Apalit Pampanga Philippines. [6/4/2016] During the weekly Thanksgiving of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) held at South Korea, Bro. Daniel Razon pointed out the importance to further the propagation of the up-coming Bible Expositions and encouraged everyone to participate and invite more guests.
The Portability of Technology
Technology has never been so wonderful as it is being witnessed at our dispensation. Facebook is the most used channel to introduce business and for personal consumption. The Members Church of God International started in the early ‘80’s and soon used radio and television in propagating the word of God via the program Ang Dating Daan hosted by Bro. Eli Soriano.
“Yung portability of technology ay napakagandang leverage para makahikayat tayo ng mga tao. Maraming paraan. Di na kailangan pang pumunta ng kapatid na Eli dahil kung gagawin niya ay di niya malilibot lahat. Nasa isang lugar lang siya, makakarating na siya sa buong mundo. Sa pamamagitan ng patutulong-tulong natin, maipaparinig natin yung sinasabi niya from where he is. At maaari ring sa pamamagitan nun ay magkaroon ng interaction.”— Bro. Daniel Razon
Throughout the decade, our lives had been influenced by these advancements. He encouraged everyone to invite their loved ones especially friends and families to take some time to hear and can even ask questions regarding their faith. Not just bringing one person but everyone can also invite more.
By using Facebook and YouTube to reach further souls, the Ang Dating Daan Facebook Page has over 200,000 likes and 27K subscribers on You Tube.
Pampanga, Philippines [4.1.2016]. On April 1, 2016, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) is celebrating its 3-day Thanksgiving simultaneously, in different parts of the globe. Many arrived earlier than usual to find a perfect place for the event.
I am so anxious what the place looks like. I asked a friend, Adriana Sato, to let me see the center of the event, Sta. Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil. It is still dark when they arrived, but nonetheless, I really appreciate her taking time to grant my little request.
A little time-lapse of their arrival
At 23 degrees, its a fair weather perfect for the upcoming event.
at 6:56 a.m…
The sun is already up and so is our brethren as they eagerly awaits for the time, they have to rehearse for one last time.
Me: Take a rest irma.
Adri: I wont take a rest haha I cant. Thanks be to God.
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!”
The Members Church of God International (MCGI) celebrated the International Thanksgiving of the whole congregation on last April 3-5 2015 at Florianopolis, Brazil and to other remote points all over the globe. Bro. Daniel Razon greeted all brethren and immediately pointed out the importance of an agreement between God and man. An agreement which God recognize and accept.
Misericordia, mercy, kaawaan. The mercy and love of God stands above everything unexplainable. No language barrier. Different testimonies were given by our brethren from Brazil whom they have seen the fulfillment of God’s promise as the second day theme, #MCGIVoiceOfThanksgiving.
Held at Sta. Catarina at Southern region of Brazil 700 kilometers (430 miles) from São Paolo where the first Thanksgiving took place.
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 .
“ I thank God because of all of you. Agradeço a Deus por causa de todos vocês. Nagpapasalamat ako sa Dios mga kapatid dahil sa inyong lahat. Because I have known… I was given the opportunity to serve you. For the last 50 years of my life, I’m thanking God that in spite of the difficulty I met along the way, all of the problems of persecutions everyday, every hour, until now, let all praises be unto Our Creator.” — Bro. Eli Soriano
Bro. Eli said that it is the work of God that made His teachings be understood by the different languages in different countries.
“The pleasure of God is not accident. It is something that is destined to happen.” — Bro. Daniel Razon
After more than an hour of presentation of the history of the locales in the South America, a poetic debate followed. The hard-hitting words with a twist of the “Filipino-way” of debate which Bulakenyos is known for. Sis. Luzviminda Cruz – Principal of the La Verdad Christian School, Bro. Danny Navales – church minister and Bro. Rodel Mangiliman – also a church minister, served as the moderator (Lakandiwa). At the end of the poetic debate, Bro. Eli Soriano weighed and decided that it was a fair win for the two opponents.
After greeting the brethren of different delegations, he opened up another inspiring lesson. It is a fact that Bro. Eli’s preaching went through the most tough and probably the most controversial of all preachers. This is one of the reasons to celebrate because of the enlightened souls with his frankness that made his opponents tongue-tied.
Seven rays emanating while Bro. Daniel is speaking to the congregation
Efésios 2:12 – estáveis naquela época sem Cristo, separados da comunidade de Israel, estranhos às alianças da Promessa, sem esperança e sem Deus no mundo.
Efeso 2:12 – recordad que en ese tiempo estabais separados de Cristo, excluidos de la ciudadanía de Israel, extraños a los pactos de la promesa, sin tener esperanza, y sin Dios en el mundo.
Speaking in tongues. While other preachers pretend to speak to an unknown language that even themselves do not understand, the Members Church of God International do speak in tongues! There were at least four languages delivered during this event.
Everyone in their native languages had heard and understood the words of hope and salvation. Tears of joy coming from a heart that understood. Spanish, Portuguese, English and Tagalog translators were present in this celebration.
At ninety three years old ( 93 ), lola Rosalina F. Sanchez, accompanied by her granddaughter, is one of those who came up on stage. It is such a delight to see the elders giving thanks and singing praises to the Lord. Everyone is rejoicing for another opportunity to see His creations.
Although had difficulty in hearing, everyone thought she is a thousand and three (1,003 ), after a few times been asked how old she was, finally understood — ninety three ( 93 ) Everyone is very happy and Bro. Eli Soriano has this to say:
“Dapat pagka matanda na, dapat maintindihan nyo na pinagpapasensiyahan na yung mga matatandang bingi. Si Papang, namatay, 97. Ang nanay ko 93 nung mamatay. Yung kapatid na 93 na yan, malakas pa, awa ng Panginoon. “
( It is already difficult for elders to hear. Elders need patience. My father died the the age of 97. My mother died at 93. So, the 93 year-old sister is still strong, with the help and mercy of God. )
“Makikita nyo ang ebidensiya sa mga taong ito. 80 … 70 mahigit, 90 mahigit, yang mga taong yan, nakalagpas na dun sa mga maraming pagsubok, maraming mga panganib. Kaya magkakaisa tayong kalooban ngayon. Nagpapasalamat tayo sa Dios sa mga taong ipinagkaloob niya sa atin. “ – Bro. Eli Soriano
( “You can see the evidence from these people — 80, 70 and more than 90 years old, they are the ones who have surpassed the dangers and trials. So let us unite altogether in offering Thanksgiving to God for all the years He had given to us.” — Bro. Eli Soriano )
The fear of the Lord prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.