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MCGI traces steps to holiness: A Mid-year Special Report

July 26, 2010

As Members Church of God International inscribes new histories of evangelization efforts and meaningful service to God, it is but fulfilling to muse over some of the major Church events of the first half of the year, which all of them have contributed to God’s plan of salvation.

In January, the show The Truthcaster found a new online home at Livestream.com where it continues to serve thousands of its followers and truth-seekers. The show, originally aired via Justin.tv, is both the name of the channel in Livestream and a moniker of international televangelist Bro. Eli Soriano. Bro. Eli, who is MCGI Presiding Minister, hosts the program and tirelessly answers queries about faith and religion on the spot.

MCGI also joined Philippines’ biggest marathon-for-a-cause Isang Araw Lang – Takbo para sa Libreng Kolehiyo (Just One Day – Run for Free College) to support a free private college education project. Spearheaded by Bro. Daniel Razon, MCGI Vice-Presiding Minister, the project has financed the completion of the 10-storey school building of La Verdad Christian College (LVCC) in Caloocan City, Philippines that enrolled almost 300 scholars this academic year. The Run for Free College is part of Bro. Daniel’s Isang Araw Lang (Just One Day) advocacy, a campaign that encourages people to do acts of kindness even for just a day.

Breaking the May 2001 Church record of having the most number of baptized souls, the month of February this year recorded roughly 4,000 converts from around the globe as a result of another historic event, the 7-session Mass Indoctrination held live at MCGI coordinating centers. Bro. Eli himself announced the good news in his twitter account the day after the baptism, “I have yesterday moved a mountain through faith. Less than 4,000 souls changed camp!”

Patterned after the Hebrew calendar (the first month of which is Abib or Nisan), the Congregation celebrated its New Year within its celebration of the 1st Quarter International Thanksgiving on the 2nd week of March. Congregants from different Philippine provinces and abroad flocked to ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga to witness and partake in the events. It was also in March that an Italian TV Show, S.O.S. Sesso, recognized Bro. Eli’s credibility as evangelist who can give sensible insights about sex and religion. Live via video streaming, Bro. Eli answered Italian inquirers based on the Bible.

To bring the Gospel much closer to more homes in the Philippines and nearby countries, MCGI switched on another 24/7 broadcast through TOP Channel aired over channel 10 via Dream Satellite Television. TOP Channel broadcasts 10 programs including ADD by Demand in different dialects and languages.

Another very significant event commemorated in March was the Lord’s Supper. MCGI observes this Biblical supper annually at sunset of the 14th day of Nisan, coinciding with the setting of the sun in Israel. During this holy gathering, members of the Church recall yet again the greatest sacrifice of Christ and the unconditional love of God for the human race.

On April 1 to 2, the Church youth assembled at the ADD Convention Center for an international gathering. International Youth Convention (IYC) is held every year to strengthen the faith and camaraderie of the young adult members.

Who can forget the most brutal election-related massacre in Maguindanao that killed at least 57 media men and civilians? While the government is slow in giving justice to the victims, MCGI took part in a major benefit concert, the Protest Broadcast 3, which provided financial and educational assistance to the bereaved relatives. Bro. Daniel, also a broadcast journalist by profession, conceptualized the concert series held in May in three major cities in the Philippines: Quezon City, Cebu, and Davao.

Also in May, MCGI in South America celebrated its 1st year anniversary of knowing the Truth in the Bible.

After three months, universal thanksgiving was again in the air as the Congregation celebrated its 2nd Quarter International Thanksgiving to God from June 12-14. In the same month, MCGI Philippines and locales abroad with the same time zone experienced their first ever midnight thanksgiving.

This September, members of the Church will again gather for a festive 3-day 3rd Quarter International Thanksgiving to God. It is during international thanksgivings that Church members worldwide express their gratitude to God through songs and banquets of biblical topics simultaneously done in all monitoring centers.

As the year comes close to its end, MCGI is looking forward for more fruitful service to God and to the people.

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