Apalit, Pampanga Philippines – Typhoon “Ondoy” has ravaged the majority of Luzon Island with its strong winds and heavy rains. The downpour continuously started last Friday, September 25, until early Sunday in Apalit, Pampanga, Philippines and caused bottlenecks and heavy traffic jams on major expressways in Luzon.
However, this did not stop the Members of the Church of God International, popularly known to the public as the Ang Dating Daan, to head to the Ang Dating Daan International Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga to hear the pure and untarnished words of GOD in the Bible through His chosen messenger in this present dispensation, Bro. Eliseo F. Soriano or Bro. Eli for short.
Bro. Daniel S. Razon, the Vice-Presiding Minister of the Congregation (also popularly known as Mr. Public Service, who heads the UNTV 37 station) delivered the first part of the texto (topic) for that day. It was also unexpected that Bro. Daniel Razon would be gracing the thanksgiving since it was known that he was abroad to help Bro. Eli spread the Words of God in the Bible and that many shall be baptized to the folds of the truth, of God.
The second part of the topic was preached by Bro. Eli, giving deeper details to the texto. As expected, the whole congregation once again felt so much happiness to see unfold before their eyes the new aspects of truth of God in the Bible which were never or shall never be heard from any pastors.
The brethren who were celebrators for the thanksgiving offered songs of praises to God whom the congregation is worshipping. Celebrators in the said thanksgiving include the West and North districts of Metro Manila, local and international thanks-givers and the newly baptized brethren both here and abroad.
Immediately after the celebration of thanksgiving, the presiding minister of MCGI Bro. Eli Soriano had given instructions to prepare food, clothing, blankets and bedsheets for the brethren. Songs of praises were given by the members who stayed for the night. That instance was as if the International Thanksgiving to our God had already commenced. The singing and dancing were led by the Teatro Kristiano and the Music Ministry Core. Though in the midst of calamity, the Church of God International (even after the regular celebration of Thanksgivings) were not stopped in singing songs of praises and dancing dances of joys for the Lord God whom we adore and worship.
THERE WERE SINGING OF SONGS OF PRAISES AND WORDS OF THANKS TO GOD – EVEN IN THE MIDST OF THE EYE OF THE STORM.
The Members of the Church of God International shall always be giving thanks and praises to the One whom praises and thanks should be rightfully and spiritually rendered. The members shall always be hopeful and thankful, RAIN OR SHINE. And nothing shall stop them from doing so, till the day of redemption comes, and even beyond it.
Sunday morning around 5:30am, the Sun made its presence felt for a couple of minutes. The floods in some parts of the region have subsided, and rain has stopped for the meantime. This picture was taken in Apalit Pampanga, Philippines.