The international religious organization that is the Members Church of God International (MGCI) started with just a small group of Filipino believers in Northern Philippines.
The Congregation is a witness to the rapid growth of non-Filipino members since the time Bro.
Eli left the country, and is counting more as he stays longer abroad.
The first local Bible Exposition was held in Roosevelt, Manila.
It was televised in the Philippine provinces through the Ang Dating Daan program.
As the Church became even more popular, envy and efforts to disband the group heightened. Eli came left and right, eventually pushing him to leave the Philippines in the last quarter of 2005.