Amid festivities, televangelist urges public to think of the poor
Aileen Cerrudo • January 1, 2020 • 156
There isn’t much darkness during the night of festivities as lights of various color illuminate every street and city parks.
Crowds gather with their loved ones to celebrate the holidays, it was very unlikely to find someone celebrating alone.
But there are those who are celebrating alone. There are those who are not celebrating at all.
For years, Jun Lusano has been alone living under a footbridge. Everyday, he would either work as a jeepney barker or ask for alms on the street just to get by. Sometimes, a day would pass with nothing to fill his stomach.
“Sa magdamag hindi ako makatulog dahil walang laman iyong sikmura ko pero ina-ano ko nalang po na nandyan po Siya, hindi Niya po ako pababayaan. Tubig, laging tubig nalang po ganoon nalang ginagawa ko (I could not sleep all night because of hunger but there is hope in me that He is always there and He will not forsake me. I just drink water, that’s what I do),” he said.
Televangelist brother Eli Soriano has urged the public to think of the people like Jun amid the festivities.
“Kahit iyong pinakamahirap na tao sa kalye may kaluluwa po iyon. Mayroon po silang damdamin, nasasaktan, nagugutom. Kahit gaano kahirap ang tao, mahalaga po sa Dios iyan. Kaya utos ng Dios lingapin ang mahihirap, ang mga babaeng bao, ang ma ulila. Iyan po ang misyon ng Ang Dating Daan sa buong mundo (Even the people on the street have souls. They have feelings, they also feel pain and hunger. No matter how poor a person is, they are still important to God. That is why it is God’s commandment to care for the poor, the widowed, and the orphans. That is the world mission of The Old Path)” he said.
Soriano also stressed what the Bible states: “He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord.”—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)
MANILA, Philippines – Veteran broadcast journalist and philanthropist Daniel Razon on Monday (June 10) announced a P100,000 reward for the capture of anyone using his groups’ advocacy to collect money.
Razon, the Vice Overall Servant of the Members, Church of God International (MCGI) that serves as the backbone to many charitable works and institutions including La Verdad Christian College (LVCC), said such an act is never a practice in MCGI.
“We vehemently deny the involvement sa mga ganyang klase ng pangongolekta, panghihingi ng donasyon sa kalsada o saan mang lugar, (in any practice of collecting or begging for donations on the streets or just anywhere),” he announced live on air during the program “Good Morning Kuya” on UNTV.
“Hindi trabaho ng mga members sa Church of God International, ng mga taga-Ang Dating Daan ang mangolekta sa kalsada. Wala hong ganyan. As a matter of fact, sa MCGI ay hindi humihingi ng donasyong pinanysal sa mga hindi naman miyembro, (It is not a practice among members of Church of God International or Ang Dating Daan to collect money from [just anyone] on the streets. That’s not allowed. As a matter of fact, MCGI does not accept monetary contributions from non-members), ” he further stressed.
Ang Dating Daan, the longest running religious program on television and on the Internet, is the main broadcast program of MCGI.
Meanwhile, La Verdad Christian College is an institution that provides scholarship to deserving but financially challenged students, also supported and funded by MCGI. Each scholar is entitled to college education, books, uniform and meals without paying any amount.
Razon said he was informed that some usurpers were spotted somewhere in Manila asking cash donations allegedly for MCGI’s medical missions and for the operations of LVCC.
“Anybody na gumagawa ng ganyan, ipahuli ninyo. Kuhanan ninyo ng video dahil iyan ho ay scam, isang paninira din iyan na maituturing dahil wala hong ganyan na ginagawa ang mga members ng Church of God International o anybody na nagtataguyod po ng La Verdad Christian College or ng ating mga ginagawang mga charity works, (Anybody who engages in that [scheme], have them arrested. Get videos of them because that is a scam, a form of provocation and defamation because such is not a practice among members of Church of God International or anybody who supports La Verdad Christian College or any of our charity works), ” Razon said.
“At sinuman sa inyo ang makapagpapahuli na gumagawa ng ganyan, magbibigay ho kami ng reward. Isandaang libong piso (P100,000) sa bawat isang maipapahuli ninyo na ganyan ang ginagawa na trabaho, (We will reward anybody who can provide information that will lead to the arrest of individuals who engage in such schemes. A reward of P100,000 for each scammer that is arrested), ” he added.
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MANILA, Philippines – The Holy Scriptures state that it is an injustice to hold a child criminally liable at a tender age of 9 years old, according to international televangelist Bro. Eliseo Soriano.
Brother Eli said, the God of the Bible allows a person to make his or her own decision in life only when he or she reaches the age of puberty.
“(In) First Corinthians chapter 7 verse 36, ang pag-aasawa (getting married) is one of the major decisions na maaaring gawin ng tao (that a person can make). Ibinigay ng Dios iyon sa katamtamang gulang, (God allows it at a proper age)” Brother Eli, the overall servant of the Members, Church of God Intenational (MCGI) explained.
“Kung titingnan natin sa Ingles (If we read it in English): “If she passed the flower of her age”. Kapag lampas ng (when he or she reaches the) age of puberty ang ‘flower of her age’. Ini-a-allow na ng Dios na magdesisyon ang isang tao, pinapayagan na ang magulang na ang kaniyang anak magdesisyon sa kaniyang sarili, (God allows a person to decide, a parent lets the child make his or her own decisions),” he added.
Brother Eli noted that even science supports the belief that a person develops his or her skills in decision making only at the age of 20 years old.
“There’s now incontrovertible evidence that the brain continues to develop throughout the adolescence. Some regions of the brain including parts responsible for decision-making and impulse control are not fully mature “until at least the age of 20”, Professor Nicholas Mackintosh once said, an experimental psychologist and Professor Emeritus at the University of Cambridge.
Brother Eli noted that in the Bible, when a child commits a crime, it is most likely because of external factors such as the surrounding circumstances, environment, culture or religion.
Therefore, it is not right to hold a nine-year-old child criminally liable for his actions.
“Kung magbabatay tayo sa may ari ng ating being, iyong nakakaalam ng ating mga kaisipan, mga emosyon natin – para sa Dios – ang bata (If we ask the Owner of our being, the One who reads our mind, our emotions – for God) 20 years old below cannot be held fully liable. I’m saying he or she cannot be held fully liable of his or her sins. Inabswelto nga ng Dios, (God absolved him)” Brother Eli explained.
“Alam kasi ng Dios ang kanilang circumstances, (God knows their circumstances) because of the way their parents are bringing them up. Maaaring may pagkukulang sa parte ng kanilang mga magulang. (There might be shortcomings on the part of the parents). Kaya hindi iniatang sa bata, (that’s why a crime is not blamed on a child) 20 years and below. Binigyan ang bata sa Kaniyang salita ng karapatang mag-decide sa kaniyang sarili (A child is given the freewill to decide only) if he or she passed the flower of her age, according to the bible,” he added.
Instead, the parents of the child who committed a crime are the ones who should be punished because it is their responsibility to guide and mold their children to develop into better persons.
“Para atangan natin ang siyam na taong bata, tawagin nang kriminal anong malay natin na iyon ay (For us to punish a nine-year-old child criminally, call him a criminal, we don’t know it might be) insinuated by the culture, by the environment, by some other people. Hindi ang bata ang dapat managot duon. Dapat ang papanagutin siguro, iyong mga kasama ng bata, mga magulang na di nagtuturo sa kanilang mga anak, walang disiplina, (It’s not the child who must be held liable for that. The persons who should be held criminally liable are the ones who surrounds him – the parents who do not discipline or teach their children,)” the International televangelist noted.
“Kasi ang anak, ang bata nasa total discipline ng magulang. (A child is under the total discipline of the parents) Chapter 22 verse 6 of the book of Proverbs (it says): “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Turuan mo ang bata sa daan na dapat niyang lakaran.” Kaya ang bata, nasa pangangalaga ng magulang, (Train up a child in the way he should go. A child should be under the care of the parents).” Brother Eli concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
Many students in the country keep on persevering despite their poverty.
To pursue their studies, they get contented with their old school supplies and uniforms.
Some of them are in Calumpang Elementary School in the town of Calumpit, Bulacan.
As part of Ang Dating Daan’s 38th year celebration, MCGI’s Bro. Eliseo Soriano and Kuya Daniel Razon granted presents to 500 students.
Parents of Kuya Daniel Razon, Bro. Dan and Sis. Beth Razon personally handed out gifts to the students.
These include school supplies such as bags, notebooks and pens, and even toys.
Gifts presented by Members Church of God International and UNTV
“Di po namin ito makakalimutan at masaya po kami, dahil po may bagong bag. Salamat po sa inyo. Sana po marami pa kayong matulungan,” said Sherwin Ulan, a recipient.
“Ito po ang estudyante ko na si Rica Blaza, na talagang kapos sa buhay. Alam ko na siya’y masaya dahil napagkalooban na siya ng bag. Salamat dahil meron na siyang bagong bag. Dati niyang ginagamit medyo luma,” said Vengie Mangalonza, a teacher.
“Masaya po. nagpapasalamat po kami sa UNTV saka sa Ang Dating Daan, dahil nabigyan ng regalo yung anak naming. ‘Di po naming alam na darating po kayo: turuan yjng mga bata ng tama, pag-aralan ang mabuti kung ano yung mali,” said Jomel Mangalonzo, a parent.
Apart from the gifts, Bro Dan and Sis Beth left an important message for the teachers, parents, and students of the school.
“Kung meron kang ibibigay, mapalad ang nagbibigay kaysa tumatanggap. Sana matimo sa puso nila yung ating ginagawa para tayo maging huwaran nila sa lahat ng gawang Mabuti. Kapulutan ito ng magandang halimbawa tayo. Para kung sakaling pagtanda ng mga bata, paglaki… makagawa rin sila ng mabuti sa kapuwa,” said Dan Razon.
“Sa pamamagitan namin, ng mga magulang, maituwid nila ang mga lakad ng mga bata. Kung may nakikita silang ginagawang hindi tama sawayin nila kasi isang paraang yun para pagpapatuwid, sa ikabubuti ng mga anak nila, sa kanilang paglaki,” said Beth Razon.
Bro. Eli Soriano has previously granted the school’s request of a new school canteen.
Calumpang Elementary School’s canteen donated by MCGI and UNTV
“Unang request na grant naman ay ang canteen kung saan ngayon ay nagagamit na naming. Ikalawa nga, ito gift-giving para sa mga mag-aaral ng Calumpang Elementary School. Sapagkat ang alam natin ang kaligayahan lagi naming inuuna ang kapakanan at kaligayahan ng mga bata at alam naming si Kuya Daniel mapagbigay kaya inilapit namin na mabigyan sila ng regalo, at nareceive na nilang lahat,” said Nina Sumalabe, the school principal. — Nestor Torres | UNTV News & Rescue
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