long been a dream of mine, and now, it has finally come true.

As I was changing my clothes, I was thanking the Lord that my dream has been realized. If my wife didn’t go astray then, perhaps I would have been a member already long ago.

I really feel relieved right now. I don’t feel constrained anymore. So when we were clapping our hands a while ago, even my shouts were on the top of my lungs.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I am greatly thankful that my dreams finally came true. Thank you very much Bro. Eli. The brethren in the Locale of Biga told me that there was a locale in Dasmariñas in the province of Cavite. I told them that I just heard from Bro. Eli that there was a locale here. So when I found it, I was really thankful to God that my dreams have come true.

~o~

Bro. Michael Guela, 24, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

His teachings are good; they are from the Bible. It’s really good, and are according to the way and instruction of the Lord.

On Being Baptized

I felt light. It feels good inside.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that God will continue to guide them.

~o~

Sis. Letty Manilag, 65, Former Catholic, Laguna Province

On Joining the Church of God

My son is from China, and he got baptized there. When he came here in the Philippines, he invited us.

At first, I didn’t like it. Then he told me, “Mama, please come attend with me. You’re just going to listen.”

So I went with him, and my in-law and other child and their housemate also joined us. As I listened, I realized that what Bro. Eli says is true. And then I liked it already.

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Before, we would just laugh at him [my son], because even when he was just studying, he already listened to Bro. Eli.

We would laugh at him. I even said to him, “Maybe you’re going to be a minister also one day.” I just joked about it, and he just let me.

Time passed by and he went abroad. One day, he called me to seek my permission. He said, “Mama, I’m going to get baptized here.” Now, when he went home, he brought us here.

On Being Baptized

It’s like all my ill feelings have been taken away. Before, I had bad blood towards my husband. My husband always drinks, but he came with us when we attended the indoctrination. Last night, he even went with us. But I don’t think he’s ready yet.

My daughter got baptized, my youngest; she’s here now. So, there are three of us now here. I was formerly a Catholic, and nightly I would pray to God. I said, “Loving Father, please direct me where I should go, because there are many religions now.”

As I listened to Bro. Eli, I felt that it’s what I want. And it’s because I understood everything.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Now that I have been baptized here, I’m exceedingly thankful that I have found a place where true worship of God is.

~o~

Bro. Ariel Bacolod, 28, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I wanted to know the true God and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, that my soul may have a guide. That’s the main purpose why I joined.

Last year, around November of 2014, I was able to listen via the Internet, and it went on from there.

All the doctrines that Bro. Eli says are all from God; they are from the Bible. I watched all of his debates on the Internet.

On Being Baptized

I feel blessed. All the emotional burdens that I carried in my heart, the sins I have committed are now gone.

I realized what the result would have been had I not been baptized, having done many sins before. We need the process of baptism to be saved. That is its purpose.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

My message for both of them is that may they continue their works that other people will be saved as well. I’m certain that they are the instruments of God for those who don’t know anything about salvation to be able to listen to them and be sure of it.

~o~

Bro. James Manrique, 16, Former KNC, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

This is the only religion that I have found to be true. What Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel say is the truth.

I was formerly a KNC [Kawan ng Cordero or Flock of Lambs]. Ever since I was a child, I have already been active in Church activities. I also listened during Thanksgivings and Bible studies. I have been away from the KNC for five years though as I lived with my grandmother who is a Catholic.

On Being Baptized

It’s different; it’s really a different feeling. I can’t explain it.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Thank you and I love you.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: July 17, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on July 17, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Sis. Delia Altobar, 53, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

We [she and her family] started listening on TV. We watched him [Bro. Eliseo] and listened to his words about God.

We watched him for three months. Afterwards, we immediately sought The Old Path. We really searched for it ourselves and didn’t confide with other people. We found the locale in San Isidro Dos in Paombong, Bulacan.

Bro. Eli explains well the words of God that’s why we decided to join here.

On Being Baptized

I’m elated, of course!

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that they will have a longer time in serving people across the whole world. Thanks be to God!

~o~

Bro. Lonillo Jereza, 42, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I started listening because of my workmate as he is a brother-in-faith. I’m a soldier, and he introduced the program of Bro. Eli to me.

I have watched it on television since then. Sometimes, when I was alone, I would go up to [my room] and watch it on my tablet. There are channels that my tablet is able to pick up.

Bro. Eli’s preaching is different. You will really see that what he says is true. You will feel it.

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I read the Bible, and as I listen to the verses, I read them at the same time. That’s why I decided to get indoctrinated.

I experienced some hindrances while I was being indoctrinated, like those coming from someone who is of a higher rank than me at work. But with God’s mercy, I was able to continue. You just really need to have faith in Him.

Actually, before I came here last night, one of my children didn’t go home immediately, and there was no one else to take care of my other children.

I was worried at first [that I might not be able to attend] because my wife also worked. But I thought it good to let my faith go to work. It’s like when the Lord Jesus Christ told Peter to be strong in faith.

On Being Baptized

I feel happy. My life was changed because of my listening [to Bro. Eliseo]. I was cleansed; I had a great change in me.

I have finally attained the true faith. I feel different now that I have been baptized.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Thanks be to God for them. Because of them, I was able to hear sound doctrine.

I hope that the Lord will give them more strength to be able to preach that they may be able to reach many more people, so that the true faith will be propagated and that many more will worship God.

~o~

Bro. Rodrigo Altobar, 81, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I have long been listening. Now, for the longest time that I have been searching, I didn’t know where I could go.

I asked about [a locale] as my wife didn’t know one too. It turned out, the one I have been looking for is just near [referring to the Locale of Paombong]

I saw here all the truth that I did not see in other religions. Ever since I was a… I really didn’t feel this emotional relief in my being then.

On Being Baptized

Of course, it’s like my being has been changed. I feel that all the errors I have committed… [Cries] It’s only now that I felt like this.

This is why I’m greatly thankful that I was able to listen to Bro. Eli. That is when my consciousness, my emotion was awakened.

I’m thankful for being baptized. I feel that my life has changed. That’s all.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that the minds and paths of many more people will be enlightened.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: July 10, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on July 10, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center.

Bro. Russel Llamzon, 43, Former Baptist Church Member, Bataan Province

On Joining the Church of God

At first I didn’t make anything of it. I was invited by my wife; she was the first to be baptized.

It was about six years ago. We attended a Church service. Then, she went abroad and that discontinued.

Perhaps, I can consider this time a calling also. I was formerly a Baptist, and the teachings here are really different from theirs.

At first, it was like my former beliefs were still putting up a fight [in my mind]. Of course, it’s like that, like you’re going to have confusion. But as the days passed by, I would attend Church services without anyone inviting me. I went on my own.

On Being Baptized

It’s really a different feeling. I have experienced being baptized in my previous religion. But even just during indoctrination, I could already see the difference. It was light. I felt light inside.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, keep it up. The teachings are good because they are based in the Bible. Thanks be to God.

~o~

Bro. Emmanuel Villegas, 19, Former Catholic, Bataan Province

On Joining the Church of God

This is where the right teaching from the Bible is.

It was my papa who became a member here in the Church first. Then, papa told me to join as well. Every week my papa would bring me to [thanksgivings].

On Being Baptized

I felt light inside, like all my worries have disappeared.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope they will be able to preach the true teachings from the Bible to much more many people.

~o~

Sis. Teresita Alferez, 70 Former Baptist, Bataan Province

On Joining the Church of God

Now, I feel that my mind has been opened to the truth. My in-law and my nephew in Taguig [introduced this to me]. Whenever I would go to their place, they would share the teachings to me.

I would just listen at home while watching television. I started just this year. One time, when I wasn’t able to attend, they went to my home and I got indoctrinated that time there.

On Being Baptized

I’m happy. I feel happy and teary-eyed. Of course, it’s only now that I have experienced such an acceptance of God.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Eli is a good preacher. With Bro. Daniel, I have long watched him on TV. He hosted Unang Hirit. Actually, I was shocked when he wasn’t there anymore.

I’m happy that they are able to preach messages and teachings [from God].

To God be the glory

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]

—-

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

Newly Baptized Testimonials: June 26, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on June 26, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Sis. Michelle Taboy, 15, Former KNC, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

For me, I really behaved badly towards my siblings, and I wanted to change.

I was a KNC [Kawan ng Cordero or Flock of Lambs], and I was always in the locale. When there’s a Bible Exposition, I would be there. Then sometimes, we watched [The Old Path] on television.

On Being Baptized

I felt that I have repented of all of my sins. I felt very light inside.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

For Bro. Eli, I’m thankful because if it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t have been able to hear the doctrines. For Bro. Daniel, I’m thankful because he’s always there to assist Bro. Eli.

~o~

Sis. Linda Remanes, 26, Former Catholic, Manila

At the age of 26, I had already experienced difficulties in life. We started out poor, and even until now.

However, I realized that we need God in our lives, because there are times when the strength we have won’t prove enough.

[We watched The Old Path] ever since we had a black and white TV. Then later on, we listened on radio we listened on as well.

On TV, it was on Channel 37, and even then when it was on Channel 13, we tuned in. Though we didn’t watch regularly.

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Until my father began listening religiously on radio. Whenever I would visit him, I was able to listen to it as well.

Then in 2008, God willed that my sister be baptized. Last year, I was able to attend thanksgivings and worship services regularly. I needed to assist my older sister as she had a severe illness.

Since then, we experienced that. I asked, “Is this a trial of God for her?” Or perhaps, it wasn’t only for her, but for our whole family?

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And now I became a member. God willed it, that He had mercy upon me to be joined unto the Church.

Actually I’ve long been told by [my sister] to join; though not forcibly. I did that by my own free will.

It was also because I felt ashamed somehow. I already regularly attended Church services; I was already able to hear teachings, and somehow, even then, they were able to go straight to my heart. I really felt it and that I needed it. I need God in times when we can’t do anything about it.

On Being Baptized

From the first day until the seventh day of [indoctrination], and every time I prayed, I pitied myself and felt ashamed; I always cried during prayer — in both the opening and closing prayers.

When the [baptizer] asked me if until my last breath I would obey the will of God, that I would observe His commandments, until then, I was crying.

But after I got immersed in the water, I felt so light inside. It was like I was lifted. I felt that I was floating in the water.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

For Bro. Eli, I’m thankful because if it weren’t for him, if he wasn’t guided by God, perhaps, I wouldn’t be the only one who isn’t a member, perhaps, there would be the Church now or that it wouldn’t have increased as much.

To Bro. Daniel, I’m thankful because of his effort in mass broadcasting. He uses tri-media, and even [beyond] it.

It’s not just advertising, but promotions of [God’s words]. It’s not only via the Internet but also in other media. It helped for us, who didn’t know anything about God, to know about Him and He willed for us to be led unto the Church.

I hope that the Lord will continue to guide and bless them that they may be able to help many more people.

~o~

Sis. Gloria Olmedo, 48, Former Born Again Group Member, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I was searching in myself where I should be, because I have already received so many trials from the Lord.

I was told that the reason why He hasn’t yet taken me is because there’s a way He’s giving me that I haven’t gone to yet.

At the time that I was searching [for the Lord’s path], I met a brother-in-faith. He told me to join them.

They were passing by our street that’s why they saw me there. When I saw them, I asked if they had a church wherein I could go to.

I was really a Born Again, but I didn’t have any place to worship in our place. “Come with us.” So I went with them.

On Being Baptized

I felt light. It feels good because the presence of God is there, that He is the one guiding you. As He said, when you call on Him, He will answer. So there.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

May they continue preaching to men that those who haven’t heard their preaching can do so.

~o~

Sis. Nita Dataro, 59, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

We feel that it’s very easy in our hearts for us to join here. We saw via television that the way Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel run things is good. That’s why we joined.

It has been about a year ago since my husband and I [first watched The Old Path]. We would watch and listen until late at night.

On Being Baptized

I really felt light and very happy.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that their lives will be longer that many more people will join their service to God and in preaching sound righteousness.

~o~

Bro. Frederick Yonzon, 44, Former Born Again Group Member, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

It’s here where I saw and felt the truth. What Bro. Eli says is wisdom that isn’t his own but that which comes from the Father God.

I was able to listen [to Bro. Eliseo] on the UNTV Radio. It’s there where I listened nightly after my shift at work. Even as I go to sleep, that’s what I listen to.

I listened to the questions until midnight. Then on Saturdays and Sundays, I tune in to it as well.

I looked for one of the coordinating centers, and I found one. I continued from there.

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I’ve long been listening actually, ever since I was still in Taguig. I had a TV there and I always watched him.

Only, my religion then was the Born Again. But I was able to listen to him in the afternoon. Actually, I liked listening to him more.

When I moved to Cubao, I still listened to him. Even when my child got sick, it was still Bro. Eli whom I listened to.

I just really felt that I needed to get rid of the sins I’ve done, to change my life because I felt burdened already.

On Being Baptized

I felt light. I poured out there all my sins and [have forgiven] the sins of my siblings. It’s like I threw them away and buried them. It’s a new life.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I thank Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel. Because of their program, they are able to help many people.

Those souls who are seeking favor from God the Father are able to hear, even if they are in the outreaches of society, through satellite, through radio.

~o~

Sis. Sarah Ramos, 19, Former KNC, Laguna Province

On Joining the Church of God

I felt the calling of God to me. I don’t want to dilly-dally anymore because I know that this is the true Church of God.

Ever since I was a kid, even before I was born, my parents have already been members of the Church. I grew up in the Church.

On Being Baptized

I felt cleansed of my sins.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Thanks be to God for Overall Servants like them. I hope that until the appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ, Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel will be in our midst.

~o~

Sis. Mary Grace Guinipaan, 17, Former Born Again Group Member, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

Ever since I [heard] the doctrines of God, I felt that it was good. The teachings are from the Bible.

It’s unlike in other religions wherein they only say one verse. Bro. Eli really takes the time to teach us the teachings of God. The instruction is good; you will really learn.

I was able to listen just this year, and I continued doing so. I felt that it would be a waste if I didn’t grab the opportunity.

I told myself, “This teaching is good; I will continue with it.” I was told that there was a baptism, so I pursued that because the doctrine is good, and you have a chance at salvation.

On Being Baptized

It’s like we were washed with sacred water. Also, we feel happy because we’re going to be saved [if we will triumph with God’s help], and that our sins are gone. So thanks be to God.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

May he continue bringing the teachings from the Bible to people that many more people on this earth to learn these things. I learned that the teachings are good.

I hope that he [Bro. Eli] will also take care of himself as he is already old. [[I believe] that God always takes care of him.

I hope that he doesn’t stop in helping people. Imagine, even his money, he doesn’t see it anymore. He really spends it all for people.

That’s why people are proud of him. That’s why people love him.

~o~

Sis. Machel Tejero, 20, Former Born Again Group Member, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

For me, it’s because the basis is really the Bible. Then, he also says, “What the Lord Jesus did is like this, like that.”

He also well explains everything that the Bible says. That’s why the people understand what the Lord Jesus Christ did, and that that is what we must do also.

My friend invited me to attend a Church service. At first, I was half-hearted. As I continued, I thought that I can be saved if I continue listening. Also, God knows what I felt, and that it could be changed when I get baptized.

On Being Baptized

I feel happy that I have been baptized and that my sins have been forgiven, and that we have returned to the Lord.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Many thanks to Bro. Eli for sharing to the whole world the teachings of God.

Many people are able to change by listening to him, those people who are ready to change and serve God.

I hope he always takes care and may God constantly guide him. I hope that he heals from his sickness. May he be able to help and save many more people.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: June 12, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on June 12, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Sis. Amparo Salting, 60, Former Catholic, Nueva Ecija Province

On Joining the Church of God

The teachings are good. I was invited to the Locale of Camp Tinio.

I was able to listen there, and told Sis. RJ that I wanted to be indoctrinated the following week as the teachings are good.

It was my first time to be invited to [a Church gathering], and it was to an indoctrination session then…

I was indoctrinated in just three days as I wanted to be baptized in the week that followed. It was a whole-day session; Sis. RJ was really tired, but it’s okay with her as it is for the Lord.

On Being Baptized

I feel okay. I’m happy… I was crying because of joy. Of course, when you feel the Lord, that you have accepted Him… You’re crying because He’s with you.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Many, many thanks to you Bro. Eli, because you changed my life through listening to the doctrines that you preach.

Many, many thanks and may God bless you more. I hope that your service to God will lengthen that you may be able to save many souls.

~o~

Bro. Alvin Ganancial, 26, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I wanted to change and know the true God.

It was because of my mother; I saw that she had changed her attitude.

I then asked myself how my mother was able to change, and why I didn’t join [the Church] or take a look at it or listen to the doctrines.

With God’s mercy I became [a member] today. I’m also thankful that I have accepted Him wholeheartedly, and that I was able to join the Church of God.

My mother is also a new member. She became a member only this year; I think she is just less than two-months old.

She somewhat encouraged me to join, and I want to do the same to our household to know the true Lord.

On Being Baptized

It felt good. I felt relieved that my sins are gone, having repented of them. And I know that the Lord has forgiven me as well.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Eli, Bro. Daniel, I hope that the Mass Indoctrination will grow wider, and that you may be able to save many more souls not only [here] but abroad as well. Let’s support each other.

~o~

Bro. Francis Moreto and Sis. Nenette Manguiat, 25, Former Catholics, Batangas Province

On Joining the Church of God

Bro. Francis: We have heard truth.

Sis. Nenette: The teachings of the Church of God are better than those of my former religion’s.

Bro. Francis: We have listened to The Old Path through TV and radio for many years now. We religiously listened to the teachings and have accepted them right away.

Sis. Nenette: We voluntarily went to the Locale in Lipa, and it was where we attended the indoctrination continuously. And it was through my co-teacher, who is also a member, that we were able to get there.

Bro. Francis: I have long heard [Bro. Eliseo], and I was looking for someone I know [who is a member] to guide us to The Old Path.

She was chatting on Facebook [her co-teacher], but she wasn’t able to reply to us. When we didn’t consider it anymore, she was the one who…

Sis. Nenette: I was the one who went to ask her in person. She probably rarely [opens Facebook].

Bro. Francis: Then as we have been attending for two indoctrination days already, I saw someone I knew, who I didn’t know was also a brother. That’s the only time I knew.

On Being Baptized

Sis. Nenette: As [Bro. Eli] said from the Bible… What I felt is really hard to explain.

Bro. Francis: At first, while I was just in line to be baptized, I felt nervous, and I didn’t know why.

But after I got immersed, I have forgotten all my sins and never to commit them again [with God’s help and mercy].

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Francis: I hope that they will continue speaking the words of God that many more may hear it.

I hope that many more brethren will be encouraged to join, because this is where I saw and understood the true meaning of the Bible, of God’s teachings.

They are taught and explained one by one, which aren’t taught in other religions, in my former religion. It’s only here where I found and understood those things in such a long period of time.

Sis. Nenette: I share the same sentiments.

~o~

Sis. Meizl Ann Fercia, 20, Former Former KNC, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I feel that I am already prepared to receive the doctrines that I have heard since [I was a kid].

When I started in college, I wasn’t able to attend [in the KNC]. We have a store and I was the one assigned to that; I would go there after school. Then, I also studied.

On Being Baptized

It feels good inside as I have long dreamed of it.

Actually, after [graduating] in the KNC, I already wanted it…So I’m really happy that I have now been baptized.

I’m thankful to them [my parents] for establishing us; they were able to send us to school. Now, they still guide us and I’m a member now because of their guidance as well.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

For Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, may they continue spreading the words of God which they have started before, and may God continue to guide them.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: June 5, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on June 5, 5015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Sis. Maria Lerim Nuelle Babon, 16, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

Firstly, I heard [Bro. Eliseo] through papa as he was watching on Youtube. Then, he saw The Old Path through his friends on Facebook.

When he learned [more] about it, he would go to Youtube and made us listen to it. So we then got indoctrinated.

When I heard the teachings of God, I developed an interest in [learning] God’s words.

On Being Baptized

I’m happy because I feel that my sins are gone. I also feel that I want to obey the teachings of God, His commandments that I may be saved.

At first, it was my papa who wished that we be baptized here. Then, I wanted to join here in The Old Path [the Church of God International] because what they teach is right. It’s really in the Bible.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

For Bro. Eli, I hope that you will be able to help many more of our fellowmen to hear the teachings of God through The Old Path that their souls may be saved.

I hope that you will be stronger that you may be able to teach our brethren the more.

~o~

Bro. Raniel Rally, 56, Former Born Again, Laguna Province

On Joining the Church of God

I saw the good scriptures of the Lord Jesus Christ as well as the explanations of Bro. Eli Soriano.

[I watched] through UNTV. It’s [The Old Path] the only program I follow on television.

On Being Baptized

The aches I felt are gone. Actually, I have a heart condition. And I said, “Perhaps I will feel pain once I get immersed in the water.” But it didn’t happen.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that his preaching of God’s words will grow more and that his life may be longer.

~o~

Bro. Bon Lim Tan, 53, Former Catholic, Rizal Province

On Joining the Church of God

I have really long been looking for the right group to join in; then, I saw this. As they say, everything [Bro. Eli] says has sense. So I joined.

I have a caretaker in Antipolo who joined here, his whole family actually. He invited me [to attend]. I told him, “Sure. I’ll give it a try,” since I have long been searching.

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Our family is a closed-knit Catholic one. I really am the only one in our family who isn’t. And it’s because I didn’t see in Catholicism what I saw here.

Actually, in Catholicism, the Bible is rarely mentioned. Then, ever since I was a child, we have been devotees of St. Jude. In Manila.

However, I didn’t hear any doctrines that are from the Bible. When I was in high school, I read by myself, but I didn’t understand it. Until I joined here and understood all those things.

I’ve been [listening] for a long time, since 1983 or ’84. It was still on Channel 13 then… I was still in college. [laughs]

On Being Baptized

Although I’m a man, I felt… [starts to cry]. Though, I tried to conceal it.

The last time I got baptized, I was still small [laughs], in the Catholicism. Nothing more followed after that.

Then, I joined here, and immediately got baptized. The feeling is different; it’s like you’re new again.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Eli, Bro. Daniel, I hope that your lives will be longer that you may be able to teach many more people who seek the good path.

~o~

Sis. Jonalyn Dela Cruz, 24, Former Iglesia ni Cristo Member, Laguna Province

On Joining the Church of God

I felt that I was being called. That’s why.

My father, brother and aunt are MCGI Church workers. They invited me a long time ago, actually. I was still single then when they had invited me [to join].

I’ve been indoctrinated a couple of times already, but I didn’t pursue it. I think this is the fourth time already. Now however, I felt that He is calling me.

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Then, I encountered a big problem, so my father advised me to listen. After that, I felt that my heart was enlightened, and that all the words and righteousness entered my heart and mind.

We were former Iglesia members. So it seemed hard to accept [the teachings] when I first got indoctrinated.

I told myself, “It’s just lies,” as I grew up an Iglesia. I was a handog (offering). So I had this impression that Bro. Eli was just saying things against it.

[The doctrines] are really true, because in my former religion, the apparel of women is not mentioned. It’s absent in the Iglesia ni Cristo. It’s really not there.

Also, what Bro. Eli says, I feel that I have only been enlightened now.

On Being Baptized

I felt like crying because it’s like all my sins were gone when I got baptized.

I was teary because everything in my past rolled back in my mind; even the little things came back to me. Then, as I approached the stairs, I was asking God for forgiveness, and crying.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Thanks be to God because they were given… they were used to bring me to the right religion.

~o~

Sis. Alexandra Manalili, 24, Former Catholic, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

Actually, I’ve been wanting to become a member since I was in high school. It’s really only now that I was able to pursue it.

I really wanted it to happen. Nobody urged me. I just really wanted to join here. Nobody told me to do this or that. I’ve been watching [Bro. Eliseo] since high school until now.

In the past one week or eight days [of indoctrination], my point of view in life has changed.

Then, rules in my life have also changed because it’s different here; there are many [doctrines to obey]. But for me, I feel happy that I have heard the doctrines.

On Being Baptized

I felt light inside, like I was different. It’s the feeling of having a new life or being happy inside.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that they will be able to continue their works to help people like us who are lost. I’m happy that they served as instruments for me to know God.

To God be the glory

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