The sick healed; the elderly cared for; and wayward children find heart once more to obey their parents.
Though The Old Path is a far cry from touch-your-TV-screen-and-get-suddenly-well kind of programming, the peace of mind and goodwill it has inculcated in people throughout its three-decade run remains nothing short of a miracle.
Three’s A Crew
From the beginning, The Old Path has already been a wonder of sorts. Manned (and “womaned”) by only three production crew members, the Ang Dating Daan (ADD) broadcast started on radio in 1980 via DWWA 1206 KHz.
Its live biblical Q & A format soon gained popularity among its listeners, and just months after, Bro. Eli was invited to the Dis is Manolo and His G.E.N.I.U.S. Family radio program. The show originally featured a panel of preachers from various religions to entertain the listeners’ queries. Not long after being on board, the Bible-based preacher would become its sole resource person.
In 1983, ADD would start its television broadcast on IBC 13 with a total of three people behind the whole production. Bro. Eliseo Soriano was the host and Sis. Luz Cruz was the researcher and executive producer. Bro. Daniel Razon, who was still in high school then, became the director, editor, sound man as well as other technical positions needed for a TV show to run.
Now, that same radio-television show is being carried by cable lines, Internet packets, and seven satellites circling the globe. To Portuguese-speaking nations, it is known as O Caminho Antigo; to Spanish-speaking peoples, as El Camino Antiguo. And the list goes on of the languages that Ang Dating Daan is now heard in.
But while broadcast milestones and breakthroughs are undeniable achievements of The Old Path, its crowning glory will always be the countless people it has helped, and taught to help.
34 Years That Count
In the Philippines, they are known as the Ang Dating Daan or ADD, a term that has perhaps been perpetually cemented in the minds of many Filipinos to be the name of the Church. But in both legal and biblical lexicality, the organization behind the program is known as the Members Church of God International or MCGI.
Of course, elsewhere, MCGI is recognized as Membros Igreja de Deus Internacionale or Miembros Iglesia de Dios Internacionale or in any other translation of the Church’s name where its members can be found.
However, should memory fail to remember proper appellation, it can always turn to pro bono action.
Free medical missions, public transport rides, sheltering and feeding programs are just some of the charities that the MCGI brethren commit to daily. Add free college programs; homes for the elderly, youths, and abandoned babies; and that most noble of public services: Reading and giving God’s advice, Gospel; the world now has a miraculous thing unfolding before its very eyes. If anything, it is a remarkable set of events reminiscent of the time when early Christians preached in diverse languages simultaneously and healed the un-whole without remuneration; albeit with the aid of modern science and technology.
To imagine that all these sprung from and flourished in a third-world country like the Philippines may leave others in unbelief, as miracles often do. But despite all odds, The Old Path has proven to be the program it always was — one of faith, hope and love. Basa. (Read)
Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. (Jeremiah 6:16, KJV)