MCGI receives third Gold Award from Singapore Red Cross

Marje Pelayo   •   July 1, 2019   •   1029

SINGAPORE – Singapore Red Cross has accorded more than 1,600 blood donors as well as community partners in a recognition ceremony on June 29, 2019.

The SRC made the recognition as a gesture of gratitude in celebration of the 16th World Blood Donor Day.

During the occasion, the SRC was pleased to announce that more than 29,000 patients benefited from a total of 116,000 blood units donated by more than 73,000 active blood donors last year.

During the ceremony held at Downtown East, the SRC together with the Health Sciences Authority (HAS) accorded 21 champion blood donors with the Medal for Life Award, the highest honor given to blood donors who have contributed more than 200 blood units.

The annual ceremony also recognized some of the 35 corporate and community blood-mobile organizers for their invaluable contributions to the growing blood donors’ pool in Singapore.

The Members Church of God International (MCGI), as among the blood-mobile organizations, received its third Gold Award for sharing a total of 500 blood units last year.

“We thank GOD for every opportunity to do good. MCGI Singapore shares the love by donating blood. It is a continuing act of the church thru the leadership of Bro Eli and Kuya Daniel. We thank the Singapore Red Cross for being our faithful partner through the years,” expressed MCGI’s Representative Robert Navoa.

The group has been an active partner of SRC in its blood donation drives for years now and it is constantly encouraging the public to join them in this noble endeavor.

“Nananawagan (kami) sa inyo na samahan po natin ang ating mga mangangaral sa paggawa ng mabuti. Ang pag-donate ng dugo ay isa sa kabutihang itinuturo sa atin, (We call on your support to our Preacher’s advocacy of doing good. Donating blood is one good deed being taught to us,)” said Oli Caraan, an MCGI representative.

“Sa ngalan po ng MCGI blood mobile organizers sa Singapore nagpapasalamat po kami una sa Dios at inaanyayahan po namin ang aming mga kababayan na patuloy po suportahan ang Red Cross sa Blood Donation Drive (On behalf of the MCGI blood-mobile organizers in Singapore, we thank first God for this and we encourage our compatriots to continuously support Red Cross in its blood donation drives),” added Archie Federico, also of MCGI.

Blood donation is a very important task for the community, according to Benjamin Williams, the Secretary General and CEO of Singapore Red Cross.

“If we do not have sufficient blood then the important things like essential medical services may be hindered so we are always constantly encouraging people who are healthy to donate blood. In particular, in the case of Singapore and many countries, we want to encourage young people to donate blood,” he said.

Singapore is an aging population, he noted, and as a person ages, he or she is not able to donate blood that’s why he emphasizes on the importance of constantly encouraging young people to donate, especially those in their healthy age of 16.

“We have a long journey of blood donation and it will help to ensure that the country has a safe and adequate supply of safe blood,” Williams concluded.

Aside from being one of Singapore’s blood-mobile organizers, the MCGI also renders different public services for Filipinos and foreign nationals alike including free international calls to the Philippines for overseas Filipino workers, free blood pressure checkup, free vitamins and computer lessons for OFWs.

The group is also engaged in various wellness programs for senior citizens in Singapore in cooperation with the NTUC Health from which, the MCGI is expecting to receive another recognition come July this year. – with details from Annie Mancilla | UNTV Singapore

Serbisyong Kasangbahay: Over 200 residents served in UNTV, MCGI medical mission

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 14, 2019

There is fear in Lydia Luta’s heart.

The 48-year-old widow has been suffering from a lung complication for more than a year. Almost everyday, she experiences backaches, coughing, and fever.

Despite this, she continues to work hard. Ever since her husband died, she had to become both a mother and a father to their two grandchildren who were left under her care.

She had no choice but to set aside her pain so that she can earn money by collecting metal scraps in garbage dumps.

Lydia is among the 277 residents of Barangay Calumpang, in Calumpit, Bulacan who received free medical assistance in the medical mission of UNTV and Members Church of God International’s (MCGI).

“Sumuka ako ng dugo tapos inuubo ako kaya ngayon nagpa-check up ako, maraming salamat nagamot ako ng doktor nabigyan ako ng gamot, natatakot ako baka maiwanan ko sila, (I threw up blood and I have a cough. Thankfully, I had a doctor examine me and I was given medicine. I am afraid that I might leave my family behind),” she said.

Meanwhile, her granddaughter, Sarah Paloma, has a really bad toothache. Sarah recalled that sometimes she is unable to eat because of the pain.

Sarah had her tooth removed during the medical mission and was grateful for it.

“Minsan po kapag sumasakit ang ngpin ko, sakit din po ng tenga, sakit din po ng ulo, nagpapasalamat po ako na may libreng bunot ng ipin, (Sometimes when my tooth hurts, my ears would as well and I will have a headache. I am thankful for the free tooth extraction)” she said.

UNTV and MCGI’s medical mission also provided free eye checkup and glasses, free laboratory exam including CBG, ECG. They also provided biomechanics and free circumcision.

They also offered free haircut for men and free legal consultation.

According to Calumpang barangay chairman Arnel Faustino, over 3,000 residents were able to avail the free medical services of UNTV and MCGI every month.

“Maraming salamat po Kuya Daniel [Razon]. Magmula noong una hanggang sa kasalukuyan hindi po kayo nagsawa na magbigay ng medical mission at maghandog ng serbisyo sa amin, (Thank you kuya Daniel Razon for your continuous medical mission and for the other services offered)” he said.—(with reports from Nestor Torres)

Public warned vs groups fronting as MCGI to ask for cash donations

UNTV News   •   June 12, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Several cases of street scams have been reported not only in the Philippines but in different parts of the world.

Scammers usually pose as members of charitable institutions or religious groups to ask for cash donations allegedly to fund charity events or programs.

Many of them have gone viral on social media such as a Filipina who was caught on camera asking money from customers inside a restaurant abroad saying the donations were to support a certain “children’s foundation”.

Another incident which happened in Japan was recorded by an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who, in the video, was questioning another Filipino about the legality of her action. The latter was caught collecting cash donations from passers by allegedly to support the same foundation for children.

Such scheme was reported by a local news agency in Japan.

Three Filipinas also made headlines in Thailand this year for illegally soliciting funds allegedly to support the victims of Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines even if the calamity happened six years ago.

The same modus operandi was reported in Brazil where the scammer was confronted by another Filipino in an airport.

The scammer was caught on video asking monetary donations from tourists and locals to allegedly raise a Yolanda fund and also to donate to a certain children’s foundation by a Filipino founder.

Just recently, President Rodrigo Duterte directed the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate and facilitate the closure of a religiously-inclined group luring Filipinos into an investment scam.

Because such modus operandi have been exposed, scammers are now using the names of legitimate organizations to push their interests.

The Members, Church of God International (MCGI) was not spared from such illegal activities.

A report has reached the knowledge of MCGI administration about individuals posing as supporters of the group’s charity works and collecting money from just anybody on the streets.

The street scammers were using the name of La Verdad Christian College (LVCC) and MCGI to ask for cash donations.

“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),” Kuya Daniel Razon said during the program “Good Morning Kuya” on UNTV.

“Hindi po iyan totoo. Hindi po nanggagaling iyan sa organisasyon, iyang ganyang klase ng panghihingi para maipagpatuloy ang ating charity works. Natuto po tayo sa katwiran ng Panginoon na magbatak ng buto,” he further stressed.

(That is not true. That is not a practice in the organization to collect money [from just anybody] to support our charity works. We have learned from the righteousness of God to work and earn a living.)

Kuya Daniel offered a reward to anybody who could provide information that will lead to the arrest of these scammers implicating the names of LVCC and MCGI and to curb such illegal practice while putting those behind the scams to justice.

“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,” he said.

(Anybody who engages in such schemes, 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.)

La Verdad Christian College is a private, non-stock, non-profit institution that provides scholarship to deserving but financially challenged students.

The school is operated by MCGI spearheaded by Bro. Eli Soriano and supported by UNTV under the supervision of Kuya Daniel Razon.

“Sina Bro. Eli Soriano at Kuya Daniel Razon ang isa sa kanilang ginagawa para ma sustain at magtuloy-tuloy ang kanilang advocacy na makapag-provide ng free quality education from pre-school to college (ay) from their own pocket,” noted Shiela Sabugaa, LVCC’s Deputy Administrator.

(Bro. Eli and Kuya Daniel Razon primarily work to sustain their advocacy and to be able to constantly provide free, quality pre-school to college education, (they spend) from their own pockets.)

“Nagbibigay talaga sila (ng) galing sa kanilang sariling pera, business or sweldo. Iyon talaga ang primary source ng fund para sa operational expenses ng La Verdad (Christian College). At para ma-sustain, meron pa silang ibang projects na ginagawa,” she added.

(They provide funds taken from their personal earnings, from their personal businesses or salaries. Those are the primary sources of funds for the operational expenses of La Verdad Christian College. And to sustain it, they do additional projects to generate funds.)

Each La Verdad scholar is entitled to free college education, books, uniform and meals without paying any amount.

Scholars from the provinces are also provided with free lodging, regardless of religious affiliation as long as they have the interest and perseverance to learn.

“Free tuition po talaga as in walang binabayaran maski miscellaneous fees po. Tapos aside pa doon may free lunch pa, may free uniform pa tapos minsan pati mga instructional materials ibinibigay sa amin ng libre – paggamit ng computer sa library, walang bayad, walang internet fee unlike doon sa ibang university,” said La Verdad scholar Carein Claire Viray.

“I can never thank them enough doon sa ginawa nila kasi ang dami nilang buhay na natulungan,” said another scholar, Paul John Nadela.

(I can never thank them enough for what they have done because they have helped many lives.)

“Iyon ang catch doon. They don’t ask anything in return. There are so many scholarships available sa labas and oftentimes after they graduate mandated ka nang magtrabaho ng ganito, mag-render ng ganito or anything and doon sa scholarship na ibinibigay sa amin ni Bro. Eli at Kuya hindi lang siya for academic purposes. Hindi lang nakaka-enrich ng mind pati ng spirit,” he added.

(That’s the catch there. They don’t ask anything in return. There are so many scholarships available outside and oftentimes after you graduated, you are mandated to work for them, to render service or do anything [for them]. The scholarship that Bro. Eli and Kuya provide does not serve for academic purposes only. It does not enrich the mind but also the spirit.)

Aside from the free scholarship provided by LVCC, many charitable works are being jointly operated and supported by MCGI and UNTV such as the daily free ride, medical mission, legal consultation and programs that extend assistance to those in need such as UNTV Cup and concerts for a cause.

A ‘peculiar feast’: MCGI invites homeless, PWDs to a sumptuous meal in a global celebration

UNTV News   •   February 25, 2019

Fiesta ng Dios

We are exceedingly thankful to God for the opportunity to share the love that He has taught us during our #FeastDedicatedToGod (Fiesta ng Dios).Watch our event’s highlights and remember moments we’ve created together with our fellowmen. Thanks be to God and to God be the glory!

Posted by Members Church of God International on Sunday, 24 February 2019
The highlights of MCGI’s ‘Fiesta ng Dios,’ a celebration dedicated to God.

PAMPANGA, Philippines – Festivals or ‘fiestas’ are common in the Philippines tracing back its origin to the country’s Spanish colonial roots. They came to be for a variety of reasons – cultural but mostly religious celebrations named after Catholic saints.

During these occasions, Filipinos prepare sumptuous meals and often invite local dignitaries and government officials to join their feast. Friends and families hop from one house to another to wish the host goodwill for the rest of the year.

But for the first time, Members Church of God International (MCGI) organized a peculiar feast dedicated to God Almighty, the true feast that was practiced by the early Christians in the Holy Scriptures.

MCGI opened all doors of its chapters across the globe to welcome their special guests – the homeless, the poor, the beggars, the persons with disability (PWD) and street children – to a sumptuous meal, gift-giving, games and entertainment.

Such a gesture was in line with the group’s basic doctrine and advocacy written in the book of Luke, chapter 14, verse 13:

“But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”

The group’s overall servant, Bro. Eliseo Soriano, explained the essence of hosting such a one-of-a-kind feast that was far different from the usual ‘fiesta’ the Filipinos and other nations were accustomed of doing.

“Sa Biblia po may itinuturo na Fiesta Ng Dios pagdiriwang,pagpapasalamat Sa Dios pagkilala ng utang na loob Sa Dios. Ang talaga pong intensyon ng Fiesta Ng Dios ay para yung mga taong kumikilala Sa Kanya ay magdiwang dahil sa Kanya,” Bro. Eli explained.

“Hindi po tayo nag-imbita ng mga presidente, senador bagaman may mga pumupunta sa atin lalo na ngayong eleksyon. Pero ang inaanyayahan natin iyong sinabi ng ating Panginoong Hesus – iyong mga dukha, mahihirap na kagaya rin namin, mga taong may kapansanan…Alam namin kasi ang mga dukha kagaya rin namin hindi naman araw- araw nakakain ng masarap,” he added.

Aside from the sumptuous lunch, MCGI also opened a free store where underprivileged visitors could get anything they need free of charge.

“Primarily iyong ating mga gusto na sa araw na ito ay mabigyan ng pagkakataon na magawan ng kabutihan. Mayroon tayong free store na nandiyan at may libre po tayo na iba’t ibang services at mga pagkain para sa lahat po iyan,” said MCGI’s second overall servant Bro. Daniel Razon.

A group of indigent Badjaos was also invited to join the festival. They were welcomed by members of ‘Ang Dating Daan’ to a sumptuous meal, gift-giving, games and entertainment.

Members from different parts of the globe – from Africa, Papua New Guinea, Asia to Europe and Brazil in the Americas organized their respective activities in line with the festivity.

Guests couldn’t contain their joy at MCGI’s efforts to make them feel special and give them a little comfort from their every day struggles.

“Malaking pasasalamat po namin na nagkaroon ng wheelchair ang aking anak dahil iyan talaga ang pina-pangarap namin na magkaroon siya ng wheelchair. Ngayon lang siya nagkaroon ng wheelchair,” said Bendito Espiya, mother of wheelchair recipient.

“Masarap sa pakiramdam basta andyan si Lord. OK. Mensahe ko ay sana magtagal pa ang Ang Dating Daan,” said blind recipient Clarissa Caparas.

Seventy-six (76) year-old Mang Rod is a homeless who stays at a place in the affluent neighborhood of Philam Subdivision in Quezon City.

Mang Rod, a 76-year-old newspaper vendor in Quezon City, was one of the invited guests of MCGI’s Fiesta ng Dios.

He earns a living by selling newspaper in the morning and collecting garbage he could sell at night.

He was invited to a nearby MCGI coordinating center where he was able to join the merry-making and eat a whole day’s meal.

He even had take-home freebies and food packs enough for the next day’s meal.

“Maraming [ibinigay], mga damit, pagkain. Mababait ang nagbibigay. Tinutulungan ang mahirap. Kaya wala kang masabi kundi mabait. Nagpapasalamat ako. Ngayon lang ako nakarating dito,” he said thankfully.

Before the festivities ended, Bro.Eli said the occasion will become a regular event for MCGI.

“Iyan po ay para sa lahat. Wala pong koleksyon, walang bayad, wala po tayong kukuning abuloy kahit kanino. Iyan po ay kagandahang-loob ng Dios sa atin na nag- utos sa mga lingkod Niya na magpakain, maghanda. Hindi po masama o labag sa kalooban ng Dios na maghanda tayo para makapagpakain ng kapuwa,” Bro. Eli said.

“Tayo po ay dapat magmahalan, magbigayan, magtulungan at magmalasakitan. Isang uri ng pagmamalasakit na natutunan namin sa DIOS na nakasulat sa Biblia. Lingapin ang mga dukha, ang mga kapus- palad,” he concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Leslie Huidem)


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