Auckland, New Zealand
On December 6, 2018 the Members Church of God International (MCGI) in Auckland New Zealand gathered to donate blood at a larger venue at QBE Stadium in Albany.
This is the group’s first time donating in a public mobile blood collection centre instead of going to the usual donation centre of NZ Blood Service in Takapuna.
This change of location is a result of the increasing number of volunteer donors from the church and the need for a bigger venue. A total of seventeen donors came to donate where all had given blood successfully.
This event is timely in conjunction with MCGI’s “The Old Path” (TOP) 38th anniversary in advocating love, hope and faith.
MCGI chapters all over the world have been engaging in public services that helps fellow citizens, the community and the environment. Such services include blood donations, aged care volunteering (elder care), clean up drives, tree planting and many more.
In the holy scriptures virtues of love, hope and faith are being taught, “ And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love”, 1 Corinthians 13:13 (NKJV).
This is why the MCGI brethren continue to donate blood to show love and instil hope and faith to fellow Kiwis.
With seventeen successful donors, a total of 7,900 ml of blood was collected which could help save the lives of up to 50 people.
Did you know that one bag of donated blood is separated into three components (red blood cells, platelets and plasma) and that the majority of this will help patients with haematology cancers and disorders. The red blood cell component helps with anaemia and improve the oxygenation and energy levels of blood cancer patients.
The platelet component helps with clotting and prevents excessive bleeding while the plasma component is further broken down into products that will help people with immunodeficiency, clotting problems etc. In addition to this, blood transfusions are widely used in patients with trauma, people in labour and patients having surgery.
The MCGI brethren in Auckland attended the public mobile blood collection service at QBE stadium wearing their “The Old Path” (TOP) anniversary t-shirts.
The event was successful with God’s help. The donors left the venue feeling blessed and thankful in their hearts that they have been used as instruments in saving other people’s lives.
Written by: Sister Afe Fernandez
Papakura, New Zealand
Twelve successful donors lined up to donate blood at the grounds of the Blood Donor Centre in Manukau during the Blood Donation drive last August 28, 2018.
Brethren from MCGI believe that giving blood can save lives. When we give blood, we are offering a part of our lives to save the life of someone else.
It is one way we obey the law, which is to love thy neighbour as thyself (Mark 12:31) and Jesus said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13). If we are called to lay down our lives for others, we can surely give some of our blood to help save those in need of them.
Not only are MCGI members encouraged to do good for others, but Brother Eli Soriano and Brother Daniel Razon call on everyone to grab every God-given opportunity that they may come across or they may find to do good.
Written by: Sister Jona Enriquez - Panganiban
The Members Church of God International (MCGI) in Auckland volunteered to donate blood at NZ Blood Service Takapuna on August 16 & 23, 2018. Twenty-two registered church blood donors attended the event resulting in twenty successful donations.
MCGI’s quarterly blood donation drive is an international movement initiated by the church’s Presiding minister Brother Eliseo Soriano and Vice Presiding minister Brother Daniel Razon. Brethren all over the world participate in this mission to follow the bible’s teachings of doing good deeds to others as stated in Galatians 6:10; “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith”.
Did you know that one blood donation can help save up to three lives? According to NZ blood, they filter the donated blood and separate it into red blood cells, platelets and plasma. These blood products are used to treat different types of patients like people who have haematological disorders, accident and burn patients, people undergoing surgery labour and many more.
On the event, NZ blood’s donor recruiter Ms. Beth Brannen visited the members donating blood and expressed her gratitude for their continuous support.
Written by: Sister Afe Fernandez
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