It’s a dream come true.
This was the remark of Bro. Eli Soriano, evangelist-host of the Ang Dating Daan program and Presiding Minister of Members Church of God International during the official switch-on of the Church’s new TV band — Top Channel — via Dream Satellite Television on March 24.
In his message during the pilot broadcast, Bro. Eli Soriano thanked the Lord for another opportunity to “reach people through the famous Dream Television.” Like other stations that Dream carries, including UNTV, TOP Channel will be seen in remote areas throughout the Philippines and other neighboring Asian countries over channel 10, 24/7.
Its round-the-clock line-up includes programs “about spirituality, faith, religion, and various aspects of Filipino religious life,” Bro. Soriano quips. He hopes that through TOP Channel, he will be able to “share things he has learned in the Holy Scriptures and throughout the years of his broadcast of the good news of God’s kingdom.”
TOP Channel will house up to 10 programs – ADD By Demand in multi-lingual renditions, How Authentic the Bible Is, Paghahambing (Comparison), The Blog (TV version of the Bro. Eli’s online and magazine formats), Wonders of Creation, KNC Show, BRead Tambayan, D’ X-Man, Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path), and Top News in English and Filipino – 10 different sets of wholesome, educational, and entertaining shows for the viewers’ religious preference.
The TOP Channel is the latest addition to MCGI’s growing gospel media propagation endeavors, along with the Organization’s websites, radio and television/CATV programs, and its sister channel, TOP Channel, broadcasting in Canada, United States and the United Kingdom.
Bro. Eli Soriano sees the TOP Channel as means to “ fulfill the [religious] needs of people who will be reached by satellite [services].” He anticipates that as there are many people getting hooked in newscasts relating human interests, they will also devote inch of their time to listen to and read the Word of God.
TOP Channel is new to the roster of religious TV channels broadcasting globally. Nevertheless, Bro. Eli Soriano realizes this as both challenge and opportunity for people to judge between the truth and the hoax, as he mentions Ecclesiastes 7:27 of the King James Version that reads, “Behold, this have I found, saith the preacher, counting one by one, to find out the account:.”
With Top Channel, the Church revolutionizes TV viewing by presenting another sensible alternative which “will help people trace the way of Truth”, Bro. Soriano adds. He also notes that in the proliferation of religious programs airing worldwide, watching these programs and studying each more critically will eventually lead one to find the Truth. According to him, “not everyone who claims to be a minister of the Word is right in what he is saying.”
Bro. Soriano congratulated the Members Church of God International for “an investment that shares their faith and investigates the truth.”
Above all, Bro. Soriano prays for God’s continued guidance to the Congregation on this new task. He quotes, “Even beyond the time when I will not be around, I hope this endeavor will continue. May God help us in this herculean task of evangelizing the Word.”
Dream Satellite Television broadcasts live through the Philippines’ very own Mabuhay Satellite Aguila II, and is the first all-digital Direct-To-Home (DTH) broadcasting service system via satellite in the Philippines. By switching to satellite TV like Dream, even hard-to-reach coastal areas and cable-limited regions may be reached.
(Written by: Cecile Vizcaya)