Ang Dating Daan: 38 years of advocating love, hope, and faith through global evangelism and public service

Marje Pelayo   •   December 14, 2018   •   9252

 

For 38 years, the program “Ang Dating Daan” has been consistent in touching the lives of people.

From its humble beginning in the Philippines, the program has prospered and has reached almost all countries in the world.

True to its purpose of preaching the Word of God, the program has exhausted almost all means of communication, this time through cyberspace to further its reach.

Through the collective efforts of its members and by the guidance of Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) which manages the program, has established broadcasts in all continents reaching as far as South America specifically in its largest country, Brazil.

Touching Lives

In Brazil, the program has successfully penetrated even far flung areas in the country.

Almeirim in the state of Para is among the remotest areas in Brazil. To reach Almeirim requires a five-hour travel by plane to reach the closest airport in Macapa, in the states of Amapa. From the airport, one would need another six-hour land travel through the Amazona state to reach the remote village of Almeirim.

One family in the village is thankful to have heard the preaching of the Word of God through the program ‘O Caminho Antigo,’ the Portuguese name of the program ‘Ang Dating Daan.’

“I no longer want to go to church because all I see (and hear) are false teachings,” said the family’s patriarch Francisco Rodrigues in Portuguese.

 

 

(L-R) Ednida Rodrigues and Francisco Rodrigues

Having the longing for the true church, Francisco fervently prayed to God for guidance so he would find the Truth.

“I never asked for wealth, new clothes, car, or a life of luxury. I only asked God for a Church, for the Truth. That’s the only thing I prayed to God,’ he said.

“(I just feel that) God has a Church. God has His people. I just don’t know where to find them. But I know for sure there is God’s people, there is His Church,” said Ednida Rodrigues, Francisco’s wife, who was emotional during the interview.

When Francisco was able to hear the program ‘O Caminho Antigo’ broadcasting through the radio, his attention was immediately caught by the manner Bro. Eli was preaching especially when he explained things supported by Biblical verses.

From that moment on, he said, his views on religion changed. His belief that the group Bro. Eli is leading is the true Church of God has grown more and more. He persisted to establish connections with other members of MCGI in Brazil. To his joy, he was able to receive a response and the group even traveled far to visit their place.

Francisco was overwhelmed.

“It was unbelievable that they traveled a long way to get here. Here in this forest area in the Amazon, a very remote place. I just cannot believe it. A brother knocked at the door to finally administer our baptism. I was overjoyed,” he said.

Francisco and his family are all active Members of the Church of God International (MCGI) and listening to ‘O Caminho Antigo’ has become a household routine for them.

Facts and the Bible

Dubbed as the longest-running religious program in the Philippines, ‘Ang Dating Daan’ has archived a massive collection of audio and video clips of religious triumphs in debates with leaders of different religions not only in the country but also in other countries.

Bro. Eli’s strong will as defender of the Truth in the Bible has captivated even the educated or the professionals in various fields to learn the Word of God.

One of them is Architect Ram Aurelio, a former member of the religious group Construction Ministry.

Former member of the religious group Construction Ministry, Architect Ram Aurelio

Ram admits he used to copy Bro. Eli’s biblical explanations on the internet and share them in his ‘testimonies’ in his former church.

“Marami akong napupulot na hindi mo mapulot doon sa iba. In fairness, I’m not against the other preachers or lecturers when it comes to biblical. Pero ang biblical in major aspects of the society when you talk about the economy, politics, ang cultural background natin bilang isang tao, mas marami kang natututunan doon sa kaniyang lectures base sa laman ng biblia kapag hinimay mo,” Ram said who works as an arbitrator at Construction Industry Arbitration Commission (CIAC) under the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

To his surprise, Ram said, he discovered that some of his co-members in the church were also avid listeners of Bro. Eli’s program “Ang Dating Daan” online.

“Halimbawa mayroon kaming adult fellowship. Kapag dini-discuss, sabi ko parang napanood ko iyan. Alam ko kung saan galing yan. Iisa kami ng source. Iisa kami ng reference,” he happily shared.

Ram said it amazes him how Bro. Eli convinces people even those who belong to the so-called upper classes in the society and makes them believe in the Bible with the way he relates things with the verses in the Bible.

“(In) history kasi lumabas din ito, iyong mga history nung architectural facts. Ginagamit din niya. Iyong major aspects of the society wherein the cultural aspect of the society ay ginagamit niya lahat. Mahalaga iyon kasi when you talk about facts dapat alam mo lahat i-giya itong mga ito, kunin lahat. Hindi lang pwedeng ang paguusapan ninyo is all about religion. When you talk about legal, when you talk about economy…kahit saan ka pumunta,” he explained.

Architect Ram said he feels proud that Bro. Eli is a Filipino, someone who is courageous enough to stand for the Biblical truth even against other religions proclaiming themselves as true.

“Proud ako na isa siyang Pilipino.  Hindi lang naman ako ang nagsasabi niyan pati yung mga kaibigan ko, na may isang Pilipino na tumitindig pag dating sa aspeto ng Bible,” he said.

Ram hopes to see Bro. Eli in person someday so he could personally ask questions to further widen his knowledge about the Holy Scriptures.

Meanwhile, De La Salle law professor, Atty. Jose Mejia, considers himself a student of God’s law despite being an expert in the Constitution and court laws,

De La Salle law professor, Atty. Jose Mejia

He admits Bro. Eli is his favorite when it comes to exploring the Bible.

“Napaka sensible noong mga sinasabi niya. Ang kaniyang mga message ay very timely, universal at talagang, sa akin, may napupulot ako,” the former member of the Judicial Bar Council (JBC) said.

He testifies that Bro. Eli’s manner of preaching the Word of God is exceptional.

“Very credible. Ang dating sa akin parang hindi yung parang run-off-the-mill. Hindi (gaya ng) some people just mouthing phrases from the Bible. Sa kaniya, makikita mo talagang aral, at talagang may mga batayan yung mga sinasabi niya. Sabi ko nga, universal. Ako, hindi ako kasapi ng Dating Daan, pero pinapakinggan ko siya kasi nga naiaangkop ko ito sa aking pang-araw-araw na buhay,’ he said.

Like Ram, Atty. Mejia admires Bro. Eli’s knowledge in almost all aspects of life which makes him so credible as he relates everyday life with insights from the Holy Scriptures which he shares in his program.

“Sabi ko nga ibang klase itong taong ito. Talagang erudite, I think that’s the term. Aral. Hindi nagpapanggap. Lahat ng discipline mayroon siyang alam.

 38th years of unconditional love, hope, and unwavering faith

Through the years, the world has become a stage of chaos, violence, poverty and various evils. People have become lovers of self than being selfless.

But through the works of God, there remain a religious program that advocates genuine love and willingness to serve others without asking for anything in return.

This is how MCGI’s Ang Dating Daan has been known for decades and the people behind it who were taught to honor God through good works.

Among the group’s projects include free ride, medical, legal and dental service; free college education; free facilities for the elderly and orphans as well as regular blood donation drives and other public services.

 

In celebration of the program Ang Dating Daan’s 38th years of advocating unconditional love, hope and unwavering faith to the Lord, MCGI gives thanks to God for making Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel instruments in answering questions of faith and reaching out to the needy, regardless of religion, race and status in life.

“That’s one of the reasons why we are not afraid to shout all of these things because we believe that with God’s help, the doctrines that we have heard from Bro. Eli Soriano are doctrines that are purely written in the Bible,” said Bro. Daniel Razon, MCGI’s second overall servant and Ang Dating Daan’s director and producer.

“There are components of true religion. Number one is charity, to visit, to be compassionate to the fatherless, and to the widows, to the less fortunate. To practice charity is part of the true religion in the Bible. It is pure religion and undefiled,” the program’s host, Bro. Eliseo Soriano always tells his listeners.

Ang Dating Daan began airing on AM Radio in 1980 and began its broadcast on television in 1983.

With the advent of modern technology, the program became known in the religious world and reached households across the globe.

It is now translated into different languages specifically English, Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Hindi and many more including local dialects. — Marje Pelayo

MCGI brings hope in a time of pandemic; gives away free food, goods to the poor

Marje Pelayo   •   April 12, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — In celebration of the life and legacy of Brother Eli Soriano, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) set up a week-long public service to Filipinos and foreign beneficiaries in its various chapters in the Philippines and abroad.

The project entitled, “The Legacy Continues” is a tribute to Brother Eli’s unrelenting service to the poor and those in need during his lifetime.

The week-long celebration ran from April 4 to 10 and served thousands of beneficiaries here and abroad.

First among its public services is the MCGI Free Store where recipients can get their basic needs for free.

“Minsan kapag tinitignan mo parang imposible na mayroong ganun na manlilibre. Lahat nga tayo natamaan ng pandemya pero despite of that, itong MCGI ay gumawa pa rin ng paraan para at least kahit papaano makatulong sa mga nangangailangan,” said beneficiary Jerry Lingaling.

Among the beneficiaries are persons with disability (PWDs), persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) and people of all ages, from all walks of life across the globe.

“I am actually surprised that there is such an organization.. It’s such a better world if everyone is willing to cooperate together,” said Aaron Quay, a Malaysian location/event planner in Kuala Lumpur who helped MCGI Malaysia chapter in organizing the event.

The project set the social media abuzz with images, videos and testimonies of recipients sharing their heartwarming experiences inside the MCGI Free Store.

One of them is Ederlinda Clariza who said it was her first time to experience shopping. Her image was captured by netizen Heidee Baderamos.

Pasensya na hindi ako Marunong mag grocery
First time ko kasi ito

Simula maliit anak ko yung gatas nya sa tindahan…

Posted by Heidee R Balderamos on Friday, April 9, 2021

Netizen Josie Carl Le Blanc posted on his social media page that he left his house with only a P20-bill in his wallet but was grateful to go home with a bag full of free items from the MCGI Free Store.

Bente lang laman ng wallet ko, pero binigyan ako ni Lord ng libreng grocery 🥰

Thankyou
Dating Daan
#FREESTORE
Thankyou 😘😘
Mark Kabigting Cenizal
Lea Lizli-an Libaste Amper

Posted by Josiecarl Leblanc on Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Meanwhile, frontline medical workers of the National Center for Mental Health in Mandaluyong City also took part in the initiative.

Instead of keeping the food packs from MCGI for themselves, they chose to give them to their patients.

“Nagpapasalamat ako sa MCGI Feeding Program kasi napakasarap ang tumulong lalo sa mga maliliit, sa mga less fortunate na katulad ng mga in-patient natin,” said Esther dela Cruz, the Center’s assistant chief dietician.

An Unexpected Reunion

Sa mga taong nag ppm po sakin, pasensya na at di ko po kayo maisa-isa. salamat sa Dios kasama na ni Kuya Frederick ang…

Posted by Kath C. Calibayan on Saturday, April 10, 2021

Netizen Kath Calibayan posted the heartwarming story of a homeless beneficiary who was able to reunite with his loved ones after his photo at the feeding program led to a way back home.

Kath received a text message from the man’s relatives after she posted his picture receiving a food pack from MCGI.

Kath’s posts showed the man’s new look after he was reunited with his family.

 

In Service to Humanity

From April 4 to 10, the MCGI was able to render the following services in the Philippines and abroad (as of April 11, 2021):

MCGI FREE STORE
(Recipients may shop for free items they need from the store.)

Beneficiaries – 77,558
Locations – 2,030

MCGI FEEDING PROGRAM
(Recipients receive free food packs prepared by MCGI Volunteers)

Number of Food Packs released – 634,063
Locations – 7,484

WISH GRANTING AND TABLET REQUESTS
(MCGI grants free tablets for online classes and small livelihood packages by request)

Beneficiaries – 1,200

MCGI FREE POTABLE WATER PROJECT
(MCGI installs free water pump in remote communities in the Philippines and abroad)

Beneficiaries

Philippines
Brgy. San Andres, Tanay, Rizal
Brgy. Daraitan Tanay, Rizal
Brgy. Tubuan, Pila, Laguna
Brgy. Aplaya, Pila, Laguna
Brgy. Gabong Pook, Pila, Laguna
Bato, Camarines Sur

Abroad

Cordon Ecologico, Sta. Cruz, Bolivia
Pueblo Viejo, Colombia
Profam sector 1 Yura, Arequipa-Perú
Profam sector 2 Yura, Arequipa-Perú
Profam sector 3 Yura, Arequipa-Perú
Talanga, Honduras

The week-long activity is just the start for Members, Church of God International (MCGI) as it is brewing more genuine charity works through its servant Brother Daniel Razon.

“Salamat po sa Dios, sa isang buong taon ng Kanyang pag iingat sa atin at sa pag gabay din sa atin dito sa ating Serbisyong Bayanihan. Pero hindi po dito nagtatapos ang ating paggawa dahil sa awa’t tulong po ng Panginoon, atin pong ipagpapatuloy ang pag abot sa ating mga kapwa tao may pandemya man o wala,” said Kuya Daniel.

“Gaya po ng aral na itinawid sa atin ni Bro. Eli Soriano na gumawa ng mabuti sa lahat with God’s help and mercy Bro. Eli’s legacy of hope, faith and most especially love will continue through the good works of the Members of the Church of God International,” he concluded.

MCGI’s week-long public service activity was aired over UNTV and on the Internet through its official social media accounts.

 

MCGI Free Store, timely and relevant — DSWD

Maris Federez   •   March 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Representatives from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Sunday were delighted by the global launching of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) Free Store.

DSWD-NCR Director Vic Tomas said they were in awe of the concept of the MCGI Free Store, stressing that the project is very timely and relevant amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

He noted that the Free Store is responsive to the needs of the people, especially the poor and those who were rendered jobless by the pandemic.

He also underscored how the project is open to all regardless of religious and political affiliation.

“Thank you po sa opportunity and, of course, sa ating mga kasama sa MCGI. Talagang this is a very noble at saka talagang very timely, very relevant and responsive dahil yun nga ang tulong na ito ay walang pili we are here to share what God has given us,” Tomas said.

Tomas also took note of the strict implementation of the minimum health standards such as physical distancing, wearing of face masks, and face shields in all the free stores.

Tomas said this sets a good example to all in the government and even in organizations in the private sector.

“Even the LGUs, they have their own strengths. Iba-iba yung kanilang istratehiya on how to address the problem. And this is a very good template na matularan na iba pang may ganun ding puso, ginintuang puso to reach out,” he said.

Tomas assures that the DSWD will continue to be supportive of the MCGI in all its public services.

Meanwhile, MCGI representative, Bro. Danny Navales said that these services will continue as all the brethren unite to extend help to others.

“Maimungkahi  tao sa pagbibigay ng hindi naman niya na kailangan o ng gamit na hindi ginagamit o bagay na labis sa kanya na alam naman nating marami ang nangangailangan,” he said.

The MCGI Free Store was originally conceptualized and spearheaded by Bro. Eli Soriano exclusively for the members of the church.

After successfully offering the store to the brethren, Bro. Daniel Razon pushed to open it to the public, in deference to the legacy of Bro. Eli.

“Napakaganda ng bunga nito at yan ay ating ipinagpapasalamat natin ng maraming-marami sa Dios na mayroon tayong isang kagaya ni Kuya Daniel at Bro. Eli na ang malasakit sa kapwa tao hindi lamang sa kapatiran,” Navales added. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV correspondent Dante Amento)

The Bro. Eli Soriano legacy

Maris Federez   •   February 15, 2021

Multi-awarded televangelist and humanitarian, Brother Eli Soriano

Eliseo Fernando Soriano, more popularly known as Brother Eli, was a Filipino televangelist and the Overall Servant of the Members Church of God International (MCGI).

The world knew him as fearless, intelligent, and frank – exceptional traits that enticed people from all walks of life to listen and watch his preaching of the Word of God, which he began almost six decades ago.

UNTV has been very fortunate to be the home network of Ang Dating Daan or The Old Path, the longest-running religious program in the Philippines which was hosted by Bro Eli.

The world-renowned preacher became popular through his Bible expositions in “Itanong mo kay Soriano, Biblia ang Sasagot”, wherein he uncovered different false teachings of various pastors and religions.

It was in these expositions that people worldwide recognized and admired his manner of answering thrown-in questions about the Bible live and on the spot, leaving nothing unanswered.  No other religious groups have attempted to replicate his style of teaching the word of God.

The world had been a witness on how Bro. Eli had a big heart for helping the needy just as he had kept the passion of preaching the word of God burning in his heart.

While the world stood still because of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Bro Eli continued to reach out to people and propagate the good news of God through television and web-streaming – winning thousands of souls and leading them to the promised salvation of God.

And while feeding the minds and souls of people, Bro Eli also endeavored to fill the stomach and nourish the body of those who had been adversely affected by the pandemic. Through his directive, volunteers from the MCGI all over the world donated food and other necessities to get people by during this challenging time.

UNTV has been the primary partner of the MCGI in rendering public service to Filipinos and non-Filipinos alike.

Bro Eli, along with UNTV President and CEO Daniel Razon, was behind all the station’s charity works such as home care facilities for the orphans, homeless, widows; feeding programs; free education; medical and legal mission; and other public service programs.

While Bro Eli may no longer be with us physically, all of his advocacies and legacy will continue — a true brother to all, a loving grandfather, a caring parent to orphans and a lowly servant to all his followers.

Thanks be to God for your life, Bro Eli Soriano — a truly Filipino pride.

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