The mission to help those in need and those with nothing left in their lives, may it be livelihood, financial and social status, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) New Zealand will never cease to continue what has been started by Brother Eliseo Soriano and Brother Daniel S. Razon with God’s help and mercy.
This special event entitled “The Legacy Continues” was kickstarted as a welfare outreach program to those in need as what Brother Eliseo F. Soriano had in mind and what he had left behind. Members from all over the world were saddened by the news that our preacher, Brother Eliseo F. Soriano had passed away but in God’s perfect time. While doing God’s work, preaching non-stop to reach even the farthest regions of this planet, he hadn’t ceased to stop propagating the Word of God and he did so ‘till his last breath. Giving people hope despite an ongoing pandemic during these treacherous times and never ceasing to do good unto all men, he had left behind Brother Daniel S. Razon, a faithful leader that will continue the advocacy of doing good to all especially those in need. Although he may not be physically present in our midst, he is and will always be present in our hearts as we continue his legacy with God’s help.
Members from all over New Zealand gathered to pack, sort and distribute for two different sub-programs that are part of Brother Eli’s Legacy - the MCGI Feeding Program and the MCGI Free Store. These were held in different locations and in different days to coincide with the Worldwide week-long event of “The Legacy Continues” paving the way of good works while spreading His gospel through this advocacy. Reaching out to fellowmen with little to nothing left, meals and groceries were packed to be given out and spread the good news of this special event.
As it is written in Acts 20:35 (ASV) “In all things I gave you an example. That so laboring ye ought to help the weak. And to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that he himself said. It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Which is the basis of this event’s mission and virtue to do good unto all men especially the weak, for it is the will of God to help men of lower stature.
As we continue to do good to all, just as what Brother Eliseo F. Soriano had left behind as a living memento to all men, the Members Church of God International will unceasingly and zealously continue what he had taught us. Passing the torch to the next generation of God’s servants, reaching out to even the poorest of the poor. With God’s help and mercy, wherever we may be, whatever God has in store for us all, from now onwards the Legacy continues.
Written by: Brother John Gabriel Alovera
Hamilton, New Zealand
To kick off 2020, the brethren and their families gathered together to not only communicate and bond but to commemorate God’s protection, blessing and grace for another year has gone by at Taitua Arboretum, Hamilton on January 27, 2020.
Various types of recreational activities were held throughout the day which gave everyone the opportunity to participate, enjoy and mingle with brethren from distant locale chapters. To start off the activities for the day, a Zumba dance off between the Brothers and Sisters were held and everyone was obliged to join the said activity.
The brethren participated in numerous activities such as the Zumba Dance-off, modified version of Volleyball and the Upside-Down Sack Race. Also the Teatro Kristianos and Choir members performed their intermission number while everyone is enjoying their sumptuous food.
As it is written in Philippians 2:2, "Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind." Even though we’re hours and kilometers apart, we all share one mindset, that is to do good to everyone especially those in our households of faith.
To God be the Glory!
Written by: Brother John Gabriel Alovera
North Island New Zealand
First Corinthians 13:13 states, “ So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love". Love, indeed, is the most substantial gift from God to mankind. Through love, we learn to become affectionate, selfless, and forgiving.
The Members Church of God International (MCGI) brethren in the North Island New Zealand were given another opportunity to celebrate love, particularly of the married couples as they held another Couples’ Night on December 08, 2019. This romantic event, which had a theme called “Ngayon at Kailanman” (Now and Forever) was attended by 28 couples and 19 married brethren who are physically apart from their other halves, solemnly shared the evening with memories and lessons in love to cherish.
Carrying out the spirit of this gathering, brother Eli Soriano and brother Daniel Razon shared words from the Bible explaining the sanctity of marriage and the unity of two people bound together by the true essence of love through God’s law, which says in Matthew 19:6 “So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” A man and a woman bound by the gift of love should, therefore, live together in harmony and faith for as long as the two shall live under the commandment of God as stated in the book of Colossians 3:18-19, which says, “Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them,” or otherwise, disobey His will and commit the act of desertion.
The program was followed by a sumptuous dinner and an open dance floor to enjoy. Young and old, gay and free, everyone was invited to join in and show off their dance moves gracefully. Another worthwhile and successful event happened through God’s help and guidance. The MCGI brethren give back all the glory and honor unto HIM.
May the spirit of love always remain in us and be reminded of these words from the book of I Corinthians 13:7-8, “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.”
Written by: Sis Amy Chan Caco
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