Apalit, Pampanga Philippines. [04/06/2019] On the second day celebration of Thanksgiving to God of the Members Church of God International, Marichu B. Mauro, Philippines’ Ambassador to Brazil visited Praia de Canasvieiras in Florianopolis. Brazilians and other race joyfully welcomed the Filipino Ambassador.
It can be remembered that Bro. Eli left the Philippines with a heavy heart in 1995 due to religious persecution. The propagation of the words of God in the Bible continued as he searched for countries demanding for Bible Expositions in different languages like Spanish and opened the television program via “El Camino Antiguo in South America. 2009 is the year when Bro. Eli finally settled in Brazil with an astounding attendance of non-Filipino guests. This prompt the birth of another program in Latin America, O Caminho Antigo in Brazil, which soon become the home the televangelist. El Camino Antiguo and O Caminho Antigo is the counterpart of the longest running religious program in the Philippines – Ang Dating Daan.
“Nagpapasalamat ako, di lang pagpunta ko rito na isang malaking bagay, pero di talagang gusto kong pumunta rito. I want to be part of this celebration at makapanayam si Bro. Eli. Ang wish ko lang is mabigyan pa ng good health si Bro. Eli… more blessings for him para matulungan pa niya na ma guide tayong lahat. Kailangang kailangan natin si Bro. Eli. Continue guiding us at huwag nating kakalimutan ang advices nya, ang mga lectures nya at maraming salamat po at you know your presence is overwhelming. Hindi ko na sasabihin kung saan saang dako kasi buong mundo, whole world, ano. Thank you sa inyong lahat at more blessings, more good health. Kailangang kailangan ka po namin Bro. Eli. Maraming salamat po ulit.”
Seeing that the auditorium cannot accommodate more, he thought of buying a larger venue of more than 30,000 seating capacity. A new convention center near the airport is a good idea. Another good news to our fellowmen, a Diagnostic Center will be opening in Metro Manila. It is a 4-storey building with elevator wherein equipment’s and patients will be placed. Scheduled to be operational before the end of this year for the benefit of the brethren and non-brethren.
Kuya Daniel mentioned about what the program Serbisyong Kasambahay is for. “Sa pamamagitan nito ay nakakakuha ako ng tie up sa iba’t ibang hospital at nai-wave ang bayad at nairaraos ang mga pangangailangan ng mga kapatid at di kapatid, para maidulog katulad ng mga sumusukong mga drug addict. Bakit ka sa akin ka sumusuko? Kasi ayaw ko pong mapatay. Sabi ko naman, sir, ito po ay lumapit sa aking buhay. Dati siyang drug addict 5 years ago, nag bagong buhay. Ang problema kasama pa rin sya sa listahan. Kinatok po ako eh. sabi sa akin, di na po ako nag da-drugs.”
Bro. Eli Soriano also expressed his hearts desire in coming back to the Philippines and to meet the brethren in Davao City. But if plans don’t go forward, Bro. Eli has this message to all:
“Sa mga taga Davao, pasensiya na kayo. Sa mga kapatid sa Davao, kaunti lang ang mga nakapagtanong. Gusto ko nga sanang makabalik diyan sa Davao. Nami-miss ko na, sana kung loloobin ng Dios, makabalik ako diyan sa inyo. Pero kung di man ako makakabalik sa inyo mga kapatid, andiyan naman si Kapatid na Daniel. Tulungan nyo siya sa gawain at sa mga pagtataguyod ng mga gawain.”
The time is also perfect as the topic for the Thanksgiving is being delivered in the midst of the congregation. Brethren learned the significance and the limitless love and care of God Almighty.
Manila, Philippines. [October 6, 2015] The 3-day Thanksgiving of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) on October 2-4 presented one of the most valuable lessons in life: seeds of abraham that is impossible to be counted, caring for our children and the fulfillment of the prophecy of Gods people. It rained for days but this had not stopped them from giving thanks to God to and travel to reach the ADD Convention Center in Apalit Pampanga and attemding other remote points with 1,361 satelite recievers around the globe.
On the first day, Bro. Daniel Razon talked about the importance of including our children in all church gatherings. It is a fact that children is often neglected and being shoved off in almost all events of the family. They are seen as an annoyance and disturbance because of their nature as temperamental and easily get bored.
Higher regards or importance to children. A screechy voice of the children will not annoy God unlike the scribes and Pharisees do not want the children. Those who have Christ in their hearts wont feel ill about the noises. Brother Eli Soriano reiterated that in all means, children will go to heaven. God nurture and gives importance to children. A good example is the conversation between Our Lord Jesus Christ and the chief priests and scribes in Mathew 21:15-16
But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant; 16 and they said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read,
‘Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings
thou hast brought perfect praise’?”
Bro. Eli pointed out its importance, as it is written in the Bible,
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.- Proverbs 22:6
Parents are encouraged to bring along their children to hear and be familiar with the songs and praises to God. As for other members, they are advised to be patient and understanding to their little ones. The Members Church of God International, seeing the importance of kids hearing the word of God, they were also given a room in every locale called KNC Rooms. A destined worker will supervise and teach the children about stories from the Bible. There, they have activities such as Bible reading, singing, and even preaching. Through this motivation of encouraging parents to bring along their kids, the KNC Show is taken into the television program to further reach every household.
Enjoy while learning. This is the aim of the program – to learn and at the same time, having fun. Kawan ng Cordero aims to help our children to be God-fearing as well as be an example to other kids. As UNTV’s only Bible School on Air, its main goal is to foster mental, social, emotional and spiritual well-being for generations to come. Every episode will cater to the artistic and sporty side of the children.
Twelve years after its first episode in 2004, the program received awards from various award giving bodies like the Golden Dove Award for Best TV Program and Anak TV Seal Awardee in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Kawan ng Cordero can also be seen via Dream Cable ch.9, Destiny Cable ch.9, Sky Cable ch.33 and of course, UNTV Channel 37 weekdays.
Latin Americas Scatters Seeds
The propagation of the word of God through Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel Razon had produced an astounding number of souls hungry for the word of God. The Latin Americas is 90% dominated by Roman Catholic.
THE FULFILLMENT OF THE PROPHECY
The humble beginnings of Ang Dating Daan’s propagation had encountered the hardest, amazing, unusual, controversial journey. But all these trials had paid off because of the ever growing numbers of members around the globe.
Year 2001 to 2010 is the dawn of the Members Church of God International and Bro. Eli Soriano which program Ang Dating Daan is being barred from his freedom of speech. That doesn’t stop there. The MTRCB completely stopped him from guesting to other programs which shackled him from preaching on television. A fabricated case against Bro. Eli that made him decide to fled to another country.
The first broadcast of the program in Porto Alegre is embraced immensely. Within just 3-4 months, the hotel was jam-packed because of the unexpected attendees of the Bible Exposition. Inside, guests were crying whilst the program is on-going. Touched by what they heard, deepest emotions were seen throughout. Hindrances and many other problems encountered by the group, still, the demand to hear the word of God is astounding. Locales were immediately placed.
Uruguay, under Brazil, the first Spanish country to have the broadcast. The program was opened in Argentina, Peru, Bolivia. Baptism in Peru and Bolivia is conducted without a locale and workers. God leads the way to seek the program and reached Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Honduras and El Salvador, in which the program can be seen 24/7. The map which started at Uruguay , the propagation is going up to the map.
The antipodal map showing the straight line connecting the Philippines and Brazil.
Ang Dating Daan is the longest running religious based TV show in the category of religion.
I remember when my workmate let me watched the program O Caminho Antigo back in 2011. I find it so unusual. First, he showed me two pastors preaching here in Brazil. They were asking for money.
Then he showed me Bro. Eli and I immediately noticed that he was preaching in different manner. He was not asking for money but was reading everything in the Bible.
I was not attending any church events in the Catholic Church since my first communion, so I didn’t know much about what is happening in religions. It was only when I watched Bro. Eli attacking the pastors asking for money that I got to see things more clearly
What follows is that I got baptized after completing my indoctrination to the Members Church of God International (MCGI) on October 12, 2011. The recent thanksgiving held in Florianopolis was my 2nd International Thanksgiving held in Brazil. I would like to share with you my memorable days with the recently concluded thanksgiving here.
Ação de graças do Corpo no Brasil – dias inesquecíveis
When I got to the venue on April 2nd, lots of brethren had arrived.
I saw many of the Filipino brethren I met here in Brazil last PNK I felt so happy to see them all again, all the way in my 11 hours journey from Campinas to Florianópolis I was longing to see them. I am anxious to meet them again and offer thanksgiving to God with them because they’re coming from different parts of the world like the Philippines, USA, Canada, the brethren from Europe and from Middle East. Our neighbours here in Latin America like Argentina, Bolivia, Equator, El Salvador, Mexico, Colombia and so many other countries.
It was all so exciting and I couldn’t wait to get there to be part of the prophecy of the Bible written in Zechariah 8:21 cause we learned the will of God to have His people from around the globe gathering together before Him and fortunately the event was held in my country so I was blessed to have the opportunity to be there.
And then when I got there and meet them, I saw many of the brethren that I was expecting to see and talk to and took pictures with them. It’s a great experience and I feel really good! After a few hours we attended the Lord’s Supper as the Bible taught. We learned an amazing topic from our faithful preacher, Brother Eli.
Next day, 3rd of April, it was a great Thanksgiving opening as we sang hymns of different languages like our own Portuguese, English and Tagalog. After the opening prayer Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel started the topic.
We, Brazilian brethren, hearing the topic being translated in Portuguese and the Spanish speaking brethren heard the topic in Spanish as the preaching was being done in tagalog.
Bro. Eli preached in Tagalog but the most amazing thing is that it was being translated in Portuguese for Brazilians and Spanish for Spanish speaking people.
We perfectly understand the things being taught to us with God’s help as brother Eli said, there is God’s spirit to teach. The translation from our Filipino brethren who speaks Portuguese and Spanish were great and it is being read in the Bible in our language. It was not all Tagalog because Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel speak some Portuguese,too!
“Now it’s done and that was very fast, I want more! And there’s more to come next year God willing. To God be the glory!”
Some of the newly baptized brethren made their way through the stage to testify what made them decide to join the Church of God to refute those people who bring them down. Here are some of their testimonies:
“… tumimo po sa puso ko yung aral na walang labis, walang kulang… kaya maraming maraming salamat ho sa Dios na ipinakita po Niya ito sa akin sapagkat matagal ko ng hinahanap po ito na sa dati ko pong inaanibang relihiyon na Katoliko, na, may mga bagay na nababasa ako na nasusulat sa Banal na Kasulatan na hindi naman po naaayon sa aking kinakaaniban noon at napakita po ito sa akin ng kapatid na Eli, kaya maraming maraming maraming salamat po.”
“Nang kalaunan, ewan ko kung napanood ko sa untv, pero matagal ko ng pinapanood yun, mga 2006 pa. Nung mapanood ko sa TV, indoctrination. Sabi ko, ano kaya yun … subukan ko. Napakalayo ng lokal sa amin, biniyahe ko lang ng gabi para lang mapuntahan kung ano talaga yun. Nasumpungan ko, sabi ko, eto na yung hinahanap ko! Salamat sa Dios po na nasumpungan ko po ang totoong iglesia ng Dios po. “
“Umanib po ako sa Church of God International dahil dito ko lang po nakita at dito lang natin makikita ang tunay na doktrina, ang tunay na aral ng Dios at dito lang natin makakamtan ang kaligtasan sa tulong ng Panginoon”
“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa Church of God dahil po kay Bro. Eli, natanggal po ang mga bisyo ko – sa mga pag-iinom, pagbi-beer house. Dahil po sa pangaral ni Bro. Eli, nagbago po ako ngayon. Salamat po.”
“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa Dios dahil po dito ako sa tunay na iglesia napadpad.”
“… hindi po ako nagdalawang-isip, kaming mag-asawa na mismo ang kusang pumupunta para magsuri at magpadoktrina kasi ho sa 42 taon ko na pamumuhay sa mundo, gusto ko ho sana sa darating pa, kung loloobin po ng Panginoon, sa Kanya ko pa maibigay ang buhay ko. Alam ko na ito ang pinakamagandang maipamana ko sa mga anak ko kasi ho ang mga magulang ko, ang mga lolo at lola ko, hindi nila ako tinuruan kung paano ang itinuturo sa amin ni kapatid na Soriano.
“Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.” — 2 John 1:12 (KJV)
Through these words from the Bible, the essence of brotherhood among brethren is to see them face to face to see for oneself if the other needs help. Being concern saying with the mouth is a good thing but to see them personally and giving a hand means a lot.
Caring for the elderly had extended through the First day of the international thanksgiving of the Members church of God international by caring for the elderly gays. Coinciding with the celebration “Caring for the Elderly” and UNTV’s 10th year anniversary the giving of their new home for the special elderly located at Novaliches. This is also supported by UNTV and Happy Christians.
According to Mr. Robbi Lolin, PRO, Happy Christians, they would be conducting livelihood programs, and Mr. Larry Espinosa, President, Happy Christians, everything is possible through the help of God that they have done the project through Bro. Eli andBro. Daniel’s teachings coming from the Bible to help the needy .