Auckland, New Zealand
The world we live in is a sign of God’s love to mankind. Genesis 2:9 states, “And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil”.
The Members Church of God International (MCGI) appreciates all of His creation. The air we breathe, the birds that sing, and the trees that grow around us. Living on the values that brother Eli Soriano and brother Daniel Razon constantly share to all the brethren as guided by the holy scriptures from Ephesians 3:6, “That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel”, each took part in a purposeful activity that supports beautification of the environment that would benefit mankind in the future.
On September 7, the brethren from different chapters in the North Island of New Zealand partnered with the Auckland Council to do a tree-planting activity which aimed to plant fourteen hundred different kinds of trees on the pathway of a suburb in Roberts Field, Te Atatu. About 60-80 participants planted various types of plants and trees along the 17km stretch public pathway. One of the environmentalists presented a short demonstration to show the proper handling and safety in planting, hence, all ages took part and found that tree-planting is an easy and fun activity.
Tegan Illingworth, Whau River Catchment Trust Restoration Coordinator, wholeheartedly expressed her warm and sincere gratitude to all the participants who made this project a success. The activity finished earlier than the expected time due to the huge number of volunteers who participated in this event. To maximise the remaining time in the area, another environment enthusiast discussed general information about birds, their habitat, and the unique sounds they make.
MCGI has once again showed faith and unity in this project. As brother Daniel always reminds the brethren that, “Good deeds will bear no evil fruit”. Each member became a helping hand to do His good will unto others as inspired by the words of God from 1 Corinthians 3:9, “For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building”.
With cheerful hearts, MCGI New Zealand gives back all the glory and honor to God for giving us another opportunity to be used as His instrument in doing righteousness. Galatians 6:9, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not”.
Written by: Sister Amy Chan Caco
South Island New Zealand
Most of us want to find the one, once you found the one? Would you fight till the end?
Nowadays, we get amazed when we see couples stay together until their last breath. This only shows that true love does exist in a world where divorce, annulment and separation are very common.
As husband and wife, you have already fought and won hundreds, if not thousands of battles together. You treat each other as comrades, best friends and lovers.
If you truly love someone, it seems like this lifetime is not enough to spend your moments together.
In the Church of God, according to the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ, it is vital for couples to stay together until the end. As the verses in the Bible say,
1 Corinthians 7:10 (ESV)
To the married I give this charge (not I, but the Lord): the wife should not separate from her husband.
Ephesians 5:28 (ESV)
In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
For that reason, on the 18th of August, a couples’ night was held, with the theme “A Thousand Years”.
This event was organised to reminiscence the past, bring back the sweet romance and strengthen the couple’s love. A romantic environment was set up to create the ambiance for the couples to enjoy the night.
The event paved way for new talents to be revealed led by the hosts Brother Ting and Sister Syhrel. Couples also took to the dance floor to share a sweet dance.
The highlight was the Brother Daniel‘s call to rejuvenate the love that once brought them together. Couples were asked to list the characteristics or the traits that brought them to their partners. He also emphasised the importance of not only expressing and showing love through actions, but also once in a while, express the love for their spouses in words. To forgive and forget the mistakes that were done in the past, by saying "sorry" and "I love you" is also vital in the foundation of every relationship. Kuya Daniel quoted the song The Past by Ray Parker Jr. singing, “so let’s not bring the past back anymore”.
Kuya Daniel closed out the evening with the saying “what happens next is up to you”.
To God be the Glory!
Written by: Sister Mariel Ansit
“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” – James 1:27 (KJV)
A year has gone by unbeknown to us, but as the days fly by quickly, The Members Church of God International (MCGI) will not stop and be hindered in doing God’s will and commandment.
Brethren from all throughout New Zealand continued and will continuously pursue the will of the Lord with God’s help and mercy. Helping the needy, the poor, the lame, the old and the such, shall be rewarded by God himself in the last days. As it is written in Hebrews 13:16 (NIV), “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”.
By doing such deeds, God Himself is pleased as the act of kindness towards others render God as the one Almighty God above all. In reminiscence of the Good Deeds that the Brethren have done throughout last year and this year, we dedicate this to God the Father and to every soul that has received His blessing.
The Home for the Elderly as defined by some is a retirement home and a multi-residence facility specially made for the elderly people.
Although uncommon in the Philippines, Brethren, who are only just mere strangers to the elderly residents of each facilities treated them as family as they entertain them with songs and different activities.
Monthly visits to Elder Care Facilities were held and hosted by the Brethren in partnership with the staffs present in their respective facilities nationwide. Brethren from all chapters of New Zealand, although far from each other, shared the same sentiments, values and faith that they have received as they continue to pursue the will of the Lord.
These visits also served as a valuable lesson to the brethren as they have witnessed the elderly people come and go for they have reached their peak in life.
Life, a gift to us from God served them well as they have fulfilled their purpose in life, to have a family, to prosper, to grow old and return to where they began.
Saddened by these unexpected events, both the staffs and the brethren still continued to visit and entertain the elders that remain in their respective facilities throughout the country.
As it is written in Acts 20:35 (ESV), “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” By doing so, in helping the weak, the elderly, the lame and the poor, not only are we helping them, we are glorifying the Almightiness of God the Father.
To God be the Glory!
Written by: Brother John Gabriel Alovera
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