Charities

“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.”

(Acts 20:35, ASV)

While one can say that Bro. Eli is “talkative” when it comes to preaching God’s words, many know that he isn’t one who is all talk.

In fact, despite his old age, Bro. Eli continues to labor so that he can keep the varied charities he initiated and supports.
Charities

Feeding Program

Bro. Eli Soriano began his feeding program as a local mission in the Church of God International during his days as a young Church worker.

Today, his feeding programs in the Philippines and abroad help many living on less than a dollar a day to get through to their next meal — rooting from a virtue he has had early on in life.
A little girl at a feeding program in Manila, Philippines.

I know what it’s like to work on an empty stomach or go home after work and have only rice and sugar to eat.”

Beside the Ang Dating Daan Mobile Clinic, beneficiaries of one of MCGI’s medical missions in Manila are also given free food before their checkups.

Early Inspiration

They say that “Charity begins at home.” In the case of Bro. Eli, it rings solidly true through the good examples his parents have shown.

The Soriano family’s warm and welcoming home was always ready to feed their fellow Church members, relatives, neighbors, friends — even passers-by asking for directions or weary street vendors dropping by to sell their merchandise.

Bro. Eli’s parents would treat them to a breakfast of hot coffee, stir-fried rice, dried fish, smoked meat, and eggs.

In abundance or shortage, they cared for their house guests — one of the reasons why they were well-loved and respected in their community.

A Biblical Virtue

Now, as the Overall Servant in the Members Church of God International (MCGI), Bro. Eli still loves feeding others, whether by sponsoring for or by cooking their meals himself.

And while he has seen this example from his parents who were already members of the Church of God then, more importantly, he has found it as a biblical virtue to uphold — and teach others to do the same:

Members of the Church of God International in Africa serving free food to their fellow people in need.

Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

—The Lord Jesus Christ, Matthew 25:34-35, 40

This is the reason why in the early days of MCGI, Bro. Eli would go around the Thanksgiving venue; he would have food on-hand to give to poor brethren who came to the event without money for meals.

To this day, even when he is thousands of miles away, there’s still a line of people every Thanksgiving service in the Philippines and in different countries who receive free food.

Together with their parents, students at the Sto. Rosario National High School in Nueva Ecija await the free food given during the 100-Day Feeding Program by Bro. Eli Soriano and MCGI.

With God’s help, Bro. Eli tries his best to conduct feeding programs for people ranging from schoolchildren to the elderly — in hopes that one day, he will be warmly welcomed in Paradise because he has fed the Lord Jesus Christ through His brethren.

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La Verdad College

We have spent much to establish this school, and much is to be spent still to sustain it. But we do not look at the amount.

The idea of a person giving someone, or in this case, many, a good chance at quality education may be easily regarded as remarkable. But Bro. Eli, together with Bro. Daniel Razon, points to a more profound source of reason and inspiration:

“It is a sign of those who profess they are of God to understand the needs of their poor fellows. As we can read in I John 3:17, that if you see your brother in need and you have something to share but you shut up your mercy, how will the love of God dwell in you?

“So for God’s love to dwell in a man, he must have the ability to understand the needs even of those who do not ask for his help.”

Starting Small

Being the Overall Servant of MCGI for about four decades now, it means that Bro. Eli is no stranger to wishes from members, and even non-members. Among these is help in paying the tuition fees of their children.

And even when Bro. Eli just had small businesses to help finance his preaching needs, the bachelor would be faced with school bills of other people’s children. But in faith, he happily did so.

Time however came when requests for educational assistance were too many already as the organization grew.

And thus birthed the La Verdad Christian School at MCGI’s Philippine headquarters in Apalit, Pampanga with a few hundred students.

Eventually, with God’s help and mercy, it became the La Verdad Christian College (LVCC): One in Pampanga and another in Caloocan in Metro Manila.

The school has now given thousands of its indigent scholars coming from different religious and ethnic backgrounds a chance to get a better job and quality of life — and all because two men want to keep God’s love dwelling in them.

Take a tour at La Verdad Christian College and see what its students have to say about their school.

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Transient Home

It was one of MCGI’s weekly
Thanksgivings when Bro. Eli told the congregation that he had talked with Bro. Daniel about a film he saw with “a place where homeless people could spend the night in for free.”

The movie was Will Smith’s “The Pursuit of Happyness” in 2007.

And thinking of his fellowmen in the Philippines, Bro. Eli wished that there could be one in his home country.

Little did Bro. Eli know that Bro. Daniel had also watched the same film and bore the same idea in mind.

And with God’s help and mercy, Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel inaugurated the Kamanggagawa Foundation Transient Home along EDSA in Quezon City on October 29, 2008.

Apart from offering a free meal and a bed, social workers were on standby to assess the cases of the transients and whether they would need further help.

The Transient Home welcomed hundreds of transients brought under its roof from varying scenarios.

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After all, that’s what it’s for. A beacon of hope and an edifice of safety, indeed. But more importantly, it’s an instrument by which Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel are able to follow God’s admonition to do good unto all.

As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

—The Apostle Paul, Galatians 6:10, KJV

Currently, Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel are preparing a bigger and better free transient home that will house more people looking for a safe space to spend the night or day.

Supported Charities

UNTV Cup

UNTV Cup

The first-ever charity basketball league on television has been supported by Bro. Eli Soriano since the launch of its first season in July 2013. UNTV Cup gathers public servants from various agencies of the government to benefit each team’s chosen charitable institution.
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Songs for Heroes

Songs for Heroes

Songs for Heroes, a series of benefit concerts that started in 2015, is dedicated to the bereaved families of the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines. The endeavor has given over PHP 21M with personal donations from Bro. Eli Soriano.
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Libreng Sakay

Libreng Sakay

Libreng Sakay, a project of MCGI Assistant Overall Servant Bro. Daniel Razon, was launched in 2007. It offers free transportation to the general public, primarily in Metro Manila's main highways, as well as in some provinces and areas around the country.
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Medical Missions

Medical Missions

From the checkups to the equipment to the medicine, Bro. Eli helps fund the medical missions of MCGI in the Philippines and in other countries.
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La Verdad Diagnostic Center

La Verdad Diagnostics Center

The La Verdad Diagnostic Center opened in December 2017 in Apalit Pampanga. It offers free services such as hematology, blood chemistry, x-ray, dental x-ray, ultrasound, 2D echo, and EKG, among others. The diagnostic center, which features state-of-the-art machines and laboratory equipment, is free for anyone in need.
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Orphanages

Orphanages

Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel established an Infant Care Center in Apalit, Pampanga. The haven for abandoned babies runs with the guidance of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). MCGI also has centers for minors who were neglected or were voluntarily turned over by their parents or guardians due to poverty.
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Elderly Care

Elderly Care

Bro. Eli's care for the elderly is demonstrated through the Charity Home for the Aged established in 2005 in Apalit, Pampanga. With God’s help and mercy, residents of the charity home receive free meals, clothes, vitamins, and necessary medical assistance from Bro. Eli and MCGI. The group also opened other charity homes for the elderly in key areas across the country to serve more abandoned senior citizens.
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Livelihood Programs

Livelihood Programs

Bro. Eli supports the needy and less fortunate through UNTV's program, "Munting Pangarap" (Small Wish). Launched in October 2008, the program has helped numerous recipients by putting up micro-business and granting their other requests. Bro. Eli started the endeavor in MCGI where he grants such requests by poor members of the Church.
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And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

—The Apostle John, 1 John 4:16

TO GOD BE THE GLORY